Tuesday 31 December 2013

A Year in Review

2013 has been a year with amazing highs and awful, awful lows; it’s definitely one I won’t forget for a long time. So here you go, my year in review, bookish and personal.


I graduated from uni in Bath Abbey with an upper-2:1.

I lost my mum, my nan and my cousin.

I turned 21.

I got my first, and second, job.

I went to 7 gigs: McFly, Sleeping With Sirens, Funeral for a Friend, The Summer Set, Deaf Havana, Bring Me the Horizon and Warped Tour UK.

I had two weeks of work experience at S&S (my dream position).

I did work experience at Chicken House.

I went to see Saucy Jack and the Space Vixens in London and went for drinks afterwards with some cast members and the director.


I read 159 books.

I met JK Rowling with Carly from Writing from the Tub and nearly lost my cool.

I began 22 new series.

I met Stephenie Meyer and my 13-year-old self cried with joy.

I read 17 debuts.

I had afternoon tea with Maggie Stiefvater.

I read 59 contemporary YA novels.

I interviewed Sarah Dessen.

Sarah Dessen replied to my tweet.

I read 58 UKYA novels/novellas.

I interviewed Meg Rosoff.

I read 4 classic novels.

I read 11 dystopian novels.

I read 11 historical novels.

I read 8 adult novels.

I posted my 1000th blog post (this one!).


2013 Releases:
Undone, Cat Clarke
The Indigo Spell, Richelle Mead
The Bunker Diary, Kevin Brooks
Drowning Instinct, Isla J Bick
ACID, Emma Pass
Dangerous Girls, Abigail Haas
Have a Little Faith, Candy Harper
Boy Meets Boy, David Levithan
How to Love, Katie Cotugno
Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

Non-2013 Releases:
Such a Rush, Jennifer Echols
My Life Next Door, Huntley Fitzpatrick
Graceling/Fire/Bitterblue, Kristin Cashore
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
Is It Just Me?, Miranda Hart
Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell

How was our 2013?



  1. What an eventful list. While there were some negatives, the positives seemed to outweigh them, for it's remarkable that you met so many top of the line authors (even if I would argue that Meyer isn't "top of the line"). Made an attempt to read "The Great Gatsby" for a literary web show, but then I found out we weren't discussing it, so I went to something else.

    Have a happy, healthy, and safe new year!

  2. What a year! Really proud of you that you kept this going after your mum, and congrats on your 1000th post :) Hope you have a great new year, and here's to a much better 2014!

  3. congratulations on your 1000th post! I hope you are ok and I hope that the personal stuff is healing, slowly but surely. 2014 will be a better year, I'm certain of it xx


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