Goodbye 2011

Goodbye 2011.

I can’t say this year has been life-changing. I can’t say I have a huge accomplishment to associate this year with.

But maybe, just maybe, 2011 could be my last year in this world. 2011 could be the last year in my life where I say nothing has happened. Because in 2012, I could find death or a new future. In 2012 I could look back at this post and laugh, or cry, or look away.

2011 may not have been a big year for me. But the small things are what count. The small things are what amount to something big.

In 2011 I went from 15 books that I knew cover-to-cover to more than a hundred. I went from being a teen to an official adult. I went from being a high school student to a high school graduate. I went from being lonely to having friends like you all over the world in love with books as much as me.

In a way, 2011 has been special.

In a way, 2011 has made meย special.

And I have a few very special people to thank. More than anyone, Melina, who probably knows me more than I know myself, despite the fact that she has never even seen me. Without you, Melina, I don’t think I would have gotten past AKB. I live for our late-night Gmail chats.

To HD, for being the awesome blogger who actually thinks I’m funny. For being able to tell me in all caps how much he loved a book, and for me to reply the same. For sending me reassuring words I never thought anyone would say to me. I don’t know how I went two-thirds of the year without knowing you.

To Katie for being a good friend. For chatting with me during your boring Astronomy class and tweeting with with crazies at night. I can’t wait to meet you in person.

Lisa, Britta, Ashelynnย – you guys are always there when I need some reassurance. Ashelynn, thank you for telling me you’ll be my friend only when I give you chocolate. Lisa, thank you for Hourglass and all those tweets putting me on top of the world. Britta, thank you for being the other half of this #oldmarriedcouple. I don’t even remember when we started that joke.

And lastly, thank YOU. Thank you for reading my every post, commenting on my every post (I’m looking at you especially, Lauren, Jenny, Jessica, and Giselle), and making my blog feel alive.

Thank you.

September 2010 may be when I started blogging, but 2011 is when it all really began. No one will never know how much blogging has changed my life. But know this: it has changed.

See you next year.


Hafsah Faizal is a YA author, designer, and blogger. Her designs have graced the sites of New York Times bestselling authors, bloggers, and more. She resides in Texas, with her family.



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    December 30, 2011

    Of my goodness, Hafsah! This post is beautiful. 2011 was my big blogging year too and you definitely had a huge impact on it as well! And by the way, we started the joke in May, during BEA… we really should do something for our anniversary ;)

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    December 30, 2011

    Oh my goodness Hafsah, you just made my day, and it hasn't even been sixteen minutes yet!

    You're an amazing person, you know that? This post is THE BOMB! So sweet and thoughtful. 2012 is going to be a great for you Hafsah, I feel it!!!

    Stay awesome, okay?


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    December 30, 2011

    I can't say I have a huge accomplishment to associate this year with.

    I don't think that that is the case whatsoever! You wrote and published your own book- that is such an amazing accomplishment!

    Don't sell yourself short lady!

    Here is to 2012! ;)

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    December 30, 2011

    Yay Hafsah! I think this is such a brilliant post, it's amazing how all the little things that happen can make a year more memorable than one or two big things. Glad 2011 has made you special (though I imagine you were long before this year) and that the blog and all of us who enjoy it have contributed to that feeling for you. Happy New Year and can't wait to see what you have in store for us in 2012!

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    Book Love 101

    December 30, 2011

    That was beautiful… Amazing post.. Love it :)

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    December 30, 2011

    Awesome post–2011 was an amazing year for you! Congratulations on all your wonderful accomplishments both big and small. The big make life amazing but the small make life worth living. Happy 2012!

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    December 30, 2011

    Awww Hafsah, you are the sweetest!

    I love our late night chats too. <3

    I have a feeling that 2012 is going to be extra special for you and I can't wait to see that feeling come true.

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    Lauren M

    December 30, 2011

    It sounds like 2011 was a pretty good year! :) I'm glad I discovered your blog this year, Hafsah–you're such a fun person! I can't wait to meet you at ALA next month!
    Here's to an awesome 2012! :)

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    ashelynn hetland

    December 30, 2011

    he he he. <333

    i hope 2012 is just as amazing for you! :)

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    Dazzling Mage

    December 30, 2011

    Such a touching post. I hope next year continues to be good to you in ways you'll never expect- those are the best. <3

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    Patricia's Particularity

    December 30, 2011

    What a wonderful way to say goodbye to 2011. In one year your blog really and blown me and many readers away. I cannot wait to see what 2012 brings you and your reading happiness :)

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    Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    December 30, 2011

    Love this! Book readers are never truly lonely, since we're surrounded by literary friends, but book bloggers have a real sense of community. I am so thankful to be part of this and to read great blogs like yours. :) May the best thing that happened to you in 2011 be the worst thing that happens in 2012!

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    A Canadian Girl

    December 31, 2011

    What a beautifully written post, Hafsah. I hope 2012 is just as special and hope you have a very happy new year!

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    Michelle @ Book Briefs

    December 31, 2011

    Happy New Year!

    I just wanted to say that I love your blog. It is one of my staple ya blogs that I come to every day. Thanks so much for your awesome reviews, designs and html tips.

    Thank you for everything you do.

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    December 31, 2011

    Happy New Year! Hope 2012 is a wonderful year for you.

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    December 31, 2011

    Here's wishing you an awesome 2012!!

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    Dizneeee (Lisa)

    December 31, 2011

    You ARE special! I'm very happy that I found you and your blog this year. Very happy!

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