Hello, lovelies – Merry Christmas! I hope you’re all having a great holiday season Today I’m back with part 2 of Jamie’s annual End of Year Survey and this time we’re discussing our best blogging memories of 2012. If you’d like to join in or check out some of the others’ posts, head over to Jamie’s blog.
1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2012?
Oh, there were quite a lot! But my favourite one is Project To Be Read, which is run by Claire. Claire and I met on Twitter a while ago and on top of being a Londoner and running such a great blog, she’s super lovely too! We seem to have a similar taste in books so I’m sure I’ll be a frequent visitor of her blog in the future.
2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2012?
3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I think ‘Should bloggers charge authors for reviews?’ would be one of them. It was basically a response to all the craziness that was going on on Twitter and various social media sites at the time and my take on the issue. It wasn’t a happy topic but I know I loved writing it. Although the most popular one was ‘Is blogging becoming a popularity contest?‘
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Since I live in the middle of nowhere, I’ve never really had the chance to attend author signings or book festivals – but hey, there’s always next year! On the other hand, I took part in a bunch of virtual events I’m not likely to forget anytime soon. The two events that stood out for me were
- hosting the Review Copy Cleanup (twice!) with Celine
- and taking part in Dewey’s readathon. If I had to pick one bookish event, I think this would be my favourite one. I had a lot of fun and met some amazing people on Twitter
7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?
The most popular one was the sign up post for our second Review Copy Cleanup – back in August – with 1,132 views. WOW! The second most popular one was my 1 year blogoversary post in September and the third one is the discussion post I mentioned above, aka Should bloggers charge authors for reviews?
8. Best bookish discovery?
Ambling Books! I was scrolling through my Google Reader a few weeks ago when I saw someone’s post about this website and I HAD to check it out. Ambling Books has thousands of free audio books that you can download, as well as lots of inexpensive ones and tons of new releases as well. Obviously, the free ones are mostly classics but there are thousands of them! And they definitely come in handy if you’re a busy uni student preparing for her exams like I am. I’ve never been into audio books but I decided to give them a try and listen to some of the classics I need for my upcoming exams. It saves me a lot of time, that’s for sure!
10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
No, I actually didn’t sign up for any challenges this year apart from the Goodreads one, but I’m taking part in two challenges next year. (Mystery/Suspense and Dystopia)
How about you? What were some of your bookish highlights of the year? Any blogs you’ve discovered recently?