Friday, December 31, 2010

Best of Book Blogging in 2010!

Again, credit goes to Jamie from The Perpetual Page Turner for this survey :)

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2010?
I've been lurking book blogs since very early in 2010 and I had a list of favorites. I finally worked up the nerve to start my own in 2010, and discovered a million more amazing people. Because it's impossible to list every single person that I have mad love for, I'll list you folks that I have been following since forever (or circa January. Whatev.): The Story Siren, Good Books and Good Wine, Steph Su Reads, Wastepaper Prose, The Page Flipper, La Femme Readers, Presenting Lenore (and Emmy, Kaia, and Lu!).

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010?
Most likely my review for Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready. I have massive amounts of love for this book. It impacted me pretty largely. It's also the only book for which I've done a Sound of the Story post. (Even if you haven't read Shade, you should totally go listen to this song anyway. Click HERE!)

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
That would definitely have to be the post on Blogger Voices. I was super happy and surprised when I saw all the comments other bloggers were leaving. I guess it's something that we all kind of struggle with. Not that I want you guys to struggle, but it's nice to know that I'm not the only one with some bloggish uncertainty! <3

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else's blog? First off, I LOVE The Perpetual Page Turner's Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down posts. Always thought provoking, Jamie isn't afraid to let her topics get a little controversial (in a good way.) I love reading all the comments on each of these posts, not only because it give a good look at what to do/what not to do, but because it shows how seriously different we all are.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
MEETING KELLY CREAGH! I fangirled to the umpteenth power over Nevermore. I got even more excited when I found out that Kelly resides in the same general vicinity as me and was having fairly frequent signings at my local B&N. I was so nervous to meet her, but she's so....NORMAL. Obviously I don't mean that in the boring sense of the word, because no one who can think up a world as delicious as Kelly's is "boring" normal. I mean she's sweet, so grateful to meet her fans, and she was willing to sit there and talk Varen with me. Not to mention she has crazy awesome hair. It was an indescribable experience and I will never forget my first (and only, so far) author signing :) I am hoping to go to many more in 2011.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2010?
Again, I've only been blogging a few short months. I'd say, first off, that discovering book blogs PERIOD is amazing. Without this place, I'd still be spewing out nonsensical ramblings and "reviews" to friends and my poor husband. They definitely fell on deaf ears. When I decided to start up my own blog, I never imagined anyone would give a damn what I had to say about anything. I'm thankful for every single follower I have, because you guys rock my face off. And I'm extra super especially thankful for the AMAZING friends I've made. You guys make a bookish gal feel not-so-lonely anymore. LOVE.

7. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
HALF PRICE BOOKS! I didn't technically discover them this year, because my husband and I used to shop there for music and such. But I'm lucky enough to live near TWO stores that usually have fabulous YA selections. I really don't even want to think about the money I've spent there. Also, since I have a Nook now, NETGALLEY is freaking amazing. Oh, and BOOK CLOSEOUTS?!? It's usually a treasure hunt with them and takes time, but HOLY CRAP have I gotten some amazing books from them as well. And for a very small fraction of the list price.