As the chapter of 2015 comes to a close I just wanted to say how thankful I am for all the wonderful authors, bloggers, and readers who made 2015 such a great year! In my personal life there was a lot going on (short version: we made big decisions about our businesses, moved them into their own office space, moved into an apartment for 9 months, and then bought our first house!) and sometimes it was stressful and crazy!
I’m so grateful that through it all I could retreat into this lovely Austenesque world where authors write about my favorite characters and readers come together and discuss Jane Austen and books! Authors, this year more then others your books were an escape and refuge for me. THANK YOU!
I greatly appreciate all of you who took time out of your busy day to drop in and read my posts and share your thoughts! I may not have been around a lot to respond, but seeing your comments and opinions always made me smile and forget the craziness of my life. Thank you for sharing in our adventures this year and for all the support and kind words!
Thank you my dear, darling friends! <3
Now, on the blog front it has been quite a busy year…
Let’s see a summary, shall we?
Total Blog Posts for 2015 – 169 (1 more than last year!)
Total Author Visits to Austenesque Reviews in 2014 – 33 (3 more than last year!)
Reading Challenges – 3
The Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge (Goal: 60 books – Final Progress: 68 books!)
The Austenesque Lovers TBR Pile Challenge 2015 (Goal: 12 books – Final Progress: 16 books!)
And I also set my own personal Emma Inspired Reading Challenge (Goal: 5 books – Final Progress: 5 books! YAY!)
- The number of posts and such are very consistent with last year. I guess I found a balance that works for me. 😉
- Feels good to be on task! I plan on participating in the same reading challenges for 2016 (maybe aim for a higher book count!), but instead of a personal Emma Inspired Reading Challenge, I plan on doing a personal Austenesque Reread Challenge (where I will reread some books that I read pre-blog and write reviews!)
And because you know I love my lists and charts, here are some breakdowns:
- Anthologies were definitely on the rise for me this year! I am greatly enjoying reading collections Austenesque works. I especially love the variety!
- I’m pretty consistent with last year… I think there were more 5 stars, but then again I did read more books. 🙂
Overall Reading Breakdown
- I’m quite happy and surprised with the balance of P&P and verses non P&P!
Jane Austen Novel Breakdown
- Poor neglected Northanger Abbey and Sense and Sensibility! I will have to do something about that next year! I did read several short stories for each, but since those stories were part of a larger work, I didn’t count them here.
What a lot of terrific and praiseworthy books I read and reviewed on my blog this year! There are some that I thought deserved to receive a little more recognition and praise. Below you will find my 12 Austenesque Reviews’ Favorites for 2015!
…and the awards go to…
in alphabetical order
A Peculiar Connection by Jan Hahn
Thank you, Jan! I commend you for taking on these brave and challenging premises! You have a talent for working them out so well!
A Vist to Highbury by Joan Austen-Leigh
Thank you, Joan! I love that you gave Mrs. Goddard a voice. This book is a true masterpiece!
At Home with Jane Austen by Kim Wilson
Thank you, Kim! I can imagine nothing more perfect than visiting Jane Austen at home. Thank you for the virtual tour and education!
Brinshore by Ann Mychal
Thank you, Ann! I admire and applaud your skill in tackling these often-neglected works and transforming them into your own wonderful tales!
Denial of Conscience by Cat Gardiner
Thank you, Cat! Your books are magnificent and exhilarating adventures! I adored our dangerous Darcy and his very complicated mission!
Fitzwilliam Darcy: An Honorable Man by Brenda Webb
Thank you, Brenda! This dramatic and compelling tale had me spellbound! I cannot wait to read more by you!
Pride and Proposals by Victoria Kincaid
Thank you, Victoria! This book consumed me when I read it and I loved every minute of it! I love it when I become so effected by a story.
Sketching Character by Pamela Lynne
Thank you, Pamela! I love what you do with these characters – such clever, thoughtful, and inventive manipulations! Such a fantastic story!
Sketching Mr. Darcy by Lory Lilian
Thank you, Lory! This is definitely one of my favorite forced marriage scenarios! I thought you executed it brilliantly!
The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
Thank you, Julie! I love how your stories are all-encompassing tales of romance, intrigue, history, and action!
The Unthinkable Triangle by Joana Starnes
Thank you, Joana! I love how you portray and analyze Darcy’s emotion’s in your stories! So very thoughtful and perceptive!
Then Comes Winter by Christina Boyd
Thank you, Christina and the team at Meryton Press! This was such an amazing collection! I loved each story cannot wait to see what you all do next!
How about you? What are some of your Austenesque favorites from 2015?
~ Past Awards ~
*Thank you, Loren for making a brilliant new award for me to use this year! You are so talented!
**Shout out to Joy Dawn King, Sophia Rose, Joana Starnes, Teresa, and Sheila – according to WordPress you 5 are my most active commenters!!!! Thank you for making the conversations so stimulating here on Austenesque Reviews! 😉 *hugs*