It’s no longer the end of one year, but the beginning of another – happy new year!
Yesterday, I merged the final Top Ten Tuesday topic of 2013 with the first part of Jamie’s year-end survey at The Perpetual Page-Turner. Today, I’ll answer the questions posed in Part II and Part III of that survey.
Book Blogging/Reading Life
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
Asti’s A Bookish Heart, without a doubt. Yet another example of the fact that, if it’s a great blog and there are enough other features, it doesn’t matter that our reading tastes don’t really line up.
2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
I think my reviews for The Shining and Doctor Sleep were my best, most likely because I’d been discussing them with other readers for weeks before writing my review, so I had plenty of time to work out exactly what I wanted to say about them. I’m also partial to my not-really-a-review of Dante’s Equation, just because it was such an out-of-nowhere moment in my reading life.
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I’ve had a few discussion posts I’m proud of, but I think the best has been How to DNF in Two (Not-So-Simple) Steps, not just because of the number of responses but the variety. It seems like everyone has their own way of dealing with books they’re not into.
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
There are probably more thought-provoking ones out there, but unfortunately remembering the comments from someone else’s blog isn’t quite as easy as browsing my own blog history to jog my memory. That said, my favorite that I remember at the moment is Katie’s first Fellowship of the Worms discussion on Words for Worms. She picked one of my favorite books, and it was so much fun seeing everyone’s reactions to it.
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Bout of Books. I’d say the read-alongs that I hosted with Tif are a close second, although that seems biased.
6. Best moment of book blogging in 2013?
I could say starting the blog itself, which was exciting… but I think the day I hit 250 page views tops it. And lest you think I’m being totally shallow and only caring about the stats, it wasn’t the views themselves that I cared about. It was the fact that it completely blew my previous high out of the water, all thanks to every reader who decided that what I said was worth sharing. That’s the part that means so much. So thanks for that.
7. Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Perhaps unsurprisingly, my most popular post by views is Goodbye to Goodreads?, my response to the review-deleting fiasco from a couple months ago. As for comments, the winner there is I’m Only Reading…, in which I complain about how it seems that interrupting readers is more socially acceptable than reading itself; clearly I’m not the only one who has strong feelings on this subject.
8. Post you wished got a little more love?
I’d say my ITW posts in general. I know that reviews tend not to be as popular as discussion posts (and as a reader of blogs I feel the same way), but that’s my one original feature, the one thing I knew for sure I wanted to do even when the blog was just an idea in my mind. Some of them get a fair amount of comments, while others seem to go by unnoticed. It can be discouraging, but… that’s blogging in general, right?
9. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
BookBlogging.net is a new site (can it really be called a discovery if I signed up the day the site went live?) but I already love it. The forums and the blog are essentially an extension of a community that already exists, but the best part is the directory. The advanced search makes those few needles you’re looking for stand out from the haystack. And Ashley, the creator, is adding new features all the time. I can’t wait to see how the site continues to evolve.
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
My only goal was total books read, and I reached 75 back in September.
1. One book you didn’t get to in 2013 but will be your number 1 priority in 2014?
Life After Life, by Kate Atkinson. I’ve checked this out and returned it unread a couple times just because it was such a hefty book and I wasn’t feeling it. I REALLY want to get to this one. Maybe after the frenzy of Bout of Books I’ll be in the mood for a lengthier read.
2. Book you are most anticipating for 2014 (non-debut)?
This is a tough one, and the James Rollins releases are obvious choices, but I think I have to say Mark Alpert’s The Furies. It just looks so interesting. (You can see more of my choices on my TTT from a month ago.)
3. 2014 debut you are most anticipating?
I usually don’t get too excited for debuts. In fact, of the handful of 2014 releases on my TBR, only one even is a debut… so I guess by default I have to pick Dear Killer, by Katherine Ewell. Though I’m not so much anticipating it as I am just mildly curious about it.
4. Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?
This is a toss-up between The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness and The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin. It’s rare that I follow a series from first book to last as they’re released, but with both of these I have, and I can’t wait to see how they both end.
5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2014?
Last year, what with entering into the world of book blogging and all, I got caught up in reading NetGalley ARCs and impulse adds I saw featured on other blogs. I read far more new releases than I did in any of my pre-blogging years. I hear so many book bloggers discuss how much their reading habits changed after they started blogging… and while that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s not really what I wanted for myself.
So… I’m not going to give up NetGalley, and I’m not going to stop reading new releases, but I am going to make more of an effort to work through my existing TBR this year.
What did your bookish 2013 look like? And what do you have planned for 2014?