Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa Blog Hop #AusYASecretSanta

After blogging for the last four years, this year is really the first year I have really started to get to know my fellow Aussie Bloggers and get involved in the australian Ya blogging community.  So it is already the first year I have been lucky enough to participate in #AusYASecretSanta.  One of the requirements is to answer the below 5 questions as well as leave some clues so that our Santee might be able to guess who their Secret Santa is and I have had a lot of fun answering the below questions.

You can check out the other hoppees here

1. What are your top 5 favourite books this year?

2. How did you go with your Goodreads challenge?
I did exceedingly well this year.  My original goal was 106 but i hit that in november so i extended it out to 120 and I am currently 5 books away :-)

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Nikk has
read 115 books toward her goal of 120 books.

3. How many times did you post a week on average? Do you think you’ll post more/less in the future?
I posted 1-2 time per week on average which was mainly done in big blocks of weeks where I was posting multiple times per week then post nothing at all for another few weeks .  My main goal for 2016 is to post with more consistency.  Ideally at least  1-2 review per week, twice weekly post some memes and a couple of blog tours and giveaways each month
4. What is your favourite blogging moment/achievement of 2015?
My favourite blogging moment achievement this year was finally starting to build a relationship with some Australian publishers and to start getting some print books from here in Australia as well as the e-books i was getting through Netgalley and Edelweiss.  Some of the biggest books I was looking forward to this year I was lucky enough to receive early to review which made reading them all that more exciting. I just hope my reviews are justifying the faith of those sending me these awesome titles to read (and reminds me i have two more reviews I need to write tonight...)
5. Did you read mostly review or non-review books this year?
I think i read mostly review books this year but the spread was reasonably even and i still was able to read other books that were purely for pleasure and not to review.  And of course there those that were both
6. What are your blogging goals for 2016?
As mentioned above, i would like to get some more consistency in my blog in 2016.  My job has recently changed so my time and energy levels outside of work hhave also changed which has affected my ability to post regularly so i am hoping to sort that out earlier rather than later in 2016.

I am also looking to start a second blog review children's picture books. I am loving reading to my three year old and there are some great books out there.  So I would really ove to start highlighting them a little more 
7. What books are you looking forward to in 2016?
just off the top of my head, these are the first few that come to mind
Based on the answers above, have you been a good or naughty blogger this year?
I was originally going to say that i was somewhere in between but looking at my goals I set at the beginning of the year, I actually think I have been quite good ( or at least better than last year).  I am still posting posts literally by the skin of my teeth time wise and have had a few relapses to the no post weeks/months but i think over all my blog has improved for the better this year so i am going to go on a limb and say i have been a reasonably good blogger this year

Leave 3 clues to help your santee guess who you are!

1. Your blog header has one of my favourite books in it and I may have mentioned another book by the same author in this post...
2. I really liked your review of What We Left behind
3.  You are a relatively new blogger
Examples of clues you can leave:
  • Your santee’s latest blog post
  • Describe your santee’s theme
  • A recent comment you left your santee


  1. Great post, thanks so much for joining our blog tour and secret santa this year! I think building a relationship with publishers is definitely an exciting part of it!

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  3. Yay, thanks for joining in on Secret Santa this year Nikk! 120 book goal, wow! That is truly impressive and blogs my measly 50 books right out of the water. Hope 2016 treats you and your blog well, and that you achieve everything that you want to achieve :)

    Joy @ Thoughts By J