So this week was my blog's one year anniversary!
I made this blog on August 18th, I wrote my first 'post' on August 19th, and completely re-wrote it the 21st of August - exactly one year ago today!
So of course, I had to take a look back on what has happened in this past year, as well as my goals for the coming year...
So let's get started!
In the past year, I have posted a grant total of 147 posts, this one included. That's an average of a little over 12 posts per month, or approximately 3 posts every week!
For those 147 posts, I've gotten a total of 11916 page views, which equals 993 views per month and just over 81 views per post.
I've started getting comments on a semi-regular basis, I've found a couple of link parties that I love participating in, I've had (some) contact with other bloggers that I admire and - most importantly - I've fallen even more in love with blogging than I ever could've hoped for!
Now, of course I'm aware that, compared to some, those numbers are practically nothing. However, considering that at the same time, I'm also full time studying ànd tutoring ànd trying to somehow have a life somewhere in between? It's so much more than I ever could've hoped for!
Do I have any big plans for my second year of blogging?
Apart from that, I'm hoping that (even though I'll yet again be doing an impossible amount of courses next year) I'll continue to be able to post 3 times a week, to interact with readers, to discover new ways of growing this blog and so on and so forth!
More than anything, though, I'm hoping that in the next year I'll continue to love writing these posts and hopefully further grow my blog and its following (maybe even monetize it? who knows :) )
I first came across this tag on BecomingBookish's blog, who states that apparently the tag was created by TurtleSympathy on Youtube, but unfortunately that video seems to have disappeared. Luckily, there are still a ton of videos and posts with this tag, so let's give this a go!
Basically, there's a list of spells from JK Rowling's Harry Potter, each of which has been assigned a 'question' that you're supposed to respond to with a book - so let's get going!
1. Expecto Patronum
A childhood book connected to good memories
Now, this could basically be any book by Astrid Lindgren, by Enid Blyton or the entire Harry Potter- or Narnia-series - but the first book I can remember giving me comfort is this one: Pippi Longstocking. I have loved these stories since forever, I still love the tv-series, and there's just something about these stories that makes me think of Christmas and cosiness and just all things good.
A book that took you by surprise
My sister told me to read this one during my January exams in 2015 and I honestly didn't expect to like it. Then again, I was supposed to be studying so anything would've been interesting at that point, thus I figured I might as wel give it a go. 3 hours later I was in love with this entire book and I wanted to start rereading it - like yesterday. And that took me by surprise!
3. Priori Incantato
The last book you read
Well, that is: at the time I'm writing this, that's the last book I read - by the time this goes online (which might be either next week or in a month, because I'm trying to do the whole 'working ahead' thing) After You might be 6 books ago or might still be the story I most recently managed to get through. Who knows though :p
A book that introduced you to a genre you had not considered before
I mentioned this book in a recent post about some of my favourite Tween-Series, but as far as I can remember, this was basically the book that first got me into sci-fi-ish stories. I don't know to what extent this one actually does count as an actual sci-fi book, but for me it was definitely part of what first got me into that genre!
A funny book you've read
This is another book my sister told me to read and boy was she ever right that I would love it! I found myself laughing out loud constantly, I loved the sarcastic tone of the story and the dry humour that was present in almost every aspect of it - the fact that that was partly the consequence of the biblical setting it (sort of) took as a starting point just made the ingeniousness of the book that much more apparent to me - I loved it!
A book you think everybody should know about
I could probably have gone on for way longer, so these four books are just some of the examples of books I feel like everybody should have to read - if only because they tell such an amazing story and show such a different point of view from most books you get to read!
A book or spoiler you would like to forget having read
I had to read this one for school (yes, really) last spring term and I sincerly wish I could just erase the entire thing from my brain. There, I said it.
A book you had to read for school
I actually talked about this in my first ever real Weekly List, but I have a whole bunch of set reading that basically just sort of was ruined for me because I had to read them - this is only one of the examples!
A book that was painful to read
Like, literally this entire series just bugged me so much - I was loved the concept, but the writing was so in-your-face-overly-religious that it just bugged me. It took away from the rest of the story, it made the writing seem so halted and it altogether ruined the experience of reading this series for me - it actually made me give up on a book, which is something I usually never do. Like ever.
10. Avada Kedavra
A book that could kill (interpret as you will)
Let's be real - I cried while reading all of these - and if you've read any of them, I'm pretty sure you'll understand why!
Now, fair warning: if you go to these youtubers' profiles, you will end up hungry - no kidding, what they make is actually that delicious. However, if you want some inspiration for what to have for supper, they definitely have got your back!
So today, I'm going to be writing down here the last part of our journey to Paris. Now this one actually is about two days rather than one, and we ended up being in Paris for 4 days rather than the 3 we'd originally planned on, and the story behind all of that?