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The best books of 2014 and my goals for 2015! | Newbery and Beyond
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Let me join the throng of New Year’s posts and welcome you to 2015!  I’m linking up with Bookish Serendipity and sharing what I’ve learned over the past year.  2014 was a year full of trying new things.  I’ve taken my first foray into the world of editing and proofreading, and I’m excited to see where that takes me next.  I’ve read some great books and some terrible ones and several in between.  I even received my first hard copy ARC!  So enjoy this look back at what I learned during my first year blogging, the best books I’ve reviewed in 2014, my goals for 2015, and get a sneak peek at some awesome reviews coming up soon.



  1. How do you think your blog has developed over the year?
    Since I started my blog this year, there has been a ton of development!  I’ve switched to self-hosting, reached 82 reviews, (finally) created a Facebook page for N&B, and even written a few guest posts.
  2. In your opinion, what is the best part of blogging?
    I love having an outlet for my thoughts!  I can talk your ear off about the books I’m reading, and when I meet like-minded bookworms, it’s even better.  I’ve loved meeting other book bloggers, authors, and readers through my blog.
  3. How did you start blogging?
    I started my book blog in June 2014, but I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now.  None of my previous blogs motivated me enough to keep up with them, but N&B has kept my interest and then some!
  4. Do you have any role models? Favorite blogs?
    Several!  Here are a few book review blogs I follow:

  5. Name a few of your favorite 2014 releases?
    Because my reading list is so long, I’m always behind on recent releases.  Here’s my best of 2014 reviews list, even though only a few were released in 2014:

  6. What’s your advice to new bloggers?
    Just go for it!  Sign up for a free WordPress or Blogger account and get started.  You don’t have to have a huge following or tons of writing experience.  Learn along the way, and have fun!
  7. Name a few of your all-time favorite reads?
    Since my blog is based on my goal of reading every Newbery book since 1922, here are a few of my all-time favorite Newbery books (affiliate links below):

  8. Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? What are some of your goals for the upcoming year?
    Now that I’m more comfortable with my blogging, I have plenty!

    • Guest post more frequently (and host a few more guest posts on my blog)
    • Edit 10 more books or major projects
    • Revamp my blogs–I’ve got a to-do list a mile long, and it’s time I tackled it.
    • Participate in Reading To Distraction’s reading challenge
    • Start taking my own blog photos
    • Read at least 30 more Newbery books–I’ve still got a couple hundred to go!
    • Take professional risks and get 100 rejection letters (stolen from Tiffany Han)
    • Build readership through social media

Coming Up Soon!
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What are your favorite books from 2014?  What goals have you set for 2015?  What would you like to see on N&B this year?  Let me know in the comments!

About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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