This was a crazy year as you guys read from this post ! My niece came into the world, I got laid off (week before the next life event), I got married, I moved closer to the city….and I thought it would totally make the blog suffer. And to some degree it did, in terms of quantity of posts and number of books read but I felt like the quality remained despite my sporadic posting schedule. 2012 was a fun year on the blog and I felt like I connected with my readers even more through reviews, silly discussions and the more serious ones (errr were there any of those? I can’t remember). I felt creative, free and I just plain ol’ had a good time not taking myself so seriously and talking books with y’all.
So, in case you were late to the game or just missed it — I’m going to highlight the best of my year on the blog! Truly, thank you guys for all the support and love and I’m excited for 2013!
In January I started the year out right and posted about ways to challenge your bookish self in the new year! Then I talked about one of the most terrifying thing in my bookish life and found out that many of you have that same fear too! And I FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY read one of John Green’s solo books after reading collabs he’s done!
In February I shared some lessons my mom taught me that I apply to blogging. I then posed the question of “what makes someone your favorite author?” And, since I was knee deep in wedding planning, I compiled some great quotes to make a wedding readings from literature list. I also discovered a new favorite series (read the second book later on in the year which sealed the deal).
In March I moved from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress which was CRAZY and I lost some posts so I had to repost them. I did review two of my favorite books from 2012 — Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard and Legend by Marie Lu.
In April I had some really great discussions because I wasn’t reading too much because we were super busy with wedding planning and spent a weekend in Chicago with my blogging besties! I talked about book spoilers, RANTED like a mofo about bookish stereotypes, about how much I SUCK at reading series and admitted to how I have SUCH a hard time not finishing books and you all pretty much said “YOLO — stop reading books you hate”! That post lead to a new feature.
In June I didn’t really post all that much because I was moving, my wedding dress came in, my bridal shower happened and wedding planning was CRAZY!
In July I was even more scarce but I did give you a sneak peek of my engagement photos, talked about some of the most vivid worlds & settings I have read and read and reviewed Bunheads by Sophie Flack which was really excellent!
In August…dun dun dun…I GOT MARRIED! I didn’t post much leading up to the wedding (August 17th) but came back full steam after with a sneak peek of my wedding, gave some bookish confessions (like how I’m a horrible library patron & other bookish sins) and got really candid with you all and confessed some things as a book blogger and you made me feel SO MUCH BETTER.
In September it was FULL STEAM AHEAD with blogging! I met John Green & you guys were super excited for me, I confessed a blogging fear that most of you understood, I reviewed For Darkness Shows The Stars (a fave of the year!), talked about how to find out about book events.
October was a great month and I definitely got my mojo back! I talked about how I love books with talented MCs, reviewed some great books (Sweethearts by Sara Zarr, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi and Every Day by David Levithan), how books are turning me into a super fit person.
November brought an awesome interview with the Epic Reads ladies, my most anticipated 2013 reads (OMG SO MANY GOOD ONES) and a review of the book I couldn’t wait to get my hands on – Just One Day by Gayle Forman!!
In December I slacked off a little bit but had some great discussions with you all — even it took it a liiiiittle too far in my comfort level with you all in this post, talked about a beautiful gift in reading and did lots of Best Of type lists — books, music, beauty, etc.
Now for an easy peasy giveaway to say thank you! Win either a 2012 favorite of mine or a book on my 2013 most anticipated list! It’s international — w herever the Book Depository ships!