My blogger/twitter friends Andi and Amanda are hosting a blogger challenge this winter and I’m participating so for the next few days you can admire their lovely challenge graphic and follow along with my posts:
Ah, an end of year favorites post.
For books, I usually try to narrow it down to 10 or so. You can read that list tomorrow here: http://wp.me/p6kfM-39e
Until then, I will tease you with my Pinterest board for my favorites: http://www.pinterest.com/missemmaprint/13-for-2013/
I also also tell you some of my favorites were In the Age of Love and Chocolate by Gabrielle Zevin, The Archived (and/or Vicious) by Victoria Schwab, Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel, Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers, and Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein.
Although it has been a horrible year on every level personally, it has been a pretty fantastic year for the blog and I’m proud of a lot of my posts:
- It was a really great year for Author Interviews here on the blog. This year I decided to just go for it and approach any authors I really wanted to talk to because the worst that could happen is someone would say no. The absolute highlights were definitely interviewing Rachel Hartman and Elizabeth Wein who are the authors of two my all-time favorite books–when they BOTH wrote back to agree to interviews I couldn’t believe my luck. It was basically having an idol write to me and say “yes, of course I want to talk to you.” I still get chills just thinking about it.
- Other interview highlights were Tessa Gratton because The Lost Sun completely rocked my world and Hilary Weisman Graham who I probably never would have interviewed or even known about except she was super sweet when I was working retail at a bookstore and one conversation about her debut novel Reunited led to the interview.
- Review-wise, favorites are harder to pick but I’m really proud of my reviews for: Golden Girl, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Midnight Dress, Vicious, A Wounded Name, Proxy, The Beautiful and the Cursed, Dark Triumph, The Archived, Paper Valentine, Code Name Verity and The Best Night of Your Pathetic Life
In terms of “other” posts my favorite booklist is definitely my 10 Best and Worst Summer Vacations and maybe my Spooky Reads.
This year I was also proud of myself for being able to share more about what I was going through with my mom in the past few months–not because it was good blogging but because it was good for me personally and somehow talking about it here made it easier to talk about it to my friends.
Then, finally, I think my favorite post of the entire year is probably my response to an article about Manic Pixie Dream Girls. My post “Anyone Could be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl” is one that I like to think it well-written and compelling and it’s about a lot of things that are close to my heart. And I got to say nice things about my mom. I’m just very, very proud of it.
Want to follow along with the challenge? All of my entries can be found linked on this post.