Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Book Blogger

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely folks over at The Broke And The Bookish.  Every week, bloggers from all over share their own top ten list based on the topic of the week.  You can find all Top Ten Tuesdays here.

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being A Blogger And A Reader

There are so many completely amazing things about being a reader and a book blogger.  I could go on and on about why I love both, and I’m such a different reader now than I was when I first started posting book reviews a few years ago. It’s such a big part of my life and I can’t imagine life without it!

  1. I love being a book blogger because I feel like I’m better able to explain why I feel the way I do about the books I read. Before the blog, it was “I read this book and I felt this way,” and now it’s “I read this book and I feel this way because…” which is such a good thing, because I’m more aware of things I like and/or don’t like when it comes to reading.
  2. I also love being a book blogger because  I feel like I’m better able to pick out books I like!  Because I’m more aware of things I like (and don’t like), I feel like I’m better able to find interesting books.
  3. Being a book blogger has also given me a space to talk about what I’m reading.  I probably could have combined this one with the first two, but I love that I have a part of the internet to talk about what I’m reading.  My blog is also such a good record of how my tastes and habits have evolved!  Who I am as a reader now is different than the reader I was when I first started a few years ago.
  4. Books make me think of my grandpa, who loved reading a lot.  I totally get it from him.  
  5. I love being a reader because there are so many different ways to access books.  There are e-books and audio books and print and so many different places to get them.  I think it’s pretty awesome that a book that doesn’t work for me in one format could totally be something I love if I switch to a different format.
  6. I love being a book blogger because of the community!  I’ve found out about some awesome books because of other blogs, and I love that everyone does their own thing.  Because it’s really cool to see how one book can have such different opinions. And that whatever your reading style is, you can find your people.
  7. I love being a reader because I can travel and learn things without having to go anywhere or go to school.  Sure, actually going to London beats reading a book set in London, but I love that I can read away until that’s a possibility.  And I love that I can read about Mary, Queen Of Scots (or whoever I’m currently interested in) and not have to go to school!
  8. I love being a reader because I want to forget real life for a little bit and because I want to be entertained.  These are two HUGE reasons why I love to read.  Sometimes, it’s nice to get lost in a completely different world and experience life through the eyes of someone completely different than me.  And sometimes, I just need to be entertained by something.
  9. I love being a reader because it makes my work day go by a little faster.  Listening to a book keeps me sane when I’m working…until I start laughing or crying hysterically and hope everyone else is too busy to pay attention to me.
  10. I love being a reader because I’ve found some awesome music!  I love it when authors talk about what they listen to while they’re writing, and somehow, it makes reading that particular book so much better!

2012 End Of Year Book Survey

I still have a couple ideas for end-year-bookish stuff, but I figured I’d start with this end of the year book survey hosted by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner.

2012 Year End Survey

Best In Books

1- Best Book You Read In 2012 (You Can Break It Down By Genre If You Want)

I am so glad I can break this one down by genre!  I don’t know how I’d pick otherwise.

Best YA Paranormal- Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine, The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Best YA Dystopic- Divergent by Veronica Roth, Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Best Adult Fiction- When She Woke by Hilary Jordan, The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Best Overall- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan

2- Book You Were Excited About And Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

This is a hard one because I liked most of what I read.  I think I’m going to have to go with A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin.  It totally seemed up my alley, but I just couldn’t get into it.

3- Most Surprising (In A Good Way!) Book Of 2012

Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan had me all over the place.  It’s also one of the books that I WILL NOT allow myself to read at work, because I don’t want anyone to freak out if they see me crying.

4- Book You Recommended Most To People In 2012?

If you’re talking about books I mention a lot, then check out question #1.  But I’d also recommend Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg, Cinder by Marissa Meyer, Unwind by Neal Shusterman and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.

5- Best New Series You Discovered In 2012?

The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, Wings by Aprilynne Pike and Need by Carrie Jones top the list of series I read and loved this year.

6- Favorite New Authors You Discovered In 2012?

I’m not going to recap my favorite new authors here, because I’ve already covered some of my favorite new authors in this post.

7- Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

This is a hard one, mostly because I mostly stick to YA and history.  But I loved Still Alice by Lisa Genova and really liked Good Fairies, Bad Fairies by Brian Froud.

8- Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?

There are so many choices, and part of me wants to go with something I haven’t said already…but I really have to go with Morganville Vampires.  It’s a very addicting series!

9- Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read In 2013?

Hmmm…probably The Fault In Our Stars by John Green and Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers.

10- Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012

One of my favorite things about reading is seeing all the really pretty covers!  This one is my favorite:

Unearthly Cover

11- Most Memorable character in 2012?

A from Every Day by David Levithan.  I didn’t care for it, but A is pretty memorable.  Lennie from The Sky Is Everywhere is also my top choice.

12- Most beautifully written book read in 2012?

My choice for this one is The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson.  It’s so beautiful, and I LOVED LOVED LOVED the random memories on the scraps of paper found around town.

13- Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

It’s a toss-up between And The Band Played On by Randy Shilts and A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls LaNier.  And The Band Played On is a great look at the few first years of AIDS and it’s strange seeing how it was back then, especially knowing what AIDS is like now.  As for A Mighty Long Way, it’s still mind boggling that schools were desegregated not that long ago.

14- Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?

It’s a tie between Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins and Looking For Alaska by John Green.  I just can’t believe it took me so long to read them!

15- Favorite Quote/Passage From A Book You Read In 2012?

From The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson: “My sister will die over and over again for the rest of my life. Grief is forever. It doesn’t go away; it becomes a part of you, step for step, breath for breath. I will never stop grieving Bailey because I will never stop loving her. That’s just how it is. Grief and love are conjoined, you don’t get one without the other. All I can do is love her, and love the world, emulate her by living with daring and spirit and joy.”

16- Shortest and Longest Book You Read In 2012?

Shortest: I have a ton of books that are around 200 pages, so I’m not even going to bother listing all of them.

Longest: 11/23/63 by Stephen King- it’s an astounding 863 pages.

17- Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!

Reason To Breathe by Rebecca Donovan.  It had quite the ending- to the point that I immediately bought Barely Breathing (the sequel) and starting reading it.

18- Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc)

Joe and Lenny from The Sky Is Everywhere and Anna and St. Clair from Anna And The French Kiss.  Both couples are so adorable, and I couldn’t help but fangirl over Joe and St. Clair.

19- Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously

I’m going to go with The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling…because I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while.  I really liked it, and it was great to see a new book from her.

20- Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else

Looking For Alaska by John Green.  I saw this one on so many Top 10 Tuesday lists that I requested from the library immediately.

Book Blogging/Reading Life In 2012 (Optional)

1- New favorite book blog you discovered in 2012? 

There are so many, but The Broke And The Bookish and The Grown-Up YA are just two I read.  I really could go on and on about some of my favorite book blogs.

2- Favorite review that you wrote in 2012?

I think my favorite review that I wrote is the one for Anna And The French Kiss.  Mostly because I kind of acted like a fan-girl.

3- Best discussion you had on your blog?

I don’t really do a lot of discussion-type posts on my blog.  The only one that really jumps to mind is the post where I talked about why I love (but sometimes hate) my e-reader.  Maybe I should have some more discussion-y posts.

4- Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

I really like the Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down posts that Jamie (from The Perpetual Page Turner) does.  Tara, from The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say “Shhh,” has some great posts on her journey to her Ph.D.

5- Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Honestly, I LOVE Top 10 Tuesday.  It’s so much fun coming up with a different list every week.  Some weeks are easier than others, but either way, it’s fun to write my list and see what other people come up with.

6- Best moment of book blogging in 2012?

I think my best moment was when I realized that book blogging is something I love to do and where I want to focus my attention, in terms of blogging.  Although getting an audible account and getting my Nook are great too, because I have a ton of ways to feed my reading habit.

7- Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Endure by Carrie Jones got 119 views.  Top 10 Tuesday posts are always popular too.

8- Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Besides the obvious answer of all of them, I really have no clue.  Nothing is really coming to mind, even after looking through a bunch of old posts.

9- Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Being able to download e-books and audiobooks from the library!

10- Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

My original goal was to read 115 books, but I ended up changing that to 200…and I’ve currently read 215 books!  So, yes, I have completed my only goal in terms of reading.

Looking Ahead

1- One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

Where do I even start with this one?  I could go with all of the books I wanted to read and didn’t get to, but I think The Daughter Of Smoke And Bone is at the top of the list.

2- Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

If you want to know which books I’m listening forward to, be sure to check out my list of my most anticipated reads of 2013.

3- One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2013?

The one thing I really want to do next year is read outside of YA more.  As much as I love YA, I really want to expand my horizons a little more.

And that wraps up this year-end book survey!  Have a lovely day!

A Look Back At September

September is over, and October is here, which means it’s time for my usual monthly round-up and look ahead.

Gilmore Girls Project: I talked about Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5 and Episode 6.

Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books On My Fall TBR List, 10 Books That Make You Think, 10 Bookish People I Want To Meet, and 10 Series I Haven’t Finished

Books: Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

The Faerie Path by Frewin Jones

Daughter Of The Forest by Juliet Marillier

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows

Other Posts: I talk about Pride48 and share the video for Crazy World

And this month, I plan on reviewing The Casual Vacancy, And The Band Played On, Queen Of Fashion and quite a other books.  We can’t forget about Top 10 Tuesday or The Gilmore Girls Project, and at the end of the month, I’ll be talking about NaNo.  There’s definitely a lot in store this month!

August Round-up!

August had a lot of posting going on, so here’s what you may have missed.  Or want to revisit.

Top 10 Tuesday: It was a pretty fun month of lists…until the most recent one.

10 Posts That Represent Me As A Reader

10 Book Romances That Would Work In Real Life

10 Favorite Books Since I Started Blogging

8 Bookish Confessions

Book Reviews: There are a ton of book reviews, so I’m only posting the highlights.  Be sure to check out the 2012 reviews page for everything I’ve read this year!

The Diary Of Anne Frank

Reason to Breathe and Barely Breathing by Rebecca Donovan

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

The Dead Girls’ Dance by Rachel Caine

The Gilmore Girls Project: In which I will blog about every single Gilmore Girls episode ever made.

Episode One: The Pilot and Episode Two: The Loreleis’ First Day At Chilton are up!

Other Posts: I blogged about the closing ceremonies and turned into a crazy person while watching gymnastics.

That was August…and expect more top 10 tuesdays, more book reviews, and more of Gilmore Girls!

June Wrap-Up

So, I thought I’d recap the month of June, blogging wise.  I’ve seen it on a couple of book blogs I follow, and I kind of like the idea.

So, I’ve read and reviewed 18 books in the last month.  I’m not going to link to every single book, but you can find all of my book reviews in the 2012 archives.  Just scroll down to June.

I’ve also done all the Top 10 Tuesday posts for the month of June, and I have to say, I’m so glad I decided to participate.  I tend to read books for fun, think about it on a pretty superficial level and leave it at that.  But it does get me to think about what I’m reading in an interesting, fun and different way.  Plus, I’ve found some cool blogs because of it, and it’s interesting to see how the lists are similar to or are different from my own list.

And reading!  I’ll be reading, of course.  Here’s what I plan on reading this month:

  • Cinder.  I’m almost done with it, so a review should be coming in the next week or so.
  • Awakening by Karice Bolton.  Another book I’m almost done with, but I’m not in any hurry to finish it.
  • The First Queen Of England: The Myth Of Bloody Mary by Linda Porter.  It’s definitely interesting, and one I need to finish soon.
  • An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green.  I’m currently on a John Green kick, especially after reading Looking For Alaska.
  • Supernaturally by Kierstan White.  I need to finish this one this month, because the next book, Endlessly, comes out later this month.

Those are just a few of the books I’m reading right now, but there are definitely more books that are just waiting to be read, so expect the normal level of reviews I’ve been doing all year.  Oh, and my reading challenge goal keeps going up.  I started out the year with 115, and I’ve since increased it to 200 books.  It might change again, but I should probably wait a while before I do that.

And as usual, I’ll keep talking about music, podcasts and more!  Here’s a great month, full of fun things!