New Page For My All-Time Top Reads!

When I wrote recently about a book that somehow managed to become one of my personal top 5 reads ever, I came up with the idea to create a page here to keep an up-to-the-minute list of the best books I’ve ever read. It took me a bit longer to figure out exactly how I wanted to do it, but I ultimately settled on a list of the top 15 books I’ve started and finished. When I look at my list there are a couple of things that surprise me. 1) How far down Harper Lee’s masterpiece is (she’s barely hanging on for a spot!) and 2) Michael Connelly DOES NOT WRITE METIOCRE BOOKS.

I thought of just sharing the list in this post, but the page has links to everything I said about some of those books immediately after I read them. Now go and take a look for yourself and tell me what you think! Or, tell me some of the best books you’ve read? Maybe we have some in common!

Tell Me About Your Blog!

Since I’ve started posting regularly again I haven’t really been reading other blogs, including ones I already follow. But I want to!

Though I have a million different interests like anyone else, when I’m on WordPress I tend to focus on and follow book-related blogs. But that’s not as limiting as it sounds because there is no one book blog format I enjoy. For example, mine is a mix of what I’m reading, thoughts on book news, and soon I’ll include my videos. There is so much I can talk about that isn’t just a review of a book.

So tell me what you usually post about so I can take a look!

I Didn’t Die

I’d been on a nice stretch of consistently posting leading up to this month. I think I’d posted everyday of the year. Then I realized I just wanted to take a break. Without having to write anything on here. So that’s what I did. I took a break. I’ll be getting back into my groove here now. But in anything you do don’t be afraid to take a step back every once in awhile.

A New Day

I’ve been lax on here in recent weeks. But there’s really no excuse. I try my best to get my posts written the night before they go up, but lately I’ve been getting sleepy really early on in the evening. Which doesn’t allow me to write my posts since I typically wake up and go to work.

But I’m off the next two days! So I’ll try to get all my posts written early and I already know I’ll have two videos up. So I’ll be better than I have been.

Still friends?

What to Expect From me on Johnny Reads

Guys, I know that most of you all have almost no interest in my YouTube channel, and that’s okay. But I’ve decided to get serious about it. Two years ago I decided to get serious about blogging and my blog has grown at a nice pace ever since. It’s become a part of my day-to-day routine and has remained so ever since. Now I want to do the same with my YouTube channel.

Y’all have come to expect seven posts a week from me on here, and I want you to have similar expectations for me on YouTube (not seven a week). We’re going to be talking about the SAME things we have been, but now you’ll get more than 100-250 words from me, which will give you more to comment on and think about. I know some of you will think I’m just asking for you to give me even more of your valuable time, and I can’t argue with that. I am. But I’m telling you right now that views and subscribers don’t matter to me. Right now I just want to release quality content that you can enjoy and relate to. That’s it.

Honestly, it’d be wonderful if you read this and decide that you’re willing to put my little YouTube thumbnail in your subscriptions, but I understand if you don’t want to. I’m just some regular guy who enjoys standing in front of my bookshelves talking to my camera a whole lot more than I ever thought I would. But I’m not really just talking to my camera. I’m talking to you. I’m talking to you about things we both enjoy and love. Books. Just like the tagline, “All things books, all the time”.

I’ll leave you with the video announcing what to expect from me on Johnny Reads. I’d love for you to take two minutes to watch.

January: A Review

January was okay on the blog. It was nothing compared to last January, but eh. I guess I’ll have to take the blame for that. The first month of the year has come and gone, and now it’s time for some numbers.

Posts: 31

Likes: 632

Comments: 431

Followers: 3353

Books Read: 2

Poems: 1

YouTube Videos: 2

I lied. January actually turned out to be better than expected. I know two books is nothing to cheer about, but at least I did get started on my 2016 Reading Challenge, right? AND I posted a poem on here for the first time in a million years. AND I’m getting a little more consistent on my channel. All positives. The other numbers are pretty average.

Now let’s look at some posts.

Top Post

On Alan Rickman

Favorite Post

Guess Who Officially Has a Custom YouTube Url?!

Post you may Have Missed

2016 Reading Challenge Book #$2: The Thomas Berryman Number

The top post of the month was pretty predictable, although I hadn’t checked before writing this. But Alan Rickman was beloved actor, and his death brought about the appropriate response from his fans. I finally got my own YouTube URL, which of course is exciting. AND I’m really planning on expanding my channel to greater heights in the coming months. Which I hope you’ll join me for.

All in all, January was pretty nice. I know I enjoyed it. How was your opening month of 2016?