Australian YA Bloggers & Readers’ Secret Santa 2015

Posted December 7, 2015 by BumblingBookworm in #LoveOzYA, Memes / 5 Comments

AusYABloggers_SecretSantaHi 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?
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!

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Bernadette (The Bumbling Bookworm) has
completed her goal of reading 50 books in 2015!


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:

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…

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!

Leave 3 clues to help your santee guess who you are!

  • 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

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5 responses to “Australian YA Bloggers & Readers’ Secret Santa 2015

  1. Ahh you’ve attended so many amazing events this year! It’s still impressive that you’ve kept up with the blogging so that’s an achievement in itself. Thanks for taking part, it’s so much fun seeing everyone’s answers!

    • BumblingBookworm

      The events were so much fun, it’s made me even more glad to have moved back to Melbourne (you know, aside from the whole being-closer-to-family-and-friends thing!). The blogging I’ve slipped on, but I’ll get there – I just have to be more realistic about what I can actually achieve, time wise 🙂
      Thanks for hosting this, it’s been so much fun 🙂

  2. Hehe I think I know who your Santee is 😉 (Thank you for the awesome gifts, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the pug calendar. You have no idea!)

    I think you definitely did really well considering the circumstances. Blogging does take up so much time, and sometimes we just need to step back and take a breather and enjoy life outside of the internet. Congratulations on your new job and going back to your home city lovely, I hope 2016 treats you well <3 <3 Merry Christmas xx

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