Feb 6, 2014

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My Life’s Quirks – What I Learned In 2011


My blog, I swear, has a mind of its own.  Sometimes, this doesn’t quite work and sometimes that doesn’t quite work…even though it worked just fine NOT FIVE MINUTES BEFORE!!!

*deep breath…in and out…in and out*

Blogging is fun but it’s not always easy.  Deadlines are constantly looming and emails keep piling up but what you get out of blogging definitely outweighs the irritating parts.  One thing I’m not sure you are aware of is the amount of little programming bugs bloggers have to deal with on a weekly basis.  Sometimes it’s not much, but when a bug decided to appear it drives us crazy!  We are readers.  Not many of us are computer geniuses so knowing how to fix these bugs is usually out of our level of expertise.  All ends up okay but the getting there can be frustrating and nerve wracking.

One such bug that happened to my blog a little bit back was that my “Books read in 2011” page decided it didn’t want to be part of my blog anymore and it disappeared.  Yup.  It just…vanished.


So  one day, when I had a couple of hours to spare, I went about re-building that page.  (What is on that page, you are asking yourself?  Well, it’s a list of all the books I read, by month, in the year and I link my reviews, if I reviewed them on the blog, to them.  Thank goodness for Goodreads, that’s for sure.)

As I was typing the titles of the books I read and adding in the links, I realized a few things…and I thought I would share these things with you today.

First of all, I had less to do in my real  life, apparently, because my average monthly tally of books read was higher than it is today. But that makes sense.  I was not in charge of the Girl Guide Sparks back then and I only had one child in school.  Back in 2011 I read an average of 11 books a month!  Now, I’m lucky if I read 9 🙁

I also learned that in 2011 I read a surprising number of science fiction titles.  That is not a genre to which I flock but I must have thought ‘what the hell’ and gone from there.  And, from my reviews, I enjoyed what I read!  I’m not saying I will search out this genre from now on but maybe I don’t dislike it as much as I thought…  And how did I forget that I read so many in 2011?!  Odd…

2011 was the year where I discovered many of my favorite and auto-buy authors as many debuted that year or I just got on their bandwagon that year.  Examples are Julie James (love!), Amanda Bonilla (love!), Darynda Jones (Love!), Kevin Hearne (Love!), Jenn Bennett (am slightly obsessed with!) and Sierra Dean (am slightly obsessed with!) Just that alone, discovering all of these authors, made 2011 an awesome reading year!

Finally, the thing that stood out the most in my mind about 2011 can be summed up in one word:  Shadowfever.  Yes, January 18th 2011 is when, after 17 long agonizing months of waiting out the most painful cliffhanger in the history of mankind at the end of Dreamfever, Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning FINALLY hit shelves.  To me, it was worth the wait.  I devoured the 608 pages in just over one day, ignoring everything else going on in my life just to read.  I’m telling you, the online community was very supportive while reading this book.  We ooed and awed together, freaked and whined.  It was the only time I have seen that to that extent – readers joining together via twitter and facebook to discuss one book.  It was awesome and not something I will soon forget.

So that I what I discovered while re-writing my Read in 2011 pages.  I was impressed and kind of surprised by how much I got out of that year.  It almost makes me wish my Read in 2010 or Read in 2012 pages went missing so I can write them again too.  Almost.

What I learned in 2011.  Just another one of my life’s quirks.


  1. When I was cataloging 2009 and 2010 I was surprised by the amount of general fiction that I read. I am not a huge fan but I guess I was at some point. None of them got very high reviews but I evidently was trying really hard to find one to love LOL

  2. 2011 was a great year for me too, maybe my best book related year. Sadly until now, this year doesn’t look that promising, but I’m hoping it’ll get better soon.

  3. I’m always surprised to go back over lists of what I read, compared to my memory of what I thought I read. So funny!

  4. oh yes many wonderful authors in 2011 I agree with you! You should see me when I have a problem with the blog, I become crazy and email my wonderful friend so she can help me. Poor girl, I think I annoy her more than anything… But she still helps me.

  5. 2011 was definitely a great year of releases! Shadowfever – be still my heart! Since I’m not a book blogger and I’ve never kept a running tally of how many books I read per month, I can’t remember what books I read what year or how many per year. This year I finally decided to keep a list – I’m currently at 16 new books, 3 re-reads, and 2 novellas. Crazy!

  6. I know absolutely nothing about blog programming, so I would certainly not know what to do if something stopped working. How did you ever discover the missing post?
    I do write everything I post in Word first, and then copy paste, including all the links. So reposting would be easy. And I keep a list in Excel of everything I read, with the date and my stars.

    We do share a very similar paranormal taste Julie! I did not read the KMM books in that time though, so I missed the Twitter madness, but yes, those things are fun.

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