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    Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge: Day 6 – Best Book of 2013

    Book Blogger NY Challenge

    Today is Day 6 of Parajunkee’s Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge. And if you saw my post yesterday you’ll know just how tough it was for me to pick a worst book. Well, as I mentioned in that post, it’s just as challenging for me to call one book the best book.

    I’m just as much a chicken about choosing a favorite read. I feel just as guilty for labeling a book as the “best” when there are so many books I adore. And it’s even harder for me to narrow down the long list of books I love the best to single one out as the best of the best.

    Arrrrggh! I soooo wish it was tomorrow. Peeves are way easier than favorite reads.

    Anyway…

    For those of you who might want to participate but haven’t yet heard about this challenge, just click on the link above for more details. But here is the schedule of posts…

    Day One – YOUR BLOGGER RESOLUTIONS
    Day Two – YOUR PROS & CONS OF BLOGGING LIST
    Day Three – THE BOOKS OF 2013 YOU ARE SAD YOU MISSED
    Day Four – THE BOOKS OF 2014 YOU WON’T MISS
    Day Five – WORST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Six – BEST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Seven – TOP TEN BOOK BLOGGER PET PEEVES
    Day Eight – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BLOGGER MOMENT
    Day Nine – CONS OR EVENTS YOU HOPE TO ATTEND
    Day Ten – NEW THINGS YOU WILL BE DOING THIS YEAR
    Day Eleven – TBR SHELF: HOW MANY?
    Day Twelve – HOW DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MORE FOLLOWERS THIS YEAR?
    Day Thirteen – SHARE A BLOGGER HORROR STORY
    Day Fourteen – BLOGGING WISH LIST OF 2014

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    Best Book of 2013

    I am so tempted to totally cheat on this post and list as my favorite read of 2013 a book that has absolutely nothing to do with book blogging.

    Sailing Made Easy

    SAILING MADE EASY by The American Sailing Association was an incredibly helpful and interesting book and one of my favorite reads of 2013. Of course it wasn’t released in 2013, I just read it in 2013. And it doesn’t have anything to do with my blog, so calling this my favorite read of 2013 wouldn’t be fair.

    I also fell madly and passionately in love with Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. But the two books in that series that were my favorites were also not released in 2013 and so I don’t feel right choosing either of those books.

    After much internal debate and self-flaggellation, I sort of narrowed it down to two books. One was Rachel Vincent’s WITH ALL MY SOUL which was my favorite read of the first half of the year.

    With All My Soul

    And the other was Kresley Cole’s ENDLESS KNIGHT which was my favorite read for the second half of the year.

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    Why they were favorites?

    WITH ALL MY SOUL was an epic finish to an amazing series. It was filled with heartbreak and nerve-wracking suspense. It introduced a brand new character that was so interesting and exciting and is worthy of his very own series. It put me on a roller coaster that did not quit. And it didn’t rush the ending nor did it didn’t tie things up so perfectly that it felt saccharine sweet.

    And then there was that whole thing with time. That was a total mind eff. It turned me completely upside down and inside out and left me reeling for days. Then, once I recovered from that I had to recover from all the awesome that was, is and always will be, Tod.

    ENDLESS KNIGHT was a sequel to an amazing, sexy, dark and imaginative book that not only met the challenge of being as good as its predecessor, but was able to surpass my wildest expectations for it. It was darker, so much sexier, even more interesting, exciting, amazing, and the cliffhanger ending was even more of a killer than the first.

    I had hoped, wished and hoped, that I would love Death as much as I wanted to. I also hoped that my love for Jack wouldn’t fade. Well, I adored Death more than I thought I could. And Jackson was every bit as stubborn and sexy and lovable as he was in book one. Oh, and the game was even deadlier, Evie was even more fiercely awesome, and the world was even more intriguing.
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    Well, even though I took the plunge and listed a couple of “best” books, they are by no means all of the books I consider to be the best of the year. There were so many authors whose books wowed and amazed me, whose characters I shed tears over, whose writing made me a fan for life.

    Most every book I read in its entirety in 2013 was at some point during the read a “best” book for me. So it sucks – big time – that I had to choose just two. And there is no way I can choose between those two I picked to label one as better than the other. I don’t compare books to one another. I can only hope to judge them by my emotional reaction to the read, how long the book clings to me after I read it, and how desperate I am to re-read it.

    Right now, for example, I’m currently fighting the urge to ditch my TBR pile and just go back and re-read all the books in the Fever series.

    But what about you?

    Were you able to select just one book as your favorite? Did you think about skipping Day 6 of the challenge so you wouldn’t have to?

    Like me, were you able to pare down your list of favorite reads, but could not limit your “best” book to just one? Or were you able to unequivocally pinpoint one book as the “best of the best” for 2013?

    If not (or if so) I’d love to know!

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    Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge: Day 5 – Worst Book of 2013

    Book Blogger NY Challenge

    Today is Day 5 of Parajunkee’s Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge. And today and tomorrow’s posts are going to be the toughest yet.

    Because I’m not someone who can choose just one. Because I am a total chicken… but it’s more that I already feel bad for the book I might consider to be the worst and guilty for all the books I don’t choose to be the best.

    I’m that crazy girl that feels bad for this little creamer…

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    …and this otherwise forsaken lamp.

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    Yeah… Exactly… So these posts for the next two days of the challenge have been torturous.

    Anyway…

    For those of you who might want to participate but haven’t yet heard about this challenge, just click on the link above for more details. But here is the schedule of posts…

    Day One – YOUR BLOGGER RESOLUTIONS
    Day Two – YOUR PROS & CONS OF BLOGGING LIST
    Day Three – THE BOOKS OF 2013 YOU ARE SAD YOU MISSED
    Day Four – THE BOOKS OF 2014 YOU WON’T MISS
    Day Five – WORST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Six – BEST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Seven – TOP TEN BOOK BLOGGER PET PEEVES
    Day Eight – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BLOGGER MOMENT
    Day Nine – CONS OR EVENTS YOU HOPE TO ATTEND
    Day Ten – NEW THINGS YOU WILL BE DOING THIS YEAR
    Day Eleven – TBR SHELF: HOW MANY?
    Day Twelve – HOW DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MORE FOLLOWERS THIS YEAR?
    Day Thirteen – SHARE A BLOGGER HORROR STORY
    Day Fourteen – BLOGGING WISH LIST OF 2014

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    Worst Book of 2013

    I warned you. If the videos above weren’t enough to tell the tale, let me explain further. I’m someone who feels intense guilt over breaking, throwing away, or bad-mouthing inanimate objects. I have absolutely no qualms about letting the expletives fly toward someone who cuts me off in traffic. But to say a mean thing about a poor defenseless book? To call one book out as being the worst of the worst? I just can’t do it. I’m overwhelmed by guilt just thinking about it.

    Another issue I struggle with is deciding what’s best or worst. I’m the type of reader who might think the book I’m currently reading is the best. And for me, in that moment, it’s true. But then I discover a new book and that book is the best. I tend to love the book I’m with, and when I find a new book, I love that one the most. The same can be said for books I dislike. In that moment of sheer hatred I might think there can be no worse. And yet another one comes along I hate a bit more.

    Which shouldn’t be a problem as this is for a set period of time. I should be able to analyze all the books I read in 2013 and deem one the best and one the worst. But while there may be a few that rise above or sink below, my most favorites are often tied for the best and my least favorites are tied for the worst.

    Which doesn’t answer this question.

    Which appears very much as if I’m stalling.

    Which is only partly true.

    Because there was a book that I read part of this past year, and I had to set it aside as I just couldn’t read on. I even picked it back up again later and trudged through a bit more, but it just didn’t work out for me.

    I couldn’t find any merit in it. The main character was flat, unbelievable, juvenile. The story was cliched without any of the fun, campy, silly things that make cliched plots likable. And there were so many inconsistencies, outright eye-rolling character traits, dialogue missteps and weak plot points, that I just couldn’t work my way through it.

    I passionately disliked this book to the point where I couldn’t even find one nice thing to say about the portion I read and wondered, vehemently, how it could have been published. So I went to Goodreads to check out the reviews to see if perhaps maybe there was something I was missing.

    And there were so many positive reviews. So many readers who loved the book, thought it original, thought it delightful and addictive, surprising, amazing.

    It made me wonder if the beginning of the book I had was somehow tampered with and I was reading a different book. I do read eBooks after all, and it’s possible I got a hold of a flawed copy. As there were so many gushing reviews I figured I’d try to investigate this disparity at some point. But that hasn’t happened quite yet.

    I still can’t get over my feelings of anger toward this book enough to see if my anger was misplaced. Until I do, however, I don’t want to unleash my vitriol on it, because that would be unfair. Further, as I didn’t read it from beginning to end, I can’t with certainty state whether the book read in its entirety was as bad as the portion I’d read.

    I rarely take the time to read books that drive me insane. I’d done it twice in the early days of blogging and it resulted in a thrown Kindle and a number of snarky emails to friends and family. I vowed then and there to never push myself to finish something I just couldn’t stand.

    And while there were a total of five books I read beyond the ten page mark since then, I never forced myself to read beyond the halfway mark if I just couldn’t stand a particular book. Which is why I don’t feel comfortable outing this book that I very much didn’t like.

    Though I’m happy to share some of the reasons why it was a “worst” book for me.

    1. Unbelievable/unrealistic dialogue for the character’s age/situation.

    2. Unrealistic/unbelievable responses to things that happened – blushing, giggling.

    3. Unrealistic/unbelievable actions taken – completely out of character.

    4. Unrealistic/unbelievable, inconsistent parental response to actions taken by main character.

    5. Creepy/stalker-y behavior by main character.

    6. Overly simplistic dialogue, explanations, narrative, descriptions.

    7. Inconsistent timeline of events – Did a day pass? A week? Two weeks?

    8. Missing time, gaps in the timeline – Wait, when did that happen? Oh.. well… if that happened, then where’s the explanation for the radical change in the character? AND That stuff might have been kind of interesting to know about since it seemed kind of important… hmmm….

    9. Sexy? Steamy hot? – Um, maybe… if holding hands and glares count as H.O.T. then… okay?

    Of course, the character could have matured, the major skips in the plot could have felt less important as the story progressed, things could have heated up to the point of sizzling. And while I may not have love, love, loved the book it might have not been deemed my least favorite if I’d read it through to the end. Or it could have gotten worse.

    So… after this really long rambling post in which I tease with a less than favorite partial read, I just have to add that of the books I read in their entirety in 2013 there is no book I could call “the worst.”

    Sorry! I kind of suck. And I probably suck even more so because, no, I’m not going to reveal which book this is.

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    I am a total FAIL with today’s topic. I actually spent 2013 reading only books I enjoyed. While I had three DNF books in 2013 that went beyond the 10 page “set aside for later mark,” only one was a book I really couldn’t stomach.

    But what about you?

    Would you consider your least favorite book a book you DNF’ed? Or do you fight your feelings of frustration, anger and amazement in order to choke your way through a less than enjoyable read?

    Are you comfortable outing a book as the worst of the worst? Even if it’s a book you didn’t read in full?

    If you are a braver soul than I, or one who doesn’t feel guilty about saying a book has no merit whatsoever, which book of 2013 was your least favorite?

    Which book do you think is just THE WORST?

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    Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge: Day 4 – The Books of 2014 I Won’t Miss

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    Today is the 4th Day of Parajunkee’s Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge. And each day of this challenge, so far, I’ve been challenged. Majorly.

    I am looking forward to so many books in 2014, some of which I read, some of which I have in my possession to read soon, some of which I can’t wait to get my hands on. But if I were to list all the “won’t miss” books of 2014 you’ll be here reading this post in 2015. Which would be crazy, right?

    For those of you who might want to participate but haven’t yet heard about this challenge, just click on the link above for more details. But here is the schedule of posts…

    Day One – YOUR BLOGGER RESOLUTIONS
    Day Two – YOUR PROS & CONS OF BLOGGING LIST
    Day Three – THE BOOKS OF 2013 YOU ARE SAD YOU MISSED
    Day Four – THE BOOKS OF 2014 YOU WON’T MISS
    Day Five – WORST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Six – BEST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Seven – TOP TEN BOOK BLOGGER PET PEEVES
    Day Eight – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BLOGGER MOMENT
    Day Nine – CONS OR EVENTS YOU HOPE TO ATTEND
    Day Ten – NEW THINGS YOU WILL BE DOING THIS YEAR
    Day Eleven – TBR SHELF: HOW MANY?
    Day Twelve – HOW DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MORE FOLLOWERS THIS YEAR?
    Day Thirteen – SHARE A BLOGGER HORROR STORY
    Day Fourteen – BLOGGING WISH LIST OF 2014

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    2014 Won’t Miss Reads

    Okay, let me just preface this by stating that while I don’t plan on missing any of the books listed below, it is highly likely that I might miss a few of them. I tend to get overly ambitious with the number of books I want to read. But the reality is, with work, blogging, sailing, studying, and real life stuffs, I don’t get to read as often as I’d like to.

    And as I have read a few 2014 books already – or am currently reading them – I am not listing them below, since they are already not missed. Books such as: EVERTRUE by Brodi Ashton, PANIC by Lauren Oliver, INDEPENDENT STUDY by Joelle Charbonneau, GRADUATION DAY by Joelle Charbonneau, UNHINGED by A.G. Howard, DEFY by Sara B. Larson and A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers.

    So, with that said, here are just 25 26 of those top-of-mind won’t miss books I don’t want to miss this year in no particular order… or maybe ordered just a little bit…

    BURNED (Dani O’Malley Trilogy #2) by Karen Marie Moning

    UP FROM THE GRAVE (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost

    WILD THINGS (Chicagoland Vampires #9) by Chloe Neill

    UNTITLED (The Arcana Chronicles #3) by Kresley Cole

    QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS (White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter

    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare

    IGNITE ME (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

    THE FOREVER SONG (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa

    TAKE ME ON (Pushing the Limits #4) by Katie McGarry

    SWEET RECKONING (The Sweet Trilogy #3) by Wendy Higgins

    THE LOVELY AND THE LOST (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

    SPLIT SECOND (Pivot Point #2) by Kasie West

    ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

    TEASE (The Ivy Chronicles #2) by Sophie Jordan

    SISTERS’ FATE (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood

    CRESS (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

    FIRE & FLOOD (Fire & Flood #1) by Victoria Scott

    GREAT by Sara Benincasa

    SOUL SCREAMERS VOLUME FOUR by Rachel Vincent

    ALIENATED (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers

    AFTER THE END (After the End #1) by Amy Plum

    ON THE FENCE by Kasie West

    THE SHADOW PRINCE (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain

    THE MURDER COMPLEX (The Murder Complex #1) by Lindsay Cummings

    EARTHQUAKE (Earthbound #2) by Aprilynne Pike

    DARK SKYE (Immortals After Dark #14) by Kresley Cole

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    This list isn’t even close to the number of books I want to read and don’t want to miss. But as I know no matter how many books I list I will miss some, I thought I’d try to cap the list at 25. Of course my counting was an epic fail and I couldn’t bring myself to delete one of the titles I listed. And so I have 26 “won’t miss” books for 2014 listed above.

    Oops.

    But what about you?

    Are any of my “won’t miss” books yours? Are there any that I should have listed but didn’t? Are there any authors who automatically get added to your must read list? Authors you just can’t go a year without reading?

    Do tell…

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    Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge: Day 3 – The Books of 2013 I Am Sad I Missed

    Book Blogger NY Challenge

    As I may have already mentioned, I’ve decided to participate in Parajunkee’s Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge. This challenge is NOT at all as easy as I thought it was going to be, though (thankfully) today’s topic isn’t too challenging. It’s just a long, long list. One I had to limit to just a handful.

    For those of you who might want to participate but haven’t yet heard about this challenge, just click on the link above for more details. But here is the schedule of posts…

    Day One – YOUR BLOGGER RESOLUTIONS
    Day Two – YOUR PROS & CONS OF BLOGGING LIST
    Day Three – THE BOOKS OF 2013 YOU ARE SAD YOU MISSED
    Day Four – THE BOOKS OF 2014 YOU WON’T MISS
    Day Five – WORST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Six – BEST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Seven – TOP TEN BOOK BLOGGER PET PEEVES
    Day Eight – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BLOGGER MOMENT
    Day Nine – CONS OR EVENTS YOU HOPE TO ATTEND
    Day Ten – NEW THINGS YOU WILL BE DOING THIS YEAR
    Day Eleven – TBR SHELF: HOW MANY?
    Day Twelve – HOW DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MORE FOLLOWERS THIS YEAR?
    Day Thirteen – SHARE A BLOGGER HORROR STORY
    Day Fourteen – BLOGGING WISH LIST OF 2014

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    2013 Reads I’m Sad I Missed

    I wouldn’t say the books I have listed below are ones I “missed” because I own each and every one of them. But I did miss them in the sense that I didn’t get the chance to read them in 2013 as I’d hoped to do.

    I am not a fast reader. I am an eclectic and moody reader. And time is my worst enemy. So in that sense I missed these awesome-sounding books. But my hope is that some day in the near or far future they will be moved from the TBR shelf to the Read shelf.

    And just like with my resolutions, I’ve decided to stick with lucky number seven – seven YA reads I missed and seven non-YA ones. But in reality the list extends beyond a hundred. Which is stressing me out. Big time.

    YA Books

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    GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby

    PERFECT RUIN (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano

    THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen

    SIEGE & STORM (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo

    CLOCKWORK PRINCESS (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

    ALTERED (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush

    HOW TO LOVE by Katie Cotugno

    New Adult and Other Fiction

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    DOCTOR SLEEP (The Shining #2) by Stephen King

    VICIOUS by Victoria Schwab

    MACRIEVE (Immortals After Dark #13) by Kresley Cole

    FORGIVING LIES (Forgiving Lies #1) by Molly McAdams

    REDEMPTION (Defiance #2) by Stephanie Tyler

    DOWN LONDON ROAD (On Dublin Street #2) by Samantha Young

    BLACK AND BLUE (Otherworld Assassin #2) by Gena Showalter

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    I wish I could say that was it. But there are so many series that date back to well before 2013 that I want to dive into that had books releasing in 2013. There are so many new series that began last year that I’d love to take a peek at. And there are quite a few 2013 standalone novels that have piqued my interest.

    I take some comfort in the fact that I own just about every book from 2013 that I want to read someday. Though I’m starting to wonder whether someday will ever happen. It’s not seeming very likely.

    What about you?

    What are your most missed books of 2013? Are they from series you have yet to catch up on? Authors you have adored for ages? Debuts you have been told are absolute must reads?

    Or are they as eclectic a mix as my list of missed reads?

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    Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge: Day 2 – My Pros & Cons of Blogging

    Book Blogger NY Challenge

    As I mentioned the other day, I’ve decided to participate in Parajunkee’s Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge. Originally I thought it sounded like a ton of fun but wow, it’s lived up to the “challenge” in its name.

    For those of you who might want to participate but haven’t yet heard about this challenge, just click on the link above for more details. But here is the schedule of posts…

    Day One – YOUR BLOGGER RESOLUTIONS
    Day Two – YOUR PROS & CONS OF BLOGGING LIST
    Day Three – THE BOOKS OF 2013 YOU ARE SAD YOU MISSED
    Day Four – THE BOOKS OF 2014 YOU WON’T MISS
    Day Five – WORST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Six – BEST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Seven – TOP TEN BOOK BLOGGER PET PEEVES
    Day Eight – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BLOGGER MOMENT
    Day Nine – CONS OR EVENTS YOU HOPE TO ATTEND
    Day Ten – NEW THINGS YOU WILL BE DOING THIS YEAR
    Day Eleven – TBR SHELF: HOW MANY?
    Day Twelve – HOW DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MORE FOLLOWERS THIS YEAR?
    Day Thirteen – SHARE A BLOGGER HORROR STORY
    Day Fourteen – BLOGGING WISH LIST OF 2014

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    Pros & Cons of Blogging

    I thought this was going to be an easy one. But it’s turned out to be a bit more of a thinker than I originally thought. Some of the things that I think are pros are also cons and vice versa. And some of my pros make it sound as if I’m in this just for the books. Which is so not the case.

    A few items on the list make me look a little bit insane and others are things that I hadn’t realized to be true until I put them down in this post. Which has given me a lot of food for thought for the new year. [Insert dramatic sigh here.]

    Anyway…

    I have a number of pros and cons, so I’ll just get right to them. Without any more rambling. Without any more second-guessing myself. Without another word…

    Pros

    Blogging gives me…

    • The chance to read some amazing titles I might not otherwise have heard about.
    • The chance to read some of those amazing titles earlier than I would otherwise have had the opportunity to do.
    • The chance to discover some super cool and awesome and smart and clever and imaginative and creative authors and bloggers.
    • The chance to share my thoughts about books and characters with people who are receptive, who don’t judge me too harshly, who don’t tell me to “shut up already!” and who don’t think YA books are inappropriate for someone of my age.

    Blogging is a creative outlet that let’s me share my thoughts and voice and opinions.

    Blogging gives me the courage to speak my mind in a way I might not otherwise be comfortable doing in a non-blog-related environment.

    Blogging lets me interact with interesting people, even though my social skills are far from stellar.

    Blogging allows me to be a part of a community I couldn’t otherwise be a part of.

    Blogging challenges me to write and think and expand my small universe.

    Blogging lets me be a version of myself that I don’t get to be with my friends, co-workers or family.

    Blogging about books lets me have book boyfriends and book crushes and not feel embarrassed or guilty.

    Blogging helps me be less obsessive about perfection, be more accepting of failure, be more willing to comprise, be more understanding.

    Cons

    Blogging is hugely time consuming.

    Blogging can be – and has been – incredibly stressful.

    Blogging can be – and has been – hugely expensive.

    Blogging can be – and has been – drama-filled, competitive and ugly.

    Blogging has at one time or another made me feel…

    • Jealous
    • Unworthy
    • Angry
    • Sad
    • Hurt
    • Ignored
    • Less

    Blogging means being a part of a community – for better or worse.

    Blogging means learning things about an author that you might not want to know.

    Blogging means having to balance the need for honesty with the likelihood that honesty might just be hurtful to someone.

    Blogging can mean having your words and ideas stolen, ridiculed, dismissed.

    Blogging challenges me to write and think and makes me question my ability to do so. Often.

    Blogging has made me more obsessive about perfection, has made me less accepting of failure, has made me less willing to comprise, has made me less understanding.

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    While I could go on and on with my pros and cons, I think this is a fair summation of my overall thoughts. I love blogging. I love that it challenges me. I love that it makes me throw my perfectionist standards to the wind now and again. I love that it allows me to use cliched phrases and say “eff it!” because it’s my blog and I can say what I want.

    I love having a voice on the interwebs, even if that voice sometimes gets misinterpreted, dismissed, my words stolen.

    Some days the pros outweigh the cons, and others it’s the exact opposite. But with 1,500 published posts on just this blog – oops, with this post it’ll be 1,501 – I have to say the pros definitely win out. But that’s just me…

    What about you?

    Do you think the pros outweigh the cons? What are some of your favorite perks to being a book blogger? What are your least favorite aspects of blogging?

    Looking back on your blogging “career” – whether long or short – overall has it all been worth it?

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    Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge: Day 1 – My Blogger Resolutions

    Book Blogger NY Challenge

    While I have a ton of things going on over the next couple of weeks here on the blog, I couldn’t resist the chance to participate in Parajunkee’s Book Blogger New Year’s Challenge for the next fourteen days. It sounds like a ton of fun, though looking at the planned topics I already know that these posts will be a challenge.

    For those of you who might want to participate but haven’t yet heard about this challenge, just click on the link above for more details. But here is the schedule of posts…

    Day One – YOUR BLOGGER RESOLUTIONS
    Day Two – YOUR PROS & CONS OF BLOGGING LIST
    Day Three – THE BOOKS OF 2013 YOU ARE SAD YOU MISSED
    Day Four – THE BOOKS OF 2014 YOU WON’T MISS
    Day Five – WORST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Six – BEST BOOK OF 2013
    Day Seven – TOP TEN BOOK BLOGGER PET PEEVES
    Day Eight – YOUR FAVORITE BOOK BLOGGER MOMENT
    Day Nine – CONS OR EVENTS YOU HOPE TO ATTEND
    Day Ten – NEW THINGS YOU WILL BE DOING THIS YEAR
    Day Eleven – TBR SHELF: HOW MANY?
    Day Twelve – HOW DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MORE FOLLOWERS THIS YEAR?
    Day Thirteen – SHARE A BLOGGER HORROR STORY
    Day Fourteen – BLOGGING WISH LIST OF 2014

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    Blogger Resolutions

    For each of the three years I’ve been blogging I’ve tried to create both a list of goals for the year ahead and a list of resolutions. But I never seem to meet those goals I’ve set for myself. As I’ve always been just slightly better about sticking to my resolutions I am hoping that by listing my resolutions for 2014, I might just succeed.

    We shall see….

    My Resolutions

    1. Review more books

    If I can take five seconds to get over myself and just share my thoughts about the books I read without battling myself over the perfect words to use, I just might be able to accomplish this.

    2. Read more books

    While I managed to read over one hundred books in 2013 I still felt like I was always behind on my reading. This year I’m making it a priority to read more books.

    3. Don’t overcommit

    Between the blog, blogging events and the free tour service I found myself drowning at various points during the past year. Even though I’ve pared down the number of blogs I actively blog on, I’m still barely treading water. That has to change in 2014.

    4. Have fun

    I’ve been swearing to myself that I would try to take things less seriously here on the blog. It hasn’t exactly happened… yet. In 2014 I am dead set on making that happen. There is no way I’ll reach that five-year mark in 2015 if I don’t.

    5. Mix it up

    I created this set of rules for myself that I can’t seem to set aside very easily. No one but me says I have to be so rigid, inflexible… BORING. I hope by the time I start prepping Day Ten’s post I’ll be able to think up a few ways to make this resolution a reality.

    6. Read more blogs

    This year I’m not going to try and commit to being more social. I’m in such an antisocial place right now that I can’t even begin to think about reaching out right now. But there is nothing preventing me from discovering and/or reading more blogs. Especially blogs I swore to myself I’d go back and visit regularly.

    7. Discover new authors

    When I find an author whose writing I love, love, love I tend to hone in on their upcoming releases and spend less time trying to discover new authors to fall in love with. While my reading pile is huge, my list of favorite authors is long, that doesn’t mean I don’t have the capacity to fall in love with new stories, writing, characters, authors.

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    So that’s it. I’m sticking with seven resolutions. They say it’s a lucky number. I’m cool with that.

    Besides, if I kept on going with my list of 2014 resolutions it would be a long list and one I would probably become too overwhelmed to tackle. And so I’m keeping it manageable. Keeping it concise and to the point. Keeping it realistic.

    But what about you?

    What are your blogger resolutions? Do you share any of the same resolutions as I have made for 2014? Did you opt to go big with your list this New Year’s?

    And do you think that there are any resolutions I didn’t list but should be on my list?

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