A Certain Bent Appeal Blogoversary!

February 20th (tomorrow) will be ACBA's 1 year anniversary! When I started this blog last year I had no clue about templates, metrics, CSS or image hosting, didn't know many other book bloggers and thought no one would give a fiddlestick about it other than myself.

You may have guessed that I have a lot of love for this blog. I am so happy to get up every morning at 7am, make my french press of coffee, and write. Right now I'm listening to the birds outside of my 9th floor apartment in downtown Toronto and I couldn't be more content to be sitting here and thinking back over all the reviews I struggled to write and the hours I've spent tucking post-its into pages, cooking up new themes and ventures, and reading your blogs and your thoughts and also the comments you've posted here. This wonderful 'loop of book-loving madness' is one of the main reasons I keep on truckin'.

I feel so wonderfully happy and privileged to have the opportunity to write to you, to share my undying love of the written word and to talk to you about how books expose our wounds, tempt our fears, provoke our tears, toy with our desires, open our hearts and bring forth utter joy.

I'd like to mention a few posts that I've written over the past year that are closest to my heart:

My first post ever: was about Daniel Suarez's techno thriller Daemon. I was so psyched about this book but I didn't know anyone else who'd read it (or who would even be interested in reading it!). My enthusiasm for this book got me over that initial Zeus, what am I supposed to write about? hump.

My most honest posts: I wrote about Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas last September with some trepidation as I want this blog to be about books, not about memeME. However, this novel is all wrapped in with my life history and there was no way around it so I just took the plunge. I also spent the month of November 09 writing about the meaning of home and I'm very fond of what I wrote about the maritime romance The Nymph and the Lamp and The Perfection of the Morning (a beautiful meditation on love of land and home).

I try to be funny: Being irreverent is my life's art. I'm told that I have the brain of a fourteen year old boy and you know what, I like channeling that. Sometimes life is just 100% stupid and there's little you can do but laugh in its face. The lighter side of B is can definitely be seen in my Guessing the Giller post, my post about a dating service for book nerds, when I enthused about tricked out sci fi covers from the past and my slightly hysterical review of Atmospheric Disturbances.

Purely for fun: I try to read current books that will interest my readers but every so often I need to read something just for the hey of it. That was why I posted about Uzumaki (Japanese manga about a deadly spiral) and Skim (beautifully illustrated graphic novel about a young confused Goth girl) last March and Black Hole (creepy and oddly affecting about a plague spreading among teenagers) last July. I also loved making playlists for books (something I need to bring back) - check out what I did for The Outlander and Dream Boy.

Big meaty reviews: Fall 2009 brought an onslaught of books and I tried to read and review a few of the top picks. These posts ended up being some of my best, probably because the quality of the books were so high. I'm rather proud of my reviews of Under This Unbroken Sky (Ukranian-Canadian family struggling to survive in the 1940's prairies) and The Year of the Flood (Margaret Atwood's dystopian tale).

The books that really mattered to me: I was blown away by Methland's (a book about the meth problem in the American Midwest) desire for truth and healing and I was shocked and disturbed by One Perfect Day (an investigation of the wedding industry). On the fiction side, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's feminist and anti-establishment bent coupled with a hell of a story rocked my world.

Cheers everyone!

16 comments:

Anne Pilkey said...

Congratulations Bronwyn!

B.Kienapple said...

Thanks Pilkey! And thanks for that postcard a while back. Hope all is well in the wild, wild west.

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

Happy 1 year!!!! Love the pic ;)

mynovelreviews said...

Congratulations! I look forward to continuing to read your reviews.

Jennifer @ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

Congratulations! I look forward to your reviews, and haven't realized you were a fellow Canadian blogger!

B.Kienapple said...

Thankyouthankyouthankyou guys!

avisannschild said...

Happy blogiversary, Bronwyn! I love your new header by the way (and the pic of you in this post is so cute!).

brichtabooks said...

Happy Blogoversary! I absolutely love the new banner! It's so cool! I'm glad you love blogging so much! I hope in a year I'm as happy to have my blog as you are! Keep writing!

August said...

Happy birthday to ACBA! I didn't realize it had only been a year. Blink a couple times and before you know it a decade will have flown by.

Teddy Rose said...

Happy one year blogoversary, Bronwyn! BTW, I LOVE your header. It is so creative!

B.Kienapple said...

Thanks guys! The banner is not done yet. I'm putting the re-design up in stages. Thanks for all your comments!

Luanne said...

Happy Blogiversary B! Your blog is entertaining, insightful, timely and keep channeling that 14 yr old! congrats!

B.Kienapple said...

Luanne - I could say exactly the same thing about your blog! Thanks for the blog love!

John Mutford said...

I hope you had a great blogoversary. I enjoyed the greatest hits package.

meli-mello said...

Great post and Happy Blogiversary! (I know I'm late with the wishes but better late than never, right?)

BKienapple said...

Thanks Mel, much appreciated!

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