Tuesday, December 17, 2013

2013 in Review

Well this has been an epic and eventful year! I don't normally post personal things of this nature here, but I thought why the hell not. I am, after all, a person. And those reading this blog might have some interest in who I am and what I do besides write reviews for books.

My Personal Highlights of 2013
  • Started working for EOH and progressed in my career
  • Attained my APSO Recruitment Consultant qualification
  • Had the amazing opportunity to see one of my favorite bands, Dave Matthews Band, live at the Coca-Cola Dome
  • Also had the opportunity to see Metallica at the FNB Stadium
  • Attended many bookish events and widened my social circle
  • Traveled to Clarens and back on the back of a BMW R1200GS motorbike
  • Made some significant steps in my photography
  • Kick-started an awesome YA bookclub
  • Tried rockclimbing and did not die
  • Met SA supergroup The Parlotones!

Bookish and Blog Highlights
  •  Had a review posted on Women24
  • City of Bones Premiere!
  • Received my first lots of review copies from a few wonderful publishers - this is the hallmark moment of any blogger!
  • Met and mingled with some great authors and got signed copies of their books
  • Two very awesome and successful Exclusive Books warehouse sales under my belt!
  • Had authors quote and mention my reviews
  • Bought a special edition of The Shining Girls... signed and all!
  • Became an eBook reader thanks to my awesome boyfriend who purchased me a Kobo

10 Books That Stood Out for me in 2013(in no particular order)
  1. Wonder by RJ Palacio
  2. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
  3. 5th Wave by Rick Yancy
  4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  5. The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes
  6. Scarlet by AC Gaughen
  7. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen
  8. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
  9. Antigoddess by Kendare Blake
  10. Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human 
 Just a few more days left until 2014! May it be a wonderful, eventful year for everyone!

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