2010 was a big year (or a big four months...) for I Like These Books. For one, this (super- duper) blog was created. Then came the shock that people actually liked listening to what I have to say (which is a big change coming from a large family). Then came the even bigger shock when I reached 100 followers and realized that I actually have something good here. It is really exciting to know that people enjoy reading my reviews as much as I enjoy writing them.
I've written a decent amount of reviews for my short time in this blogosphere (check them out on my review tab). I'm sure 2011 will hold many, many, many, many more reviews.
Jen from Jae Bird Designs took my blog to a whole new level! (Yes, you do deserve your own mini paragraph!) How gorgeous is my layout? She was just a joy to work with and I would recommend her in a heart beat to anyone else (she does custom cards too!).
I am proud to say in my first four months I've earned three blog awards. First I received the Life is Good award from Annett at The More You Read, The More You Will Know (see post). Later that month (November) I received the Versatile Blogger award from Meghan at Midnight fume (see post). In early December I was given my third award, another Life is Good award by Julia at That Hapa Chick. So thank you girls for my wonderful awards!
2010 was the year that the book bug really bit me, so I did not read as many books as I could have. I became highly overcome by the effects of this disease later in the year, which is when my reading really picked up. Below is my full list of books read. Looking at it now, it seems pitiful. I'm sure 2011 will be able to boast many more titles.
2010 Book List1.) Beautiful Creatures
2.) The Lonely Hearts Club
3.) To Kill a Mocking Bird
5.) The Luxe
6.) Rumors (I only got 3/4 through - on of the only books I've dropped)
9.) Blue Moon
11.) The Forest of Hands and Teeth
12.) The Dead Tossed Waves
13.) Skinny Bitch
14.) Romeo and Juliet
15.) If I Stay
16.) The Summer I Turned Pretty
17.) The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
18.) The Art of Racing in the Rain
19.) The Odyssey
20.) It's Not Summer Without You
21.) Dark Flame
27.) The Body Finder
29.) City of Ashes
30.) A Separate Peace
31.) City of Bones
32.) City of Glass
33.) Fixing Delilah
34.) The Lying Game
35.) Beautiful Darkness
36.) Life of Pi
39.) Desires of the Dead
40.) Clockwork Angel
41.) My Soul to Take
42.) Misguided Angel
43.) The Keening
45.) The Glass Menagerie
46.) Night Star
48.) The Age of Innocence
49.) Fall for Anything
50.) Finding You
51.) Prom & Prejudice
52.) Sisters Red
Italic= for school / Bold = re-read / Underline = play
As you can see, I've read many different types of books this year. I read books about love (and about swearing off love), about suicide, about vampires, werwolves, witches AND zombies. I've read books where a girl is haunted by the dead (and the undead). Mix those in with a few dystopians and we've got a party!
On top of all of this, I've found out that the book-blogger world is tight-knit and full of amazing people! I can't imagine ever going back to a world where I was oblivious to this. There are so many super talented young adult authors who actively reach out to readers on the web - I've only met a couple of you in person and I hope 2011 will allow me to meet many more of you. Almost all YA book bloggers I've talked to (via twitter/email/etc.) seem extremely nice and hilarious. On top of those two, wonderful groups of people there are the readers. I love your comments! I read every one and they seriously make my day sometimes.
I look forward to the surprises hiding in the new year. Having only been around for four (three and a half really) months this year, I can't imagine what a full year in this wonderful world will be like! Thanks to everyone who made these four months great!
If you could take the time to fill out this survey, I would greatly appreciate it! Sadly, I don't have any prizes for you... Unless you count making my day- in which case, there is plenty of prizes for everyone! I'm sorry that the form doesn't fit perfectly... If you want it in a new window, you can find that HERE.