Saturday, December 30, 2017

Blogging and the Books in 2017

The year is now at an end! There are only two more days until January first, so here's an update on what I've done this year in the aspects of blogging and reading.

Including this post, I've written 101 posts this year!

Courtesy of Giphy

Woo-hoo! I have met my unofficial goal of 100 posts, doubling the amount of posts I've written compared to 2015 and tripling the amount of posts I'd written in 2016!

I know, I'm literally so awesome.
Courtesy of Giphy

I also chose a new template for this blog, and started adding blockquotes. I'm thinking of uploading my new book reviews onto Goodreads in 2018, which I've already done to most of my book reviews.

In addition, I managed to read some great books this year. I read about 85 books in total (I kept track of 77 of them, but I haven't written down the last few ones so 85 is my estimate), averaging about 7.1 books per month, or 1.6 books per week. I suppose that's fine, but I want to read a bit more next year.

I did manage to keep my reading journal from February through November, which I think is a pretty good accomplishment. I'll be using it again in 2018, and it's likely going to look pretty similar (aesthetically speaking).

Here's a list of some of the books I read this year that I enjoyed. If you haven't read any of these, don't worry! It isn't too late to read a good novel, as someone famous once said.

"It isn't too late to read a good novel"-Me

The links lead to my reviews, if applicable.

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
Spy Ski School and the rest of the Spy School Series by Stuart Gibbs
Stef Soto, Taco Queen by Jennifer Torres
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Frazzled by Booki Vivat
Jacky Ha-Ha by James Patterson
Revolution is Not A Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine
Only the Good Spy Young and the rest of the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter
All Shook Up by Shelley Pearsall
Real Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham, colored by Jane Poole
Can You Spell Revolution? by Matt Beam
Lemons by Melissa Savage
The Silver Mask by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

I also finished The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (I might have a couple of pages left, but I'm 90% sure I'm done...either way I'll aim to finish it by January first).

I think 2017 was a pretty great year. I started writing books down for my to-read list, got more page views, posted more often than previous years, and had a lot of fun.

A shout out and thank you to all of my followers! I appreciate every single person who reads my blog deeply! Y'all are the best audience a not-a-prima-donna-girl could want!

How was 2017 for you?

Saturday, December 23, 2017

My Christmas Wishlist for 2017

I actually had misplaced my reading journal, which had all of my to-reads. Luckily, just in time, I found it yesterday, so here are some books on my wishlist (which I know is a bit late since Christmas is in two days, but maybe I can just get them later? Santa's supposed to be really nice... :)).
All covers courtesy of Goodreads.

1. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

2. Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
(I actually thought this title was Piercing Me Together when I first saw it...which sounded very painful! Oops!)

3. The Shamer's Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol

4. Fallout by Todd Strasser

Other than books, I don't really want anything else but some more polymer clay. Perhaps a cute plushie or two would be nice. Also, I need to drink hot chocolate and bake gingerbread cookies! Yummy!
What are your plans for Christmas? What are some items on your wishlist? Any Christmas traditions? Tell me below!

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