Annual End Of Year Book Survey – Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012

Annual End Of Year Book Survey - 2012

Hello, lovelies – Merry Christmas! I hope you’re all having a great holiday season :) Today I’m back with part 2 of Jamie’s annual End of Year Survey and this time we’re discussing our best blogging memories of 2012. If you’d like to join in or check out some of the others’ posts, head over to Jamie’s blog.

1. New favourite book blog you discovered in 2012?

Oh, there were quite a lot! But my favourite one is Project To Be Read, which is run by Claire. Claire and I met on Twitter a while ago and on top of being a Londoner and running such a great blog, she’s super lovely too! We seem to have a similar taste in books so I’m sure I’ll be a frequent visitor of her blog in the future. :)

2. Favourite review that you wrote in 2012?

I loved reviewing Eye Contact by Fergus McNeill, In The Woods by Tana French and Mice by Gordon Reece.

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?

I think ‘Should bloggers charge authors for reviews?’ would be one of them. It was basically a response to all the craziness that was going on on Twitter and various social media sites at the time and my take on the issue. It wasn’t a happy topic but I know I loved writing it. Although the most popular one was Is blogging becoming a popularity contest?:)

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?

There were so many! I really enjoyed Amanda’s post about how not to make friends on Twitter, Kristilyn’s article about finding the balance between blogging and everyday life.

5. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Since I live in the middle of nowhere, I’ve never really had the chance to attend author signings or book festivals – but hey, there’s always next year! On the other hand, I took part in a bunch of virtual events I’m not likely to forget anytime soon. The two events that stood out for me were
- hosting the Review Copy Cleanup (twice!) with Celine
- and taking part in Dewey’s readathon. If I had to pick one bookish event, I think this would be my favourite one. I had a lot of fun and met some amazing people on Twitter :)

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog?

The most popular one was the sign up post for our second Review Copy Cleanup – back in August – with 1,132 views. WOW! The second most popular one was my 1 year blogoversary post in September and the third one is the discussion post I mentioned above, aka Should bloggers charge authors for reviews? :)

8. Best bookish discovery?

Ambling Books

Ambling Books! I was scrolling through my Google Reader a few weeks ago when I saw someone’s post about this website and I HAD to check it out. Ambling Books has thousands of free audio books that you can download, as well as lots of inexpensive ones and tons of new releases as well. Obviously, the free ones are mostly classics but there are thousands of them! And they definitely come in handy if you’re a busy uni student preparing for her exams like I am. :) I’ve never been into audio books but I decided to give them a try and listen to some of the classics I need for my upcoming exams. It saves me a lot of time, that’s for sure!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

No, I actually didn’t sign up for any challenges this year apart from the Goodreads one, but I’m taking part in two challenges next year. (Mystery/Suspense and Dystopia)

How about you? What were some of your bookish highlights of the year? Any blogs you’ve discovered recently?

17 Responses to “Annual End Of Year Book Survey – Book Blogging/Reading Life in 2012”

  1. Great answers!
    Thanks for the tip about Ambling Books- I just downloaded a few titles that I couldn’t find on Audible!

    I signed up for a bunch of challenges this year- and failed all of them!
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  2. Ha. My snarky rant! I’m glad it was well-received. I’ve never heard of Ambling Books, but I’m checking it out now! :)
    Amanda @ On a Book Bender recently posted..Review: On Demon Wings by Karina HalleMy Profile

  3. Aw thank you so much Vicky! I loved your discussion on should bloggers charge for reviews and I’m hoping to take part in the Dewey’s readathon next year :)

    Looking forward to the dystopian challenge too!
    Claire @ Project to be Read recently posted..Top Ten of 2012: WednesdayMy Profile

  4. It looks like you had a fabulous year, Vicky! I’m checking out that neat discussion post about how to balance blogging and everyday life- especially because that’s something I’ve been struggling with nowadays, with school and everything else going on. Hopefully I’ll be able to find that balance soon! =) Also, I loved participating in the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon! I participated last year both times, but only participated in April this year, since I was so busy in October. But it was seriously fantastic, and I loved talking to everyone and the challenge to staying up as long as possible! I think I stayed up until 3 before I got caught and had to go to bed. ;) I’m looking forward to April to participate again.

    Participating in challenges is quite fun, and you chose 2 really good ones to do in 2013! I love being challenged, so I always sign up for a ton of challenges and then lose motivation throughout the year, which I’m hoping won’t happen in 2013. But I wish you the best of luck with those!

    Fantastic post Vicky! I wish you a happy new year, and a book-filled 2013! =)

    • Vicky says:

      Aw, you’re so lovely – thank you so much! I feel the same way about challenges but I hope it won’t happen in 2013. I’ll try not to sign up for more than these two because I know I wouldn’t stick with them and just lose motivation after a while.

      Which ones are you signing up for? :)

      Ah, the October readathon was so much fun! I stayed up until 4 a.m, I think, but then I had to get some sleep because I was knackered. Can’t wait for the next one!

      Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and here’s to a fabulous 2013! x

  5. Pragya says:

    I loved those discussions and great site – ambling books. Thanks Vicky!
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  6. Vicky H says:

    Thanks for the tip about Ambling Books! I had a pretty interesting bookish year – started my blog, and been enjoying exploring the book blogging world. Was a bit shy at first, but it’s nice to see how friendly everyone is, and I’ve loved finding all these great new blogs to read! I’ve also loved the challenges and readathon I participated in, and the Secret Santa. :-D Can’t wait for next year! Definitely planning on getting involved in more, hopefully post more often, and perhaps start to join in some of those memes I’m seeing everywhere too! :-)

    Thanks to everyone who’s been so welcoming!

    Looks like you had a great year – hope 2013 is a good year too, and that it’s filled with exciting books!
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    • Vicky says:

      Ah, thanks Vicky! :) I haven’t participated in Secret Santa yet but it sounds like such a great idea! And I’m really glad you had such a good time this year and people were so welcoming! I hope next year will be just as good as this one! :) x

  7. I’m really happy that you blogged about the issue of charging for reviews, and even happier that the vast majority of readers and bloggers clearly do not want this model to take hold in our lovely literary world! Thanks for getting your blog fans chatting about it.

  8. That Ambling Books site sounds awesome! I’m so glad you mentioned it as one of my resolutions this year is to read more classics and I’m definitely pressed for time between review copies!

  9. Oh yes, I need to sign up for a dystopian challenge myself and I’ve never tried audio books, that site might just give me the motivation to start and see how I find them.
    Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile recently posted..End of Year Book Survey 2012My Profile

  10. Great recap, Vicki! I loved Amanda’s post, too … :) And I’ve never heard of Ambling Books! I’ve been getting audiobooks from the library, but have used Audible in the past — they usually have lots of sales!

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