By: Melanie | December 31, 2013 | (24) Comments

Aaaand here is the last post of 2013! I spent quite a lot of time wondering what I will be posting about and I guess it’s time to look back on this year and take a peek at what’s happening in 2014.

What I’ve Accomplished in 2013

  • I changed my blog name
  • I got a new design
  • I started receiving ARCs from publishers
  • I went to my first book event- Penguin Teen Live
  • I moved to self-hosted WordPress
  • I started co-blogging at Finding Bliss in Books
  • YA Midnight Reads turned 1 years old
  • I hosted a read-a-long
  • I read 235 books
  • I reviewed 203 books
  • I posted 294 ย posts

Statistics

Here’s a brief overview of my pageviews, top searches and followers that I have received this year

  • GFC followers: 589 (no longer using this form of following)
  • Bloglovin’: 425
  • Email: 211
  • 20ย comments per post on average

Unfortunately, these statistics are from July 18, 2013 onwards as that was the day I moved to WordPress and got the plugin that counts pageviews and top searches.

OverviewTop DaysTop Search Items
As you can see, most people find my blog by searching something related with ‘house of hades’ -.-

Best of 2013

Here’s my best books of 2013 in no particular order! These have all been published in the year 2013.

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The House of Hades: Loved this one! I am a huge fan of this series and this one was just as fantastic. Full of humour, action and ass kicking demigods (and Percabeth, of course ๐Ÿ˜€ )

Dangerous Girls: A mystery thriller that knocked me off my feet. Did not see that ending coming!

All Our Yesterdays: Cristin Terrill is a bloody genius. This novel was told magnificently and I loved all the characters in the end.

Clockwork Princess: An ending bound to make anyone happy!ย Practically perfect in everyway.

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This Song Will Save Your Life:ย This one resonated really well for me. A novel about love, friendships, music and finding yourself.

Everbound:ย A Greek Mythology book! I actually don’t mind the love triangle in this one and Nikki’s character is so easy to connect to.

All the Truth That’s In Me:ย A dark and twisted story about a girl who disappears and comes back to only have her tongue cut off completely.

These Broken Stars:ย Such a brilliant love story set in space. The writing is beautiful and I cannot wait for the sequel.

tbd3The 5th Wave:ย I read this one pretty early on this year and loved it. I am waiting impatiently for the sequel which has yet to come out.

Rose Under Fire:ย This one is very emotionally draining. The setting is bleak but the MC has such a strong, hopeful voice.

Wildlife:ย A book that everyone needs to read. It’s about losing yourself, and finding yourself. Beautifully written too by an Australian author

Seventeen & Gone:ย The highlight in this book was the writing. The narration is wonderful and drew me in from the first page. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

Goals for 2014

  • Read 200 books
  • Review 170 books
  • Get more followers
  • Get more comments on posts
  • Go to more book events
  • Maybe get a co-blogger (if you want to co-blog, email me)
  • Keep blogging!

2014 Releases I Can’t Wait For

To be honest, I can’t wait for every book to come out but this is my top 6

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No cover: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan and Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

That’s all, peeps!

xoxo, Mel

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Melanie

Owner (and crazy nut) at YA Midnight Reads
Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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24 Responses to Farewell, 2013!

  1. Aimee says:

    Congrats on all of your accomplishments this year, Melanie! I don’t know how you people read 200+ books a year–I’m having a difficult time reaching 100 without manga. There aren’t much book-related events here in the Philippines, but I really want to attend one in the future.

    Your 2013 picks were great! I loved, loved, loved The House of Hades and all of the Percabeth moments in it. All Our Yesterdays and These Broken Stars are somewhere in my list as well! And I’m really excited for On the Fence and The Winner’s Curse!

    Good luck with your 2014 goals! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. Congrats Melanie! What an amazing year you’ve had! ๐Ÿ˜€ i love your picks and top reads ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m def ready for a fresh year, fresh books, and reviewing and blogging!

    Cheers to 2014!!! Happy new year darling ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  3. Renu says:

    What a list of accomplishments! Congrats! I adored The 5th Wave too, and can’t wait for The Winner’s Curse. I’ve been hearing lots of good things about it. Goodluck with your goals for next year!

    Happy New Year, Mel! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  4. Melliane says:

    that’s wonderful, you had a big year and I hope you’ll have a lovely new year. I wish you a lot of wonderful things!
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  5. Mia Hayson says:

    Fabulous list! I am late to The 5th Wave but I’ve heard such great things about it I am eager to read it!

    I’m a feedly follower/lurker so you also have me on feedly too also.

    Ha
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  6. Mia Hayson says:

    Um, that was supposed to say Have a great new year not Ha! Sorry! I am using a phone and omg the buttons are so tiny <3
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  7. Stephanie B says:

    Lovely picks! Clockwork Princess was amazing! As was This Song Will Save Your Life (thanks for the rec). I CAN’T WAIT for The Winner’s Curse. That book. I mean. The cover is amazing. And it SOUNDS amazing.

    And wow. I wish I could read 200 books in a year. Sadly I probably won’t even reach my goal of 75. ๐Ÿ™ What’s bad about that is that I could have and was lazy instead. *sigh*

    Those are all AMAZING accomplishments! Congratulations, luv!
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  8. Congrats on all you achieved in 2013. I am loving the books you favored and the books you are anticipating. Good luck in 2014..I hope it brings you joy:)
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  9. Ooh you’ve accomplished so much this year, congrats Mel! I’m really glad that you got so much done and I’m really proud of all your success! ๐Ÿ˜€ I haven’t read a lot of your favorite books of 2013, but I’m going to need to remember to read them in 2014, especially Rose Under Fire. Also, totally agree about On the Fence, Evertrue, and The Winner’s Curse! <33
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  10. Lexa Cain says:

    You read 235 books and reviewed 203 of them in a year?! Wow! You deserve some kind of award for that. I’ve loved your reviews and posts in 2013. Looking forward to what you’re next year brings. Happy 2014!
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  11. Congrats on 2013! I think we moved to WP around the same time. LOVE it!
    Sadly I haven’t read any of the books in your top 10 but I’m really looking forward to On the Fence by Kasie West. Happy New Year!
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  12. It was an awesome year for book lovers! Congrats on your bookish accomplishments!
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  13. I think 2013 was an amazing year in books ๐Ÿ™‚ Some really wonderful books came out and I think 2014 will offer up great things as well. I can’t wait until you read The Winner’s Curse…want to hear your thoughts! Happy New Year!!
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  14. Emily says:

    WOW… You’ve definitely accomplished so much in just one year, Mel!! ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy 2014 and I know there will be much more bookish awesomeness for you to come! <33
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  15. Ashfa says:

    Wow, those are fantastic accomplishments! Congrats. ๐Ÿ™‚
    2014 is looking pretty good and I’m really excited for The Winner’s Curse. The only book I’ve read on your top 10 is The 5th Wave.That was awesome.

  16. Wow, you accomplished a lot Mel! And HOLY CRAP, you read 235 books?! *feels ashamed* I read 100 exactly, so I completed my challenge by the skin of my teeth. Last year I read 140! I just don’t have the time to read that much anymore ๐Ÿ™
    I am DYING for The Winner’s Curse!
    Happy New Year darling! <3
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  17. Alise says:

    Aha, I know your frustration with the search terms. Most of my searches are from Clockwork Princess for some reason. Awesome year, girl-hope your next is even better ๐Ÿ˜€
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  18. “Keep blogging” well, that is the best goal you can have Mel! And reading 200 books, I admire you ๐Ÿ˜€
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  19. Nara says:

    OMG Definitely looking forward to On the Fence and The Winner’s Curse and The Blood of Olympus as well! It’s going to be awesome to see how the HoO series ends ๐Ÿ˜€ But also sad, because then it’s over ๐Ÿ™ Oh well, Rick’s going to be writing a Norse mythology series too, so I guess we have that to look forward to!
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  20. Emily Mead says:

    WOAH, that’s a whole bunch of accomplishments! Here’s to an awesome 2014 ๐Ÿ™‚
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