Thursday, December 31, 2009

9 Favority-Favorite Things of '09 Challenge

Happy New Year's Eve! Today I'm giving myself an overdue Christmas present... three of them actually. Barnes and Nobles online has Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins on sale (ten bucks hardcover! Note: I am biased toward Peeta. Choose him, Katniss! Choose him!!), and of course I need to grab the free shipping by spending $25... it would be a waste of money not to, or so I tell myself, so I'm also picking up City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and Graceling by Kristin Cashore. So happy!

And the beautiful Karen at Scobberlotcher gave me an award! The Kreativ Blogger, thank you so much! I've received this one before, and here is the link to my oh-so-revealing answers, but I wanted to say thanks. Awards always make me smile.

In other shiny, happy news, there are book giveaways all over the place. Check out I'm Always Write for a chance to win Catching Fire (what? You haven't read Hunger Games???? Go! Read!!); Agent Rachelle Gardner has a poetry contest of sorts to win your choice out of ten books she's offering; and Book Dreaming is celebrating 100 Followers with a mega giveaway, with two winners each getting six books! I plan on having another giveaway to thank my 100 Followers too... honest, really-truly I am... I'm just procrastinating until I get over the holidays.

What other goody-goodness is out there? Lots of New Year's resolutions about to be made, from what I see on the blogs I follow. I don't usually officially make any resolutions, however this year I am resolved to not just finish my wip, but to edit, revise, polish, and repeat, and make this story heart-wrenching-incredible before the end of 2010.

To round out the New Year, I thought it'd be fun to do my 9 Favority-Favorites of 2009. Then someday I can be like, "Aww, I can't believe I forgot about all those favorites!" And, "Wow, I used to say awesome a lot." Want to play? Here's the challenge:
  • Choose one out of the nine topics below (or more than one, if you're crazy like me) and post up to nine of your faves of that topic in the comments.
Here are my
9 Favority-Favorites of '09
I'm choosing up to 9 answers for each category.
Don't judge! I know I'm crazy!

1. Books: (I read these in 2009 and loved them, I'm not saying they were actually published in 2009): The Hunger Games, A Great and Terrible Beauty, Fragile Eternity, The Boleyn Inheritance, City of Jade, Princess Academy, Sirena, Valiant, The Poisonwood Bible

2. Authors: Meg Cabot, Sarah Desson, Shannon Hale, Isabelle Allende, Libba Bray, Clare B. Dunkle, Dennis McKiernan, Ally Carter, Laura Kinsale (Some of these are all-time faves, but I can't help it!)

3. Movies: Funny People, The Frog Princess, New Moon, The Time Traveler's Wife, The Proposal, 17 Again... can't think of any more!

4. Actors/Actresses: Hmm, I like Amy Adams, Eric Bana, and-- and-- and-- I'm bad with names! I hope all my answers don't suck :)

5. TV Shows: The Office, Survivor, 30 Rock, Community, and... oh man, this is hard to think up on the spot, but my DVR will tell you.

6. Songs: Fireflies, Let it Rock, Replay, anything by the bands in #7, I don't know! This seemed easier when I was coming up with the categories.

7. Band/Singer: The Fray, Linkin' Park, Greenday, Black-Eyed Peas, We The Kings, Hey Monday, Jordin Sparks, um-- um-- um-- there are more, I just need to get in the car and turn on the radio!

8. Foods/Restaurants: Hey, I don't like cooking but I love food! Give me sushi from Wasabi, ultra cheesy guacamole-smothered nachos from Camacho's, Zebra popcorn from Popcornopolis (I'll eat it until I make myself sick, seriously mouth-watering), those little cheese-filled curled things from Buca di Bepo... basically, take me to City Walk and let me take my pick, mmmmm!

9. Your Choice Favorites: Friends and family are my favority-favorite, but I also love writing of course, and my DVR, my laptop, my crit buddies, people who don't give my son Transformers, my wip, agents who read slush and reply, and my bloggity blog buddies! You guys are so awesome (whew, I managed to use 'awesome' only once today!).

If any of those categories make you think of your own favorites from the past year, comment away :) And happy New Year's everyone!!

*Also, see you on Saturday for the almost kiss No Kissing Blogfest (Frankie Diane's idea), and enjoy the last of 2009!


  1. If I try to do all nine categories my head may explode:) So my favorite 9 books for '09 are: Catching Fire, Graceling, City of Bones (yes, you are gonna love those books), City of Ashes, City of Glass, Wings, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Hush Hush, and Life As We Knew It.

    Have a great New Year! And love the Team Peeta badge. Gotta grab one of those:)

  2. This title was my "Favority-favorite". You're adorable! I enjoyed your lists. Happy New Year, Diana!

  3. Aw Melissa, you played!! Yayyy!! I love your taste in books. I need to add those to my tbr list for sure. Thanks!

    Thanks Catherine, you're so sweet I'm gonna double-smiley you :) :)

    The happiest of New Year's to you both!

  4. Aww you're adorable! I hope you have a wonderful New Year hun ♥

  5. Such an awesome list! We should live near each other cause that way we could watch The Office, and 30 Rock then listen to Fireflies—cause who doesn’t want a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightening bugs?—and the Fray, Linkin Park and Greenday. Then we can go out and have sushi covered in cheesy guac! Okay, that actually doesn’t sound good, but you like a lot of things that I like, including the word AWESOME! Great post! I think I’ll post about my favorite things in 2009! Thanks for mentioning my contest. You got yourself an extra entry!

  6. I just tried to leave you a comment with lists of my favorites things, but comments ate it. I guess you'll have to stay tuned to my blog in 2010 to learn more of about me. You're awesome awesome Diana. Hope you have an amazing New Year and *hugs* to you.

  7. Loved reading about your favorites :-) (You already read mine, haha)

  8. Wait! I just thought about it and since not all of mine are the same categories as yours, so I can play too :-)

    4. Actors/Actresses: Jennifer Aniston, Channing Tatum, Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Isla Fisher, Jennifer Garner, Liam Neeson, Robert Downey Jr., James McAvoy

    5. TV Shows: The Office, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Dexter, True Blood, NCIS, Criminal Minds, Gossip Girl

  9. Natalie- Aww shucks, you're so sweet :) Thank you and a very happy and successful New Year to you!

    Karen- Woohoo, you came over to play! It sounds like your a girl who knows about the good things in life :) Now do you love chocolate, white mochas and Disneyland?

    Mary- Oh that the pits. One time my computer closed out all my open programs for no reason and I had been right in the middle of postin (and you KNOW how long and rambly my posts are-- I could never replicate it!). Then weeks later I see it in the "edit post" section-- DOH! I hadn't thought to check even though blogger autosaves. Anyway (as I continue to ramble), there is no autosave for comments, but I do look forward to reading about your favorite things in a future post :) Happy New Year Mary, and *hugs* again!

    Sarah- Nice!! I'm so happy that you played after all! I love all those actors, especially Isla Fisher and Hugh Jackman. And Liam Neeson. And Ryan Reynolds-- okay all your picks were great!

  10. Oh Di, your so fabulous you get every award twice! Too awesome. You see that, Melissa loved "The Forest of Hands and Teeth." I'm telling you it rocks!

    I'll love seeing your lists and learning what makes you tick.

  11. You're too sweet! I'm so glad you found my blog girl, so I could find yours too!! I really enjoy it :o) I'll give you one of each of the nine. How about that... well maybe two... these are pretty much for 2009, not of all time, well some of them. Anyhoo... here we go!

    1. Books: Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick was good.

    2. Authors: J.K. Rowling (well she's all-time)

    3. Movies: Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, The Hangover

    4. Actors/Actresses: Ewan McGregor

    5. TV Shows: Criminal Minds, The Big Bang Theory

    6. Songs: Gold Gun Girls by Metric, Trinity by Paper Tongues

    7. Band/Singer: Foo Fighters (Always), Silversun Pickups (Always)

    8. Foods/Restaurants: Cheeseburger from Red Robin, Pizza from a local place called Jaspares.

    9. Your Choice Favorites: I like your answers, family and friends and writing. Of course, music :o)

    That was fun thanks! Hope 2010 is wonderful for all of us, that would be my favority-favorite :o)

  12. Happy New Year!

    A few of mine...

    Book: TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson and anything by Janette Rallison.



  13. I'm late with this, but of course I love chocolate! I've never had a white mocha but it doesn't sound like something I'd say no to and while I've never been to Disneyland, Disney World is awesome! That and Universal Studios!