Sunday, February 21, 2016

Life Happens, Even at 11 Years Blogging!

Yep, 11 years today. I wish I had a really inspired post today, but it's been a busy week with another busy week ahead. I need to...

  • Buy BEA and plane tickets
  • Pay some bills
  • Straighten the house and fold a mountain of laundry
  • Finish up a tailored resume for a possible job opportunity
  • Grade some papers for online classes
This week I have some bigger work and personal projects on tap, and I'm just feeling sluggardly and tired. BBAW was amazing and energizing, but with all this real life stuff stretching out in front of me, I think I'm gonna unplug for a few days to get my ducks in a row. 

But I can't not do any celebrating or reflecting on this blogiversary. One of the things I love most about blogging is the ability to look back over a good chunk of my adult life and see what was happening in my personal and reading life, so today we're celebrating by looking back at what I was reading and loving (and not) in 2005. 


  • The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood - Loved it. Want to re-read. 
  • Little Earthquakes by Jennifer Weiner - Left no lasting impression. 
  • The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf - One of those formative women's studies reads. 
  • Bust Magazine - I would love to revisit this and see if I still love it. 
  • Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie - One of my all-time favorite romances. 
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier - Another book I'd like to re-read. 
  • The Secret History by Donna Tartt - Yet ANOTHER book I consider a fave and would like to re-read. 
  • Beasts by Joyce Carol Oates - Favorite! Oates does the best creepy atmosphere. 
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling - My least favorite of the series, but a less-than-perfect HP book is still pretty damn good. 
  • The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman - I usually love Hoffman, but this one didn't stick with me much at all.
  • Gilead by Marilyn Robinson - DNF!
Happy Sunday! Happy reading!


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  1. Congratulations on 11 years! I feel like that's an eternity for book blogging and I can only hope I'll still be around 11 years from when I started!

    And that's fun to look back and see what you loved 11 years ago! I loved The Secret History years ago as well and would love to re-read it at some point.

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    1. I have a feeling if anyone has sticking power, you do. It seems like you pace yourself really well, and that's such a big thing.

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  2. Happy blogging anniversary! Eleven years is quite an achievement. What fun to look back at what you were reading 11 years ago.

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    1. Thank you, Joy! I'm so glad I have this blog. It's become my reading journal and regular journal, too. :)

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  3. Wow, 11 years is amazing! You must have been a baby when you started your blog.

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    1. Hahahaha, yessss. We'll go with that.

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  4. Congratulations on 11 years!!

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  5. Oh, good, I didn't like GILEAD either... I might steal this idea when my own 11th blogiversary comes up... But since that is not until December... We shall see if I even remember or remember my blogiversary. Maybe I should write my post now with my track record. Anyway, rambling... HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!

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    1. I think I might've gotten 50 pages in. Maybe 50. Hahha, I'll remind you, and you're welcome to steal this idea.

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  6. Congratulations on the blogiversary! I find it interesting how my reading tastes have changed over time - always makes for great reflection.

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    1. Yes! I really expected to look back to 11 years ago and see some really horrible reading choices, but I was in the throes of grad school and had been amongst the bookish community online for a while, and they really shaped my choices. Before 2001 it would've been all Stephen King. :)

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  7. Ooh, you're OLD :) Heehee. Happy bloggiversary, Andi. And enjoy, enjoy enjoy! :)

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  8. Congratulations on 11 years! It is quite an accomplishment! I recently hit my 7 year mark and love looking back and seeing everything I posted about and did on the blog! I also like seeing that there are still bloggers I started with blogging happily away! Enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne! It's mostly fun to look back...slightly horrifying if I go TOO far back (angry grad school days). Cheers to many more years of blogging for us both.

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  9. Happy Blogiversary, and I'm so glad you're still here after 11 years. AND YOU'RE GOING TO BEA?!? (That was a great big SQUEE! in case you couldn't tell!)

    ...ORDER OF THE PHOENIX is probably my favorite HP--my son was just out of his teens when it came out, and JKR so nailed the 15-year-old boy there. And I should really re-read THE SECRET HISTORY and see how it goes over with me now that I'm a couple of decades further removed from college,

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    1. I'M GOING TO BEA!!!! I can't wait to hug book bloggers and have cocktails with them!

      15 year old boys terrify me! lol The Secret History was fun, but I wonder now if I'd find it pretentious?

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  10. Yay! You are going to BEA!!! Me too. I was hoping someone I "knew" would be going there too. We have to find each other at some point.

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    1. Yes please! I want to hug as many bloggers as possible (and I hope that doesn't interrupt your personal space). :D

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  11. Were you the first blogger? Certainly you must be a primeval blogger. I don't know anyone who has been blogging for eleven years. Congrats!

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    1. LOL, I love that. I wasn't the first, but I was an early life form.

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  12. Happy eleven years!! I'm finishing my eighth this summer and can't believe that I've stuck with it for this long. I always imagined I'd do it for about four or five years tops. Anyway, I'm so glad that you stuck around long enough for me to get to know you. :)

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    1. I'm so glad you have! I really can't believe I've done it this long either. Longer than anything else in my adult life, in fact.

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  13. WOW, 11 years is quite an accomplishment. Happy blogoversary!

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  14. Congrats on 11 years! You had quite a list even in your formative blogging years.

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    1. It was a good year! I had already gotten really entrenched in the book community via Yahoo Groups, and I was reading some good stuff!

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  15. Wow! 11years? That's crazy. I thought my 5 was impressive. Congratulations!

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    1. Haha, I can't even believe it's been that long.

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  16. Happy anniversary! 11 years is amazing - here's to many many many many many more!!

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  17. Happy 11th blogiversary, Andi! 11 years is like a billion in blogging time! :-) You are such an amazing person and an inspiration to all of us. I'm wishing you 11 more years.

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    1. Yeah, I guess it is. I can't even believe it's been this long. I hope you're well! I missss youuuu.

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  18. It's great to have a look back at what you were reading 11 years ago, and at what stuck and what didn't. I loved both The Robber Bride and Cold Mountain, and I have The Secret History on my list for this year.
    Happy 11th! So exciting! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Naomi! I hope you love The Secret History as much as I did back then. I'm really curious if it would hold up to the passage of time.

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  19. Happy Bloggiversary, Andi! I love visiting with you and look forward to many more years! And, how exciting that you are going to BEA! Take me with you :)

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    1. Thank you, Iliana! I wish you were going to BEA! It'll be my first trip. A little nervous!

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  20. I think I'm the only person who didn't love The Secret History - maybe because it was one of those I felt like I had to love and I just couldn't let myself get swept up into it. But Gilead I loved! I read it like bits of poetry, not straight through, which I think helped with its slow pace.

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    1. Oh I know allllll about those. I felt that way about that book with the little girl who was killed by a neighbor. The name left me...that's how thrilled I was with it. I may have to try Marilynne Robinson again. Something.

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  21. Ha-ha. I was looking though your list of books read in 2005 and noticed you did not finish Gilead. That is funny because I was just considering reading it since it a friend's favorite book and a Pulitzer Prize winner. Funny.
    http://headfullofbooks.blogspot.com/2016/02/sunday-salon-feb-21.html

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    1. Nooooooope. Couldn't do it. But I know SO many other people have loved it!

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  22. Congratulations on eleven years! Your blog has really inspired me. I like the look-back at what you were reading. The Secret History is one of my favorites too, and one I've read a few times (but not recently, so I do wonder how it holds up once you're not in college anymore). You've reminded me I need to start thinking about BEA too.

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    1. Thank you so much! Your blog is one of my favorites even though I'm a gawd-awful commenter as of late. I agree...I do wonder how The Secret History would hold up this far out on the other side of college. I may have to test that out, but I need to read The Goldfinch first.

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  23. Happy blogiversary! LOVE The Secret History so much...I read it in AP English in high school and read it so much the cover literally fell off and I had to replace my copy.

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    1. Thank you, Gabby! I love it when we love books enough to read them to pieces.

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  24. Congrats on 11 years! I love looking back on my reads from awhile ago to see what has stuck and what was forgettable.

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! I was surprised I was reading so many books back then that I'm still so fond of now.

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  25. Congrats on 11 years of blogging! :)

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  26. Happy blogoversary to you! And I'm totally jealous of your BEA tickets!! :D

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    1. I haven't bought them yet. I keep looking at my bank account and cringing slightly. lol

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  27. Happy blogiversary! I do not like the idea of unplugging because I will miss you, but I understand. :) We all do! Go get yer shit done so we can play again, and WOOHOO job opportunity!!! Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

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    1. Just for a week! And I'm not really unplugged...I just plugged in here for a minute to build up a stable of posts: http://www.noncompliancenetwork.com

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  28. Happy Blogiversary, my love! You are the best ever and I am sending you all the good juju I possess for possible new job opportunity.

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    1. THANK YOU LOVE! I needs it!

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  29. Happy blogiversary! That means mine must be tomorrow. I can never remember. I just know I started mine right after you started yours. For what, the 3 time? LOL

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    1. LOL, I think you ended up passing me because I put that original blog, The Waste Land, to bed for a minute before I came up with this one.

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  30. Congrats on 11 years!!! I'm sure everyone would agree with me that the blogging community is grateful for your years of commitment to this space on the net.

    Here's to many more years of doing it all! :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Beth. That means a lot, and it's such a pleasure to be committed to this community. :D

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  31. Such a good idea - and also Cold Mountain is one of my favourite books, as is The Secret History! Congratulations on your blogiversary! :)

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    1. I soooo want to read Cold Mountain. I remember being so swept away by that one.

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  32. Congratulations to eleven years! You do realize just how impressive a feat that is, right? The Internet would not be the same without you, girl!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! <3

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  33. Happy Blogaversary!!! Eleven years is forever...ha ha. Love looking back..it's interesting. So happy and a tad jealous you're going to BEA this year. I'll make it eventually....I'm sure of it. This was not the year...I've been off on writing and blogging so it's not the time.
    Enjoy some down time....we all need it.

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    1. It really is. LOL I'm certain you will make it to BEA, too. I just wish it was this year!!! But if it's not the year, it's not the year. I totally understand.

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  34. Happy anniversary, Andi!
    Hope you reward yourself with some cake after finishing these two weeks of hard work, just for passing them, and for the anniversary of your blog.
    Cheers!

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    1. Ooooh, cake! Why didn't I think of that???

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  35. Wow, congratulations Andi!! You are amazing!

    I loved The Robber Bride and The Secret History... want to reread both.

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  36. Eleven years! That's amazing! Congratulations, and happy blogging birthday, and thanks for doing BBAW! You are a pillar of the blogosphere, madam!

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  37. Congrats on 11 years, that's amazing! I hope you get all your real life and otherwise stuff done, and can take a minute to relish in your successes! :)

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  38. Wow, so many congratulations Andi! I'm impressed and glad that you've stuck with it :)

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  39. I don't know if I'll be attending BEA, but I will DEFINITELY be in Chicago for the time that it occurs, so... let's have a drink!! :-D And a dinner!

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  40. Oh, also - happy belated blogiversary ;-) HIGH FIVE!!

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  41. Congrats on 11 wonderful years of blogging, Andiloo!

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  42. Eleven beautiful book blogging, and living, years. Thanks for all you do for this book blogging world, for being an enthusiastic and honest woman of strength. Shall we do this another 11?

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  43. Happy blogoversary! I know what you mean...I'll only be on year four this summer and I don't have much to think to say. Lol

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  44. I've scrolled past this post in my feed several times because I wanted to take time to really share what this all means to me. You may not have been the first blogger, but you're the first blogger I knew of, way back when. I remember you telling all of us on the Yahoo group that you had a started a blog and to stop by and see what you were writing about when we had some time. I thought it was very cool, but didn't really think it was something I wanted to try. A year later, I dipped my toes into the blogosphere and I've been hooked ever since. The friendships that I've discovered through my blogging have been incredibly important to me and I'm so thankful for your nudge to join in on all the fun.

    And, whoohoo! I'm so glad you're going to BEA and wish the timing were better for me to go, too. Dang! It's only an eight hour drive, but my vacation time is all planned for 2016. I can't wait to read your posts, during and after the event! I'm sure you'll have the time of your life.

    Congratulations on your blogiversary, Andi! Here's to the next decade!

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