Monday, January 4, 2016

Looking back at 2015 & ahead to 2016..

 

There’s no doubt that 2015 was a pretty low key blogging year for us here on The Turning Pages. Perhaps we needed to not post as frequently as “expected” in the blogging world. Perhaps we needed to take the focus and attention that we would put on the blog and channel it elsewhere. Perhaps life just happened.

With 2015 now in the past and 2016 already going by at the blink of an eye, I, Heather, thought it would be nice to look back on this past year and reflect on not only my reading, blogging, and all things book related, but to my own life happenings in general.

On a personal note…

If you’ve followed my blog, then you know that 2015 started off on a very difficult and heartbreaking note for me, personally. Even now, at such a happy time in my life, it’s hard to look back on that time in my life and not feel pieces of me missing and still recovering. For those who have no idea what I am talking about, you can read my very raw and personal blog post I shared at the beginning of 2015, here. I recently went back and read that post myself and I can honestly say that sharing that experience with all of you, my readers, some whom I know and others I don’t, was very monumental in my personal healing process. So, thank you, to all of you who supported me during that difficult time. There’s several of you I could name off the top of my head, but you know who you are. 🙂

Fast forward a few months from that heartbreaking moment in my life and suddenly, I am filled with so much joy and continued support from my blogging friends, near and far. It’s amazing and very humbling to know that so many of you have celebrated along side me and my husband. Let me just say this for the hundredth time…I’M HAVING A BABY! 🙂 🙂

Yes, that’s right, about 2-3 months after my heartbreak of losing my first baby to miscarriage, my husband and I found out we were once again expecting a little bundle of joy. I won’t lie, at first, I really struggled to celebrate because the loss of my first baby was still so fresh and I was terrified that it might happen again. I found comfort in those who shared their own personal heartbreak with me and others who just supported me through the good and bad days. I took each day at a time and still continue to, but as my due date is only WEEKS (or maybe even days) away, I can’t believe that I am going to be a mom very soon. I am so excited, but still think about that first little angel baby, knowing that when it’s little sister is old enough, I’ll tell her that she was a gift from above and that she has a brother or sister watching over her.

Okay, enough of the sappy stuff. 🙂 2015 was a rollercoaster for me, can’t you tell?

Now onto book shenanigans...

So many happenings for me in 2015 when it comes to all things book related! I was able to meet Sarah Dessen (once again), travel to a book event in South Carolina and meet Meg Cabot, as well as other talented authors, and I was very fortunate enough to meet new and visit with old book friends that I wouldn’t have met otherwise if I wouldn’t have started this blog. I’ve developed some pretty wonderful friendships through this community, especially because of the OTSPSecretSister program! (You know who you ladies are!)

Other book related highlights for me in 2015 include:

– I joined the wonderful YASeriesInsiders team as a social media correspondent!
(I’m one of the many who post to Twitter and handle our Twitter chats and/or Facebook parties.)

– I became an intern with Entangled publishing!

– I launched my own author assistant business where I am very happy to assist with the needs of YA/NA authors.

– Celebrated two years of blogging on January 25th, 2015!

– I was very fortunate to meet my most recent OTSPSecretSister on December 31st, 2015 and thank her in person!

– After launching my #BooksForACause project in June 2014, I closed it out this past December with a final fundraising count of…$1,733 for the Stand Up to Cancer foundation! WAHOO! (Of course, donations can still be made, just click here.)

A focus on the future of The Turning Pages…

This month, January 25th to be exact, marks three years of blogging for myself and my best friend/blogging partner, Christie. We started this blog mainly because we love books and want to share that love with other book lovers. However, we didn’t blog nearly as much as we would have liked to this past year. Does that mean we hate blogging? That we don’t love books as much anymore? OF COURSE NOT! It just means that we both had a lot going on in our lives and we just didn’t balance the blog very well on our list of priorities. And for me, personally, I took on too many review books and just struggled to post on a more regular basis because of that.

So, with that being said, we aren’t going anywhere – that’s for sure! We will still be here posting reviews when we really want to rave about a book (whether it be a new or old release) or when we just feel the desire to share something, book related or not, with you, our awesome followers.

Besides, this blogging community has grown so much over the past three years since we’ve joined and we sometimes get caught up in the “competition” of it all to have the “best blog” or the “most views” and that’s just not our focus or our passion when it comes to The Turning Pages. We don’t care if 2 people read this post (or any post) or whether it’s 200 people. We aren’t bothered if we have tons of comments one day and zero the next. That’s not what this blog, this passion, is about for us. So, if you feel the need to comment on a post, GREAT! We love to comment back and get to know our readers. 🙂

Now, with all of that being said, we will still be here in 2016 and we hope you join us on our reading adventures for this year.

My reading history for 2015…

I love that Goodreads lets us reflect on our reading history when the year comes to an end. However, I hate that it doesn’t really tell me exactly how many books I read. 😉 Let me explain that last statement a little…
I had a goal to read 65 books in 2015. According to my GR challenge count, I only read 55 (which is still good), but it doesn’t count all of the manuscripts I read for my internship and/or assisting jobs. If I count all of those…which I do so by keeping a handy reading journal handy…I actually read 62 books in 2015! WAHOO! 🙂

Here’s a few snap shots of my reading journey in 2015…

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Ended the year by finally reading Gayle Forman’s novella, Just One Night!
And yes, I reread Twilight for the…I’ve lost count..

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So many awesome books read in 2015!
There are TWO that really stood out to me all year and I can’t help but recommend to others are..

Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey

&

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I just loved both of these books and am so excited to read more from both of these authors.


I hope you’ll join us here on The Turning Pages this year.

We love this community and we love the people we’ve met because of it.

So as we say farewell to 2015 and hello to 2016…

we hope you have a very happy new year filled with lots of books!

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2 Responses to “Looking back at 2015 & ahead to 2016..”

  1. Kristy Woodson Harvey

    Heather,

    First, I am so very excited about your little one arriving so soon, especially after the journey it took to get there. What a wonderful time for you and your hubby!!! And thank you SO MUCH for your kind words about DEAR CAROLINA! You have been so supportive of me and it means the absolute world. Here’s to wonderful 2016 filled with tiny cries and little booties and lots of books!

    xo Kristy
    Kristy Woodson Harvey recently posted…10 to Watch in 2016

    • Heather Anne

      Thank you, Kristy! It’s such an exciting time and I cannot wait for you to meet her at your next signing in CLT! 🙂
      I can’t rave enough about DEAR CAROLINE and I am THRILLED to read LIES AND OTHER ACTS OF LOVE! It’s next on my reading list. 🙂

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