2014 End of the Year Survey – Blogging/Reading Life + Looking Ahead

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This is the Reading/Blogging Life portion of the survey. You can find my Reading Stats and Best in Books Part One and Two here, as well as my Favorite Secondary Characters interlude.

All answers are for 2014, so I’ve taken out all the mentions of the date or “this year” in the prompts.

1. New favorite book blog discovered this year?

I hate this question, because I can never remember what I started reading when. Nah, Imma skip this one, because everyone I love feels like they’ve been with me forever, even if they haven’t.

2. Favorite review I wrote?

WHY YA GOTTA BE SO RUUUUUUDE? Okay, fine, I really liked my review of Sidekicked, because I got to break out my analytical English major brain.

3. Best discussion/non-review post I wrote?

Uhhh… I’m a fan of my Book Canaries post, because it’s a concept that’s important to me and one that I reference often. I also like my Mini Trend Alert! post about race and civil rights in speculative fiction, because it was fun crating an argument to prove my point. I also really, really enjoyed putting together my BEA Tips series. It’s fun to be useful!

4. Best event I participated in?

No BEA for me this year, so my one big event was the Miami Book Fair last month. I wasn’t impressed with the event as a whole, but I LOVED being able to listen to the authors. I also got to meet some pretty amazing people (a.k.a., Robin LaFevers, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and Maggie Stiefvater!)

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life?

Um, all of the aforementioned authors knowing who I was without me telling them was pretty cool. Also, Rick Riordan retweeted one of my tweets, so THAT was a thing.

6. Most popular post on the blog?

6a. Most popular giveaway post

The cover reveal and giveaway for Mortal Heart. (This tickles me.)

6b. Most popular nongiveaway post

Top 10 Tuesday – Books That Will Make You Cry. (Apparently, my readers are masochists?)

7. Post I wish got a little more love?

All of them? Can I say that? Basically, all of my reviews and discussion posts. Y’all can do what you like with the memes.

8. Best bookish discovery?

Honestly? Finding out that I could get my Edelweiss titles through my Kindle app rather than the Bluefire app (thereby avoiding those pesky archive dates) did wonders for my reading schedule.

9. How I did on my resolutions from last year?

Move to New York? Not this year, but I think it should still count, because I will most DEFINITELY be there next year! And that’s not me being optimistic. I literally will be there in February.

Get a paying job in publishing? Nnnnot quite. But this is the plan after my upcoming internship, so we’ll just label this “work in progress.”

Read more books I already own? Yep! I talked a bit about this in my Reading Stats post, and I’m happy to mark this one as “completed.”

Be more prompt with reviews? HAAAAA. No. But that’s okay. Writing a review as I need it works well enough for me right now.

Meet Robin LaFevers? I said this would be the year, AND I WAS RIGHT. I got to meet Ms. Robin in November when she came to Miami, and it was awesome. Check, check, and check.

Connect with industry professionals? This goal is probably a lifelong thing, but I’m happy to continue progressing on this one. I met some pretty amazing people this year.

Get better at promotion? Mmmmeh. Unfortunately, book blogs seem to be falling out of trend, and there are more than ever, which makes it harder to grab attention. I’m happy with what I’m doing, though.

Read more middle grade? Yep! That’s another completed goal confirmed by my Reading Stats post. *pats self on back*

Visit my bookish friends? OH FAIL! I fail. I fail so miserably. I have met no one this year, and I am saddened.

Exercise? Psh, Past Shae, you’re so funny. You know exercising is of the devil.

1. One book I didn’t get to in 2014 that will be priority #1 in 2015?

I still haven’t read United We Spy by Ally Carter, the final Gallagher Girls book. Not only do I not have time to reread the entire series like I want to, but I don’t want it to end. 🙁 I’ll have to rip off that bandaid in 2015.

2. Book I am most anticipating in 2015 (non-debut)?

More like bookS. I wrote an entire TTT about this question. The absolute best I can do is narrow the field down to four titled books:

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

Don’t even talk to me about books without titles yet. (I see you, Raven Boys #4 and Elemental Trilogy #3!)

3. 2015 debut I’m most anticipating?

Again, see that TTT post. For now, I’ll say Pretending To Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud.

4. Series ending and/or sequel I’m most anticipating in 2015?

Yeah, no. I’m not choosing between Maggie Stiefvater, Sherry Thomas, and Rachel Hartman. That can only end in tears.

5. One thing I hope to accomplish in my blogging/reading life in 2015?

Paying job in publishing! C’mon, new year!

6. One 2015 release I’ve already read and am pushing on everyone?

I’ve only read two 2015 releases so far, and they were eh. One I haven’t read but AM pushing like mad anyways is Black Dove, White Raven by Elizabeth Wein, BECAUSE ELIZABETH WEIN!


That’s the end of my End of the Year Survey! Thanks for sticking around, and don’t forget to send me your own survey results. They’re always so fun to read.

Tally ho, 2015!

One Response to 2014 End of the Year Survey – Blogging/Reading Life + Looking Ahead

  1. Kyra December 20, 2014 at 3:54 pm #

    I really want to read the Gallagher Girls series, I’ve heard amazing things! 😀
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