I have to say that reading a book a day has been a real challenge for me, and there were a couple of times when I didn't think I would make it through. It was all of the wonderful feedback I have had from readers of the blog throughout the year that have made it all worthwhile for me.
I have read some amazing books, I have discovered some great new authors and I have picked up books I would never have considered, so for me personally and professionally, this experience has been extremely valuable.
Someone asked me if I was going to list my favourite books, and I wasn't going to, because where would I stop? I read so many great books this year, the list could go into the 100s. But I decided that I would, and I have included a Top 10, which are really the first 10 books that sprang to mind when I thought of books I loved this year. Ask me tomorrow and the list would probably be different, as other amazing books would have popped into my mind, but here is my list in alphabetical order.
Bink and Gollie: Two For One by Kate DiCamillo
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore by William Joyce
Fault In Our Stars by John Green
The Girl From Snowy River by Jackie French
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Wonder by RJ Palacio
In case anyone was interested, I will let you tell you the most viewed post this year was The Chronicles of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg with a whopping 1366 views, the next closest was This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers with 386 views. I find that stat quite amazing.
So...what does 2013 have in store for me. Well, I can say with absolute certainty that I will not be reading (and writing) about a book a day. It's time for me to get back out into the world, instead of having my nose stuck in a book every spare moment I have.
Saying that, I have enjoyed this 'blogging' thing a lot, and I will continue to write about books I have loved and any interesting book related 'stuff' I come across. I am still deciding on a name and a location for the new blog, but I will post it here as soon as I am ready to go.
CONGRATULATIONS! Well done and here's to a great 2013 for you! :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for your huge effort this past year. I've thoroughly enjoyed going through your 366 posts. Good luck with your next venture.ReplyDelete