The Treetops in 2017

December 27, 2017 Special Feature 0

It’s the end of 2017 (well, nearly).  Let’s take a look back at what we got up to at Tea in the Treetops this year.

I’m also going to take a look at my personal reading stats for the year, similar to last year’s post.

On the Blog

I really don’t say this enough, but I want to say a big thank you to you, our readers, listeners and fellow bloggers. You’re the reason we do this, and we love that you’ve stuck around through what has been a quieter year on the blog and in podcast-land.

This year on Tea in the Treetops, I published 29 reviews, plus Philippa and I produced nine episodes of Tea in the Treetops podcast.

It’s been a busy year for both of us, with Philippa studying full-time and my part-time study, as well as all the other things we do in our lives. We’ve still managed to get out and about to bookish events now and then, and a big shout out to the Dark Days (book) Club – so glad we decided to meet up outside of book launches! I got to meet some fantastic authors this year, including but not limited to Meagan Spooner, Garth Nix, Jennifer Niven, Krystal Sutherland, Kate Forsyth, Cath Crowley, Amie Kaufman (again), Jay Kristoff (again), Wai Chim, Meg Caddy, Claire Christian, Lynette Noni (again), Traci Harding, Jody McAlister.

As usual you can see the reviews for all our favourite reads of the year under our “favourites” tag!

The Dark Days (book) Club with Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman.

Anni’s personal stats 

During 2017 I experienced one of the worst reading slumps I’ve had in many years. I read a total of 50 books, which is less than half of last year’s total.

It wasn’t that I wasn’t reading, because I was still reading a lot. The problem was that I discovered fan fiction. Mostly Supernatural, a bit of Harry Potter and other fandoms thrown in. There are some fantastic writers out there, honing their skills by playing in existing universes. I love it. Not only did I read an embarrassing amount of fan fic, I edited my friends’ fic and even dabbled in writing some myself. Sorry, I’m not going to share any links for that.

I’m really hoping that next year I can get stuck back into my tbr, which is truly stressing me out at its size. Why do all the awesome books just keep on coming out?!

If you’d like to see some pretty book pictures, I’ve loved being a part of the #LoveOZYA community at bookstagram. Find me at anni.treetops.

Longest book: The longest book that I read this year was Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Fate at 853 pages.

The average length of the books I read this year was about 390 pages.

New releases (2017) vs older books: 26 books released in 2017 – just over half. Of the remainder, 12 were from 2016.

Genre split: I assigned a “main” genre to each book. There’s no surprise that fantasy is still my top genre. Contemporary is a larger segment to last year.

Australian Authors: I thought I’d done really well with reading lots of Aussie books this year, but the final count shows only a third of books were written by Aussies, similar to last year.

Format: As with last year, I’ve been moving away from using my ereader. Publishers are sending more physical books these days, rather than e-galleys, which is fine with my Instagram account. 


Source: Due to the slowing down of my blogging, I’ve received less review copies this year and bought a whole lot more books that I have actually gone on to read. Thanks to Brisbane City Council Libraries for making audio books available through your catalogue. Also a big thank you to all the publishers who I’ve had the pleasure to work with this year.


Thanks so much for your support, and I wish you a very happy 2018!

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

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