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Hello friends! Today marks my first anniversary on bookstgram. Thank you so much for coming to my little corner on the internet to talk all things books.

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A Year in Review

Hi all!

Since it’s the end of the year, which still doesn’t feel real, I thought I’d look back on my reading year with a survey.

I’ve adapted this from questions for Cait at paper fury. It looked like fun and the pie chats looked so cute. However they were not so fun to make so please appreciate them! Mostly just so I can justify the 2 hours I spent on creating them.

Also this is for the books I’ve read in 2017, most of which didn’t come out this year.


Reading Stats

Number of books read: 94
Number of rereads: 2


Reading Challenges

This year I took part in two reading challenges:

  • Goodreads Challenges
  • Around the Year in 52 Books

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In 2016 I just make the my 50 books goal so I set it for 50 again this year and my god I don’t think I’ve read this much ever. So yay one challenged completed.

Around The Year in 52 Books

Goal: 52
Read: 43

I really do love this challenge and I will do it again in 2018. I’ve figured out that I’m not so great when it comes to assigned reading, even if they’re books I actually want to read. So I’m pretty happy with this.


Star Ratings

Star Rating

2017 was a pretty awesome year for me with most of my rating being 4 stars. Overall I can’t complain.

5 Star Reads

I had fourteen 5 star reads this year and they are:

  • The Art Of Asking by Amanda Palmer
  • Days Without End by Sebastian Barry
  • Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Lani Taylor
  • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Lani Taylor
  • A Court of Mist of Fury by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
  • The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose
  • Cassandra by Kerry Greenwood
  • The Hate Race by Maxine Benaba Clarke
  • The Canary Club by Sherry D. Ficklin
  • Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell
  • Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend
  • The Boy Made Of Snow by Chloe Mayer
  • Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

Year Published

Year Published

I managed to read a lot of new releases this year, which is strange because I normally wait like 5 years to get to the hyped books so I enjoyed not having to avoid spoilers. I would’ve like to have read more classics.


Genres Read

Genres

No real surprises that historical fiction and fantasy were my most read genres of the year. I would like to explore some other genres and this gives me a great starting board on where to go.


Target Audience

Target Audience

This actually suspires me since I thought I read a hell of a lot more YA than I did. I would’ve liked to get to more Middle Grade but overall pretty happy.


Page Numbers

Page Numbers

The shortest book I read was Franklin’s Flying Bookshop by Jen Campbell which is 32 pages. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas was the longest book I read at 699 pages.

344 pages was the average length for the books I read.


Author Gender

Author Genders

The author’s gender isn’t something I take into consideration when picking a books, but as a female writer myself I am glad that I’m supporting other lady authors.


Series or Standalone

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2017 was the year of the series. I started 23 new series which sounds crazy since I never get around to finishing them.


That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know what your favourite read of the year. 

Until next time, happy reading and happy New Year!
Dearna

Seven Podcasts for Fairy Tale Lovers

Amazing list of podcast for those fairytale lovers

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If you’re anything like me, you use podcasts to get you through the day – out walking, in the car, cooking dinner: all the stuff where sometimes it’s great just to have some else’s voice in your head for a while! I also spend a lot of time at the computer working with images and, strangely enough, listening to other people talking can help the work flow. I do try to keep the subject vaguely related, so over the years I’ve been collecting fairy tale and folklore related podcasts. Here are some of my favourites.

Singing Bones

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Clare Testoni knows her fairy tales. Every episode is meticulously researched, and she brings an enormous amount of knowledge to each one. She tells a version of the tale,  and discusses its variants, where it sits in a historical and cultural context, and its hidden and not so hidden meanings.  Try her episode…

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5 Star Book Predictions

Hello!

How are you? Tell me all the things you’re reading!

Today I thought I do something a little different and share with you 5 books I have yet to read but think will be 5 star reads. I’ve been wanting to do this since I saw Mercedes from Mercy’s Bookish Musings video. I think it’s a really interesting exercise in seeing just how well you know your own reading tastes.

So the way this works is that I will share with you 5 books I think will be new favourites and why I think so. Then, once I’ve read them all, I will come back and share my thoughts and rating and see if I was right.

Onto the books!

 

The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

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I recently went to the Historical Novel Society of Australasia’s conference and got to hear Kate Forsyth talk — spoiler she was amazing! This book tells the story of Dortchen Wild the wife of Wilhelm Grimm and how she share fairytales with her husband. This sounds like it is going to be a perfect mix of fairytale and history and I can’t wait.

 

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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I’ve had this book to me recommended so many times by people who I trust so I think I should just get to it. It was everything I love in a book, awesome historical setting, magic, young adult protagonist, with a bit of crime.

 

The Reckoning by Sharon Penman

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For me, this might be a safe bet seeing how I have yet to give any Sharon Penman book less than 5 stars. But I thought I’d include it because it is the last in the series and that always worries me a little. This is the third in her Welsh Prince’s trilogy and follows Llewlyn, Prince of Wales who finds himself on a collision course with the feudal realm of Edward I.

 

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride is hands down one of my favourite movies, Westley was my first movie crush. I am hoping the book will also become a favourite. I have high hopes because William Goldman also wrote the screenplay. This story has everything; humour, fencing, fighting, true love, giants, revenge and pirates. What else do you need?

 

The Last Days of Leda Grey by Essie Fox

Leda Grey

This is a book I brought because of the cover and I kept hearing about it. It’s not a period of history that I normally read but was one I saw drawn to after seeing it Historia Magazine. I haven’t hear anything else about this books but I’m excited. It follows silent actress, Leda Grey and her volatile love affair that left her recluse for over half a century.

 

That’s it for me. Comment down below and let me know what books you think will be 5 star reads.
Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna