I am very, very happy to announce that The Infinite Shelf now has its own home! Please visit and update your bookmarks and feeds; I would be so sad to loose you along the way!
Thank you, and see you on the other side!
To you my fellow readers, without whom this whole experience would feel very solitary, I offer some cupcakes!
(the Man of the House brought these home last night, and let me tell you, the two we ate were de-li-cious!)
So, this is the post where, every year, I exclaim about how so much time has passed, and how I can’t believe I’m still working on my blog. The sentiment still holds after three years, and I don’t feel like stopping any time soon!
Though my master’s degree might take more of my free time in the coming year, I do have great plans for the Infinite Shelf; in 2012, I want to get my own domain, renew the blog’s look and decide which direction I want to take with it. I’ve had on my mind to create a separate blog for my photography and other hobbies for a little while, because I fear various posts on knitting, photography, cooking might drive people away from the Shelf. I love to know other aspects of book bloggers’ lives, but surely not everyone feels the same. What do you think?
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For now, because lists and stats are always fun, here are a few numbers for the shelf’s past 3 years!
90,254 visitors (that’s twice as much as this time last year! impressive!)
626 posts (627 with this one)
Most viewed and commented post : While in Versailles – Some thoughts on Photography (it was also my second post to be Freshly Pressed! Yay! :D)
22 560 spam comments blocked by Akismet (scary!)
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I want to take this occasion to thank :
Our cat, who keeps my hands warm when I try to type my reviews.
The Man of the House, who entertains me with his jokes, like “Don’t you have too many books?” and “Why buy more books? You already got two last week!” He’s so funny! And very understanding of my silliness, I must add. 🙂
You, my dear readers and bloggers, for keeping me company, putting new books on my shelves and commenting on the Infinite Shelf.
♥ I love you! ♥
And I am a bit late to it. Silly me forgot that noon GMT meant morning for me, and what I thought was me waking up with an early start was in fact me waking up late to join the fun.
The Read-a-Thon starts with this little meme that I always find really fun, so here are my answers :
1)Where are you reading from today?
Montreal, Canada. More precisely, from my couch or the computer chair. Probably from under our cat, too!
2)Three random facts about me…
I like tuna. I like stripes. I like unicorns!
3)How many books do you have in your TBR pile for the next 24 hours?
Six! (see my previous post for the full list!)
4)Do you have any goals for the read-a-thon (i.e. number of books, number of pages, number of hours, or number of comments on blogs)?
I plan on reading 2 books, though I secretly hope for 3.
5)If you’re a veteran read-a-thoner, any advice for people doing this for the first time?
Plan a variety of reads in different genres to break monotony. Read shorter books for the same reason. Take at least a 5-10 minutes break every hour to move around a little. The energy you gain will help you get more reading done!
Here we go! 😀
Finally Dewey’s 24H Read-a-Thon is arriving!
And this is the perfect occasion to try to knock down part of the paper brick wall!
I haven’t had the chance to join the fun since April 2009 so you can imagine how much I’m looking forward to it, even though I have participated in similar events since. And because I am so excited, I have already grouped together the books I plan on reading :
Obviously I won’t get to read all of these in 24 hours, but this is my selection. I’m hoping to get through at least 2, hopefully 3!
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
Beautiful Days by Anna Godberson
Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
So, who’s in for the read-o-thon? Which of these books would you start with?
Book Blogger Appreciation Week is here and I am so happy that this year, my schedule and my health allow me to participate!
Book Blogging has been an extraordinary part of my life for the last two years and a half, and celebrating the wonderful book-blogging community that has so warmly welcomed me is an occasion I wouldn’t want to pass!
Today’s topic, to celebrate the start of BBAW, is “Community” :
While the awards are a fun part of BBAW, they can never accurately represent the depth and breadth of diversity in the book blogging community. Today you are encouraged to highlight a couple of bloggers that have made book blogging a unique experience for you. They can be your mentors, a blogger that encouraged you to try a different kind of book, opened your eyes to a new issue, made you laugh when you needed it, or left the first comment you ever got on your blog. Stay positive and give back to the people who make the community work for you!
So first, I want to say that this is going to be really difficult because there are so many bloggers I love and enjoy every day! The bloggers on this list, but also those who aren’t, have made my daily life as well as my reading life all the more interesting. 😀
Here we go!
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Firefly at Firefly’s Book Blog has been a fantastic influence on my reading – or at least, on my To-Be-Read list! Her reading is eclectic in a similar manner to mine, with everything from YA contemporary to historical fiction, with mostly fantasy, sci-fi and graphic novels in-between. Her reviews are always well balanced and to-the-point, and I love how she introduces the books, or the feel of the books, with a haiku that often has some humor to it.
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One of the first bloggers I encountered when joining the world of book blogging, Meg from Write Meg! is not only a great blogger, she’s also a super nice person whom you can’t help but love! She reads mostly contemporary and women’s fiction, and her reviews are always fair, even when sharing her thoughts on a book she didn’t enjoy. But more than books, Meg also shares a lot about her personal life, her adventures around the world and her amazing photography. She’s also to blame for my addiction to pumpkin lattes!
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Zibilee from Raging Bibliomania is such an amazing reviewer! She writes really long and complete reviews, and I’m always amazed by how much she finds to say about the books she reads, all while making it very interesting. Zibilee’s blog is one of my first stop every day, and finding a new post is always a great surprise!
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I only discoreved Nafiza and her blog Bibliophilic Monologues recently this year and it become a favorite of mine really quickly! Nafiza is, like me, a reader of YA fiction, but we also share a love for book covers. She writes some of the most honest reviews I’ve seen, too, while being respectful and fair (it’s a balance that can be difficult to achieve, I personally believe!)
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Shannon from Giraffe Days is a fellow Canadian blogger I first discovered on Goodreads. I was then amazed by her impressive book collection and her reviews, and following her blog was just the next natural step. With everything from Harry Potter to romance, with literary fiction and fantasy on the way, Shannon doesn’t seem to shy away from many genres. An eclectic reader myself, I love discovering new books I might not have tried otherwise, and Shannon is an excellent source for that!
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When I first discovered Medieval Bookworm, Meghan’s blog, I was super pleased to have found one of my first historical fiction blogs. Meghan reads a lot of other things, too, but I have learned that I can trust her judgement as I often enjoy the books she’s enjoyed. She shares a bit about her traveling and other life things, too, so it’s always a pleasant visit by her blog!
I am so excited for the coming of Book Blogger Appreciation Week 2011! Each year, it is a wonderful event that not only gives us the chance to celebrate our hard work as book bloggers, but also to get to celebrate the precious relationships we formed in the process. Because, as we all come to know, book blogging is about much more than the books themselves.
I thought I would quickly mention it for those who, like me, often succeed in missing important news even though they are on everyone’s blogs. There’s a day left if you want to register and vote for some of your favorite blogs and books 🙂 So, click through and get to it!
As for me, I’ll be waiting for this week twice as much since I didn’t get to participate last year. Blogging is a wonderful experience and I wouldn’t have stuck to it if not for the wonderful peeps I met in the process 🙂
Are you as excited as I am for the coming BBAW?
I know my feed reader suffers from it terribly every year, because of all the fantastic blogs I discover and add to it!