I have posted previously about my favourite books of 2014 but I thought it would be fun to do a more general post with the things that really got me excited this year.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – this was definitely my favourite book of 2014 – Benjamin Alire Sáenz is an amazing writer. Everything about this book was sheer perfection.
Beats Headphones – I love these! I got a new iPod for Christmas and a set of these headphones to go with it (I am not a far of in-ear headphones at all).
Cullen and my Inquisitor
Cullen Stanton Rutherford – Cullen finally has a full name! I will let you all in on a little secret – ever since Dragon Age: Origins came out, I have always been a little fascinated by the shy Templar who fancied with my Amell/Surana Warden in the Mage origin.
My primary love interest in this game was Alistair (though I also really enjoyed romancing Zevran as well) but there was always a small part of me that would have liked to romance Cullen. Even when he shouted at my mage upon her return to the Mage Circle (he had been tortured by demons so I let him off with the ranting and raving!)
His role was expanded a little in Dragon Age 2 so I was hopeful for (but not expecting) a return for his character in the third instalment Dragon Age: Inquisition. I was delighted when it appeared he had been included (from the leaked survey) and over the moon when he was not only announced as an advisor but also a romance option (though it would have been nice to have him as a companion). His romance in DA: I has not disappointed me in the least!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is:
Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!
Wow, I am notoriously bad for never keeping my New Year Resolutions but that does not mean that I do not make them every. single. year. Got to make them to break them, right? 😉
I am woefully behind on my Netgalley and Edelweiss ARC’s (especially Netgalley). One of the resolutions I have for 2015 is to try to get my ratio up – and this challenge looks like the perfect way to do that!
Hosted by Emily @ Falling For YA, this challenge was one I really wanted to take part in last year but I discovered it way too late and I had already signed up for a bazillion other challenges. I made a note to look out for this in 2015 so I am happy to finally sign up for this. 🙂
Hosted this year by Mel @ The Daily Prophecy, the purpose of this challenge is to read fairytale retellings. I absolutely love fairytale retellings so when I saw this challenge I knew it was definitely one I needed to take part in!
Here are the details:
- The challenge runs from January 1st – December 31st 2015.
- The goal is to read fairytale retellings, but if you want you can also pick other retellings. It’s up to you what you count as a fairytale. Here are a couple of books you can pick from: my bookshelf with fairytale retellings and Fairytale lists on Listopia. You can read Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult books for this challenge. Obviously, the book doesn’t have to be published in 2015 and re-reads count.
- There are 6 different levels you can aim for:
- Prince Charming: 1 – 4 books.
- Magic mirror: 5 – 9 books.
- Big bad wolf: 10 – 15 books.
- The wise princess: 16 – 20 books.
- Wicked fairy Godmother: 21 – 25 books.
- Bluebeard: you are killing it! 26+ books.
- Every beginning of the month I will make a link-up post where you put all your reviews in and they will have fun/informative introductions.
- It’s not a promise, but there might be challenges.
- Most important thing: HAVE FUN and spread the word 🙂 Let’s tweet with: #fairytaleRC
This is my second year taking part in this challenge, hosted by the lovely Cayce @ Niji Feels (formerly known as Fighting Dreamer). I signed up last year part-way through the challenge (after taking part in LGBT Month) and I knew I would be signing up again this year – from the beginning this time!
Here are the details:
- The challenge runs from 1 January through 31 December 2015.
- Like last year, each month there will be a mini challenge/theme/list/thingy.
- This year, there is no form/genre restriction (you can read whatever you want – young adult, new adult, adult, erotica, nonfiction, manga – as long as its LGBT).
- And the LGBT in the challenge’s name does not mean just LGBT, you can read any book that falls under the L(esbian) G(ay) B(isexual) T(ransexual) T(ransgender) Q(ueer) Q(uestioning) I(ntersex) A(sexual)+ spectrum.
- There will be link ups throughout the year (but the setup is going to be a little different from last year)
- All formats (print books, ebooks, audiobooks, comics) are eligible.
- Books can overlap with other challenges.
- (At… certain times) there will be surprise giveaways, as well as one big giveaway at the end of the year.
My TBR pile is out of control (seriously, my Goodreads shelf shows I have well over 1000 books sitting unread – both physical books and ebooks). Yikes!! I really need to start reading some of the books I own and stop buying so many new books (but that is a whole separate issue that I will not go into here).
I was really bad at completing challenges last year (really, really bad!) and I also really struggled to keep up with writing reviews in the latter half of the year. I thought it might be a good idea to combine the three aspects of my reading/blogging life that are giving me a headache and try to actually have some fun with it! I stumbled across the 2015 TBR Pile Challenge hosted by Roof Beam Reader and I knew that I had to take part!
The Goal of this challenge is to finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months)
Stacking The Shelves – a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews
Here are the rules:
Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
- Participants are to create their own Stacking the Shelves post and link bank to Tynga’s Reviews so more people can join the fun!
- Posts can be laid out any way you want.
- The host site posts updates on a Saturday but bloggers taking part can post any day they choose.
- Visit Tynga’s Reviews on a Saturday and add your link.
- Visit other participants sites to find out what they have added!
The rules are simple and it is a really fun way to showcase your books and see what other bloggers are excited about this week! Not to mention the fact that it is a good way to interact with and get to know other bloggers!
Here are the books I added to my shelves this week:
Seasons greetings from my little corner of the blogosphere! I wasn’t planning on doing a post today but I just wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. I hope everyone is having a good day.
Christmas was a sad time for me this year as it was the first one without my mum. As some of you may know from my previous posts, my mum died from lung cancer in May. It has been a very difficult 7 months but I am grateful to my family and friends – and especially my partner and his parents – for helping me get through this. I also wanted to thank my fellow bloggers – being a part of this community has really helped me get through the tough times.
Christmas Eve was probably the hardest day as this was my mum’s birthday and we always celebrated it together (usually this would involve a lot of alcohol and singing!). I felt very emotional yesterday and was honestly glad when Christmas Day finally rolled around.
We did try to get into the Christmas spirit by watching an awesome little movie called Joyeux Noël about the World War I Christmas truce that happened in December 1914. Watching the Queen’s Speech we realised the significance of this when we were reminded that this event actually occurred 100 years ago to the day! Anyway, it was a really good film and it also starred Daniel Brühl as one of the German soldiers who I think is such a cutie. ❤
Anyway, enough rambling on! Hope everyone is having a good day!
bye for now!
I have just been nominated for The Jolly Blogger Award by the lovely Galit @ Coffee n’ Notes. Thank you so much for the nomination! I hadn’t heard of this award before but I am definitely thrilled to have been nominated for it! I have been a bit of a Bah Humbug the last couple of days but this award has cheered me up immensely.
The rules are:
- Answer the twelve questions that have been left for me.
- Create twelve new questions.
- Nominate ten lovely bloggers!
So let’s get started!