Special Feature: Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa Blog Hop 2016

December 6, 2016 Special Feature 6


It’s nearly that time of year again… yes, the Aussie YA Bloggers and Readers are having a Secret Santa Blog Hop! Thanks to all our awesome mods for putting this shindig together <3

Here are my answers for this year’s questions:

I’m going to switch things up and start with my five favourite Aussie reads!

2. What are your topย 5 favourite Aussie YA books this year?

  • Geminaย (The Illuminae Files #2), Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – loved this second instalment in the sci-fi series even more than the first one.
  • The Book of Whispers, Kimberley Starr – Demons on the road to Jerusalem! The crusades, with magic.
  • Carousel, Brendan Ritchie – Four people, trapped in a shopping centre in Perth. Yep, creepy!
  • Nevernight, Jay Kristoff – Assassins and blood. Lots of blood.
  • A Tangle of Gold (Colours of Madeleine #3), Jaclyn Moriarty – The final book in this eccentric trilogy was everything I hoped it would be. LOVE
gemina bookofwhispers carousel nevernight2 atangleofgold

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

  • Heartless, Marissa Meyer – The story of the Queen of Hearts, before she was the Queen.
  • The Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater – Ancient Welsh kings, ley lines and magical forests.
  • Saga series, Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples – Awesome sci-fi graphic novels. LOVE this series!
  • A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2), Sarah J Maas – Yeah, I don’t really need to give a reason for this, do I?
  • Riders, Veronica Rossi – The four horsemen of the apocalypse have no idea what’s going on.
heartless ravenking saga1 courtofmistandfury riders

3. How did you go with your Goodreads challenge?

I’m currently 106/110. Theoretically I should have no problem getting through four books in the next few weeks, but I’m about to finish work for the year and my commute is where I read the most! I’ll have to make sure I put aside time for reading.

4. What is your favourite blogging moment of 2016?

This year has actually been pretty quiet around here, but early in the year Philippa and I were delighted to chat about our love of Game of Thrones with one of our favourite authors, Isobelle Carmody, in episode 41 of our podcast. More recently, we welcomed Sarah from @commasandampersands to chat about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Of course, this year I loved catching up with all the authors and other bookish people at both the Sydney and Brisbane Writers Festivals and other events during the year.

5. What are your blogging goals for 2017?

In 2017, I’m going back to studying, so I’ll be reading and reviewing less. I’m hoping to focus on reading books that I really want to read, and to get to my to-read jar that I’ve had loaded for most of the year and never touched!

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

  • Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact, Alison Goodman – Oh my god…. cannot wait!!!
  • Strange the Dreamer, Laini Taylor – I have no idea what to expect from this book, but it’s Laini Taylor so how can it be wrong?
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin, Sarah J Maas – Yes, bring the heart breaking and stomping on the little pieces… also hot fae.

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

I love how friendly we all are, between various social media, and out in the real world at bookish events! I hope to catch up with lots of you during 2017 ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are my clues for my Santee. I hope you enjoy your pressie!

1. One of my favourite mythical creatures lives here…

2. A blanket and a cushionย for a backdrop…

3. Reading about time travel today ๐Ÿ™‚

Hop on!

Anni lives in Brisbane, Australia with her young family. She loves everything fantasy and science fiction and believes sleep is really very underrated.

6 Responses to “Special Feature: Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa Blog Hop 2016”

  1. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Ahhh amazing work with your reading challenge Angelya! I wish I would get to 100 books in a year, but alas, I keep getting distracted by other forms of entertainment hehe.

    I’m so, so excited about the next Lady Helen book – it was such a lovely surprise for me at the end of last year, despite all the mixed reviews.

    Here’s to a great 2017! Good luck with your studies xx
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    • Angelya

      Yeah I was kind of hoping the clues would be obvious for the person herself, haha ๐Ÿ™‚ Hurry up, Lady Helen! Happy Christmas Jeann ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Cilla

    That’s awesome that you got to chat with Isobelle Carmody! I’ve recently gotten into The Obernewtyn Chronicles, and I love her writing. Also, I’m glad to hear that you loved Heartless – I’m so keen to read that. ๐Ÿ˜€
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