It is a new year, my Austenesque friends! And one of my favorite things to do at this time is look back and reflect on the previous year. What did I do in 2014? How much was accomplished? What were my favorite things about 2014?
In 2014, Mr. Bingley and I did a little bit less traveling than I did in 2013. But the trips we went on were quite a big deal! 🙂 First in January we went back for a second visit to Colombia to see our wonderful family there!
And in April we went to England, which was everything I dreamed it would be and more!
One of the best parts of going to England was meeting some lovely Jane Austen authors and friends in person! What a special treat!
After that, we stayed home and enjoyed our little piece of paradise. 🙂 We started to lay the ground work for our next big adventure – buying our first house! We hope this adventure will be fully realized in 2015. Stay tuned!
And on the blog front, it has been quite a busy year…
Let’s see a summary, shall we?
Total Blog Posts for 2014 – 168 (22 more than last year!)
Total Reviews Posted in 2014 – 61 (6 more than last year!)
Total Authors Who Stopped by Austenesque Reviews in 2014 – 30 (Wow! Ten more than last year!)
Reading Challenges – 1
- The only reading challenge I did was the, Goodreads Reading Challenge. Which I completed! My goal was 60, and I read 61 books in 2014. Woot!
- I am participating in an Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile Reading Challenge for 2015. I hope to make a dent to the pile of Austenesque books that I have owned and wanted to read for…years! 🙂
And because you know I love my lists and charts, here are some breakdowns:
- Well…I do love my P&P variations, don’t I? Can never have enough!
- A good mix – a lot more time travel, short story anthologies, and miscellaneous reads. 🙂
- I’ve noticed I’ve been a bit more choosy with my 5 star ratings. After 5 years of reading and reviewing 300+ Austenesque books, I think I’ve become a little bit more discerning – not everything is a “5 stars…Amazing…Must Read.”
- I have a very low count of books receiving less than 4 star ratings this year (just 8 total), which I’m pretty happy about. That means I liked and loved a lot of what I read!
Jane Austen Novel Breakdown
- Ahem…so this definitely shows some disparity…wouldn’t you say? I seem to read way more P&P inspired Austenesque reads than other Jane Austen novels. LOL! (Might be because P&P novels are much more widely published!)
- The question is, are we happy with this disparity? Do we like it to be almost “All Darcy and Lizzy, All the time?” Or do we want to see more variety? (I’d love your feedback!)
2014 was a wonderful year for reading, reviewing, and blogging! Thank you, authors for sharing our love of Jane Austen and giving us such enjoyment through your talent! I loved soooo many of the books I’ve read this past year, but there are some that I thought deserved to receive a little bit more recognition and praise…
…and the awards go to…
in no particular order
Favorite Austen-Inspired Original Novel
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
Congratulations, Katherine! What a fabulous debut novel, I’m so looking forward to reading Lizzy and Jane next month!
Favorite Austenesque Sequel
The Deception of Lyme by Carrie Bebris
Congratulations, Carrie! Thank you for bringing Darcy and Wentworth together and for taking us back to Lyme! What a treat!
Favorite Short Story Anthology
Holidays with Jane: Christmas Cheer by Jennifer Becton, Melissa Buell, Rebecca Fleming, Cecilia Gray, Jessica Grey, Kimberly Truesdale
Congratulations, ladies! This anthology was all. the. things! Thank you so much for gifting us this splendid collection to enjoy during the Christmas season!
Favorite Pride and Prejudice Variation (2 winners!)
Haunting Mr. Darcy by KaraLynne Mackrory
Congratulations, KaraLynne! Your premise was wonderful and execution just perfect! This is definitely a book that haunts you!
The Madness of Mr. Darcy by Alexa Adams
Congratulations, Alexa! What a compelling and poignant tale! I loved seeing the everlasting love between Darcy and Elizabeth!
Favorite Alternative Point-of-View
Darcy’s Tale: Deluxe Edition by Stanley Hurd
Congratulations, Stanley! This whole series truly is the most riveting and heartfelt Darcy POV I’ve ever read!
Favorite Modern Adaptation
Lucky 13: Matchmaking and Misunderstandings by Cat Gardiner
Congratulations, Cat! What a phenomenal read!! The attention to detail and the clever way you immerse your audience into the story was such a terrific experience!
Favorite Non-Austenesque Novel
A Very Plain Young Man, The Hapgoods of Bramleigh #2 by Christina Dudley
Congratulations, Christina! Loving this traditional Regency Romance series! Elfrida and Frederick were a wonderful pair to go on a turbulent journey with and the whole Hapgood family is delightful and endearing!
Favorite Biographical Fiction Novel (2 winners!)
Jane Austen’s First Love by Syrie James
Congratulations, Syrie! You are a 5x winner!!! You most definitely have another winner here with this lovely tale about Jane Austen as a teenager!
The Persuasion of Miss Jane Austen by Shannon Winslow
Congratulations, Shannon! This novel is brilliant in so many ways! Thank you for giving us the opportunity to dream about Jane Austen’s life!
Favorite Austen-Inspired Time Travel
Another Place in Time by Mary Simonsen
Congratulations, Mary! I love how you combine history and fiction in these novels! Darcy in our modern day is so adorable and we truly do travel to another time with your novels!
Favorite Wild Card
Emma and Elizabeth by Ann Mychal
Congratulations, Ann! Thank you for expanding Jane Austen’s The Watsons and giving us a most satisfying and compelling story to enjoy!
How about you? What are some of your Austenesque favorites from 2014?
~ Past Awards ~
*The amazing award graphics used in this post were made by the über-talented and wonderfully generous Loren Dushku! Thank you, Loren!
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