The year in review - 2009 - A Circle of Books
Hello everyone and Happy New Year! I wanted to start the year by doing something that I so love to read on other blogs. I love to read the recaps and the year in review. I have been hesitant to add mine as I fell short by about 20 books. And if you look at my piles you can easily bump that number to 40. I can honestly say that I spent most of my time reading blogs this year and less time reading my books. This book blogging in 2009 was a new time expenditure for me and it cut into my spare time considerably. While I enjoyed the blog reading tremendously, I note that this was not my desired outcome.
So I have a goal this year to get a balance on my blog reading time and my book reading time. And I don't plan on cutting back on my blog reading. Also I did read more books on the list. The list below only includes books reviewed and featured.
I also reviewed a movie or two and shared a poem or two. (click on review to get review, author info, and to see the cover)
- Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer (Review)
- The American Journey of Barak Obama (Review)
- Love and other Natural Disasters (Review)
- Sundays at Tiffany's (Review)
- Drood (Review)
- Who by Fire (Review)
- Knit Two (Review)
- Galway Bay (Review)
- Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand (Review)
- Mating Rituals of the North American Wasp (Review)
- The Host (Review)
- Stand the Storm (Review)
- The Castaways
- Star Gazing (Review)
- A Summer Affair (Review)
- Follow Me (Review)
- People of the Book (Review)
- How Not to Look Old (Read but not reviewed)
- Secrets to Happiness (Review)
- A Worthy Legacy (Review)
- Simon's Cat (Review)
- Ansel Adams in Color (Review)
- Rain (Review)
- Knit the Season (Review)
- Bear Portraits (Review)
- The Winter of Our Discontent (Review)
- Olive Kitteridge (Review)
- The Reader (Movie Review)
More thoughts on A Circle of Books in 2009 and 2010.
On Giveaways - I had giveaways every month. I hope to continue with the giveaways. I have had a few little episodes where a winner hasn't received a book and considering the amount of giveaways I held, it was not that bad at all. Just remember to read the details. Most of the giveaways are mailed from the publisher. Sometimes the books arrive in a week or two and other times it takes a while. For those that do enter the giveaways if you keep my original email, it is very helpful in assisting you when this happens. And when you email me to state that you haven't received your book, if you could just include your address again that helps tremendously.
On awards - Thank you for all that bestow those thoughtful and pretty awards. It is great fun. Since I am on a crunch for time sometimes I don't post it or pass along. It sure doesn't mean that I don't appreciate them. Sometimes I just loose track. I am working on finding the balance of being involved in the social aspect more. Don't give up on me. Maybe next year I can get more involved in some of the fun stuff...the meme's, the awards, the exchanges. I hope to do so.
On that note I want to add that I was blogging on a pretty slow and old PC, some of my favorite blogs took forever for me to load and reply. I have a new situation and it seems to have rectified my technology handicap.
On Blog Tours - When I first blogged, I did more blog tours. I have to say that I miss the blog tours. I thought that I wanted to branch out more on my own and read my own stuff and that is true, but I would like to go back to doing more blog tours. I love the buzz, the giveaways, the book thought and all that good stuff centered around the blog tours. I hope to do more of them this year.
On that note I think I am about 30% of the way to the goal and vision for this blog. I hope everyone will stay with me for the journey for I am sure it will be a great ride, however long it may take!
Happy New Year!
***edited to note ..I spend the day reading everyone's wrap ups and what not and once again, I spent hours reading and commenting on blogs instead of finishing my books...sigh.... I had such a crappy reading year in hindsight.....