Tuesday, 29 December 2015
2015 Recap: What I've Accomplished and What I Want to Work On
Hello lovelies! I'm sure you've heard this plenty of times before, but my, has 2015 gone by fast. For me, it was a whirlwind of work, play, accomplishments and even some failures, however I'm going into 2016 with a smile on my face and book's in my arms, ready to take on the year! Since this was technically my first full year of blogging, I wanted to reflect on everything that happened bookish wise, blogging wise, and even life wise.
In the Bookisphere:
During this year, I was able to complete 60 books and surpassed my goodreads challenge of reading 50 books per year! Here were some of my favourites:
All the Bright Places by: Jennifer Niven - This book was thought provoking and inspiring, and has become one of my all time favourites.
The Selection series by: Kiera Cass- Definitely one of my favourite series that I read this year; these books were sweet, easy reads that were so addicting!
Burn for Burn series by: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian- WOAH WAS THIS SERIES EVER SO INTENSE! It was filled with twists and turns unlike no other.
Life of Pi by: Yann Martel - Ever so inspiring with such a deep meaning, my favourite book that I've ever had to read for school.
Wonder by: R.J. Palacio - A middle-grade and YA book full of beautiful life lessons and an amazing set of characters.
One by: Sarah Crossan - Beautiful, absolutely stunning, sad, and unique. This book held a special meaning to me.
I started the ever so popular Throne of Glass series this year! While the books started off very well for me, it did turn into a downward spiral, but I am still happy to have gotten back into fantasy.
None of the Above by: I.W. Gregorio - This was definitely my most diverse read of 2015! It was very educational and ever so different.
In the Blogisphere:
I expanded my following, reached new bloggers and also surpassed 1000 pageviews! My blog has grown throughout the year and I haven't been happier.
I finally created a blog button for myself! While my 2015 resolutions was to expand my horizons in photoshop and blog design, I was able to get a better understanding of customization and I'm slowly, (but surely) making changes.
I REACHED MY FIRST BLOGIVERSARY! July brought this milestone quicker than I thought, and I was so thrilled with my accomplishment. I have now been blogging for almost a year and a half.
I took a hiatus in November. I did not post for the entire month in an effort to focus on writing, and I really benefited from it. I came back in full swing mode and refreshed.
I kicked off a series on my blog called Paperback's Pondering's! I started writing a lot more discussion posts to fully get thoughts off my mind, and it really helped my to organize my opinions and hear others!
The main thing I did in 2015 was write my first book! I partaked in NaNoWriMo, which helped me to create my very first WIP, which I could not be more proud of.
I passed grade 10 with honours! I am now in my senior years, ready to take on the scary tasks of finding out what I want to do with my life.
I went to my last One Direction concert for a while, with my all time favourite band going on a break. This may seem like such a random and weird thing to talk about, but this band has impacted me so much that I couldn't help but mention how much they meant to me during this hard year.
Now it's time for me to mention what I would like to accomplish this coming year!
- I want to reach 10 000 pageviews! I'm almost there, and this goal would mean the world to me.
- I want to publish my book! After editing is finished, I will hopefully self publish my boom and get it out there.
- I want to reach my 2 year blogiversary! This one will probably be a given, and it will be even more exciting than my first!
- I want to host my very first giveaway. People, including myself, love entering them, and so I really want to celebrate a special occasion to thank my lovely readers this year.
- I want to start writing more personal posts. There is a whole other side of me that I sometimes don't share on my blog, so I want to open up more.
So that was my 2015! Let me know what you got up too this year, and what you have to look forward to! Wishing you all a Happy New Year and the best of luck in 2016.
Emily @ Paperback Princess