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I started blogging in September of 2010, but 2011 was when my sorry excuse for a site actually became something great. This year my followers soared and I still can't believe that so many people actually care what I say (or pretend too...). Not only did strangers find out about this blog, but my family did too in a weird moment at the movies *cringe*.
As much as I appreciate everyone who reads this little ol' blog, I cannot thank enough a few special people. These are the people who listened to me rant, gave me tips, sent me books, and just sort of mentored me through this year.
Hafsah, oh, Hafsah. Haha - you really are awesome! Even though you feed me chocolate to get me fat and cause this half of the old married couple constant stress (inside jokes people, sorry). Thanks for co-hosting the SARC with me, I hope we know what we have coming for us!
Andye and Amy at ReadingTeen deserve mentioning as well! They probably don't even know it, but I consider them (in the least creepy way possible) the book blogging mommies. I've looked up to them (and everyone else at ReadingTeen!) since I created this site and even the little things like tweets have helped me a lot.
Keep in mind, I've never met the lovely people mentioned above! That might sound odd and stalkerish, since even I find it crazy how important a role people have played in my life over the internet (don't worry, I don't need an internet safety lesson).
Then, of course, there are the people I have met, namely Mitali and Elizabeth Eulberg. Mitali is full of awesome and totes me around at book signings (for which I am SO grateful) introducing me to everyone since she seems to know every single person in the book world. So thank you! Even though you were in Europe most of the year... And Elizabeth! As cheesy as this sounds (and I know I wanted to stay away from cheesy...) you have made books come alive for me. (You can laugh, I'm laughing at myself...) You were the first author who I really connected with and you've made me feel so special since I've known you!
Lastly, thank you again to everyone who comments, enters giveaways and reads what I write! I would just seem sort of crazy if I was writing to no one - so thank you for making me look partly sane.
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2011 Reading Challenge Re-Cap
I have read many, many more books this year than I have any other year of my life. I am really proud of how much I've read, even if I did not meet one challenge *boo*.
Debut Author Challenge
Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge
YA Reading Challenge
Goodreads Challenge (self assigned - 100, which I updated to 110)
YA Historical Fiction Challenge
(Which is really annoying because Historical Fiction is my favorite genre... just didn't get my hands on enough of it this year).
Click on the Goodreads link below to see what books I've read this year!
So bye, bye 2011! Happy New Year to All! And 2012, bring it on.
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