#AusYASecretSanta 2016 Blog Hop


It’s that time of the year again! This post is part of the AusYASecretSanta Blog Hop, which I’m super excited to be doing. I didn’t use to be big on gifts because of various reasons, but I’ve really come to enjoy sending (and receiving, let’s be honest) them recently. Hence, Secret Santa. 🎅

Here we go! 😊

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

I’m so glad that this question asked for five because I am apparently really stingy with five-star books and (usually) only those have a chance to make it to my favourites list! This year I’ve apparently given seven books five stars, out of the probable hundred that I’ve read at the time of writing this.  Here they are!

1️⃣️ Just Listen by Sarah Dessen — This one is a reread and probably one of my favourite books ever. 💘

2️⃣ Everything Leads to You by Celeste Ng — Deeply honest, surprisingly relatable character study of a Chinese-American family in the 1970s.

3️⃣ Vicious by V. E. Schwab — Who can resist X-Men in book form? Not me, certainly. ✨

4️⃣ And I Darken by Kristen White — Brutal, slow-burning retelling of a female Vlad the Impaler.

5️⃣ Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin — I actually rated Blood for Blood five stars as well, but there’s something special about starting a new series and Wolf by Wolf was just gripping. 😍

2) What are your top 5 favourite Aussie YA books this year?

I’m apparently really bad at reading LoveOzYA because these are the ones I remember loving this year! There were others that I didn’t love as much, though.

1️⃣ When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah — Diverse YA book that’s really relevant to the asylum seekers ‘debate’ going on in Australia.

2️⃣ Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta — An Oz YA classic and one of the most honest teenager voices I’ve ever had the pleasure to read.

3️⃣ Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil — Cute, nerdy, light-hearted.  🚀

3) How did you go with your Goodreads challenge?


Not too bad, apparently! I probably should’ve increased my challenge, but it’s so close to the end of the year and I think I wanna finish strong, so I’m just leaving it like this. 😝

4) What is your favourite blogging moment of 2016?

It’s really hard to pick one, and I don’t really know what constitutes as a ‘blogging moment’ for me! I’m just going to rebel against this question and instead choose three highlights of my year:

1️⃣ Sharing my ‘bad’ reading habits with you guys was great because I got to hear yours! Fun discussions were had. 😘

2️⃣ Going to the Melbourne Writers Festival might not be a blogging-specific moment, but it was great to meet other bloggers and hear authors speak about their work!

3️⃣ Hitting my one-year blogiversary was a milestone that I wasn’t really expecting to reach… and of course, I learned some things along the way. 😉

5) What are your blogging goals for 2017?

I’m not super strict with blogging goals (i.e. I don’t always actively strive to achieve them 24/7, 365), but here are some of the things I want to do next year:

1️⃣ Read more diversely — I’ve tried doing this this year as well and I think relatively succeeded, though I don’t have an exact figure. Hopefully in 2017 I’ll get to do even more. 💞

2️⃣ Keep up with my schedule — Self-explanatory, really.

3️⃣ Go to more book launches and events — I’ve attended maybe three in 2016, and I want to attend more next year! It’s been absolutely wonderful to be able to meet other bloggers and listen to authors speak and just be more involved in real life. 💗

6) What books are you looking forward to in 2017?

So many! We’ve been absolutely spoiled by authors and publishers this year, and I’m sure next year will be just as great. Here are my top three most anticipated books, though:

1️⃣ A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab — PLEASE LET MY BBS BE SAFE. PLEASE. 🙌

2️⃣ Once and For All by Sarah Dessen — Any release by the queen of contemporary YA.

3️⃣ Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh — A loose Mulan retelling coupled with Ahdieh’s beautiful writing? Sounds like a win to me! ❤️

7) What is your favourite thing about the Aussie YA community?

How friendly and welcoming everyone is! There’s a real sense of community, I think. 💖

Clues for My Santee:

  1. You like Hamilton.
  2. You are in uni.
  3. We both like Brandon Sanderson! 😊

#LoveOzYA? Join the Australian YA Bloggers on Goodreads and Facebook to join in the fun, or follow the Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa blog hop to meet other Aussie bloggers.

35 thoughts on “#AusYASecretSanta 2016 Blog Hop

  1. Oooh, And I Darken was fantastic. I’ve seen Wolf by Wolf on a couple favourites lists for this year, so I’m gonna have to get to it ASAP. Congrats on your blogoversary!


  2. I’ve been trying to remember why Melina Marchetta sounds familiar, and I finally realised – Looking For Alibrandi was translated into Indonesian a couple of years back! Unfortunately I don’t remember the story much @_@ I’ll need to read Saving Francesca next!


    • YES IT WAS! That’s actually how I discovered her, I think – I read Looking for Alibrandi in Indonesian as well… though I also don’t remember the story at all, haha. Saving Francesca was also really good, though. 😊


  3. Ohhh I’ve heard great things about that Celeste Ng boook! OMG Vicious is one of my favourite books ever. When Michael Met Mina was sooo good! You did so well with your GR challenge omg. Yay I’m so glad you have blogged for over 1 year! That is fantastic reg!


  4. Omg Vicious ❤ ❤ How great is it ahhh!! I think you totally kicked your GRs goal and totally deserve to leave 2016 behind on a high note! I wish I could say the same for myself hahaha.

    Thanks for joining in on Secret Santa this year – hope you have fun lovely! x


      • YES DEFINITELY. Maybe when Their Dark Duet is released next year in July cuz then I could binge read the Shades of London trilogy(I guess that’s the name?) and also The This Savage Song duology. And if I like her books immensely, then I could also read Vicious and The Archived Series. (sorry for this long unwanted comment…)


        • Your comment is definitely wanted, don’t worry! 😂

          I think it’s called the Shades of Magic trilogy, and that sounds like a good idea! It’s also better than This Savage Song in my opinion, though let’s see if Our Dark Duet will be amazing and balance it all out. I simply LOVE the Shades of Magic series. ❤


  5. Sounds similar to my SFATW thing I’m doing from Marie over at Drizzleandhurricanebooks! It’s so fun to make care packages, though it seems like yours at least stays in the country which would be A LOT cheaper!
    Never, ever up your challenge! Your challenge was for 75: you made it to 99! That’s the point! To see how far you can go. If you up the challenge, then it looks like you just made it vs making and kicking the old goal’s ass! You pushed the limit and now you’ve surpassed your original goal! Good for you!
    Be proud. I almost upped my goal but it looks better to surpass a lower goal than miss or barely make a higher one!


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