Looking back and looking forward
We Sat Down is one year old today!
|A detail from our handmade bookmark|
We'd like to say a very big thank you to all the publishers, authors, bloggers, teachers, parents, readers and literary festival organisers who have helped to make We Sat Down such a memorable experience for us this past year. What started off as a digital recording of our reading thoughts and an exploration of Young Adult fiction has become so much more than we expected. Special thanks to Alice, Lucy, Kate, Nanny Bee, Grandad Africa, Daddy Cool and commenters who have all contributed their reviews and thoughts on this blog.
Little M:My favourite things in the last year of blogging were being a part of Team Candor; talking to people about books that I have read; going to Hot Key Books in London and meeting other bloggers there like Georgia, Nina and Meg; and getting Twitter so I can talk with other bloggers/people in the booky world. I also love shadowing the Carnegie and seeing what people think about the books that have been nominated for it.
M:Some of Little M’s favourite things have been mine too. Of course I know that reading is enjoyable but blogging about books has just made it terribly good fun as well. I’ve enjoyed exploring my own reading habits but the thing I’ve liked the most about the past year is the joint or group activities that blogging has fostered. The blogging teams that Harper Collins set up for the publication of Veronica Roth’s Insurgent felt like a huge reading party! Both of us being invited to meet publishers and authors together has also been wonderful. I’ve also really enjoyed doing interviews with authors, via e-mail and in person. Like Little M, a particular highlight has been following the Carnegie longlist and we're looking forward to shadowing the shortlist too (although I've read it all already).
Overall, it’s the discussions that we’ve had about individual books, reading and literature in general that have brought me a lot of satisfaction (much more so than my literature degree ever did). With a little bit of help from all sorts of people, we’ve also put together a book list for our future reading with about seventy book titles on it for us to explore over the next few years (and that's not incuding our Classics Club reading list!).
Remember, to celebrate our blogoversay, we're holding a 24 hour sponsored readathon next Saturday 23 March (inspired by Ms Adkins). Please pop by our Justgiving page to help raise money for school supplies for children who've been traumatised (many have been living on the streets).
We're looking forward to our next year with you all - happy reading!