Friday, January 3, 2014

Weekend reads, and my fourth anniversary

Today is my 4th blogiversary!

And as it turns out, I'll be also going into my 10th year tracking what I've read. (From 2004 through 2009, I tracked in a notebook then transferred to a private livejournal account. January 3, 2010, I posted my first review here!)

I went from having read 46 books in 2004, to a lifetime low of 4 books read in 2008 (that was the year I got married -- I was very preoccupied!), to reading over 100 books yearly since 2011.

Having this blog has been a wonderful gift: it's been a delight meeting so many interesting and passionate readers, and I've been introduced to authors and genres I would never have discovered on my own. I'm grateful for all of you-- thank you for making my life richer and more interesting!

This weekend I will be digging myself (and that red car!) from New England's first blizzard/nor'easter.  Other than that, however, I'll be continuing my reading streak -- finishing up Linda Bamber's Taking What I Like: Stories and Nicky Penttila's An Untitled Lady.

What are you reading this weekend?  Those of you digging out, stay warm!

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    1. Thank you! So far, we are toasty!

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  2. Happy Blogiversary! As of Christmas 2013, I've been tracking my reading for 18 years - yeek! Fortunately, I was pretty young when I started - it's so much fun to go back and look at everything. So happy you started a blog - it's one of my favorites.

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    1. Thank you and thank you! You're so kind! I'm so impressed you've been tracking for 18 years -- that's awesome! I hope I continue to do so for years -- it's wonderful to go back to see what I've read.

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  3. Happy anniversary! I wish I had come across your blog earlier, but I'm enjoying it very much now.

    I remember those digging-out days from when I lived in western Massachusetts and Michigan - I don't miss them :)

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    1. Lisa, thank you -- so glad you found me! Have started following your blog and will be commenting -- I feel out of the habit when I went on sabbatical this fall, but one of my bloggy resolutions is to get more involved with other bloggers.

      I love Boston most seasons, but the snowy winters kills me!

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  4. Happy Blogaversary! And I hope there will never be a low of 4 again

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    1. Thank you -- and I agree! That was a very stressful year!

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  5. Happy, happy blogaversary! We got about an inch of snow last night -- nothing to worry about, obviously! -- but all the rain that preceded it has now frozen our roads like nobody's business. I'll be gingerly driving around town this weekend, that's for sure, and mostly trying to finish Deb Caletti's The Nature of Jade. I've been diving back into young adult lately, and loving it!

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    1. Thank you! And eeek! Hope you've been safe this weekend! We're getting some ice -- it's been nice and warm today (40) and then freezing lows again, sigh.

      Haven't heard of that book -- looking forward to your review. Hope you had a great weekend!

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  6. Hello there! Happy New Year. I see you have some snow to contend with. Here, 82 degrees expected. I know it's lovely but we tire of it being so dry. Everything is crisp and about to go up in flames. We need water badly.

    My reading numbers were super low this year but I wasn't feeling it so why push the issue, right? This year though, I feel much more motivated to read. At least, so far!

    Happy Blogiversary!

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    1. Ti, there is nothing worse than that crackling heat! I hope you get water soon! And there's no point torturing yourself about low reading numbers -- but I'm very glad you're feeling read-y this year!

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  7. Hallo, Hallo Audra! :)

    I was curious if other bloggers went through reading lows and ruts, like I have done myself! :) I struggled with reading challenges/RALs between August-November, which ironically were the first months I was *live!* on my blog! :( I just had a lot of things going on in my life 'behind the blog', and I was attempting to just get through all of that, and still have the joy of participating in the tours I was jazzed about being a part of! :) Sometimes I find life throws you for a bit of a loop and its how you choose to walk through what alights in your life means more than the times you might not have been able to achieve what you had hoped too! :)

    I'm so ecstatic for 2014 (on all levels!)!! Most especially for all the stellar reading challenges I've uncovered which truly will help me select and pick out books I've been wanting to read for absolute ages intermixed with the books I am discovering now! :) What a year it will be, eh!?

    I wanted to drop by and celebrate your blog's history, your blog's present, and the lovely new chapter your heading into now that the New Year has arrived! I find all of this an exciting journey and an adventure that we're all fortunate to embark on! :) I look anxiously forward to our bookish conversations & seeing which books nestle into our hearts and minds!! :) :) Happy reading, my dear friend!

    PS: Eek! I've been itching with glee watching the Nor'easter heading your way! I was hopeful it was 'more snow' vs 'ice' and that you'd have a heap of good joy in playing in the snow! I know having to dig your car out might not be the most fun, but I felt, but there must be time for walking in snowflakes, making snow angels, trunching around in snowshoes, and sipping hot lattes, right!? I'm a snowelf in the making! Laughs.

    ... on a side note: I ache to read "Under the Wide and Starry Sky",... I think its on hold through my library, as I was ever so hopeful I could read it at some point! :O Did you ever read "Girl in a Blue Dress" about Dickens? This is why I was deeply curious about this one!!

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  8. We're cleared enough snow to get by on, for now! I finished The Humans by Matt Haig and have started City of Dark Magic. So much for my resolution to write up my review of one before starting the next! (I didn't actually make that resolution because I knew I'd never keep it. I WAS going to start trying to keep better reading stats, though, so thanks for the reminder.) Happy Blogiversary to you!

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    1. Yay for the small victories! Can't wait to hear what you think of both books -- been curious about them! I'm already behind on writing reviews for three books I've finished, sigh -- I need to sit down and just write! And thank you!

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  9. Happy Blogiversary Audra! I've followed off and on for the past couple of years and although I'm horrible at commenting (and blogging - since I'm on the 2nd year of my "break") I've come to really enjoy your thoughts and reviews. I'm so glad you've kept at it and not lost your passion for reading and for books =) I hope to find the time and drive to reopen my blog sometime this year. I've missed blogging, interacting with fellow book-lovers, and reviewing so much. I'm working my way slowly back in through a friend's blog and I'm loving it!

    I hope you stay warm. It's currently 25 degrees here...very brrr. But no snow lol. Enjoy that white stuff =D

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    1. Thank you so much, Mishel -- I'm so very glad to have you read me, and no worries about not commenting -- sometimes it's hard to think of what to say! I've added your blog to my queue so should you resume posting (no pressure), we can comment or not comment alike! ;)

      Hope it's warming up where you are -- or you've gotten snow! It was a balmy 40 degrees here today!

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  10. Happy Anniversary, Audra! Your reviews are always a pleasure to read and I'm looking forward to seeing what great books you share your thoughts on in 2014!

    We didn't get hit with any snow the past couple of days, but we are just coming out of a deep chill that has seen temperatures getting no higher than minus 20 during the day and well into the minus 30s at night *BRRRR* Tomorrow we expect a good dump of snow though. Ah, the joys of winter LOL.

    This weekend I'm reading Night Film by Marisha Pessl. It's great!

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    1. Melissa, thank you, I so appreciate it!

      Hope it's been warming up there -- we had a balmy day here (40!) -- and we're expecting another freeze, sigh!

      I've heard great things about Night Film -- can't wait to see your review!

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  11. Happy Blogiversary, Audra! Try to stay warm and enjoy your weekend. I'm heading to the library for a couple of hours of Classics Club Read-a-thon reading with a friend who is also a member. I have A High Wind in Jamaica cued up on the Kindle!

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    1. Oh, hope it was fun!! I'm really on fire to get tearing through my Classics Club TBR!

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  12. Wow, a fourth blogiversary is so impressive! Congrats on four years of blogging :)

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    1. Thank you -- I'm quite impressed myself! :)

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  13. Congraulations, Audra! And for the ten years, too, that data must come in handy! Hope the snow isn't too bad, stay safe :)

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  14. super late to the party, trying to catch up with tons of posts in my bloglovin feed.... Congratulations anyway!

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  15. Happy blogiversary! Yours is one of my favorites. :)

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