Morning Meanderings…

SO here we are … another year down.  For me this is a great time to look over the last 6 months of my blogging journey.  I started blogging (seriously book blogging) the first week of June 2009.  From that date on it has been a wonderful whirlwind of:

  • I have connected with people from all over the world.

  • been introduced to books I may not have ever encountered

  • Spoke with publishers and authors

  • fed my passion for writing

I have given a lot of thought how I would wrap up my year.  Do I post my favorite reads over the past year?  Make resolutions for 2010?  How about a bit of both…. walk with me down memory lane:

Dragon House will always hold special memories for me.  Not only was this a fantastic read, this was my first book sent directly from the author.

Pope Joan was another read that really was incredible.  Author Donna Woolfolk Cross is fantastic and she and I communicated back and forth for a few months while they were filming the movie for this book.   This was all new to me…. chatting with authors?

The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy was such a fun read.  It was great to participate on Kay’s 2.0 Blog and chat with ehr on Twitter as well.  This book is not available to the public yet but I have pom poms ready to go to cheer like crazy when it does.  YA look out in 2010!

The Help by Katherine Stockett is a great example of the power of book bloggers.  As I watched this book gather steam through the blogs I purchased it and never looked back from page one to the very end.  This book holds a high place in my 2009 reading favorites.

Jantsen’s Gift touched me deeply and author Pam Cope and I talked for over an hour on the phone as I interviewed her and shared our common interest in helping children all over the world.

Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins were books I would have never dreamed I would have enjoyed…. I mean seriously…. fighting to the death?  Yet… I read them because of the wonderful bloggers I had come to trust and I LOVED these books.  I cant wait for book three!

The Book Thief caused me to really put a new author on my radar that was reason for applause.   A book told from the perspective of death….  if you havent read this – read it.

And this list is not by any means inclusive to everything I have read and loved this past year – just some that stick out in my mind as what I would say to someone who asked what book I would recommend.

As for resolutions for this blog…

  • I am excited to really take a close look at the challenges I will be doing this year and keep way better track then I did this past year.

  • There will be more author interviews

  • Word Shakers will get the kinks worked out and we will move ahead
  • I want to better at keeping track of the challenges I am in…. (I still have clean up to do on the ones I am completing – so behind!  (My challenge post should be up later today)

  • Pondering Moments will be a mid week meme that will stem from book related questions and/or topics….  I am hoping to get more involved in a weekly discussion as I really enjoy talking all things bookish.

Finally I want to thank all of you that stop in and read my thoughts on books, crazy life moments that I share over a cup of coffee, and the day to day support.  I so appreciate all of you.  This past 6 months for many of you I have went from knowing you by a blog name – to a first name….  and that is pretty awesome.

May you all have a wonderful and safe New Years Eve!

32 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings…

  1. Happy New Year! I always enjoy your “morning meanderings”! I’m always up early and this is a fun way to start the morning.

  2. It has been great getting to know you too, Sheila. I enjoy stopping in to see what’s new on your blog. I read Pope Joan a few years ago and really liked it. It sparked a new interest in historical fiction, yay! The Help is on my Favorites list this year – a book I bought after reading so many great blog reviews. I agree there was a lot of boost from bloggers and I was happy to join the crowd of The Help lovers. Lets hope 2010 has more wonderful books in store for us!
    Happy New Year.

    1. Thank you Mary! I think 2010 will be even greater! Now that I have the swing of this whole book blogging thing (I think LOL) I really look forward to diving into many wonderful books and meeting new authors as well! Happy New Year!

  3. Good morning, Sheila, and Happy New Year! I mark my time on the blogosphere each morning by your “Morning Meanderings” post. When that’s up and I’ve read it, then I can safely move away from the Web for awhile!

    “Pondering Moments” sounds like a great idea!

    I, too, plan to better document my reading for the New Year. I already started my TBR blog challenge at, which I began on Oct. 22. I wrote a post there this morning about my progress.

    I also created a document that will list books I read in 2010, as I go.

    I haven’t been “book blogging” very long, either. I think I started shortly after you did, after I had joined that “ning” group “Book Blogs.” Wow! I kind of went crazy creating new blogs, but it’s been fun!

  4. You are so smart! I think I had a huge list of stuff I wanted to do my first full year of book blogging. Of course, I didn’t accomplish it. I am still taking on more than I can possibly do, even when I cut back…lol. It’s a character flaw. I’m with Margie. I love-love your Morning Meanderings… I can’t put it into words why other than if feels like a phone conversation. Yes, that is a stupid comparison, but that is what it feels like.

    This is going to be a really great year for us all. I just know it.

    1. Thanks you J Kaye – I have enjoyed reading your blog and am so excited to see your changes come about for 2010. It is hard to cut back…. if you are like me, you just replace it with something else.

      Here’s to a great year! 🙂

    1. Hi Esme… I agree! You have been such fun to talk with! I think it all started when I found y way toy our blog and decided that your posts always made me hungry! 🙂

      Happy New Year!

  5. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog , your adventures and getting to know you! You always have something interesting to talk about. :0) Happy New Year to you and your family!!

    1. Thank you so much Natalie! I do love to write and this has been a great way to express myself and talk my favorite subject – books! 🙂

      Happy New Year to you and your family as well!

  6. Have loved getting to know you these past few months, and looking forward to the new Pondering Moments postings! Like Laurel, I have to check out your Morning Meanderings every day. One of my blog favorites!

    Happy New Year to you and yours! 🙂

  7. Sheila, you are on of my blogging role models and your blog was one of the first that I started to follow. You are a brilliant writer and reviewer and I can only hope that I’m half as good. I look forward to following you for years to come and I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year.

    1. Ryan – you are always so sweet! Thank you. It has been fun watching your blog emerge on the scene. I enjoy your posts and our conversations on Twitter. Here’s to a wonderful 2010!

  8. Happy New Year to one of my favorite bloggers! Great post! Sad to say the only book I’ve read on your list is “The Help”, which tops my #1 book of 2009! (I’m working on my Top 10 post to have posted soon!).

    I enjoy your Morning Meanderings and seeing where you land and what treasures you find! I only wish I had more time to do something as creative as this! I do hope that this next year that I’ll be commenting more on blogs and finding some more bloggy friends!

    Best wishes and happy reading to you in 2010!

    1. Happy New Year to you as well Julie J! Thank you for your kind words. Reading these comments here tonight are really making my heart swell! 🙂

      I look forward to sharing many more chats with you in 2010!

  9. Thanks for your views on books. We all need to expand the selection of what we read. I look forward to following you in 2010.

  10. Thank you so much for including The Cinderella Society in your morning meanderings, Sheila! It was such a pleasure getting to know you in 2009, and I’m delighted to kick off 2010 with you too. 🙂 Happy New Year, doll!

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