I read (and edited) twenty-one amazing unpublished books this year. I also read, on average, 200-300 pages of student work per week. I taught classes online, in person at Grossmont Community College, in workshops at San Diego Writers, Ink and in my weekly Read & Critique groups. I got to read work that was hot off the press and work that has been toiled over for years and years. I also read drafts of friends' and colleagues' work that will be published next year.
This has, actually, been one of the most literary-focused years of my life. I wrote and revised a new novel (which will be out in 2016). I completed NaNoWriMo with a rough draft of a novel, and am about to finish the first draft of an additional one.
And I did manage to read a few published novels as well. Here are my favorites from this year (in no particular order -- and with links):
I'm half-way through this one -- and am loving it:
And these 2 are on my TBR list (but they're both written by friends, so I KNOW they're going to be great!):
Happy New Year (and Happy Reading) to you all in 2015!