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Monday, December 28, 2015

As 2015 Comes To An End...

Well it's that time of the year again... December is coming to a close and I lament the fact I haven't read anywhere near as many books as I wanted to and that my To-Read pile has grown to dire heights.

I read 21 books this year, some of which I never got to write reviews for including Every Word, the final in the Mycroft and Watts series by Ellie Marney which I adored; Out of Control by Sarah Alderson, which I scrambled for after loving Conspiracy Girl; One True Thing by Nicola Hayes as I tick off all the fab Aussie YA on offer; and Storm and Spark in Brigid Kemmerer's Elemental series, featuring the delicious Merrick brothers!

So out of those 21, the question is, what did I love the most? Well I was able to narrow it down to three and funnily enough, one is OzYA, another is US, and the third is UK. These were amazing and I highly recommend you read them all. Click on the covers for the links to my reviews.

2015 Faves!

This was my 6th year of blogging and the only thing I love more than reading all the incredible YA lit that is produced, is being part of the amazing community. I've been rather absent this year, particularly in the last 6 months but I have been so proud of watching how everyone has come together in support of the LoveOzYA movement and those who continue to spread the OzYA love. It warms my heart every time I see a shout-out. Check out the hashtag #loveozya on all platforms!

I also joined the bookstagraming crowd which has been super fun. I've included a sample video below with some of my pics. Come follow me at @thetalescompendium

There were so many exciting books released this year and evidently, I didn't get to most of those on my TBR. But with this sadness comes the excitement that I always get through a rather large portion of my yearly tally in January. So with that in mind, I have set aside part of the pile to tackle throughout January. 

I'd love to hear what your favourite reads of 2015 were and what you can't wait to tick off your TBR in 2016. Leave a comment below! No matter how large my pile is, I'm always looking for new stuff to add to it!


  1. There are so many books I didn't get this year either :( I love that you have on US, one UK and one OZ book as your faves! I have only read one of them (the Jandy Nelson).

    Hope your January reading is going great!

    I have been missing from the blogosphere a lot last year, too. Just busy with uni and really unmotivated to spend extra time on my laptop after all the uni laptop time. Hopefully I won't let things slide so much this year!
    x Nomes

    1. It totally worked out by accident that they were all from different countries! haha :)

      Sadly my January reading is going slowly -I'm just so unexpectantly busy and I hate starting a book and knowing I won't be able to read more than a chapter in the time I have. I like to sit and try read at least half all in one sitting! So far I've read The Protected and The 5th Wave. Fingers crossed I can start another tomorrow... and find the time to write review! xx

      Hope you have found some time to get stuck into your TBR!

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  2. I know the feeling! My TBR pile has become a total monster but I keep feeding it anyway lol XD

    ~ Booknut101 @ 21st Century Once Upon A Times

    1. We just can't help but add to it, hey ;) So many books, so little time.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. There are so many books I didn't get this year either :( I love that you have on US, one UK and one OZ book as your faves! I have only read one of them (the Jandy Nelson).

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