I love reflection. It’s a quiet time where you can think back ponder how the year’s gone. All I can say is 92 books later, I know I spent my time wisely.
RBR 2014 Year In Review
I write these posts every year to make myself transparent. I receive a lot of books for free from publishers, and I think as my readers, you have a right now how many I purchase myself, etc.
In this year in review post, I’ve also included some 2015 reading goals and what I hope to accomplish next year.
This is a post filled with RBR blogging minutia and if you need to sit this one out, I promise I’m not offended. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled book talk tomorrow.
Where I Got My Books + 2014 Goals Update
This year of 92 books read, the breakdown of where I got my books looks like this:
- Publisher ARCs or finished copies = 55
- Bought with my own cash money = 37
And as for a rating breakdown, check this out:
You guys…I’ve gotten SO MEAN! Out of 92 books, only 27 received the highest rating. I almost never share my star ratings on the blog because to me, books come down to one true point: would I recommend this book to a friend or not?
And if I do recommend it, what warnings/advice would I give. To me, ratings are relative, and I don’t find them helpful when I personally choose the next book I want to read. I do not begrudge others in using them, but that’s just the choice I make on the blog.
Ok, *steps off soapbox*.
Other stats you may or may not find interesting:
Longest book read:
And it was glorious.
And the only 1 star rating was given to Lovely Vicious. Based on my review, I’m sure you’re not surprised.
My reading goals for 2014 were:
Read 70 books– SUPER CHECK. I read 92 😀 Choose books outside my usual fantasy/scifi genre- like contemporary, classics, new adultMOSTLY CHECK Try reading at least two indie booksCHECK and CHECK (Under Different Stars and Lovely Vicious) Go to BEA again!CHECK Launch blog redesignALL THE CHECKS
Although I definitely read way more contemporary books, I didn’t read any new adult or classic novels. That will be changed in 2015 with a new blog feature I’ll be debuting.
Overall, not too bad, though!!
2015 Reading Goals & Milestones
This year has been an amazing one for the blog!
(There is not an emotion gif Parks and Rec can’t supply.)
Blog traffic has increased 91 percent from the previous year. HOLLA. AND – the blog reached a milestone of generating more than 630,000 page views since its been alive, with this month on track to bring in 30,000 page views!
This may seem like nothing to you guys, but to me this is huge. It’s so rewarding and humbling to know the words I send out in the Internet void are being read by strangers who happen to share the same passion that I have. It’s immensely amazing, and I thank you all SO MUCH for reading in this little corner of the blogosphere.
So excite, very joy.
As for 2015, I’m publicly committing to:
- Read at least 95 books. <-- YIKES.
- Attend YALLfest for the first time
- For reals read books I’ve accidentally avoided reading for a million years
- Push myself creatively on the blog, including new features and more posts about bookish things
- Go to at least 2 local author signing events. (I am a such a bum…)
If you made it this far reading this post, please accept this second Parks and Recs gif as my thank you.
How have you done on your 2014 reading goals? What bookish accomplishments have you achieved this year?