The last few days of December are reserved for reflection of the year, and anticipation of the one on its way. I wanted to put together a list of the top ten most popular posts of 2015, but I also wanted to share some of my favorites. I know I didn't start this blog at the very beginning of the year, but even in the 7 months it's been active, I have learned so much.
My Favorite Project
I loved making the video for this project. About 99.9% of the time I use my camera for photography, so it was definitely outside of my comfort zone. I had to plan the shots in advance, make sure the camera was in focus, and then edit everything in iMovie. I was extremely happy with the results and am planning to do more in 2016.
My Favorite Book
This is probably the most difficult choice for me because I read so many great books this year (52 to be exact!). My top three books from 2015 are The Martian by Andy Weir, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst.
It was an incredibly close tie, but ultimately I would have to say my favorite book of 2015 was S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. My reasoning is that reading S. was a complete experience. There are secret codes, messages, and unwritten occurrences that keep you thinking about the characters in the different layers of the book that really stand out for me. I want to keep a handful of unopened S.'s on my bookshelf just to give away to people when I gush about how awesome this book was.
My Most Popular Post on Tumblr
My Tumblr doesn't process my photos the right way all the time, so I like to post separate photosets. My best Tumblr post of 2015 was a photoset of a couple of shots I took during my Paperweight by Meg Haston book photo shoot. As of today it has 1,005 likes and reblogs. In case you're not following on Tumblr, here's a link: http://thebookcarousel.tumblr.com/.
My 9 Most Popular Posts on Instagram
I love taking pictures. What I love about Instagram is I can post highlights from my book photo shoots, but I can also post quick informal shots that inspire me every day (mostly of my cat. Sorry not sorry). In case you're not following yet, my instagram is https://www.instagram.com/thebookcarousel/.
My Favorite Post of the Year
I wasn't so much in love with the book (Sorry Nick), but I loved going to HiCaliber Horse Rescue. I would have to say that it was most influential to my world as any of my other posts. Over 6 months later and they're still kicking butt at rescuing horses, and getting better every day. Check out their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HiCaliberHorseRescue.
Top Ten Most Popular Posts of 2015
Making the perfect cup of hot tea and how to use Teavana's Perfectea Tea Maker.
November's Book of the Month was Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs. This is the series that sparked the TV show Bones with Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz. Read on for the review.
Read on for my thoughts on the new Nook Glowlight Plus.
Not sure if you want an e-reader? Read on...
Review for August's Book of the Month, Paperweight by Meg Haston.
Children's Author Julia M. Wendt gives insight into her inspirations, publishing her first book, and what makes her tick.
The 10 books you need to read from high school.
Discussing The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks and pictures from HiCaliber Horse Rescue
10 of the best Moms in Literature
Thanks so much for spending 2015 with me. I can't wait to see what 2016 (when will I get used to writing that?) has in store!
Disclosure: I do receive compensation for the links provided, but it does not influence my reviews, or the books I choose to read. All thoughts and opinions are my own.