January 01, 2014

End Of Year Book Survey ~ Completion

This is the rest of Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner Blog’s survey (here's her post!). Happy New Year everyone! I decided midnight was a good posting time... As you’re probably all welcoming New Year in! :D The other part is here (with the main part).

Once again, I’m grateful to Georgia for allowing me to use these banners! Adds some colour :D

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
I basically met all the blogs I know now in 2013, they know I think they’re all fantastic! Especially if I ever RT their posts (on Twitter, I don’t re-blog), comment or even just- not that they know it’s me- pop on their blog to see a post or two. I’d say Rita’s Weaving Pages as she’s a blog I probably check most. I’ve seen her change layout a few times this year & I’ve just got so used to popping on her blog a few times a week, whether she’s tweeted about posts or I’ve spotted them in my Feedly, that it’s become like second nature. I’d miss doing that; going to Rita’s blog & seeing posts I love! This has been quite a hard question though... Love ya all!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
This should’ve been hard but was it? Nu-uh. I just thought, this one for a book I mentioned in Part 1 ;) It was one that was fun, natural & refreshing to write. I went ahead & did it for a meme cos I thought I’d mainly talk about the love triangle but then I realized how much there was to this book & I...posted a decent length review.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I can’t remember all of them & I don’t think I tagged them that well, but I know I’ve been missing the Book Blogger Confessions (it was worse soon after it had gone though) & I want to honour all those discussions. Just picking from them, I’d say the one I liked best was... about Promotion, is it repetition? Thanks for hosting Karen & Pam!

Well, you did another book promo. Even Hermione's bored... that clap oozes sarcasm.
P.S. People liked the Harry Potter gif, this one's better quality tho ;)
4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
...Oh, I've read so many. I can't remember them all but as I mentioned Asti's last week & she gave me lovely advice probably that one but all posts at A Bookish Heart are really cool (and, are you watching TBG? If you're watching, you're safe to say yes. And if you don't know about it... WHAT?)

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
I didn't go to a lot, I'm quite restricted as there's never any close enough to me. The luckiest I got, and it was the nearest, was UEA's Fly. I live in that region & as it was during daytime I was allowed to miss one day of school which I was really lucky to do. School agreed that one was OK, especially as I'd be getting the perhaps once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (but hopefully not, I'm a book blogger guys & I know lots of you do it time & time again :P) to interview, face-to-face a lovely author. I won't tell you who as you can read the post. I also got two books signed during that day & I have good memories so... this year, FLY wins, hands down! How super awesome would it be if next year I meet other bloggers there & get to go to other events? Let's be having you! And yes, I'm not exactly London but if they're during the day (some time between 10am-6pm preferably on a Saturday or a holiday day & I'm happy to go... :P)

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
Oh, I don't know! You've got to let me pass one question in this section? I've enjoyed lots of book & even the day-to-day stuff & getting encouragement last week when I was discussing my worries about reviewing with you is all fab! You're all so great & knowing all of you is the best thing, even if its taken a few moments to get there. This is turning soppy but its better than big-headed & said best was being nominated for 'Twitter Fiend' in Bloggy Awards but it's not the most awesome thing & honestly wasn't even one of the first to cross my mind! But I do have to thank all of you lovely people for that too <3 

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Well, it's funny cos it actually isn't that far between some of my posts with beautiful Sharon Sant! Both her Runners & Sky Song (giveaway) posts have 8 comments & 200+ views. Sharon's probably to thank for that but she deserves it! I know you won't want to look at the giveaway post (I assume so as it ended ages ago) & Runners is a giveaway too but I'd recommend the Runners one ~ it includes a trailer so its still... worth it? BTW Jaimie Admans, my Not Pretty Enough post got over 200 too but just 1 comment... Worth mentioning though!

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Well, I used to post at Once Upon A Series. They never got as much love I felt...  But this one I reposted, my first review in December (but this one is with a twist & kinda like an interview, you'll see), and it's related to Harry Potter so I really think it should get more love <3 
You're welcome to comment even if its a post a few weeks old! XD I mean... please could you lovely, lovely people?

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
It's not a gif. Imagine it as a GIF... wow. Yeah, this
 is still an awesome image! FOXES UNITE.
It's between two things. Firstly: I don't use Calibre that much but definitely the times I have used it in the past have accumulated. It's a good tool, especially if you're working with self-pubs who sometimes send ebook copies besides mobi (or whichever one you use & need it in). It can change the format. Just make sure the author knows about it & is OK with it... well, it's probably not mandatory but it is nice & courteous. They've given you a book & it matters what you do with it.
The other is Curious Fox.  Haha... Sorry all other publishers or whoever but I'd say... they get all their reviewers to have just such a team spirit. Online, at least. All that's left is a blogger event where TeamFox can actually unite! Or, a lot of us XD I'd still say, with all due respect, CF, are in their early days & so... who knows what'll happen? They definitely are publishing great books, I'm honored to review for them & be in their loop & love their staff! When they get their new publicist I'm sure we''ll get on too! I <3 The Foxes! 

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
Yes! I am rather happy with Goodreads (which I updated from 52 to 67 *fingers crossed* after completing that). Even the big review 50 books by british authors challenge (labelled here) by Feeling Fictional & and also my other challenges. For all of them- but they're the two challenges I'm most proud of completing (they took the longest & most work)- check out my review archive! You should find it above. I also think it's awesome that this once-HPVirgin (was in January) is now a potterhead (with pottermore account et al!) 
I thought I'd share these achievements with you but...

What next?

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
Lauren Kate's Teardrop ~ as a fellow blogger has read it & sent it my way so I can review it too! Thanks Chrissie... It's in a series, I believe, but I didn't want to mention any long series here... There are many for my to-read list that I'm also getting to ASAP (which isn't necessarily, sadly, that soon! I wish!) but authors/pubs, don't you fret. If your book is with me its in safe hands which can't wait to turn that book's pages!

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?

Apparently there's loads of Book 2's of books I read but the one I'm most surprised about but am definitely anticipating a lot deserves to be mentioned in this question... Goodreads calls it the 'Infinite Sky #2'. Don't ask me, I guess it means its unnamed but oh gosh... 2014. I'm excited. I loved Infinite Sky! Which you should know already but all my squeals... *releases high-pitched, excited squeak*...
Umm, and... Well, sorry to Natasha, but I haven't yet read The Elites. I hope to do that but her 2014 release, The Memory Keepers, is also a priority. This is just a book I really hope I manage to get to as just... sounds good I guess? :D

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

According to everywhere I could think of that had info on January release 'Half my Facebook Friends are Ferrets' yes, J.A. Buckle is a debut author with that novel. She also lives in Surrey. That's essentially all I know... Oh dear. No, I do know about the book! Should've read the sampler by now... Umm, does this mean it seems like I don't anticipate it? Well, truth is, I know of so little debuts but this one seemed to me like a good choice for this. When I heard about it, I thought it'd be a fun read... The title alone, let's just all ROFL right now. Ferrets can use Facebook?

I'm rolling so much. Derp. Baby ferret... and it can already derp. Yes.
4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014?
OOOOHHH. Just Series. Like yes. Cos if I didn't read it & didn't even say it here probably Rita would never talk to me again slaughter me. So, yes, she knows already... CITY OF BONES SERIES THING... I mean that one & the ones after it. Those ones with shadowhunters? That ring a bell? Yes? OK, I shall read them 2014. When Rita reads books I said she should read (it was a deal! M'kay?) In case, you are totally not even as informed as not-yet-fan me, Book 6 (possibly last one? I hope so *cheeky grin*) comes out May 2014. Right-ho. Let's get reading! I shall read them. I want to.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?

Blog well & not have months where I fail for like 3 of the weeks (*cough* October AND December *cough*). That'll be an achievement, lol. I also think I'd like to read some British books now even if I don't commit to the Challenge... Perhaps 20? That sounds good if I read like 60 books (6 of which will be Cassandra Clare, it appears). I want to do more read-a-thons. LOL. More than ONE thing. Oopsie!

I guarantee you won't be laughing at that poor transfigured facebook friend ferret anymore.



Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Amy! It was a joy reading your blog over this past year. :D Have an awesome 2014!

Love your gif usage, btw! :D

Rita (Weaving Pages) said...

Aw, Amy!! *hugs* I love your blog too, especially since you were my golden follower this year... Which basically means we talked the most on Twitter, haha!! Have an amazing 2014 and go transfigure that poor Facebook friend back!!

Karen said...

Happy New Year Amy!

I miss BBC too but I've been starting to dabble with some discussion posts again. It's not the same as a meme I know but at least I'm getting back int here.

2013 was a rough year for me in regards to blogging.

Good luck with all your goals for 2104 :-)

Midnyte Reader said...

Wow, you got a lot done in 2013. Best of luck with your endeavors for 2014.

Zoe Crook said...

Happy New Year, Amy! :D I'm so happy that I'm back from my blogging break because now I can catch up with all your posts. It sounds like you've had a great 2013 :D I *think* we started to talk this year? I'm so bad at dates, haha, but if that's true then 2013 was awesome :) And I agree that Weaving Pages is a brilliant blog!

I'm hoping to read The Elites and The Memory Keeper this year too. Here's hoping we both enjoy them! I'm sure we will, I've heard so many positive things about them :) Have a great 2014<3

AwesomeAmy said...

@Ana: Thanks! Hope you have a great year. Congrats on your blog... umm, revamp (I think that's what I mean :L). I'm always happy to GIF like a craaaazy. Thanks for reading again :)

@Rita: I was joking... It's one of Josh's friends who was already a ferret (that's the MC). I don't have FB anymore. It was... just no. I tweet & that's it for social networking sites. Only GR counts but I use it as more of a... catalogue for books these days. You?

@Karen: Good for you! I should do but it's easier when you know what you want, or other people want you, to talk about. 2013 hopefully will have just be a one-off. I would like a better 2014 & so far in general that's been true :) Good luck in the rest of 2014 & talk later hopefully :)

@Pam: Hmm... I think if I did its cos when I was new I was very keen but it WAS very bad quality. I'm still hoping I do more in 2014, but mostly new stuff. Still reviewing but I've realized it can take a back seat. I can afford to do that as long as I still blog well.

@Zoe: Zoooeeee. Thanks for commenting so much! I took a blogging break so you didn't miss a lot. It was quite good, yeah. I started talking to all the bloggers this year, I can only think of one exception but she's an ex-blogger so although she was a blogger when we met?... Yeah. Hehe, Rita rules (well, one person who does, book bloggers work together... outside of the blog itself).
If you do want to read them perhaps we could both try to get them & do a buddy read? That'd be so cool & we'd be able to compare the books to each other or our opinions... you get the idea. Let me know! :)

AwesomeAmy said...

Oh & Karen, you probably don't wanna see but responded to your comment on a review here. Long story short- I do recommend Reaper's Rhythm x

Rita (Weaving Pages) said...

@Amy Yeah, I only have Twitter and GRs too, nothing else!! Also, I must have missed it when I first read this post but: YES. YOU HAVE TO READ CITY OF BONES, I'M SO PROUD THAT MY BOOK PUSHING SKILLS ARE MAKING YOU READ THE SERIES. *happy dance*

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