Hi guys! I love a good book swap and Christmas seems to bring out the best with the extra element of Secret Santa! Last year I took part in the Secret Santa run by The Broke and the Bookish, but this year I’ve decided to stick a little closer to home. I’ve signed up for the Aussie YA Bloggers & Readers’ Secret Santa, which is back for its second year, and I’m super excited about it!
As part of the Australian YA Bloggers & Readers Secret Santa Blog Hop, they like to know whether everyone’s been a good or naughty blogger this year. After all, Santa only gives pressies to the good bloggers, and the naughty ones get lumps of coal… 😀
So, we have been asked to list or share some of our best reading/blogging moments this year, so everyone can find out more about their fellow Santas and Santees. It’s also a great opportunity to visit other blogs and share the love! As a participant, we’ll also be leaving three clues at the end, so everyone can have a guess as to who our Santees are.
1. What are your top 5 favourite books this year?
- The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan
- The Boy Most Likely To (My Life Next Door #2) by Huntley Fitzpatrick
- Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
- Risk by Fleur Ferris
- A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
2. How did you go with your Goodreads challenge?
Pretty darn good! I was realistic about setting my goals, and I’ve completely exceeded them 🙂 So far, I have read 73 books, which is 23 more than my target of 50, not to mention more than double what I read last year!
3. How many times did you post a week on average? Do you think you’ll post more/less in the future?
I totally fell down on this this year, I’d be lucky to have posted once a week on average. My aim is definitely to post more in the future, not every day but hopefully a couple of times a week. I wrote a post about all of this last night, which you can find here!
4. What is your favourite blogging moment/achievement of 2015?
Definitely attending more bookish events, now that I’m back in Melbourne. This particularly happened over the last couple of months, and each one has been such a lovely moment! Some of these wonderful events include:
- Reading Matters in May, hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature, featuring an array of wonderful writers;
- Growing Pains in October, hosted by the Wheeler Centre and featuring Alice Pung, Will Kostakis and John Marsden;
- Also in October, a signing by Chris Judd of his new book, Inside: The Autobiography (and I also won a signed football!);
- Another October event, the Melbourne book launch of Illuminae – I had the most wonderful time;
- BTYCA Melbourne in November;
- Meeting Sarah J. Maas, also in November, and trying to hide the fact that I was completely losing my shit; and
- 2016: The Year Ahead in Youth Literature, also hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature and held last week.
5. Did you read mostly review or non-review books this year?
Definitely non-review – my pile of unread ARCs and eARCS will attest to that! My goal is to tackle them next 🙂
6. What are your blogging goals for 2016?
Blog more regularly and more frequently, keep reading, and engage with this wonderful community!
7. What books are you looking forward to in 2016?
Just off the top of my head…
- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
- Black by Fleur Ferris
- The Hidden Oracle of Apollo (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
- The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan
- A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
- Untitled (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
- Frankie by Shivaun Plozza
- Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
- Shaming the Devil by Melina Marchetta
- The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski
- Glass Sword (The Red Queen #2) by Victoria Aveyard
- When We Collided by Emery Lord
- The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis
I think I might stop there! I could keep going and going but I think that’s enough for now 🙂
Based on the answers above, have you been a good or naughty blogger this year?
ANSWER: I think I was the best blogger I could be in the circumstances, which hasn’t been that great! So, I’d probably have to say naughty… Looks like I’ll be getting coal this year!
- The Girl at Midnight was one of your top 5 books this year.
- Your blog header has flowers, which are super gorgeous!
- You recently posted about the wonderful time you had at BTCYA in Sydney
Examples of clues you can leave:
- Your santee’s latest blog post
- Describe your santee’s theme
- A recent comment you left your santee