Monday, December 30, 2013

The End Of The Year Survey ~ Book blogging Life

So here's part 2 of the End of the Year Survey!!!  Find part 1 here.
1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013? 
I am new to the bookblogasphere so I discovered a lot of new blogs, my favorite is also my dream blog and one of the biggest book blogs out there: Parajunkee!  I also enjoy a lot of smaller blogs please read my Liebster nomination post for those they could all use some followers!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
I love all the reviews I have written but I love my longest the best of course this is my review for Divergent!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I don’t have many discussion on my blog, mostly reviews and book promotion, but in May I had a little rant about Language Etiquettes and of course my weekly musical meme where I discuss music here my highlights:

Swinging Saturdays ~ top 5 Dutch songs
Swinging Saturdays ~ Halloween Edition

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Well Nitzan of Drugs Called Books has here Bookish Discussions which I enjoy very much here are two I enjoyed:

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
Physical event: Manuscripta! I got to chat with Mrs Tatiana de Rosnay!!!  Which was awesome, there were lots of reading too! All in all it was a really interesting day!

I also participated in a virtual event on Facebook: Feed My Reads And Friends I met a lot of new friends and authors. I got to host an hour on this event which was fun. There were some interesting discussions too! I liked the fact that we got to meet authors and chat with them about books and random stuff. If you want to join the Feed My Read family follow us on Twitter! Via FeedMyReadsNL you can also find all the other accounts such as country or area specific accounts!

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013? 
Uh, reaching 400 likes on my Facebook page, becoming Moderator at one of my favorite Good reads group Jonge Nederlandse Lezers. Also I am proud to being ask to run Feed My Reads The Netherlands! Come join us at twitter @FeedMyReadsNL. Also checkout the other accounts you can find them at my follows. Also being nominated for a Liebster award (3 times) and a Shine On award was pretty awesome. It is nice to know that your blog is appreciated by others :)

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
Most pageviews: Before The Moon Rises 
(I still haven't got a clue why this post got the most views it's not my most impressive review or anything.)

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
I would say all of my posts could use more love, but that is not fair. I would love to see more interaction and more love for my Swining Saturdays posts. I love doing my top 5’s but I would also love to hear what you think of them or what your top 5 would be.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
I told you that I was a newbie so lets start with Goodreads, which I love! Goodreads is fun because you can keep track of what you are reading, you meet awesome people/bookbloggers from all over the world. And the discussion are very interesting.

 I also discovered Amazon this year, and the reading apps also that every Amazon has a lot of free ebook you can get! Not that I don’t want to buy books but this was also a year I didn’t have any money to spend on fun stuff. So Amazon came in handy to satify my reading addiction.

Another bookish discovery for me was: Het Boekenfestijn. A dutch event at which you can buy books for discount prices! They also had a large amount of English books available so happy me! You can find my haul here.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? 
Yes I love participating in reading challenges, when I didn’t work full time I could read around 5 books a month. I mostly participated on the monthly challenges at my Goodreads groups. The once I loved the most were on The Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy Group.
Ja ik heb aan verschillende uitdagingen mee gedaan toen ik nog niet full time werkte. Toen kon ik rond de 5 a 10 boeken per maand lezen. Ik deed vaak mee aan de maandelijkse uitdagingen op The Paranormal Romance en Urban Fantasy groep op Goodreads.

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2013 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2014?
Insurgent and Allegiant! and also Catching Fire & Mocking Jay! I think I will have to do a dystopian month next year :) 

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2014 (non-debut)?
These are really difficult questions, you know? But a book that has been smashed in my face for awhile btw it is the most popular book of 2013, I think (since it has started to haunt me) I have to go with the Fault In Our Stars by John Green. As for 2014 I am looking forward to the 3 book in the Dreamers series by Allie Jean! I know she is writing it (she told me on twitter) so that will be my most anticipating read for 2014!

3. 2014 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? Het debuut waar je naar uit kijkt?
So I have no clue of what we can expect in 2014, so I went on Goodreads listopia, after not being satisfied on there resumed  my search on Netgalley. Two books caught my eye: Alienated and Defy. I have come across Alienated on various blogs and really like the idea. Defy sounds a bit like Mulan, which was a movie I really loved when I was younger, who am I kidding? I still love that movie!

4. Series Ending You Are Most Anticipating in 2014? Einde van een serie waar je naar uit kijkt?
Well for a couple of year I have been patiently waiting on the last book in the Night world series by L.J. Smith. I am a big fan of her work, I have almost all her books (I am only missing Forbidden Game). I really hope we will get some new work of her in 2014.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging In 2014?
  1. Read more
  2. Turn Swinging Saturdays into a meme 
  3. I am also thinking about participating more in meme such as Feature & Follow, Truth or Dare, Stacking The Shelves
  4. Get through my review request reads and my galleys ( I will be posting this list later)
  5. I hope to reach 200 followers on bloglovin (that would be wicked!)
  6. Another import thing is getting my Bachelor degree in International Business and Languages! I only have to take 1 test (Spanish) which I failed twice! So I hope, wish, beg to get it right this time!

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