Saturday 1 January 2011

Tradition Post: New Year and Best of 2010

Poor little me, I started the new year with a cold, bleh. 

Ok so New Year's Eve:
Not that much tradition, fireworks and we grill some sausages and drink cider. But one thing we do have. We melt tin in fire, put it down in some water and then the form it takes will give you a insight in what the next year will bring.

Lol, oh you should have seen me, my tin exploded. Bf got a nice piece of melted tin, I got several pieces. What I saw, well that is a secret ;)
I finally took some pics of my own so gonna show them too:

Christmas Star, gotta have those, and the one next to it too. That one is more popular now.

Here we got the sausages, glögg, some cider, and julmust (coca-cola tried to win the xmas market, but nope, you drink must at Xmas and Easter. It has similarities.

Look ghosts! Yup tried to take a pic, but just got my own breath

And here is something for Chris :) I do love my cats.

Rhodri on top, Verdi telling me stop taking pics! And Morrigan looking fierce.

A picture filled post :)

BEST OF 2010

Come on, pick a few, oh I can’t! So I went crazy and still there were many books I wanted to also have on it.

Best book of the year: The curious incident of the dog in the night time by Mark Haddon

Best weird book: The Girl with glass feet by Ali Shaw

Best YA: The Knife of Never letting go by Patrick Ness

Best fantasy: The Black Prism by Brent Weeks

Best fiction: The Calligrapher’s daughter by Eugenia Kim

Best contemporary romance: Straight up by Deirdre Martin

Best pride and prejudice variation: Emma and the vampires by Wayne Josephson

Best Paranormal romance: Demon from the dark by Kresley Cole

Best historical romance: A touch of scandal by Jennifer Haymore

Best historical: The Forever Queen by Helen Hollick
 Runner-up: For the King’s favor by Elizabeth Chadwick

Best book about Egypt: Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Best follow-up book: Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Best cliffhanger: Changeless by Gail Carriger

Best urban fantasy: The Better part of Darkness by Kelly Gay

Best debut: Mind Games by Carolyn Crane

Best dark book. The Reapers are the angels by Alden Bell

Best translated book: The Solitude of prime numbers by Paolo Giardano

Best WTF you evil bastard!: The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks

The Book that made me cry: Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Best book published 2010: The Darkest edge of Dawn by Kelly Gay

Best cover of the year: Cinders by Michelle Davidson Argyle

Fav genre this year: Urban Fantasy
Books read: 187 (if I counted right, last time they were fewer, hm)
Graphic Novels: 6
Short stories: 4

edit: had to dsq a book, I read it in 2009, oh must have been the fever


  1. Great post!

    I used to melt tin too, then I sort of stopped, but it's a cool tradition. Your cats look great too!

    You had a great reading year. I hope 2011 will be great for you, too.

  2. Happy New Year to you too, Blodeuedd. I love your traditions posts! Glad to see Angel's Game on your list as I have this one on the shelf and hope to get to it soon.

  3. I love this post and all of your categories!! :)

    Happy New Year!

  4. Happy New Year! I loved seeing all your photos. Such cute cats! I've read a few books on your list and a few more are on my tbr shelves.
    Here's to a new year filled with great times with family and friends, great books, and good health.

  5. Your New Years looked so interesting and fun! Never heard of the tin divination before, but it seems like it'd be fun to try. ^_^

    I see you've got high opinion of Kelly Gay's books. I really, really need to crack those open.

    Oooh...and congrats on 187 books this year.

  6. Great reading year sweety! Hope 2011 will be as good.
    And you only DNF one book? I'm jealous. LOL
    Hope you feel better soon.

  7. B,

    I love your traditions posts! :)

    And your cats, they are all so different: one smiling, one lazing about and the other so fierce. LOL Our new kitty is so nosy.

    You read a lot of books! I am glad you like Urban Fantasy - it is my favorite genre.

    Let's aim for 200 books in 2011. No pressure. LOL


  8. A great list! Happy New Year!! xoxo

  9. that is one awesome pic of your cat! i love it!

    happy new year!

  10. I've never heard of melting tin before, but it sounds like fun! I spent New Year's Eve on the couch bundled up with a sore throat and the sniffles. It was the first New Year's Eve since my husband and I have been together (14 years) that we didn't kiss at midnight. I don't blame him though - this is one of the worst head-colds I've had in a while. :)

    Happy New Year! I hope you feel better soon!

  11. I've never melted tin and I don't believe in such fortune-telling method. I loved the fact that you posted your best books in such neat categories! Some of them I am going to read too.

    I love your cats!!!

  12. It's been many years since I've melted tin. But it was fun!

    Your cats are cute!

  13. I love the melting tin tradition. I want to try that! Your ghost/breath picture is awesome!! Spooky.

    I'm originally from the southern US, and our tradition is to eat a bowl of black eyed peas on New Year's Day. It is supposed to bring you luck, but I'm not too sure about that part!

    Happy 2011!!

  14. Happy new years hon... Tin in fire - good to know...

    The Black Prism by Brent Weeks - totally agree.. it rocked...

    I loved that you got into UF this year and enjoyed it...

    All the very best for 2011 hon...


  15. Irena
    I love it, I have done is since I was a kid, and I do like to try to see what I can see in them.
    Aww thanks, they are cuties.

    Had to take it away, oops read it in 2009, well, I still loved it :)

    Thanks, hihi, I just wanted so many books in so made a bunch of weird ones

    I always use photos others have taken so decided to take some of my own this time.

    The same goes for you my friend :)

  16. Alisha
    Lol, give or take, since I can't count, but yes, at least over 180, so proud of myself :)
    The tin thing is so fun, just love it, and yes do read Kelly's books.

    Nah, had many more, this DNF was a mistake on the list, should not have been there since I read it last year

    We can do it! I mean there was one year I was happy to reach 100, so hell, 200, bring it on!
    Love my cats, but only see them when I visit my parents, but so getting one of my own with bf when we move one day

  17. FV
    *hugs back* Here is to one great new yea :)

    Thanks, they are not the easiest to take pics of, Morrigan can do it. Verdi wanted to run, Rhodri, well he just closed his eyes

    Bf was talking in the phone so had to kiss him 2 min after, but still counts :) And then I got ill too, so that sucked. Know how you feel, I feel the bed calling me right now

    Yes I do make the strangest ones, I just wanna fit in many books ;)
    Believe and believe, I think it is fun, and some things, oh I am such a pagan ;)

  18. Happy New Year!!!
    I hope youre feeing better.
    It looks like you had a great reading year. Very cool melting tin tradition :)

  19. Elysium
    You should do it again :D it is fun, well when it does not explode all over me. Lol, asked mum and dad 10 times how to put it in the water, obviously they had forgotten

    I like that tradition, very cool :)
    ANd melting tin is so fun, easy too, and then I just see whatever I want there ;)
    Hihi, right, the ghost one was awesome

    I sure hope to read more great UF next year cos I do love it. And yes Weeks is good, I am looking forward to his next book for sure

  20. Naida
    Well my fever keeps going up, but bf is so sweet taking care of me so I am fine :)

  21. I love the tin tradition! That sounds so fun :-) I wonder what blowing up means... an explosively fun 2011, I hope!

  22. Arti
    Well I put it down in the water, and the next moment there was some there, but on my pants and on the floor too. Oops

  23. I hope you feel better very soon. I love the sound of the tin tradition - that must be fun.
    Love the cat pics too - Morrigan looks like one of my boys.

    Wishing you a very happy and prosperous 2011.
    Happy New Year!

  24. Happy New Year to you too, and I loved your best of list! Many I haven't read, but now you've made me curious, and I'll be adding some to my TBR list. I loved Curious Incident too - a wonderful book, my son read it too!

  25. So you have several things to look forward to in the next year. Oooo! I hope they are all good!

    Love the kitty pic. The first one, Rhodri, looks like he is smiling. :)

    I agree so much with the best weird book. ;)

    Hope you have a wonderful 2011!!

  26. Happy New Year! Loved seeing your pics and you had a great 2010!

  27. Cat
    It sure is fun :)
    Awww the cats are sure cute, I do miss them

    It was just so good, powerful, and just amazing. Loved it to pieces

    Lol, I know, one big smile there, he is my fave, though he is really ill and it's breaking my heart :(

    Thanks :D

  28. OH I love this post Blodeuedd!! And I love the melting the tin. We just do the fireworks and that is about it. We spent it with our neighbors. Nothing special!
    But I love the pictures of your kitties! The first one looks like a smiling kitty!!!

    I wish and you and bf a very happy and joyous new year!!!! And I am glad that we have seen one year come and go together my dear friend! Hugs to you!

  29. Love the kitty pictures! And your list of books - I like how you do that. Happy New Year and I wish you all the best in 2011!

  30. Happy New Year B! ((Hug))

    Wonderful traditions and list of favorites. I do love your blog.

    All the best for 2011

  31. What cool New Years traditions - melting tin to see what the new year will bring!

    I loved The Dog in the Night Time when I read it a few years ago - great pick!

    Happy 2011!

  32. Happy new year to you.

    Thank you for the list. Interesting.

  33. Cecile
    *big hug*
    He does look like he is smiling, awwwww, my cutie :)
    Here is to another great year filled with joy

    Thanks :D The best to you in the new year

    It truly was a wonderful book and I am so glad I picked it up.

    Thank you :D

  34. I hope your kitty gets better. <3

    Hugz and health to you both.

  35. Some of your categories made me snort. Snort I tell ya!
    And your post was lovely. Happy New Year to you and yours! :)

  36. I love your category names!! You had a phenomenal year of reading!! Love those traditions!

  37. Aww, best cover! Sweet! Thanks for this post. That's an awesome list. :)

  38. We don't really celebrate New Years since we have a Jewish New Years in September which is pretty intense and that's enough for me ;) Though I love reading about your traditions and the melting the iron sounds really interesting and fun.
    Great book list. Some of those I have read and some are on my shelf waiting. I hope to read The Knife of Never Letting Go this week.
    Have a great New Year!

  39. Awww loved seeing all your photos and reading about the traditions. Melting and reading the tin sounds cool, and more exciting than reading tea leaves LOL

    Excellent best of list, I have quite a few of those on my 2011 reading pile. Have a wonderful year filled with love and laughter and lots and lots of books!!

  40. Tin melting is also a tradition I don´t miss on New Year´s Eve! This year mine came out as something that looks like a rain/treadrop. Hmmm...
    Cute pictures of your cats! Mine are a little shy in front of the camera!

  41. Thanks Melissa, I hope so too :)

    Yay, I made ya snort, my work here is done

    Lol, yes I do tend to invent weird ones just to get all my good books in ;)

    It was just so lovely :D

    I thought you might like them, so had to take some pics

  42. Simcha
    I do hope you enjoy it, it was so intense and I just kept reading and reading and could not put it down

    Thanks you teddy! The same to you my friend :)
    I have never tried the tea thing, I will make do with my tin, lol

    Mum said mine looked like a, and I saw a dinosaur on hers

  43. I hope your tin told you something good. Happy New Year!

  44. Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing.

    I love the list, too.

  45. Happy new year and so sorry you had a cold! Not sure what your tin says but I hope it's something good. Love the spooky ghost photo too :)

  46. Thanks Jenny
    Yes that photo just looks so cool :D



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