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Tuesday, 20 December 2011

End of Year Survey: Part Two

Last year I participated in Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner's End of Year Survey. So this year I thought I'd answer the questions again. Swapping 2010 for 2011.  
Part Two:

1.  New favourite book blog you discovered in 2011?

My favourite new blog to follow this year is The Tales Compendium. I love Jess's reviews and finding out about Aussie fiction through her blog. I love her less is more method. Blogs which don't post for the sake of posting are my favourite kind. I want to be more like Jess.

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2011?

Hmmm... I guess it was Paper Covers Rock by Jenny Hubbard. I love it when a book gives me food for thought and this was one of those situations. I wanted to write a review because I felt I had something to say. That hasn't always been the case this year. Some books I just felt indifferent about and so the reviews were a bit soulless.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I didn't have any discussions this year. That kind of surprised me actually.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else's blog?
Caroline's Lesbian Teen Novels Week back in July was thought-provoking from start to finish. She showcased so many titles and I really admire her for putting so much of her soul into it.

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

I haven't been to many real life events this year. I found myself being overwhelmed by them. But I did invite authors to come into school and one of them was Ali Sparkes. Her workshops with my Year 3s and 4s were brilliant. I sold more books than ever at the signings and now nine months later her books are still racing off the library shelves. I love it when that happens.

6. Best moment of book blogging in 2011?

This year it's easy. My highlight has been working with Catnip Publishing on the new cover for Song Quest. We are weeks away from it's release now. I'm so delighted Catnip are bringing it back into print.

7. Best bookish discovery (book related sites, book stores, etc.) ?
I guess this must be my kobo. I'm still not sold on  the whole ereader experience. But I love downloading the previews. Sometimes when you're in a bookshop you buy a book based on the blurb. Then when you get home you realise the style of writing is not your cup of tea. Well now I download lots of previews and read them in bed. Then I pick the books that hook me with their first few pages. It's a really great system!

Well that's it for the survey. My next posts will be for completed (or not) challenges!

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