You can disagree with Warren Buffett’s politics all you want, but it’s nearly impossible to deny the success he’s achieved during his lifetime.
Which makes him a good person to ask, “What was your favorite book of 2016?” So I did. And he ignored me like the nobody I am. But he did tell others. His pick? Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. A book I haven’t read. But a book Bill Gates also mentioned as one of his favorites of the year.
I can’t say I’m extremely interested in what billionaires are reading, but I think it is a cool thing to know. Because people decide to read books for their own reasons. And because these guys have experienced such great success.it would be like asking an athlete which sport they most enjoy watching on TV. Doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but still something that might make you think a bit.
The best book I read in 2016 was Unstoppable by Bill Nye. What was yours?
I told you guys that I had my first book signing event scheduled for today at a CJ Majors Day event taking place at my favorite university in the whole world. Well, it is with great pleasure that I tell you all that it was a fantastic success!
Honestly, I went into it thinking that if I sold maybe five books that I’d be pretty happy leaving school. And I really would have been. BUT I was lucky enough to sell 21 of the 25 books I took with me! How amazing is that?! Every person I interacted with, whether it was one of my former professors or current students whom I’d never met before, were REALLY supportive and enthusiastic. The people who put the event together and those who attended were all pretty excited for me. I even had former classmates of mine come up and tell me that they remembered me saying in class that I wanted to write crime novels, but didn’t expect to see it in person so fast, if ever. A few of the students bought one in part because of the story that I wrote, but also because of the fact that I am an alum and they wanted to support me. If that isn’t a great feeling then I don’t know what is.
I had A LOT of interesting conversations today ranging from what I’ve been doing since I graduated to my writing process to whether or not I enjoyed writing a full-length novel. And someone even told me that it was the first time he’d gotten a book signed by its author and he was excited! He was excited to for me to sign his book!
For me, I think the best feeling came when former professors or classmates of mine approached my table knowing that they would buy a copy no matter what kind of story I was telling. I didn’t have to “sell” my book to them because they were buying one more to support me than for the book. Hopefully I make all of you proud!
And finally, this post would not be complete without mentioning a couple of professors who made this day possible. I told all of you that I didn’t know until Tuesday that I’d be appearing today. And it was only because of Drs. Harris and Belbot inviting me and being just as excited about my book as I am. I was lucky enough to take Dr. Harris twice while in school, but I hadn’t met Dr. Belbot until Tuesday. So for them to both be so kind and helpful today makes me happy. They made me feel extraordinary, though all I did was write a book, right?
I don’t know how many of my buyers today will ever see this, but I appreciate every single one of you and look forward to receiving some feedback in the near future!
If you, the WordPress reader, would like to make this day even more exciting, then go get my book! Here’s the link.