Yearly Wrap-up Part 2: Blogging Hits (& Misses) of 2013

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Jamie of The Perpetual Page-Turner is hosting her annual end of year book survey again, and since I had fun doing it in 2012 I figured I’d do it for 2013, too! This time, though, I’ve divided it up into three posts. For easier reading, see?

All wrap-up posts: Part 1 (Books) | Part 2 (http://heretherebebooks.net/2013/12/30/yearly-wrap-up-part-2-blogging-hits-misses-of-2013/) | Part 3 (Goals) | Part 4 (Stats)

Part 2: Blogging

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
Ruby Scarlett of A Rare Treat writes AMAZING posts about all sorts of fiction books! She’s British and a teacher and you really need to check out her blog for yourself, yo.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
I am going to say this one of Cordelia’s Honor. Rereading it made me smile the most, so it wins.

Ruby in the Smoke had a pretty good review, too, but it’s LOST FOREVER whatevs.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I LOVED this one about characters who don’t have hobbies! It was nice to vent, first of all, and then people left such lovely comments about their own frustrations that I had a lot of warm fuzzy (and vindicated) feelings for the whole day.

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4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
It’s not FROM this year, but I read it this year so I’m counting it: Black Knights, Green Knights, Knights of Color All A-Round: Race and the Round Table at Elodie Under Glass is a VERY good, informative read about PoC characters in Arthurian-ish legends. It’s also super entertaining:

The Green Knight basically shows up at Camelot at Christmas one day and storms into the middle of the feast and he’s all “WHO WANTS TO CUT MY HEAD OFF WITH MY AXE?!” like a troll suddenly entering a conversation. Or the Grinch Who Didn’t Understand Christmas.

And everyone is all “Errrrm, hahaha, who are you, and also, no.”

And Green Knight’s all like “COME AT ME BROS, Y’ALL ARE COWARDS, CUT OFF MY DAMN HEAD.”

So Sir Gawain gets so mad at this that he jumps up and straight-up cuts the knight’s green head off.

Then the Green Knight picks up his own damn head, sticks it back on his shoulders, and goes “Right, mate, now you have to come to my house for Christmas dinner next year, and I’ll cut your head off.”

Then after that? Shit gets weird. Read it sometime, it’s cultural!

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I went to Book Expo America this year, but the most fun things for that trip happened outside of the convention. Like meeting up with Jenny and walking around the bottom of Central Park with Memory! Although I also had a great time spotting people from previous BEAs, haha.

The LA Times Festival of Books was fun, but super hot. (Next year I’m planning a little better re:clothing and tote bags and how much I want to be carrying around in 95* heat.) I got Sarah Dessen’s autograph! AND A PICTURE ashdjsdl.

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
Telling Marie Brennan at the LA Times Festival of Books about the pasta incident— and she recognized me!!

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7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Most popular in comments: I hate your blog design! Here’s why.
Most popular in views: 5 books starring bicycles. (Does this surprise anyone else?)

(Sidenote: looking at my stats made me realize I got a lot more comments on stuff two years ago than I do now. What’s changed? Thoughts for the new year, oh yeah.)

(Further sidenote: most popular with spammers: Climb that mountain! How to conquer your To Be Read pile in 5 easy steps. I get like 50 spam comments a day on it and it’s from 2010?!)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
All my review posts. 😛

No but seriously, Georgette Heyer Month needs more people to sign up for it, please. Should I open a linky or something?

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I’m waffling between Marvin, an ebook app for iOS (I’m doing a review soonish), and eReaderIQ, a website that tracks price changes on ebooks (will also be doing a review on that soonish). They’ve both made my bookish life SO MUCH MORE FUN.

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Remember that whole Reading Challenge Grand Plan at the beginning of 2013 I had? To do a bunch of challenges? I actually failed almost entirely. I think I made it to around May and then quit. But, you know what? It’s totally okay, because I built the option of quitting into the goal anyway so I don’t feel SO guilty.

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I still like the idea of reading challenges, but I think I’ll try sticking to shorter ones next time– like monthly, instead of year-long. Also readalongs! Those are fun.

My personal reading goal was originally 250 books, but when I went through my reading slump in November I knocked it down to 200. As of right now I’m 7 books away from making it and only two days to go (really more like a day and a half). I’m torn between reading LOTS of graphic novels or just going with the flow and not worrying about it. What do I dooooooooo~


Part 3: Looking Ahead will be up tomorrow!

*Graphic at the top of the post is from The Perpetual Page-Turner.

2 thoughts on “Yearly Wrap-up Part 2: Blogging Hits (& Misses) of 2013”

  1. Your tackling TBR pile post was highly entertaining. I’m sorry you get so many spam comments on it. Its too bad reading challenges don’t work out well for you. I really enjoy them. I would just go with the flow and forget about reading 200 books. Try again next year.

    Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages

    1. Thanks so much! I think the spammers must like some the keywords in it or something. Ugh.

      I so want to keep up with reading challenges as I love the idea of them, but I’ve just never been able to finish ones that last longer than a month or two. 🙁 Do you do a lot of reading challenges? How do you stay on track with them?

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