What a crazy year 2010 was, huh? At least it was for me. :) But when it came to all things books it was great!
The So Cal Bloggers got together a lot this year - which I loved! I got to meet Ames from Canada when she visited. We added a whole bunch of wonderful authors to our group - which was awesome. Kris from Australia visited as well - although none of the bloggers brought cameras to our luncheon! lol (yeah, we suck!) I did, however manage to capture her on film.
I went on an incredible trip to San Francisco and Yaoi-con where I met up with Chris, Tam, Kris, & Jen (and Tam's daughter) and we had a fabulous time. I got to meet lots of great authors at the con too. The whole trip was a once in a lifetime thing and I had such a good time.
When it came to reading I expanded my horizons by joining the Yaoi Swap. I'd never read yaoi manga before and it was definitely an eye opener! lol Of course I love it and will keep reading it in 2011.
My reading challenges were pretty darned enjoyable, I must say. I actually made it through both of them without too much pain and anguish. lol
The DIK Reading Challenge was a fun. We might have to do that again sometime...uh, not this year. :) You can see all of the books I read and reviewed on my sidebar.------>
The M/M Reading Challenge was definitely a little more challenging for me. I read m/m books all the time but I don't review too many..why is that? I have no idea. Of course I think my reviewing dwindled this year en total so maybe it's an all over decline. Anyway, I signed up for 20+ books and I managed to review 26. I did most of those in the beginning of the year and slacked a bit at the end there - but I did it! My review links, etc. are on the sidebar as well.------>
The reading challenges that I gave to myself didn't work out quite as well. My Tracy's TBR challenge wasn't so bad. This was my challenge to read at least 1 book per week from my TBR that had been there for 3 months or longer. I did miss a couple of weeks but some weeks I read more than one so...yeah, it still doesn't work out to 52 but I tried!
My Finish the Series Project went down in a huge friggin smoking ball of flame. I tried, I really did. I even tried to avoid starting new series because I didn't want to add them to my list. This challenge started in March and shouldn't have taken me that long. I even deleted some of the books off of the list because I decided there was a reason I hadn't finished the series and I wasn't going to change my mind. I think I finally gave up the ghost in July with, I think, 12 books left. Maybe some day I'll read them all, but you never know. :)
How many books did I read? I have no idea how many. If my entries to Goodreads can be believed it's around the 450 mark give or take a few DNF's. Not a bad year. But how many of those books really stood out? Well, quite a few, actually. There were many, many, many that got ratings of 4 or 4.5 that were great but I won't be listing those here. As usual I'm going to stick to listing the books that I marked 5 stars cuz that's how I roll and let's face it, I just don't have the patience to list all of the 4 and 4.5's. ;)
These are put in no particular category so don't be trying to figure one out. It's totally random, just like me. *beams*
My 5 star reads for 2010:
Something About You by Julie James
Downtime by Tamara Allen
InDescent by KZ Snow
The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
Caught Running by Madeleine Urban and Abigail Roux
Trust Me If You Dare by LB Gregg
The Art of Dying by Josh Lanyon & Jordan Castillo Price
Secrets by Jordan Castillo Price
Fugly by KZ Snow
Lord of the White Hell book 2 by Ginn Hale
Get What You Need by Janey Chapel
Dudleytown by LB Gregg
Love is Blind by Lynsay Sands
Last Dragon Standing by GA Aiken
Talker by Amy Lane
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Clare London
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
The Reawakened by Jeri Smith-Ready
In and Out by LB Gregg
Wow - a really great mix of books and a great year! Hopefully there will be even more in 2011 that will make the 5 star listing.
I hope you and yours have a wonderful 2011 and Happy Reading!