So I’m a bit recapped out after the past month, so I’m going to keep this short. December was a manic month on the blog. As the overview below shows. I’m super glad that I got to catch up on my reviews backlog, so I’m once again reading and reviewing in tandem, instead of taking a bit to write them up. December was an all around good month and I had a lovely Christmas break, but I’m also glad to get back into the usual groove of things. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened on the blog last month. Continue reading
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Happy New Year! I hope your 2015 will be filled with happiness, joy, and good books. As every year, resolutions will be made, even though many of them won’t last beyond next Monday, and I’m once more setting my own bloggy resolutions. Last year I did okay, but I’m hoping to achieve more of my goals this year. To keep me honest, I’m also posting them here, so you guys can kick me in the behind if I fail dramatically. So take a look at my bookish resolutions for 2015. Continue reading
We made it! It’s time for my 2014-in-review post in which I evaluate how I did on my bookish resolutions and touch upon some of the highlights of my blogging year. I’d kept my resolutions relatively easy, as I wanted to make sure I’d be able to keep them and not get stressed about them. So what exactly were my bookish resolutions this year?
To round out my Favourite of 2014 posts, today I’m bringing you my Favourite 2014 Books, with books that were published in 2014, but weren’t a debut novel. With the amount of books I’ve read this past year getting them down to ten was tricky, as it usually is, but I did it. So without further ado, my top ten favourite 2014 books.
Yesterday I gave you my top ten books I read in 2014, but which were published prior to that. Today I’m posting my top ten 2014 debuts. Debut novels are always exciting as you’re not only discovering a new world but a new writer as well and any writer you read might be your next favourite writer. This year I collected several new must-read authors. So without further ado my favourite 2014 debuts!
Welcome to the my Favourite 2014 Reads post. Since I read over 145 books this year and about a quarter of those weren’t from 2014, as in previous years I’ve split my lists in a Favourite 2014 Reads section, which looks at the books published before 2014, a Favourite Debuts 2014, as I’ve again read a fair number of those this year, and a Favourite Books 2014 post, which looks at the top ten non-debut books published this year.
Like last year, I discovered a ton of new authors to love and there were some awesome sequels in series I’d already been following. This year there are more ‘new to me’- authors on this list than familiar ones again, which means I’m not just reading great sequels but discovering new authors with a backlist as well. It’s also an interesting mix of genres ranging from SFF to historical fiction and crime. Let’s see what made the cut for my favourite 2014 Reads. Continue reading
Last year I decided to keep the Bookish Babies to a yearly post for the time being, as more posts per year would only get repetitive. So a year after The recap Babies 2013, here’s the update for 2014. They’re still growing like weeds and doing very well. They’ve both changed loads in the course of a year, unsurprisingly of course, yet they still manage to surprise me with the things they’ve learned and the funny things they say and do. Continue reading
When I started writing this recap post, I felt like I had had an abysmal month for the blog, with far too few reviews and only a few books read. And with only five (almost six) books finished, I have read relatively few books, compared to most months. Yet, eight reviews were more than I thought I’d written, but still less than the three a week I’d planned at the start of the year. On the other hand I kind of rebalanced my gender parity ratio, with 6 vs. 2 this month. Continue reading
It’s November, yet it still feels like early autumn. Even the weather is helping in this regard, Saturday I spent the day running around Amsterdam with Emma and a friend and we didn’t even need to wear our coats. How weird is that? But still, another month has gone by, which means time for another monthly round-up.
I had hoped to catch up on writing my back-logged reviews, but it didn’t exactly work out that way. Regardless, I did manage to write nine reviews, five by female writers, three by male writers and one edited by a female/male duo, so I pulled my parity challenge to myself back in aligment somewhat. I currently have thirteen books waiting to be written up and I’ve decided if I manage to catch up before the end of the year I’ll be happy. I obviously managed to read more books than I thought despite having a really busy month with a week away from home to boot! Continue reading
And that’s September over and done with. As predicted it was manic and while there was plenty of reading there was frighteningly little reviewing on the blog, even less than expected as we got a phone call that Emma had finally been accepted to a different school closer to home and we needed to arrange everything for her to transfer in a week. Needless to say, my first reaction was PANIC! And then I worked the phones like a pro and got it all arranged, but the accompanying stress melted my brain, so I didn’t actually manage to write any reviews for about two weeks. Continue reading