Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa 2014

December 5, 2014 Special Feature 27


I’m a member of several Goodreads groups, but the one I like to interact with the most is the Australian YA Bloggers and Readers group. It’s given us an extra opportunity to meet other Aussie bloggers and readers with similar tastes to ours.

This year the lovely moderators have set up a Secret Santa for the group, and to help us all learn a bit more about each other, they’ve also set up a blog hop with some questions to find out if we’ve been a good or a naughty blogger this year! Thanks so much for setting it all up, Jeann and Joy!

So without further ado, here are my answers to the questions:

1. How are you going with your Goodreads challenge?

I’m finished! I was off this year on maternity leave for most of the year, so I set myself a low target to start with since I didn’t think I’d get much opportunity to read. I increased the total to 70 later in the year when I got too far ahead, and since going back to work in October I’ve blown through my target very early. I have, however, read quite a few short stories and novellas this year, which artificially inflates the total.

In related news, did you know you can see stats on what you’ve been reading this year to compare your number of books vs page count and other interesting things? Here are mine – you can find yours by going to “My Books” and clicking “Stats” above the book list. I’m also planning to do some poking about in my Goodreads stats to produce some extra figures – but that will be closer to the end of the year.

2. How many times did you post per week on average? Do you think you’ll post more/less in the future?

It’s a bit tricky to work out since there are three of us doing the posting here at Tea in the Treetops, but I think I’ve averaged just over one post a week. That’s why we joined forces in the first place after all, so the blog would look busy even if we weren’t all posting! I want to post more next year, but it’s all down to finding the time, isn’t it? Both for reading and for blogging about it!

3. What is your Netgalley ratio?

Oh god no, don’t make me look… okay, it’s 52%. In the early days of my blogging I requested a LOT of books and never got to review them, and I am still guilty of requesting stuff that I never get to read. I’m trying to bring it up, honest!

4. Have you been commenting on other blogs?

As often as I can, which hasn’t been a lot this year, to be honest. I’m making it a New Year’s resolution to visit and comment on other blogs at least once a week next year.

5. Did you read mostly review books or non-review books this year?

Mostly review books. I really want to try to get back to my epic fantasy roots next year and read some of the books that have been on my shelf for a while. It sometimes gets draining to read all brand new books all the time – it’s nice to go back to comfortable old authors I know I’ll love.

6. What are your blogging goals for 2015?

Get on top of my Netgalley and Edelweiss review books, read more epic fantasy, comment on other blogs more and to write more personal (or candid) posts rather than reviews all the time. We’ll see.

7. What is your favourite blogging moment/achievement of 2014?

Oh wow, that’s a hard one. I think one of the highlights was meeting some of awesome authors and local bloggers at the Brisbane Writer’s Festival and Love YA event in September.

I’ve also really enjoyed recording the Tea in the Treetops Podcast with Philippa again this year – it’s really great to have someone to rave about books to, thanks a lot Philly! We haven’t got a whole lot of feedback yet (actually, none) on the podcast but I know people are listening to it – if you’re a listener please shout out!

8. Based on your answers above, do you think you’ve been a good or naughty blogger this year?

I’d have to say I’ve been a bit naughty, but it’s not for lack of trying. Having a little baby really puts a cramp on your reading, y’know? 🙂


My 3 clues to help my Secret Santee guess who they are:

1. My Secret Santee wrote a book this year during NaNoWriMo! Amazing!

2. There’s something fishy about her blog.

3. She says her favourite colour is yellow, but there is, in fact, no yellow on her blog.


Are you a blogger or YA reader in Australia? Please feel free to join the Australian YA Bloggers and Readers Goodreads Group as well!

You can also follow the Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa blog hop using the links below.


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

27 Responses to “Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa 2014”

  1. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    AHHH I THINK I KNOW WHO YOU HAVE FOR THE SECRET SANTA *tries to keep mouth shut*

    Wow, congrats on finishing your Goodreads Challenge! That’s amazing 😀 I am only like…20 books behind. No biggie or anything *silently hyperventilating*

    Fantastic post, Angelya <33

  2. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Buahaha I know who your Santee is as well! Congratulations on your little one Angelya, that’s so wonderful. And I’m amazed by the fact that you still managed to complete your GRs challenge in such a busy year. And your ratio is WAY better than mine *hands head in shame*

    • Angelya

      Haha, yeah it was way back last christmas! She arrived in early January. I’ll put a photo of her into my wrap-up post for the year 🙂

  3. Rochelle Sharpe

    I’m so glad this blog hop was arrange as I get to discover blogs like yours.
    Congratulations on the birth of your baby!
    It’s great to hear you love epic fantasy, I love it too 🙂
    Sounds like you’ve had a good 2014, hope all goes well for 2015. I look forward to getting to read more of your blog 🙂
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  4. Brit

    Sounds like you had a good blogging year Angelya – actually a good year overall! Good luck with your blogging goals for next year. Have a lovely Christmas, I hope your Secret Santa is good to you!
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    • Angelya

      It’s hard to write personal posts sometimes because you just don’t know what people will be interested in… but they are often the ones that engage people more 🙂 GOod luck to you with your goals too, Amy!

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