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December 2014/Year End Recap & Wrap-Up!

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Well, 2014 just flew by. With wedding planning, the wedding, the honeymoon, and everything else that happened this year, I barely even noticed 2014 was here. It was a very good year for my personally and reading was a bit slower, but I also think that’s a good thing. It helped me slow down a bit. I do love being able to read as much as I can but I think I’m going to take 2015 a little bit slower and not to pressure myself so much to keep up with previous years. This is my hobby, not my job, right? ūüôā

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read In December: 12! Yay!
  • Popular Search Terms:¬†¬†“where she went ending” (always looking for that ending… read the book! I promise!) // “books like if i stay” (woot!) // “fifth book of throne of glass” (yes, please! I mean, I’ll take #4, but…)
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “evil book sex” (hahah wtf?) // “thoughts of people about books should be stay” (… what?) // “overall opinion about a book” (yesssss I have lots of those!)
  • Most Referrals (Non-Twitter/FB/Wordpress, etc): GReads!, What Sarah Read, Gone With the Words
  • Where¬†My Blog Most Often Leads¬†You¬†(Non-Goodreads/Internal Links, etc): It’s All About Books, The Book Vixen, Love At First Page

Popularposts

PopularReviews

  LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT  I WAS HERE

Other Reviews Posted

An Updated Look at my Goodreads Reading Progress

Goodreads December 2014This is also kind of rude because I lowered¬†my goal to¬†120 books so it still thinks I didn’t achieve my goal.¬†AH! ¬†

Bloggers featured on Book and a Beverage

Other Features & Discussions

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR JANUARY?

  • The Book Blogger Organization Challenge is officially starting! It’s never too late to join and there is no way to fail this challenge. Whether you’re in for a little or a lot, come get organized with us in 2015!
  • Hoping to catch up on some reviews and review copies! (Sheesh, how often do I say that?) But this time I mean it! I think now that the holidays are winding down, I’m finally going to have time to do things again!
  • I’m on the blog tours for THERE WILL BE LIES, FAIREST (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5), and FIGHT FOR POWER (The Rule of Three #2) — whew, busy blog tour month!
  • I wanted January to be my unofficial NaNo month since I wasn’t able to do it in November but I think it’s still going to be a bit too busy. I need to catch up a little bit first but I’m hoping to write here and there a little bit more!

2014 YEAR IN REVIEW!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read: 120. I lowered my goal twice but I am TOTALLY okay with that.
  • Popular Search Terms:¬†¬†“the kill order pdf” (le sigh) // “where she went ending” (also le sigh) // “which lunar chronicles character are you” & “lunar chronicles quiz” (hooray!) // “book addicts guide” (also hooray!)
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “describe fight scenes from the lies of locke lamora” (oh, I like this!) // “what would your life be like in the lunar chronicles” (tell me more!) // “sci fi book that start with the daughter of……”
  • Most Referrals (Non-Twitter/FB/Wordpress, etc): The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh!, The Perpetual Page Turner, Rather Be Reading, GReads! — Thank youuuu!!!!
  • Most Referrals (Search Engines & Social Media): Search Engines (#1), Twitter (#2), Pinterest’ (#3), Bloglovin’ (#4), WordPress Dashboard (#5)
  • Where¬†My Blog Most Often Leads¬†You¬†(Non-Goodreads/Internal Links, etc):¬†Books Take You Places, Tripping Over Books, Allodoxophobia, Gone Pecan, The Perpetual Page Turner

Popularposts

These were not only some of the posts with the most views but also some of my FAVORITES from this year!

Other Favorite Posts

PopularReviews

CRESS  WE WERE LIARS  BETTER OFF FRIENDS  SON

  • My review for Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo was my most popular this year! That actually may have been because I was giving away a copy of my ARC…… But it was one of my favorite reviews to write so I’m glad it was the one with the most views!
  • I’m actually a little bit surprised that Sever by Lauren DeStefano was one of my top reviews! I think it actually comes up through a lot of search engines but I’m glad because I also really liked writing this one!
  • My reviews for the Monument 14 series come up a lot through search engines too and that makes me REALLY happy! I really enjoy these books!
  • My review for Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens also gets a lot of hits!

Other Favorite Reviews

  • I connected so much with Cricket in Nantucket Red by Leila Howland
  • I joined Matt Finch’s fan club with my read of Open Road Summer by Emery Lord — and it was my favorite debut of 2014!
  • Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho felt like one of my more “under the radar” reads and I really enjoyed sharing my review and spreading the word to others!
  • I had SO MANY FEELS for Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater!
  • I was actually kind of proud of my review of Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch.

2014 EVENTS

An Overview of My 2013 Goodreads Challenge

  • Number of Books Read 2012: 129
  • Number of Books Read 2013: 131 (+2)
  • Number of Pages Read 2012: 39,811
  • Number of Pages Read 2013: 42,285 (+2,474, ahem. See: A Song of Ice and Fire.)

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THINGS THAT WERE BORN IN 2014

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2014?

  • I actually don’t have a lot of plans for next year. I just really, really want to start catching up on some review reads but also really just read what I want. I had a lot of DNFs in 2014 BUT that was a good thing because I wasn’t wasting time on books that I wasn’t enjoying.
  • I couldn’t do NaNo in November because of my wedding and I’m dying to write more. I may use a month this year for my own personal NaNo event!
  • My blog will turn three!
  • Who knows what else? I’m not making too many plans so I’m excited to see where the year will take me!

That wraps up the year!¬†Thank you to everyone who supported The Book Addict’s Guide this year!!!! I love blogging for myself but it’s so much more fun with everyone else reading and commenting and flailing with me. You guys make this hobby so much more fun for me and I love you all!

 

December 2013/Year End Recap & Wrap-Up!

It’s already time to do the December recap!?! AND 2013 is OVER!?!? Where has the year gone!? Well, I’ll tell you. 2013 was a pretty good year, both personally and for The Book Addict’s Guide so I’m really excited to do my wrap up of the whole year!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read In December:¬†10! Better than last month (nine) but I still wish I had done a little more. Then again, FINALLY finished my quest to read all of the currently released Song of Ice and Fire books so BAM! Done.
  • Popular Search Terms:¬†¬†“monument 14 sky on fire” || “book addicts guide” || “the book addict marissa meyer” (WIN!!!!)
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “talk nerdy to me bag” (I own that!) || “let’s read a song of ice and fire” (Boy, did I!)|| “casting calls dead body” ¬†(haha, weird. But this was for when we did Casting Call for The BODY Finder lol) || “best got fanart game of thrones” (booyakasha!)
  • Most Referrals (Non-Twitter/FB/Wordpress, etc): The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh, The Perpetual Page Turner, The Broke and the Bookish
  • Where¬†My Blog Most Often Leads¬†You¬†(Non-Goodreads/Internal Links, etc): Alexa Loves Books, The Perpetual Page Turner, Tripping Over Books

Popularposts

PopularReviews

  Legend  Pawn

Other Reviews Posted

An Updated Look at my Goodreads Reading Progress

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Bloggers featured on Book and a Beverage

Other Features & Discussions

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR JANUARY?

  • NOTHING. Okay, well not nothing, but I’m REALLY REALLY REALLY looking forward to starting over with a new year with SO many less commitments. I absolutely love participating in ALL THE THINGS but I think I need to start out 2014 with my own agenda: catching up on ARCs, reading ahead on ARCs, reading older releases and not having a schedule! I missing reading on a whim and not planning out what I need to read (minus things according to date). I really need to start January off casually and pick and choose my commitments this year!
  • MY REVIEW FOR CRESS IS GOING UPPPPP
  • I have an idea rolling around in my head…… But that also involves me making a commitment to read specific books and I just don’t know if I want to do that. I really just want to roam where I may this year or at least until I feel relatively “caught up” (Ha! What is that?)

 

2013 YEAR IN REVIEW!

FunStats

  • Number of Books Read: 131. PHEW. Beat last year by two books!
  • Popular Search Terms:¬†¬†“book addicts guide” (well that’s always good!) || “laura buzo” (I interviewed her!) || “best friend romance books” (we all know what post that is!) || “i didn’t like the fault in our stars” (hahaha) || “monument 14 sky on fire” (huzzah!)
  • More Amusing Search Terms: “read fear street as an adult” (you know, I should do that!) || ¬†“ron and hermione romance” (heck yes) || “what is the worst part of the messenger by lois lowry” (you tell me!)
  • Most Referrals (Non-Twitter/FB/Wordpress, etc): The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shhh!, The Perpetual Page Turner, The Broke and the Bookish, Teen Lit Rock, YA Crush¬†(THANK YOU ALLLL!!!!!)
  • Most Referrals (Search Engines & Social Media): Search Engines (#1), Twitter (#2), Bloglovin’ (#3), WordPress Dashboard (#4), Facebook (#5)
  • Where¬†My Blog Most Often Leads¬†You¬†(Non-Goodreads/Internal Links, etc): The Grown-Up YA, Gone Pecan, Books Take You Places, Teen Lit Rocks, The Cheap¬†Reader

Popularposts

These were not only some of the posts with the most views but also some of my FAVORITES from this year!

  • The Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend-Romance: This is actually probably the most viewed because of all of the search hits that I get for it! You’d be surprised how many people find my blog from searching some sort of romance between a girl and her¬†guy friend!
  • Quiz: Which Lunar Chronicles Character Are You? I made a fun personality quiz to “tell” you which Lunar Chronicles character you’re most like! Oh, and I also gave away a pre-order for CRESS because I am just too excited for it!!!
  • The Book Addict’s GUIDE… to Contemporary!: I made this part-flow chart, part-Choose Your Own Adventure “guide” to some of my favorite contemporary books based on what you might be feeling. I had SO much fun¬† making it and everyone’s reactions to it were so wonderful! Still one of my favorite posts this year.
  • The Gayle Forman Read Along: Sign-Ups: I hosted a Gayle Forman Read Along this year and we read ALL of her works of fiction from Sisters In Sanity to Just One Year!
  • Bloggiesta Mini-Challenge: How to Make Goodreads Work for YOU!: Unfortunately this post went up right around the time that there was a little spat with Goodreads, but I still stand by it! I unfolded all the goodies and secrets of Goodreads I could find and how to use it to your advantage!

Other Favorite Posts

PopularReviews

Siege and Storm  Sever  Sky on Fire  Beauty Queens

  • My review for Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo was my most popular this year! That actually may have been because I was giving away a copy of my ARC…… But it was one of my favorite reviews to write so I’m glad it was the one with the most views!
  • I’m actually a little bit surprised that Sever by Lauren DeStefano was one of my top reviews! I think it actually comes up through a lot of search engines but I’m glad because I also really liked writing this one!
  • My reviews for the Monument 14 series come up a lot through search engines too and that makes me REALLY happy! I really enjoy these books!
  • My review for Libba Bray’s Beauty Queens also gets a lot of hits!

Other Favorite Reviews

2013 EVENTS

An Overview of My 2013 Goodreads Challenge

  • Number of Books Read 2012: 129
  • Number of Books Read 2013: 131 (+2)
  • Number of Pages Read 2012: 39,811
  • Number of Pages Read 2013: 42,285 (+2,474, ahem. See: A Song of Ice and Fire.)

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BOOK AND A BEVERAGE

  • Book and a Beverage is going STRONG. I first started the feature in July and you guys really made it sensational, signing up right away, being patient enough to wait MONTHS for your turn and showing support and excitement for your fellow bloggers!
  • As of December, I’m already scheduling people out to July 2014!¬†Sign-ups are of course always open, but just be prepared that the wait may¬†be a while! (And sign up now¬†so your wait will be shorter!!)
  • I tried to implement a casual, additional aspect of Book and Beverage via Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #bookandabeverage for people to take photos before (or after) their featured date! It didn’t quite catch on but 2013 was also super busy so I didn’t give it the proper promotion. If you’re interested, let me know! I’m going to try harder to work on incorporation that into day-to-day Twitter & Instagram!
  • I’m going to try to incorporate authors into Book and a Beverage! I’ve already contacted just a couple of authors but already had one ‘yes’!!! WOO! I’m so excited to spotlight authors on the feature as well with some specially adapted questions! (Separate from the weekly Thursday schedule — Don’t worry, your dates won’t be affected!)

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR 2014?

  • I actually don’t have a lot of plans for next year yet. I’m trying to use the beginning of the year to stay away from making extra commitments and really get back to reading what I want to, when I want to. (Well, for the most part.)
  • Planning to attend BEA again, of COURSE. It was too much fun not to go again!
  • I think I just really want to catch up and work on my own things in respect to the blog. I LOVE working with other people but I’m going to try to not commit to as much so I can get everything back in gear! ūüôā
  • I’m hoping to go to a lot more events! Winter was a quiet time for author events but I can’t wait for them to start up again!

That wraps up the year! It was SUCH a good year and I can’t wait to see what happens in 2014! Thank you again to all of you who read my blog, comment, and chat with me. I couldn’t do it without you and you’re what makes blogging so special for me! <3