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Friday, 31 December 2010

End of Year Survey: Part Two

I have been enjoying reading these posts on some of my favourite blogs so here I am participating in Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner's End of Year Survey.

Part One is here

Now on to Part Two:

1.  New favourite book blog you discovered in 2010?
There were so many. Top of the list has to be Caroline at Portrait of a Woman who is not just my blog friend but now a real life friend who even made me brownies when I was sad.

A special mention for Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read who writes such great, thoughtful reviews and has been helping me manage my review books. She has single-handedly brought sanity to my blogging and I am forever in her debt.

I also want to mention my book twin - Christina @ Confessions of a Book Addict. She has made me a huge fan of the Book Depo because her reviews are so enthusiastic and make me completely impatient for books to come out here.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2010?
It was very early in 2010. My review for When I Was Joe by Keren David. I put a lot of my true self into the review and every word came from the heart.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I'm not sure I had a "best discussion". The main thing I've discussed is not being able to cope with the number of review copies I receive and I am not sure that is constructive. But the most recent one (On the art of saying no thank you) did bring a solution to my blog as now Irena is guest reviewing for me and it is working out very well. (Irena do say if you wish to disagree).

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else's blog?
I really enjoyed reading Lenore's Reader Views post on plausibility in dystopian fiction. In fact her whole Dystopian August Month was awesome.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Meeting up with other book bloggers in person back in May. It was the most exciting experience to meet people who share so much in common with you. I even revealed my obsession with The Mentalist. I am so ashamed to confess this but I bought 8 books at our Blogger Meet Up and I still haven't read a single one. That is something I want to change next year. If I buy a book, I want to read it.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2010?
Goodness... there were so many: interviewing Rick Riordan, being contacted by authors who have appreciated my reviews, being overwhelmed by blogger and author support for next year's British Books Challenge.

7. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.) ?
Strident Publishing... a small, but let's face it, outstanding publisher in the UK who deserve recognition for publishing fantastic British Young Adult fiction in a very competitive market. I love the Strident team!

Thanks to everyone who has made 2010 a great year for blogging.

Thanks to all the publishers who have invited me to events, sent me review copies and given me the opportunity to interview my favourite authors.

Thanks to the bloggers who comment here day after day and give me the motivation to keep blogging. 2011  @ The Bookette is for you guys!


Christina/Book Addict said...

Thanks for the shout out, Becky! It's been great talking about books with you this year; I'm a huge fan of your blog. 2010 looked to be an incredible year for you. I look forward to another great year!

Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read said...

Becky! Wow. *major blushing* Thank you! I'm just happy I've been able to help you a bit. You're such a great girl, you deserve it! Thanks again!

And, I do not wish to disagree at all.:)

Thank you very much for pointing out Lenore's post about plausibility in dystopian fiction. I just read it and it truly was well written. I've been flirting with this genre for a while and in 2011, I intend to start reading it, so her post gave me some new ideas.

Great post!

CarlyB said...

Lovely post! I've only read one of books I bought at the Picadilly meet up - NAUGHTY. I need to sort that out in 2011 as well! Hopefully see you at an event soon :) x

Caroline said...

Awww thanks for your lovely words! You are the most amazing blogger I met and I wouldn't be anywhere near where I am with the blog if it hadn't been for you!
Have the loveliest evening tonight and I wish you the best for 2011!

Stephanie :) (Books Are A Girl's Best Friend) said...

I really liked your The Art of Saying No post, which was actually how I found your blog although I'm not entirely sure where I found the link. I'm so glad I did though :) I'll be off to have a look at Lenore's post as I've enjoyed the dystopian books I've read.

Thanks for your comments on my blog. Yes, I think you'll love Fallen Grace and Daughter of Fire and Ice. I hope you get round to reading them.

I've enjoyed the surveys too although I haven't participated myself this yera!

I Want To Read That said...

hmm I haven't read any of the books I bought at the bloggers meet up either ... but shhhh don't tell anyone:)