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"Happy Birthday Kansas!"
Six months! PAR-TAY!
I know everyone else did their lists for the first half of the year last month, but I decided to wait until now to give you my list. Of course, this'll make me short in December, but that's okay. Anyways, let's get to the lists. I love lists. They take the happy experiences of life and order and quantify them! ... I probably lost some of you there, but believe me, lists are cool. (Like bowties. Bowties are cool.)
In the last six months...
Well, a lot of things have happened. The following is going to seem pretty stat-heavy, but I love stats! It makes everything seem more manageable. (For more of that, see my Make A List post.)
- I've posted 82 times. Eighty-two! That might not seem like a lot to you more experienced bloggers, but that feels like an awful lot to me.
- Of those posts, 25 were reviews, 8 were Wishlist Wednesday posts, 7 were Cover Love posts, 5 were interviews/guest posts, 4 were giveaways, and 31 were "other."
- My three most popular posts to date have been:
- My Favorite Reads Blog Hop (817 views)
- New Adult; or, There Be Rough Waters Ahead, Matey! (579 views)
- Summer Reads - OUR List (563 views)
- Of the reviews I've posted, the most well-represented genres have been contemporary, historical, fantasy, and dystopian. All four are neck and neck, which is surprising, because I don't consider myself much of a contemporary fan. Then again, most of the contemporaries are also labeled under apocalyptic, hijinks (hi, Gallagher Girls!), or modern-day retellings. Only a few are straight, Sarah Dessen-type contemporary.
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- 3 others didn't earn five stars, but have elbowed their way up in my estimation the more I've thought about them.
- With all that in mind, my top 10 books thus far in alphabetical order are:
- Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
- Heist Society by Ally Carter
- I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga (review to come)
- Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
- Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer
- Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter (this was strictly a fun-for-me read, not meant for review, and boy was it fun!)
- Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- On the downside, I did end up marking 4 books as Did Not Finish (DNF), and 7 others made me really, really cranky. No, I won't name them.
- On the plus side, I've gotten to read a bunch of really, really cool books! I don't do the different "what I've gotten this week" memes, so I decided to do one big six-month wrap-up. I think that those who have been generous with me deserve another round of thanks.
- This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers (from St. Martin's)
- Shadowland by Christopher Gray (from Mr. Gray)
- Reaper swag (from L.S. Murphy)
- Crown of Embers by Rae Carson (from HarperCollins)
- Bone of Evil by Jack Speight (from Mr. Speight)
- Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson ARC (from HarperTeen)
- Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy (from Dot Hutchinson)
- Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers ARC (from a really cool blog - but I forget which!)
- Pinch Hit by Tim Green (from Mr. Green via Goodreads)
- Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
- Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
- The Thief's Covenant by Ari Marmell
- A complete collection of Grimm's fairy tales
- SuperFreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner (Yes, that's how I roll)
Most of all, I want to thank all of you. You all have supported me, answered my pesky questions, and brought up some interesting queries of your own, making this blog much better than I could have made it by myself. Here's hoping the rest of 2012 will be just as amazing.
Okay, okay, enough mushiness. Time for a comment section free-for-all! Is there anything I didn't mention that you'd like to know? Is there a topic you'd like me to write a post on (or just answer in the comments)? Is there a certain kind of post you'd like to see more of? Is there something I'm not doing that you'd like to see changed?