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December and 2010 Round-off

 Saturday, 1 January 2011

Well damn... it's now 2011 and I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out where 2010 went. This year has been a blur really and so much has happened so I shall summarise the year as quickly as I can before moving onto the round-off for December.

I started this blog and proceeded to neglect it for a few months. This month was actually my most prolific in terms of reading but I suppose that was because my second semester lectures didn't start until the beginning of February.

Not much happened in terms of blog or life in general

This was the month I finally got my blogging pants on and really went to town getting everything spruced up. Coincidentally it was also the last month of my first year in University.

Back home and I kicked my heels for a few weeks because at the end of the month I went on Cricket Tour to Barbados resulting in a 3 week slump in posting.

Once I was back and in the swing of things again it was in this month that my bestie Jess and I went on the first book-hauling Road Trip of Awesome to see our friend Ellie at her super-cool bookshop in the Peak District.

A pretty good month since not only did Jess and I go on *another* Roadtrip the day when Mockingjay came out but I also went to London for a few days with my boyfriend which was fantastic!

Ok start to the month but after I moved back to University I was without internet for two weeks so not a whole lot happened.

Did my Favourites Fortnight feature that ended up lasting a week. I turned 20 *eep* and my second year of university officially began.

The month when everything went tits up. I started the month in the most stressful way possible by trying to doing NanoWrimo, by halfway through the month I quit and tried to salvage my fast-diminishing enthusiasm for my Uni course. But just before the end of November I made the decision to drop out of Uni and had to start the procedure of withdrawing. It was a very stressful time for me and my family since there had been 3 deaths in my extended family in the space of a week or two on top of my problems. But on the bright side I got to read Last Sacrifice two-three weeks earlier than everyone else :P

I came home and had to start the incredibly soul-munching task of finding a job and applying to a new course to start in September 2011. In the run-up to Christmas there was quite a worry about my Grandad who was in and out of hospital with pneumonia, thankfully he was able to be home before Christmas Day. After getting a fab load of presents the week between Christmas & New Year brought me closer to  a job that I really want *keeps fingers crossed* so hopefully in the next few days I'll hear more about that.

And What now... ? What does 2011 have in store for me? I just hope it's not too bad...

But anyway back to what happened on the blog in December
Books Read
191. Fourth Comings by Megan McCafferty
192. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan
193. Numbers by Rachel Ward
194. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
195. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
196. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
197. Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
198. Still Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley
199. Sweethearts by Sarah Zarr
200. Persuasion by Jane Austen 
201. Who's Afraid of Jane Austen? by Henry Hitchings
202. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
203. The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
204. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
205. Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty
206. Plan B by Jenny O'Connell
207. Entangled by Cat Clarke
208. Shift by Rachel Vincent
209. Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder
210. Waiting For You by Susane Colasanti 

20 Books Read which isn't too shabby, out of those I think my favourite book was Entangled by Cat Clarke, I'll be posting a review in the next week since it's official release date is the 6th of January. For a complete list of favourites from 2010 keep an eye out for another post I'll be doing shortly.

Books Reviewed
Definitely was a crap month for reviews - I did only two *facepalm*
Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
Still Sucks to be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Bizarrely they were both Vampire books 

Apart from a couple of reading challenges I joined for next year and my Blogging Resolutions post there was not a lot of activity on the blog in December so I do apologise.  

Overall 2010 was a mixed year, there were highs (mostly in the summer) and the really big lows have been in the last two months so I saw out the year in rather gloomy mindset - I don't quite know where I'm going at the moment and my future is kinda up in the air. But I want to try and land on my feet and hit the ground running because the only place I want this blog to go is up and I know you guys will help me get there. 

In the next week or so Jess and I will be re-launching our jointly hosted Cover Loving Feature - Covers so Lovely we'd Lick them! if you had been wondering where it went, when Jess's computer went kaput towards the end of November I held off posting my cover choices until she got it working again. Now in the New Year we both have working computers and shall endeavour to bring the feature back to life again!

So thank you lovely folk for sticking with me through all these months and I am gonna do my best to continue posting content that you want to read and really get better at posting reviews consistently since there's no point being a book blogger if you're not talking about books.

Buckets of Hugs and Happy New Year!!


Ria- The Beaucoup Review book blog. 1 January 2011 at 21:19  

I hope you get the job!
And I REALLY need to read Entangled by Cat Clarke!

Ellie 2 January 2011 at 16:52  

Ah, I'm glad you included your December reading list because I wanted to ask, what did you think of 'Will Grayson, Will Grayson'? I was thinking of buying it in my last pre-TBR pile splurge for a while, and I remembered seeing it appear on one of your vlogs, so... should I buy it now? Leave it for a while and prioritise other awesome reads? Not bother? Get it from the library?
Awaiting your advice, m'dear... x

LadyViolet 2 January 2011 at 17:12  

Ellie - I really liked Will Grayson, Will Grayson the alternating POVs were fab although David Levithan's Will didn't use capitalisation which boggles your mind at first. Funny, witty and if You don't fall in love with Tiny Cooper (the biggest and most outrageously gay guy you will ever have the privilege of reading about)then you need your head checking :P.
I say go for it ;) x

Ellie 2 January 2011 at 23:34  

Hmmm, I'll bung it in the basket and think about it. Might wait for the paperback though... *cheer for stupidly huge Amazon parcels* I just ordered a new TV and a stand and stuff, so a few books doesn't seem like such a big deal after that! Ah well, it's the holidays, right? ;-)

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