It’s that time of year again – where we look back on the year that has passed. 2015 was a fantastic year for us here at Tea in the Treetops, for both the blog and the podcast!
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
This year on Tea in the Treetops we reviewed 81 books and gave away six, plus a mug and tickets to a masked ball!
We participated in several blogging community events plus regularly joined in with Top Ten Tuesday. Philippa and I also attended lots of bookish events in person this year, including the Sydney Writer’s Festival, Brisbane Writer’s Festival, Harper Teen Between the Covers and Penguin Teen Australia events, plus Supanova Brisbane. It was amazing to meet so many book lovers and authors, and we hope to do it all again in 2016!
Tea in the Treetops Podcast has grown this year with nineteen episodes published! We interviewed four authors (Paula Weston, Kate Forsyth, Sarah J Maas and Isobelle Carmody) and our other most popular episodes were the Game of Thrones discussion prior to series 5 (episode 23) and our special episode from the Sydney Writer’s Festival (episode 26). There will be plenty more to come in 2016 so please stay tuned.
As usual you can see the reviews for all our favourite reads of the year under our “favourites” tag!
Angelya’s personal stats
During 2015 I worked four days a week, which gave me a good hour and a half each day of uninterrupted reading time during my train commute. The other days, I was at home or out and about with the little ones, which equals pretty much no reading time.
As at Dec 27th, I had managed to read a total of 101 books this year, with a total of just over 38000 pages. This count includes nine graphic novels and three novellas. On average I tend to read about 104 pages a day, with more on work days where I commute and less on the weekends.
I re-read ten books this year, to be ready for series enders – The Rephaim, The Lunar Chronicles, Throne of Glass series (for fun), and just the sixth book in the Obernewtyn Chronicles. Re-reading is quite a luxury for professional reviewers but I loved it and I’m so glad I did.
I’ve also had an awesome time this year discovering the world of Bookstagram! You can find me posting photos of books (mostly) at anni.treetops.
Having listed all those counts, I am rather behind with reviews at this point. I must make time to catch up in the new year.
Longest book: I read quite a few very long books this year, but the longest ended up being A Dance With Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin at 1125 pages, only just beating The Red Queen (Obernewtyn Chronicles #7) by Isobelle Carmody with 1108 pages! The average length of the books I read this year was just under 400 pages.
Australian Authors: There has been a huge push here in Aussie blogging circles to read and promote more Aussie books, and especially in the YA market. While I’ve always been a huge supporter of Aussie Fantasy, this year apparently I only read 21 books by Aussie authors! I think I’m going to have to try to do better next year :-/
Source: This graph really reflects the fact that I have moved away from Netgalley and Edelweiss, but also that I re-read a lot of books that I already owned. I also bought more books this year than I usually would, and that’s mostly because I went to author events and bought books to be signed! Sadly the Bookworld reviewer program ended when they were bought by Angus & Robertson. Still, I am so pleased to be able to help Aussie publishers promote books.
If you made it all the way to the end of this post then well done! How did your reading go in 2015?
Thanks so much for your support, and I hope you have a fantastic 2016!