Thursday, December 31, 2009

Some changes around here...

Ha. What do you think of this flashy background? I absolutely love it! ^_^

But that's not the only thing that's going to change for this blog. I've read over 100 books this year. I'm not sure whether I'll read quite as much in 2010, but I'll still post a lot. I'm thinking in addition to writing reviews, I'll write about any kind of book news I please. Whenever I go to the library or book store, I'll remember what books catch my eye. When I see a book get recommended, whether by blog or in the real world, I'll let you know about it.

It seems I have 11 followers after a whole year of work. Hopefully I'll be able to get some more in the following months. Thank you to those who read and regularly comment on my reviews. I hope you consider all my posts rewarding to read and that they have somewhat influenced your decision on what books you'd enjoy picking up.

My 2009 Books

104 books this year. Can you believe it? I can't. Just look at this wall of book covers...

I've completed 6 series this year, and they are the Books of Ember, the Twilight Saga, Before the War, Once and Twice Upon Marigold, the John Lennon poem collections, the two Stargirls, and the two available Future Stories. Total books: 20

With these 6 series, Erec Rex, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Robert Langdon adventures, 13th Reality, 39 clues, and the Hunger Games, I only managed to read 2 books in each respective series. That makes 12 books in that category. (6 x 2, duh.)

All these books are part of a series, but I've only read 1 from each of them. In most cases, it's because it's only the 1st book in the series, but in a couple cases it's the 4th, or the 10th. 16 books.

All the graphic novels I've read: 22. Mostly thanks to a couple wonderful series, Bone and Flight.

Okay, all these novels are meant to stand on their own. As far as I know, anyway: 17

Nonfiction books: 14

And 1 book that Jacoby has reviewed that I didn't read about yet.

These are all the books I have read this year!!! It is simply amazing. I wish that I could have most all these books in a library, but at least they are stored away in my mind.

I'm not sure whether this counts or not, but this year I've also been fortunate enough to read a couple of unofficial books (aka, as of yet unpublished books), called "Sidewinder" and "Lunaratus", which were both written by my wonderful friend, Graham Bradley. He posts regularly on his own review blog, Graham Chops, and on his personal blog, On a Grahampage. Great blogs, but more to the point, really awesome books! ^_~ Graham is currently looking for a publisher for both these books. I very much hope he finds someone to make these stories a reality for the general public. I'm crossing all my fingers for him.

That is my First Annual Wrapup! (You don't want to know how long it took me to get each and every picture!!!)