What a Year! Moving On.

December 29, 2015 books, miscellaneous 17

I thought I had plenty of time to do this and then I realized submissions close in a day and it’s almost New Year’s Eve. I’ll be doing a more personal wrap-up post in a bit, but this is my bookish year. I made some questions up, deleted some and changed others, because it’s the early hours of the morning and there are tv shows I have to watch.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books I Completed: About 35 + some fanfiction.

Number of Re-Reads: None yet, but I’m listening to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as an audiobook every night before bed, so probably 1 before the year ends

Genre You Read The Most From:

I didn’t think I read that much Women’s Fiction (I’m not even sure that’s the correct term for some of the books, and I think it’s exactly as stupid as chic lit, but I couldn’t figure out what else to place it as. Ideas? Maybe I should have just placed it under contemporary.), but I’m not surprised by fantasy. The genre I disliked the most was definitely memoirs. It’s not that the ones I read were bad per se (except for one), but they’re just not for me.

Book Age Groups

I just counted and only 16 of the books I read were YA, which surprised me, because I thought I lean toward YA, but it seems to be pretty balanced!

Best In Books

Best Three 2015 books

There were a lot of great ones, but these were my absolute favorites.

a darker shade of magic on reviews and cake

Favorite New Authors I discovered in 2015

Victoria Schwab, Rainbow Rowell, and Becky Albertalli!

Best Book From a Genre I Don’t Usually Read

Most people on Goodreads seem to place this in the Thriller/Mystery section, and that’s usually something I stay away from, but I loved this book!

Most Surprising Book I Read

I only bought this because I kept hearing good things, but the cover and dystopian set up didn’t really convince me and the blurb didn’t paint a great picture for me. I did NOT expect this to be this funny or good! Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a lighthearted book at all, but there are hilarious moments and then the rest is just horror and gore and I often avoid that, but it was just all very well done.

Most Likely to Reread Next Year

DEFINITELY Fangirl. I connected to Cath so much, and it just left me with this cozy feeling. I meant to reread it this year, but didn’t get around to it.

Hidden Gem of the Year

Holding Out for a Hero Victoria Van Tiem on Reviews and Cake cover

Okay technically this doesn’t come out until Jan 14, BUT I just read it and I’ve literally seen no one talk about it, so I think it qualifies. My review was the first one on Goodreads, so what’s up with that. Plus, the cover is AWESOME.

Blogging/Bookish Life

New Favorite Book Blog I Discovered in 2015

I just started reading Val’s The Innocent Smiley and I have no idea why I wasn’t before, but I’m there now. I’m sure there are tons more, but I don’t actually remember when I discovered what blog, so I’m glad that says blog singular. :D

Best Discussion/Non-Review Post On My Blog

I liked the discussion about gendered books, because of all the thoughtful reactions! Oh, and I also hosted a Blogger Friending Meme. I don’t know how many people actually found new blogs with similar interests that way, but it’s still up if you want to take a look!

Best Moment of Bookish/Blogging Life in 2015

Have a list!

1. All the wonderful people, comments, and support – I love this community!
2. I’m super glad I did my blogoversary survey, because all the answers made me really happy! There were tons of people saying they appreciated my humor etc., so whereas before I just felt weird indulging my bizarre whims, I now feel encouraged. Which, er probably isn’t a good thing, but whatever. ALSO, it took me AGES to write up the results in this post, but there are pies and gifs and quotes and I think it looks really pretty.
3. When I tried an ARC and actually LIKED it. What a relief. I read two or three before and always had bad luck with them, but I really liked Holding Out for a Hero, so I don’t have to hide from the publisher. :D

Most Popular Post On My Blog

One of my wrap up posts about bunnies, books and fannish things, weirdly enough. I mean I don’t know how accurate the WordPress stats are, but it seems kind of random? Then again comments and hits often feel random, so it might really be the most popular! Right after that is my stream of consciousness post on going self-hosted, which was one of my VERY first posts back when I wasn’t even sure what to do with my blog. Not much has changed. It’s making me feel all nostalgic. Special shout out to Shannon and Inge, who commented all the way back in 2014 and were foolish enough to stay around!

Post You I Wished Got a Little More Love

Hmmmm… I just found this graphic depicting a stuck up box of Kleenex. I’m not even sure what post it’s from, but DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH WORK FOR BASICALLY NOTHING THAT WAS. Like, it was in one probably not very popular post and that was it. I’m glad I know how to spend my time productively.

stuck up box of kleenex

I don’t even know why I drew this in what looks like Paint, but might have been Photoshop and in what context and wut.

Actual posts… I really liked Legitimate Reasons Not to Write, which gives all the bullshit excuses I use every day in order not to write, Annoying People On Trains and the self-indulgent tags like Secret Life of a Blogger. But mainly just all the tv show/movie posts, because where are my tv show people at?

Looking Ahead

One Book You Didn’t Get to in 2015 But Will Be Your Number One Priority in 2016

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I KNOW, I need to hop on this train! I do own the ebook, but I haven’t got around to reading it yet. I’ll be better in 2016!

2016 Release I’ve Already Read and Recommend to Everyone

Well, this is easy, because it’s literally the only release I’ve already read, but I DID like it a lot, so there you go.

Holding Out for a Hero Victoria Van Tiem on Reviews and Cake cover
Most Anticipated 2016 Release

I hear there will be more Rhy in this book, so I’m all in. I was actually approved for the extended preview on Netgalley and I was SO EXCITED because I thought it was the full book at first, but I will NOT participate in this preview madness. Do I LOOK stable enough to read 1/3 of the book and then wait for two months? Yeah, you see where that’s a problem.

What are YOUR most anticipated releases? Best 2016 bookish/bloggish experience? Do link me to one of your 2016 posts that you feel hasn’t been appreciated enough!

17 Responses to “What a Year! Moving On.”

    • Vlora


      I hope so too! To be honest, the hype was getting on my nerve a little, but I’ve also mainly heard really good things, so I’m excited to read it and catch up. Plus, when a book is hyped there’s always someone to discuss it afterwards, so that’s a definite plus. Noooo, I hate when I lose books. I hope you’ll get to continue the series soon though!
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    • Vlora


      You really should reconsider your life choices. I mean… read a newspaper or something instead; there is no intellectual value to be found here. Just unadulterated awesomeness. YES I’VE ALWAYS WANTED A PERSONAL FANCLUB. Mission accomplished. (I’m sure Shannon will be happy that she’s a member of my fanclub now. Maybe I’ll send you pom poms. Feel free to invite people.)
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  1. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    YAY for me and Inge, such loyal subjects :D That is why I only listed blogs that I KNEW were founded in 2015- because who can really tell WHEN they started following someone? Certainly not I! I am glad that you and Val found each other though. I enjoy when two of my favorite people connect :D

    Angelfall is fabulous, yes? I am so glad that more people have gotten into it! Did you read the sequels yet? I will be curious to what you have to say about them. I feel like I was a black sheep with the last book.

    As for your green tissue man, maybe he needs to be your blog mascot or something so he gets the love he deserves. Like your new blog title can be “Reviews and Cake and Kleenex Man”. I think it’s perfect, really. OR you could just be “Reviews and Green Kleenex”, which would be hilarious and intriguing. Imagine the weirdos who would swing by here! Good times, Vlora. Good times.
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    • Vlora


      I remember seeing Val in your BEA recap and that you link to her blog tons, and I KNOW I’ve been on her site before, but somehow I was still ignorant? The situation has been handled appropriately now though, as you would say. :D And yes, you are indeed loyal subjects; cake for you!

      I started reading World After, but only read a few pages before I stopped because I wasn’t in the mood for it at the time. I’ll definitely read it at some point though! I think what’s keeping me is that it really can be very gore-y and that I read in Cait’s review that Raffe won’t be there much, and the main thing I liked was their banter and awkwardness because it was hilarious. I’ll definitely write a review when I read it though!

      I… shall consider this idea, Shannon, thank you for your input. I won’t change my header quite yet, but keep hoping. Might make it a little awkward to link to my blog haha
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