"56 Books, Mama? Really? That's all you read this year?"
Toddler shakes head and gives me look pictured above.
I know. I know. Back off, little man. :)
I kid, obviously but the boy is right. I did only read 56 books this year, down from my 65 books from the year before. But to recap in the fashion of the previous year, my 2011, like my 2010, came with many ups and many downs. I always thought I read more but maybe, in reality, I'm just paying more attention to it and spending more time blogging and reviewing instead of reading. It takes energy and dedication to blog about every book you read. That puts pressure, although most of the time enjoyable, on me as a reader. I struggled with that this year and the ups/downs of my daily life didn't help.
Let's start with the downs, shall we?
My career with Borders came to a screeching halt after the company liquidated. I saw the store I put together with my sweaty little hands get torn apart my savages.
I came to an eye opening, heart pounding realization that I am financially in the crap bucket; my home value is equal to that of a cardboard box on the corner and no help is to be found.
After believing that I was a fertile powerhouse capable of having millions of babies I came to discover that getting pregnant the second time around is like winning the lottery. Not very likely.
And I now have arthritis on my OTHER big toe. Craptastic.
Luckily, with all of these downs, I did have plenty of ups to balance it all out:
First, my peanut of a boy (see awesome photo again), is a smart, feisty, fun, creative, fast talking, bright little guy who loves to go to school and is now POTTY TRAINED (pause for super freaky happy dance here!) He is the light of my life while at the same time running me ragged.
I continue to work at my local library and am still loving it!
I had the chance to go to BEA and the Book Blogger Convention again this year. I had the awesome privilege of rooming with Ms. Stacy of A Novel Source and got to hang out with the wonderful, wonderful Steph from Steph the Bookworm and her equally wonderful mom, Kim. I consider these folks to be my friends now. So happy!
I also got a chance to hang with the super talented, star in the making, mystery author,
Sandra Brannan and my friend, Christine from The happily ever after.
This whole event was a huge deal for me because I went by myself and had a blast. Tours of publishers, networking cocktail parties, tons of books, etc. It was amazing!
I got to work at the Midwest Booksellers Association Trade Show and worked with a ton of authors and literary folk. I think this is going to be a nice step towards an even
more literary life for me!
I purchased my own domain name and officially became www.redheadedbookchild.com
I participated in a Thrill Week with Marce at Tea Time with Marce.
On top of it all, I got another job. This time at an independent bookstore in Minneapolis, one of the largest in the midwest actually. I am pretty excited with it. It all happened with some connections with literary folks that I know and being in the right place at the right time, I guess. I am really happy with it and look forward to what the new year brings with it all.
And, I discovered New Girl, my favorite new TV show and that I secretly enjoy dancing to Taylor Swift. I know. I know. Would this be considered an up? Well, yes, I think it does. I dance joyfully and it makes me happy. I'm usually accompanied by my remote for a microphone and a fuzzy scarf for jazzy stage dress.
Overall, another full year for me in 2011. What can I say about 2012? I guess I just want to continue to find my happiness within myself and my family and with you all. Of course, I want to read a ton of books but I'm not going to stress myself out on the number or whether I not I complete challenges. I'm going to have fun!
Now on to my year in books...
Books Read including Children's Books:
Review Copies read:
Owned Books Read:
Challenges participated in:
My A-Z Mystery Author Challenge 11/26, History Challenge 0/2, Memoir Challenge 3/6, Read from your Shelves Project 6/10
Favorite New Author:
Best Review Book I almost said No to:
Wrecker by Summer Wood
Creep by Jennifer Hillier
(a frightening new series)
Goddess of Vengeance by Jackie Collins
Least Favorite Book of 2011:
Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal
(should have left the past in the past, yo)
Top 10 Favorite Books of 2011:
Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Lot's Return to Sodom by Sandra Brannan
The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok
Carry the One by Carol Anshaw
Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Wither by Lauren DeStefano
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
As always, I had fun reading and that will continue to be my motivation as I enter my third year blogging. I always enjoy your company as my friends and my readers. I will continue to be me and keep it low key and full of my delightful humor (wink). I treasure you all who have been with me from the beginning. I look forward to those I have recently "met" and will continue to "meet". Though I may not stop by as often these days, your readership and support and involvement in this book blogging community continues to inspire me.
Here's to a bright and beautiful 2012!
Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!
red headed book child