I can not even believe we are here on the cusp of 2011, and I hanging on by a toe hold trying to get this post done. For me 2010 brought with it my first full year of book blogging. I learned a lot this year about blogging, reviewing, commenting, giveaways, authors, and more…
I can not write this post without giving a virtual high-five to Natasha at Maw Books and the event she hosts called Bloggiesta. I will be writing a more detailed post about this event in January, but have to say that Bloggiesta, starting back in June of 2009, really established the ground work of the blog and the blogger you see today. I recommend Bloggiesta to all bloggers. It does not matter if you are new or been around the blogosphere for a while, this has something for everyone and I learn from it every time I do it. I have participated every time, twice during 2010. Click on the logo below to check out what it is all about and join in on the next one that takes place in January.
And of course I have to mention BEA (Book Expo America). Not only did I not even know what this was in 2009, even if I had I would never have imagined myself attending. Yet, in 2010, I flew by myself for the first time ever to New York where I met up with my new roommates Reagan from Miss Remmer’s Reviews, Esme from Chocolates and Croissants, Care from Care’s Online Book Club, and Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness. It was a huge leap for me and I LOVED every minute of it. I met so many wonderful bloggers, and authors…. I toured Simon and Schuster, went to dinner with authors, a blogger party, the Book Blogger Conference… and the books… oh the books! Let’s just say it is a book lovers dream! Click the logo below to find out about BEA 2011
Of course there are the books and it is hard to look at everything I read in 2010 and pick the books that effected me the most, but I did it and here they are (If you click on the book covers you will be linked to my reviews).
To Kill a Mockingbird was one of those classics I always wanted to read but… just had not. When I was offered a chance to read and review this book for its 50th anniversary this year I knew it was time to jump in… and I am really glad I did. To Kill A Mockingbird instantly jumped to the all time favorites for me. This book is amazing and if you have not had the pleasure, please add this to your “MUST READS” for 2011.
I have found myself drawn to books like this for some time now and born under a million shadows was one that really touched my heart. With the feeling of Kite Runner, this one pulled me into a mesmerizing tale of a country I only know through the books I read.
It is a big deal that I add this book to my top of 2010 list as when I started reading it, I honestly wasn’t sure I would even like it. As I became more involved in the book I really began to appreciate the brilliant story that Lauren Oliver had created. In the end, I loved it and I have to give credit where credit is due. People who enjoy a good YA read should really appreciate this book.
Most people read this years ago… I only got to it this year, after the book has sat on my shelf for years… unread. And then, I didn’t read the book, I picked it up on audio from my library as I had travel time to listen to a book. I am so glad I did. This audio book is read by author Khaled Hosseini and I am so glad I was able to hear this in his own words… literally.
The Fiddler’s Gun is such a beautiful read as I write this now I do not even know how to describe to you how much I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the sequel.
I really just got into YA reading in the past few years. It is no secret that I appreciate a good message within my books, especially in a YA read and I found that in this book. I found Thirteen reasons Why to be amazing and I chatted with author Jay Asher about this unique read.
This book is receiving my vote for best book club book of the year for 2010 and ranked high on my overall 2010 reads as well. I did not read as much historical fiction as I would have liked this year and thinking about this book now makes me really want to move to correct that this next year. Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter and Sweet is a love story but also a historical, factual book that I found left me want ing to know more about the actual events that are mentioned in this book.
I am not even sure why I am adding this one to the list but I feel as thought I should. I read this one in early 2010 and it was light and fun and for some reason really sticks with me as a “that was a good read!”.
Finally… I do not think a 2010 recap would be complete without me adding in some of my favorite Morning Meanderings of the past year. I love the conversations that have been had over my early morning rants and happenings over a cup of coffee…
Ok I could do more but I have to run so there is my 2010…. I cant wait to visit all of you in 2011!!!