Here we are at the close of another year!
2013 – you were completely amazing, thrilling, and one of the best years of my life so far! After years and years of not traveling very much, Mr. Bingley and I were able to go on many memorable trips during 2013 – Colombia, Seattle, Orlando, and New York. We also enjoyed another happy year pursuing our own interests (me with my blog, and Mr. Bingley with his Youtube channel). We are so thankful for all the blessings the Lord has given us this past year!
Speaking of my blog…it has been a very exciting year for Austenesque Reviews, we packed our bags in Bloggerville and moved on over to WordPresston where many other exciting things took place!
Let’s see a summary, shall we?
Total Blog Posts for 2013 – 146
Total Reviews Posted in 2013 – 55
Total Authors Who Stopped by Austenesque Reviews in 2013 – 20 (Wow! Thank you, authors!)
- (Interviews – 8, Guest Posts – 8, Excerpts – 4)
Events – 2
Reading Challenge – 1
- The Pride and Prejudice Bicentenary Challenge hosted by Austenprose
- Goal: 30 Pride and Prejudice books reviewed
- Completed: 36 Pride and Prejudice books reviewed
And because you know I love my lists and charts, here are some breakdowns:
Not a bad mix, I actually read 4 more non-Austenesque books but didn’t review them on the blog.
Now, you may look at this and say I’m too “kind” a reviewer and give out too many 5 star ratings. But the reason you see so many 4, 4.5, and 5 stars reviews here is because I don’t accept every book I’m offered for review. If I did, maybe you’d see more 3 or even 2 star ratings. There are a lot of Austenesque novels being published every month, and through the course of these last 4 years, I have grown more selective with what ones I read (I know what I like!)
But let’s also recognize the reason that 1/3 of my reviews were 5 stars is because there were some truly exceptional and praiseworthy novels published this past year! What a great year! Thank you, author 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…
Congratulations, Jennifer! Thank you for inventing such a fun, fantasy world were Jane Austen can communicate with us!
Congratulations, Karen! You truly do have another winner with this book!
Congratulations, Shannon! So happy that Mary receives her happily-ever-after!
Congratulations, Abigail! I loved the new directions you took with this novel!
Congratulations, Kara! What a fabulous adventure you brought us on with this novel!
Congratulations, Stanley! I can not wait to read the rest of your thoughtful and reflective series!!
Congratulations, KaraLynne! I’m so excited to hear more about your new novel! Love your stories!
Congratulations, Abigail! (again!) Please write more short stories! This anthology was perfect!
Congratulations, Colette! I loved this thrilling, dark, and emotional melodrama! Definitely a favorite!
Congratulations, Julie! Loved this tale with all its secrets, mysteries, and romance!
Congratulations, Jessica! This was such a feast for the eyes! I loved learning more about the filming, characters, and real-life servants.
How about you? What are some of your Austenesque favorites from 2013?
~ Past Awards ~
*The amazing award graphics used in this post were made by the über-talented and wonderfully generous Angie Kroll! Thank you, Angie!
***Shout out to Joana Starnes, Suzan Schafer, Sophia Rose, Anna Horner, and Monica Perry – according to WordPress you 5 are my most active commenters!!!! 🙂 *hugs* Thanks for all the conversation and support! Bloggers love comments! 😉