2015 End of Year Book Survey (Part Two)
Hey y'all!What's a little weird about how I did my End of Year Book Survey this year is that I actually split it into two parts. It's hosted by the lovely Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner.I'm running a tad late this year with end of the year posts (I'm a perfectionist when it comes to my WLS Best of 2015 graphics.) I had finals last week, but I still wanted to make sure that I could share some of my favorites of the year! Without further ado, here are my other answers.1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015?Across the Words - Sajda is such a fascinating person and she runs a really fantastic blog. It's all the little things: her gorgeous blog designs, her similar book taste to my own, and a lot of her thoughtful discussions.2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?This is a tough one. I feel like I do more spotlights than reviews, and reviews really go to the books that I really LOVE. So I like all of them equally. Maybe Famous in Love?3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?Morality in YA - I adored this discussion and all the conflicting thoughts that we had about it. I essentially argued against the stigma of unlikable characters. I know a lot of bloggers who don't read books about cheaters/liars (with good reason, granted) but I think it's important that I'm exposed to perspectives that I don't agree with, especially because they're constantly growing and adapting. I always try to write complex, emotional, shades-of-gray characters.4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?BOOKEXPO AMERICA 2015! You can read my recap here. Aside from that, I really love all the relationships that I've built up this year, especially with people in the industry. It was really rewarding to be both recognized on the floor at BEA and to be able to head to some behind-the-scenes events. I loved talking to David Levithan and Maggie Stiefvater, and I've adored getting to know the lovely ladies behind Little Brown's The NOVL.5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?I've had a few really cool writing/editing things happen this year. For example, a book I edited through Teen Eyes Editorial made it to shelves through Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and got really positive reviews (it's a psychological thriller about twins and arson.) It's such a powerful feeling to see something I worked on as a fledgling manuscript get to "the big leagues". Writing-wise, I won a few awards, put together a portfolio that I wholeheartedly love, and worked on a few projects.6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?Feeling like a terrible blogger because I can't post all the time. First off, one of my biggest pet peeves is when people say they "don't have time to read" or say "it must be so nice to have the time." I make reading a priority and that's why I'm able to read so much! My junior/senior year workload was insane and my immune system absolutely collapsed, so I took way too many breaks on the blog this year. They were necessary, but they made me feel awful.7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?I got a lot of love on Blogging & Photos, because I spent a lot of time this year vamping up my brand. Part of why I put so much effort into branding was because of my recent obsession with bookstagrams. I'm not the most popular bookstagrammer, but I did have a LOT of requests from my readers asking about how I place my photos.8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?Tough questions. Not specifically, but in general, I wish my book club wrap-ups got a little more love! I love summarizing our conversations and talking about the monthly book. I run a teen book club at Oxford Exchange (the bookstore I work at) on the last Sunday of every month and I adore it. Plus, I love the pictures that I include with my posts.9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?I know I've had Audible before, but I got really into it this year. I tore through audiobooks because I discovered that having six minutes in the hallway between my eight classes adds up to a whole lot of listening time.10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?I don't usually set reading goals! Blog-wise, I think it's definitely improved though.1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. She's on my auto-read list, and the fact that I haven't read this yet is a real shame.2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke - God, her writing is so Gothic and lovely and her plotting is brilliant. I'm so excited to read a new book from her when the last one captivated me so thoroughly. There are a lot of books I'm really looking forward to though!3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016?The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, narrated by Will Patton. This series on audio is absolutely incredible. I have so many memories of being at camp, under the covers, listening to Will Patton's raspy voice talking about rain and Blue and Gansey and all of it. Also, I'm Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil.5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?It's such a little goal, but it's so important: I want to keep the blog going at its caliber at the beginning of college. I know that this fall is going to be difficult blogging-wise for me, suddenly in a new state and school. I know it's unrealistic but I want to be able to read and figure out my balance. I want to keep doing this despite the first few months' insanity.