Monday, December 28, 2015

The Melissa's End of Year Post

What a busy year it has been! I am currently enrolled in my third year of college, and I’ve decided to major in English Literature and minor in History. As you might imagine, that consists of an unreasonable amount of reading and writing. While I do enjoy most of it, I haven’t had an opportunity to read any YA all semester. I’ve really missed writing for the blog, and I hope the New Year will provide me with some time to write posts more frequently. I am so excited to devote most—if not all of my winter break to reading.

Despite my jam-packed schedule I was able to enjoy a few book related happenings. This year, I was fortunate enough to attend YALLFest with Ally and Lee. It was most definitely the best trip we’ve taken yet! I am still in awe over meeting Richelle Mead, and it was awesome to get If I Stay signed by Gayle Forman. I was somewhat devastated Rick Yancey could not attend, but the trip turned out to be a blast regardless. Charleston was a charming city with alluring stores and tasty food. I also really enjoyed the two world-building panels we attended. It was intriguing to hear how much effort the author expends in creating the perfect setting for their story/characters. I’d love to attend YALLFest again this upcoming year, and I hope we can make it to more panels. Fingers crossed Rick Yancey will make it next year!

Yet another highlight of my year was winning a raffle. Whoop whoop! I was especially delighted to return home one evening to find a package filled with books from NOVL. It was even more of a surprise considering that I had forgotten entering the raffle in the first place! XD There is nothing quite like the rush you get from winning something. :D These are the awesome books I was extremely grateful to have won:

Well, that is pretty much all of the semi-interesting things that have happened to me this year. I can’t wait for this year to be over because I have a feeling next year is going to be way better! I hope you’ll be hearing a lot more from me next year, and I wish you guys the best of luck in the New Year!

8 comments:

  1. Lit and history, perfect combo! I can see you're enjoying college. Woot!

    Happy almost 2016, ladies!

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  2. Mmmmm Literature - that takes me back! When I studied in Linguistics, I pretty much minored in Literature and while studying classics was great, I literally had NO time for reading for fun...which explains why I pretty much stopped reading for pleasure until I was out of Uni. So, I feel your pain!! Here's hoping that next semester is good to you so you can get back to reading what you love :D

    You guys had a lot of fun this year with YALLFest and I'm glad that you managed to still have fun after finding out Yancey wouldn't be there! Here's hoping you get to meet him someday :) Oh and congrats on winning that sweet raffle from NOVL - winning stuff is sweet enough but when you forget you entered it makes for a fantastic surprise :D

    I wish you ladies all the best in the new year too ♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you! I am pretty determined to meet Rick Yancey now, so it really is inevitable. XD

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  3. Oooh I would've loved to meet Richelle Mead! Sounds like you have been incredibly busy. I hope you have the time to do more of the fun things you are wanting to do next year! Happy New Year :D

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  4. Yay for winning! I agree that it feels great to win something like that - especially if you forget about it and it's a surprise! Feel free to link this post (and your 2015 Rewind) up to my December and Year-End Wrap-Up Round-Up. It's a link-up - usually for month-end posts, but this time of year, I figured why not link up end of year posts too? :-)

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    1. Who doesn't love a book related surprise?! XD

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