Monday, December 20, 2010

First Lines 2010

As 2010 draws to a close, we are about to start a new decade. This year has gone by too quickly, and I'm thankful to have at least recorded bits of my reading life in this blog. About a year ago, I discovered a fun meme for the end of the year on Kate's Book Blog. This meme is by Melanie from The Indextrious Reader. The idea is, in Melanie's words, "to take the first line of each month's first post over the past year and see what it tells you about your blogging year." I did this, skipping over quotes from books and other sources, to form a collage that represents my blog in 2010. To read any post in its entirety, click on the month of the post.

When was the last time a book made you cry?

Admittedly, I have a problem.


Want to play?

The Lotus Eaters by Tatjana Soli is the story of a brave, young woman, Helen Adams, an untrained but talented photojournalist who travels to Vietnam during the war years, determined to somehow understand more about the death of her brother, who died as a soldier there.

My mailbox pales in comparison to certain book bloggers out there (you know who you are), but I'm not complaining.


I'm back!

When I first started blogging about books in May of 2008, I only dreamed of the day when I'd be sent books in the mail.

I almost feel like a child boasting about Christmas gifts!

Oh, happy day!

Welcome to another edition of Really Random Tuesday!

'Tis the season. . .already?

Having done this meme for the first time at the end of last year, I was more conscious of my first lines throughout the year, and even though I wasn't sure I'd do the meme again, I did put more effort into my opening lines (with varying degrees of success). If you'd also like to create a collage of your blog posts from the past year, why not try this meme yourself?


  1. This is a fun meme! You have got some fun lines there :)

  2. Veens, thank you. It captures the spirit of my blog over the past year. :)

  3. Sounds like a fun meme. Will take it up sometime! :)

  4. What an interesting meme! I might do this one.

  5. What a great meme and a fun way to capture the year. Thnks for sharing your posts. I think I'll gve this one a try.

  6. I really like this meme and do think it sort of captures the spirit of the blog in some ways. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, Suko, and a fabulous New Year!

  7. This was a fun meme, I joined in and you can find mine at:

  8. Great meme Suko. I like your first lines, especially February's lol. I do remember you doing this last year.
    I'll be playing along too :)

  9. Lovely recap of the year gone by..Have a fabulous 2011 too.

  10. I like this first-line meme, but I'm going off that topic for a minute to alert people that in today's HuffPo, Al Franken has an alarming article on how the U.S. FCC is now making rulings that threaten net neutrality for getting sites like this one on mobile broadband devices. The FCC is also not banning the "paid prioritization" that could let corporate blogs buy the fast lane, putting our sites in the slow.

    The outcry from independent websites was crucial yesterday in improving the FCC ruling. But we need to stay alert and inform each other as new threats come up. We need a community of Paul Revere web bloggers.

  11. What a fun idea! I may try it myself, but the results could reveal some inner, or hidden, psychoses. ;)

  12. What fun! Hope you have an equally witty 2011 (new decade? Ack!) and a very Merry Christmas, Suko!

  13. Thanks for the comments! This is a fun--and revealing--meme. I hope some more of you will try it before the year ends. :)

  14. Wishing you and your family a very happy Christmas

  15. Susan, I hope your Christmas is perfect. Enjoy time with family and friends.

  16. Interesting meme... now I'm going to go have a look and see what I said in 2010!

    Have a great holiday and a happy new year.

  17. This is fun! I should try and pay more attention to my first lines as well :)

  18. This is a fun meme and pushes you to be more creative. It does give me an idea of you and your blog!

  19. How fun! I don't think I could even remember each month like this...

  20. Hi Suko, this is definitely a nice meme to wrap up a nice and successful year. Have a happy and healthy new year!

  21. This is such fun -- your first lines are a bit more interesting than mine were this year... I always mean to remain conscious of the first lines but never seem to! Anyhow, it is fun, and it really does seem to capture the year -- glad you've done the meme again this year.


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