January 2011 Round-Up Post


Considering I had finals for university, January turned out to be quite the productive month nevertheless. Although I wish I had found the time to read more often, I know that with my killer study schedule, it would have been nothing less than impossible. So I’m pretty glad with the number of novels I have read and reviewed, with the small changes I made around the website and the progress I made during this last month.

Reviews and Author Interviews

In January 2011, I read and reviewed 10 books.

  1. Rise of A Merchant Prince by Raymond E. Feist – 4/5
  2. Rage of A Demon King by Raymond E. Feist – 5/5
  3. Shards of A Broken Crown by Raymond E. Feist – 2,5/5
  4. Demon’s Fall by Karalynn Lee – 4/5
  5. Kiss of Darkness by Loribelle Hunt – 3,5/5
  6. Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan – 3,5/5
  7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – 5/5
  8. The Witches Lottery by Krystal McLaughlin – 4/5
  9. Lost Voices by Sarah Porter – 3/5
  10. Evangeline by Gwen Williams – 3,5/5

I wrote one series review for The Serpentwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist.

I hosted an author interview with Krystal McLaughlin, author of The Witches Lottery.

Memes in January

I participated in the Mailbox Monday meme four times, and received a total of 26 books in my mailbox.

  1. Mailbox Monday (1) – Jan. 10
  2. Mailbox Monday (2) – Jan. 17
  3. Mailbox Monday (3) – Jan. 24
  4. Mailbox Monday (4) – Jan. 31

I joined the It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? meme four times during January.

  1. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (1)
  2. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (2)
  3. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (3)
  4. It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (4)

I entered Musing Mondays three times.

  1. Musing Mondays (1) – Where is your favorite place to find new books to read?
  2. Musing Mondays (2) – Do you prefer meaty or fluffy books?
  3. Musing Mondays (3) – What was the last book that kept you up at night?

Top Ten Tuesday was featured twice on this blog during January.

  1. Top Ten Tuesday (1) – Resolved to Read
  2. Top Ten Tuesday (2) – Books I Wish I’d Read As A Kid

I posted a teaser four times on Teaser Tuesdays.

  1. Teaser Tuesdays (1) – Shards of a Broken Crown
  2. Teaser Tuesdays (2) – Demon’s Fall
  3. Teaser Tuesdays (3) – Lost Voices & Possession is Nine Tenths: Ardeur
  4. Teaser Tuesdays (4) – Evangeline

I have participated in three W.W.W Wednesdays memes.

  1. WWW Wednesdays (1)
  2. WWW Wednesdays (2)
  3. WWW Wednesdays (3)

Waiting on Wednesday was posted three times during the last month.

  1. Waiting on Wednesday (1)The Virgin’s Lover by Philippa Gregory
  2. Waiting on Wednesday (2)The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith
  3. Waiting on Wednesday (3)The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa, Delirium by Lauren Oliver, Entwined by Heather Dixon and Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

I only participated twice in the Booking Through Thursday meme.

  1. Booking Through Thursday (1) – New Year’s Resolutions
  2. Booking Through Thursday (2) – What is the largest, heaviest book you ever read?

On My Wishlist appeared three times on this blog during January 2011.

    1. On My Wishlist (1)Hidden Warrior and The Oracle’s Queen by Lynn Flewelling

On My Wishlist (2)Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, Fallen by Lauren Kate and Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

  • On My Wishlist (3)Gimmerglass by Jenna Black, The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Halo by Alexandra Adornetto and Nightshade by Andrea Cremer


Challenges in January

See my seperate challenges in january post.

Other New Stuff

I completely redesigned the layout of I

What else is new? I added a Google Friend Connect widget to I29 followers! Yay! Plus, I added a calender that shows upcoming events. Book Tours, Contests, Theme Weeks, Author Interviews, etc. will be added there as I gather their correct dates.

Statistics for January

The posts that were commented on the most were Waiting on Wednesday (3) and Teaser Tuesdays (4), each with 18 comments.

The highest numbers of unique visitors was on Tuesday Jan. 25 (146), Wednesday Jan. 26 (129) and Monday Jan. 17 (125). The total number of hits so far for january was 72818, and the number of pages visited was 18041. Saturday is the busiest day of the week. Most visitors were situated in the USA, Belgium, The United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. 48.7% of the visitors used Firefox, whereas 17.4% uses Internet Explorer and 15.2% uses Opera as their browser of choice.

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