San Diego Comic-Con for Book Lovers

Signed SDCC2016 Books
Signed SDCC2016 Books

I’ve been at the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) for the last three days.  I have been lucky, and gotten to go to Comic-Con for the past several years.  The last three years, I have concentrated on getting complimentary advanced readers copies (ARC) from publishers at the event.  All the big publishers are there:  HarperCollins, Disney Publishing, Penguin, Del Rey, etc.

Pictured above are those books which I was able to meet the author and get their books signed.  Only one above, Life Debt, was paid for.  This is one I have been excited for, so paying was no big deal!

Obtaining books at Comic-Con is not difficult but it takes some research.  I plan out my days before hand.  Looking to see who will be signing in what booth at what time.  But much harder than the planning is getting tickets.  Approximately 130,000 people attend Comic-Con and getting tickets to the show is extremely difficult, but tickets are open to everyone.

Unsigned SDCC2016 Books
Unsigned SDCC2016 Books

The photo above are the books that I have gotten from the first three days, Wednesday – Friday.  I’m going to go again tomorrow and on Sunday.  Today alone I received 15 copies of books, well 14 books and one audiobook.  My backpack was VERY heavy!

I’m very happy to have the opportunity to meet the authors and publishers of some of my favorite books.  I thank them all for being there!  I’m excited for the last two days of the show.

Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading
summer read by LWYang

The summer has started and that means that libraries around the country have started their summer reading programs encouraging patrons to check out books and visit their local library branch more often. For my part I visit my local libraries (at least 2) once or twice a week. During the summer and the rest of the year, but summer reading programs are fun!

There are usually freebies attached to the number of books you read. Summer reading programs are not just for kids either. While my kids are enrolled in summer reading programs so am I. Both my nearby libraries have adult reading programs running in parallel with the kids programs. Why would adults want to participate? How about a winning an iPad mini or $150 Target gift card? These are the top prizes that both my local libraries are giving away to participants in the summer reading program.

In July of last year (when the reading program starts) I read 20 books in a single month. That’s a lot for me! I currently have a list for all the books I want to read as part of the program. Next to each title is the call number (book library location) for both of my local libraries. Meaning by reading one book I can claim credit for reading it in both libraries programs.

I’ve finished 4 books MTD this July, so I have a lot to read to keep up with what I did last year. I have about 30 books listed on my summer reading list and more being added all the time. I hope I can get to them all. I’m always looking for more time to sneak in reading. Wish me luck and go check out your local libraries summer reading program.