Wow, what a great year 2014 has been! Back in February, I had no idea my little pet project would turn into a blog with a total of 23 contributors, a Facebook page, a Twitter page, and an Instagram account. And exciting things are happening every day!
Here are some highlights from 2014:
One of the first blessed bouts of publicity: I visited From L&P to English Tea to blog about BiblioSmiles, during Anjali’s “A Month of Books” series. Anjali is an incredibly sweet blogger, and her posts are fun and enjoyable!
We delved into “The Anatomy of a Bookshelf” to discover how people display their books, and what they choose to display. I hope this series gets a bit more love in 2015! (Share your beautiful messes, people!)
I had the opportunity to interview some really interesting subjects. Tammy Strobel discussed her new book, My Morning View: An iPhone Photography Project About Gratitude, Grief, & Good Coffee.
Gabriele talked to Lauren, who runs the very popular Quoted-Books Tumblr account. Lauren has become somewhat of an online authority for book recommendations!
I had a quick chat with Kate Gavino, who runs the blog Last Night’s Reading. Kate is known for attending readings throughout New York City and sketching the authors. Her portraits even snagged her the title of “Official Festival Artist” at the Downtown Literary Festival!
Nail art is such a big trend right now – and Taylor of Novels and Nail Polish combines her love for nail art with her love for books! Her beautifully-photographed designs and well-written blog entries make Novels and Nail Polish a must-visit in the blogosphere.
To go along with the fashion and books trend: one of my favorite bloggers (and a fellow SUNY Purchase creative writing grad!), Sara Strauss, visited BiblioSmiles and shared some Bookworm Fashion Inspiration. Sara has a real knack for putting together outfits inspired by new novels, old classics, and favorite characters. Be sure to give her blog, Sincerely, Sara, a visit!
For those of you aspiring authors out there, it’s become a fact of life that authors must learn to self-promote. Shauna Aura Knight blogged about public speaking and building a platform as a writer. A very helpful piece!
I attended the first ever BookCon in New York City this past May with Gabriele, Alyson, and Kim. We had a blast wandering around the Javits Center, meeting authors, scoring swag, and attending panels. You can read all of our BookCon-related posts here! (And hey – will you be in attendance at BookCon in 2015? I ordered my tickets and I’m so excited!)
For those of you who enjoy graphic novels, Sean Fallon stopped by to review two interesting titles. I’d love to see more graphic novel reviews in the new year!
While I may not have seen Samantha in a while (she lives and teaches in Korea right now!), I’m still glad she’s made appearances here on BiblioSmiles! One of my favorite posts to date is her “A Concession” – an essay on e-readers.
Andrew’s essays are always poetic and beautifully-written. Click here and swoon with me; this guy knows how to write about a typewriter!
Kim always has great ideas and likes to look at things in new and interesting ways. Her post called “History On Our Shelves” asks contributors to share some of the old books in their possession. It’s a mini history lesson and a treasure trove all in one!
Emily is both a book junkie and a cinema junkie. I love her post on discovering female screenwriters.
Alyson’s practical advice on “Reading for Teachers” is great for anyone who wants to incorporate more books and reading into their day.
If you’ve been reading the site, I’m sure you’ve gotten quite used to seeing Gabriele’s name here! Gabriele is constantly coming up with cool ideas and she’s excited to share each and every one with you readers. While you can read all of her posts here, I wanted to highlight two series of posts she’s been working on: her Literary Crush series profiles authors and their work. Her Critters in Literature posts are dedicated to literature’s most famous creatures. I’m sure there will be some more animals popping up on the blog in the new year!
I’d like to thank the other contributors who’ve taken the time to share their work on BiblioSmiles: Charlotte Brentwood, Ed Collins, Alex Dane, Kayla Dean, Jennifer H, Irene Helenowski, Stephanie Lee, Racquel Nassor, Rose Pacult, Kelly Phan, Emma S., and Spencer Schilsky. I hope you all know you’re welcome back whenever you have the urge to write!
And, of course, I can’t do a recap without a little bit of self-promotion: I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my BiblioSmiles posts. From book reviews, to essays, to event recaps – it’s been a busy year. I can’t wait to share even more with you in 2015!
Please let me know in the comments below: what did you like to read on BiblioSmiles this year? What would you like to see in the new year?