Goodbye 2014, the year of Book Punks birth (May 1st, if you want to send a card next year). With a solid eight months of book blogging under our studded belts, and at least one post every weekday since, we can say with a sniff and a quickly hidden tear that our little baby is growing up. Too bad it won’t ever move out of the house and get a damn job; maybe then we could start paying a few more writers to come join our ranks.
The end of the year is universally a time to look forward, and behind. What have we been up to and what are our mad cap plans for the new year? Well, guess what, I’m going to tell you.
What You Loved
Our web code appears to measure popularity in number of comments that appear on a post, and while it was rare for a book review to make it on the list, The Scorpio Races and Wool (both written by Erika) both made it into the ranks of most popular for a significant amount of time. Meanwhile, the posts in which I discuss my current reads and ask about yours elbowed their way onto the list (read them here and here) and long stood beside Erika’s ever popular What Would Arya Read, our co-written exploration of The Vilest of Villains since their publication, and my Fuck the Movie, This Book Needs a Series.
What Nikki Loved
It’s always hard to pick a favorite child, but my favorite posts of the year were almost entirely from the Versus series. My own Paper versus E-books and Harry Potter versus Earthsea, as well as Erika’s hilarious Gandalf versus Dumbledore. My favorite review, because I felt like I managed to say exactly what I was thinking and in depth, was probably that for Patrick Rothfuss’ Slow Regard of Silent Things. I loved every episode of Science Fiction Mix Tape, but the best of all was Story Hour with John Darnielle because that is how much I love his music.
A Look Behind the 2015-Shaped Curtain
Erika and I have challenged each other to read two books each, chosen (and loved obsessively) by the other. I challenged her to read something by Jeanette Winterson (probably Boating for Beginners) and Nicola Griffith’s Slow River. She challenged me to read Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races and Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith. Except if it turns out I don’t like The Scorpio Races, Erika doesn’t want to know, and we will never speak of this again.
Business will continue as usual on Book Punks, though I’ve got big(ger) plans for 1000 Ways to End the World, my column on endtimes stories, and we hope to introduce a new, regular contributor to take care of News From the Future, a column I desperately want to do, but cannot find the time for. Expect to see more from Anarcho Geek Review and our mostly audio book reviewer, Tara, as well. Also: There will be a regular podcast. (!!!) Once we get the awkward first few episodes out of the way, it might even be pretty good.
If you want to give us a holiday gift or a hearty pat on the back, then click around and share some of your favorite articles with your friends. Book Punks is already growing up, but we’re still a baby book blog and like little kids everywhere, we want the adults to start letting us play with knives and explosives as soon as possible.