6 months on… Thank you and my best of 2011 so far list

Wow I can’t believe it’s been a whole 6 months since I started this blog. I started blogging through Tumblr in September last year but I wasn’t following very many other blogs and I didn’t really consider myself a book blogger until this year.  I decided to move to a proper blogger site and tried out both wordpress and blogger. I preferred the follower system in blogger so choose that and I’m so glad I did.
Six months later I love that I have nearly 100 followers (thank you guys!)  and I’ve made some great friends. I love chatting away to people on twitter and getting to know other bloggers. Most other bloggers are really friendly and really cool and I’m so happy that I have met some of you guys.
I think since I started blogging I am enjoying reading more and it’s definitely improved my reading speed! (It had to my TBR is HUGE!) It’s also helped me as a person. During uni my confidence took some serious knocking. I had an awful first year of uni and moved to Preston in the hope that I could start afresh and enjoy myself more. I did, and I love Preston but there was still something missing and I think reading and blogging was that something. It has really increased my confidence, so much so that I didn’t freak when the opportunity came round to go and meet other bloggers in person in Manchester a few weeks ago… something I would never have done this time last year!
Im glad that I pushed myself to start up this blog as at first I was putting it off because I thought that no-one would read it and everyone would think my dinosaur obsession was stupid, lol. I probably come across as quite a loud and proud person but really I’m not at all… but I’m getting better!
Basically I want to say a huge thank you to the people who read and comment on my blog and who chat away to me on twitter. You are great and have helped a totally paranoid girl feel comfortable chatting to strangers!
Instead of just rambling stupidly for this post I am also using it as a way of highlighting my favourite books so far from 2011 (both published this year and read this year!). Some of my favourite books are actually coming out in the next half of the year so if you’re shocked not to see something in this list its probably cos I’m going to put it in that one!
So in order of when I read them these are my favourite reads of 2011 so far:
                               Entangled – Cat Clarke
Entangled was amazing, totally amazing. I remember finishing it and the end totally blowing my mind. I seriously can’t wait for Cat’s next book Torn and I love that Cat is so nice and laid back so I can chat away with her on twitter!
Kissing Kate – Lauren Myracle
Im all for LGBT books in YA and I loved the way this one was handled. I loved reading this book and it transformed me back to my teens when I wasn’t sure what the hell was going on with my own feelings. I wish I had this book when I was a teen!

Della Says OMG – Keris Stainton
After chatting to Keris on twitter I felt pretty bad that I hadn’t even read her book. I decided to buy it and I remember curling up with this book and just zooming through it! I’m so glad that twitter introduced me to Keris as I love her writing and I’m terrified at the thought of never reading her books! If I’d had Della at 16 it would have been my bible I swear! 😀

Rockoholic – CJ Skuse
As a music nut I couldn’t not love this book, it was hilariously funny and awesome and I loved it from the first chapter! 😀 I can’t believe how much I wanted to be a fly on the wall of that garage!

                    Daughter of the Flame – Zoe Marriott
This book opened up a whole new genre for me and I’m so glad it did! I probably wouldn’t have picked up this type of book had I not heard how awesome Zoe was and had spoken to her on twitter. Im not gunna lie, I always thought that the genre would be a bit boring and not much going on but oh how wrong was I!!!

                           Die For Me – Amy Plum
I literally wanted this book from when I heard about it back in January. I didn’t get it until April but I snatched it out the envelope and danced when I knew I could finally read it! It was awesome and although it can be described as a “zombie” book its so so much more (and revenants are soooo not zombies!)

Sisters Red – Jackson Pearce
This one was awesome for me. I’ve loved werewolves in movies for years (my favourite movie is Ginger Snaps!) but I have barely read any werewolf books! I loved this one that much that I bought my own copy after I returned the library copy I got out!

                       The Sky is Everywhere –Jandy Nelson
This book will make you laugh and cry and trust me, you may well run out of tears from crying that much if you read it in one sitting like i did! EVERYONE should read this book, I’ve told you … go!

         Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror – Chris Priestley
I never knew how much Id love a collection of short stories or horror books until I gave this one a go based on the illustrations in it! It was awesome and after I read this one I also got the other two in the series and devoured the second one instantly! 😀

Scatterheart – Lili Wilkinson
This was another one that surprised me. I got it mainly because of the cover and the fact I really wanted Pink by the same author but was battling with whether to get that in hardback or paperback! I loved the story o much and I couldn’t put it down. I devoured it so quickly then gushed so much in my review of it that one person actually went and bought it! 😀

So that’s my top ten from the past 6 months. I already know two which will be on my next top ten of 2011! There are some seriously amazing books that have hit my shelves this year so far and its been a great year for me to start blogging properly! Though it really does appear that I have to read more male authors! Out of ten there’s only one guy on this list! Oops! Again thank you for following and taking time to read my blog. You don’t know how much it means! 


  • P.E.

    Congrats on the six month mark!! Blogging is a great thing and I know what you mean by the confidence. I read almost nothing on your list… all the more books to check out!

  • Ellie

    I’m really into illustrated books at the moment so I’ll look out for Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror…it reminds me a bit of Edward Gorey’s style.

  • Keris

    Congratulations! And I’m honoured to be included in such a fabulous line-up of books. I will now read all the others (apart from the Chris Priestly one – too scary). xxx

  • Jennifer A

    Happy six months!! Yay!

    I think you’re super awesome. I’m so glad to have met you through blogging! I agree, the book bloggers that I have met are so nice and fun!

    Oh, I forgot about Entangled. I really want to read that one.

    I loved Die For Me, too! i agree – not zombies!

  • Jesse Owen

    Congrats on reaching 6 months, I honestly thought you’d been blogging longer!

    Here’s to the next months and then the next, and the next … etc 😀

  • Clover

    I’m so glad that blogging has helped your confidence! Well done on making it to 6 months! 🙂 And excellent books you’ve read. I’ve got my top ten of the year so far post going up today and at least one of your books is also on my list 🙂 I’ve definitely loved all of the books you’ve put on yours that I’ve read!

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