First of all, Happy New Year!
This week I’m celebrating looking at where I’ve been to see where I’m going!
Commitment to Literacy
My Commitment to Literacy in 2015 came in the form of my continued volunteering with many different literary non-profits including The Children’s Book Bank, Friends of the Library, and Multnomah County Library.
At the beginning of the year, my goal was 125 hours but I ended up cutting it down to 100 hours since I took a break to recharge. I’ve clocked in 109 hours of volunteering in 2015.
I completed a three-year term with the Friends of the Multnomah County Library. It was a lot of hard work but it was for a good cause and I truly felt appreciated. I continue to support them.
I also held an LGBT Book Drive collecting 47 books for Basic Rights Oregon. I loved the experience of having friends, strangers, writers, and librarians come together because they all believed in the power of books to change lives!
I continue to feel blessed that I get to be doing what I love at such a wonderful place. Being a bookseller is something I’m good at and gives me so much joy.
I continued moderating our monthly Family Book Club and organized the author line-up for a kids book and music festival even appearing on TV to promote it. And I helped organize a holiday book drive which was rewarding to see people respond so positively to it.
I also lead a Junior Booksellers Boot Camp which was a real learning experience for me since I was doing it from scratch. But I would completely do it again!
I went to the Children’s Institute and was even quoted in Publisher’s Weekly:
For first-time attendee Earl Dizon, of Green Bean Books in Portland, Ore., McLean’s was one of the standout sessions. “The rousing featured talk on the U.S. children’s book market reminded us—or reassured—that what we’re doing is not a dying profession, that children’s bookselling is very much alive, and thriving,” he said.
I also did my first School Book Talk.
But, to cap off a wonderful year, I was honored to be one of James Patterson’s holiday bonus to booksellers!
Oh, and I also got to dress up as the Very Hungry Caterpillar!
I was able to change my domain name from a rather long complicated one to just my name. I also tweaked the name of the blog (and its Facebook page) name.
I started using Goodreads again to keep track of things.
It’s been incredible to be part of so many supportive online communities- whether we’re sharing book recommendations through IMWAYR and other memes or writing about celebratory moments in our lives.
The Facebook page has over 100 likes now since launching in April 2013!
I’m grateful for everyone who has made these things possible.
My Reading Life
I ended up reading 610 books n 2015- which is oddly the same number as last year. Here’s the breakdown:
21 Adult Fiction
16 Adult Non-Fiction
27 Graphic Novels
80 Middle Readers
440 Picture Books
26 Young Adult
130 Nonfiction Picture Books
52 We Need Diverse Books
55 My Most Favorite Favorites
I’m extremely happy to have finished my reading challenges this year.
I actually have a rough draft of a picture book I’m excited to share and get feedback on so I can send it out. On those one-on-one instances when I shared my work, it was quite touching to see their reactions. I even read my work out loud to a group of about a dozen people (my first critique group) and it just made me excited to do readings once it’s published!
What are you celebrating this week?