Yearly Wrap-Up, School Stories + Book Hauls!

Hey Ho Bookaholics!

I want to start this yearly wrap-up by firstly wrapping up the most recent month of December, where I only read one and a half of the books I planned to read in my Summer TBR post. This post will include, school stories; Highlight of the Year; All the Books I Hauled in 2016; My Favourite Books I bought and read in 2016; My favorite posts on Jasper + Spice from this year; as well as my blog journey this year and thank you’s!

Without further ado, let’s get on with this post because it is going to be a very very very long one, and I don’t want you to miss a single word of it.

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December Wrap-up:

This month I accidently picked up the Saga comics from the library and just happened to read Volumes 1 through to 4, deviating from my planned December TBR.

Okay, maybe this wasn’t so accidental. This month, Jenaire from abooktopia.weebly and I were doing a read along of the Shiver Chronicles by Maggie Stiefvater, which didn’t go as planned. I read Shiver slower than usual as it disinterested me and I felt the story to be quite slow and there was more romance than fantasy.

I also picked up the comic book A Long Walk To Valhalla from my local library which I read in an hour and it made me feel so many things.

This month I received two books for review: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon, sent to me from Bloomsbury; and To Remember What We Cannot Keep by Beatrice Colin, sent to me by Allen & Unwin.

This month I only purchased 3 books: Penny Dreadfuls a collection of Horror stories from The Book Grocer for $6; The Winner’s Curse and The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski, from Dymocks Melbourne.

Lastly I received a Canon eos 700D camera from my parents as an early 18th birthday present.


Not shown in the photo is a paperback copy of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff in the UK cover, a late Christmas present from my best friend!

School Stories:

Well, as you are all aware of by now, I finished high school this year and it was the damn craziest and stressful year of my whole entire life. For a person who is so unemotional and never cries, I did more crying in this one year than I ever remember doing in 10 years.

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My high school loves to subject us students to a bunch of annoying and pointless assemblies that are the most perfect time to write down to-do lists, draft blog posts, or even finish of homework and quizzes that are to be handed in during the next period. I’ve only done the latter twice, and it proved to be very beneficial for me.

For anyone compleating year 12 next year, or going into VCE, I would like to wish you all the best and if you ever need to talk to or rant to someone I will be here.

Highlight of The Year:

img_6018This year I went to my first ever book signing for Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman shown with me on the left.

I wrote all about this event in the post Gemina Book Launch and Signing 

Please go check out the post as it was the most managing thing I did all year and my fist ever book signing!

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I am the one next to the man (my dad) on the third row back from the front on the rght-hand side of the image.

All The Books I hauled in 2016:

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The River of No return, Stealing Snow, The Edge of Everything, King of The Middle March, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, Lament, Empire of Silver, Cover Her Face, The Diabolic, Emperor: The Field of Swords, Penny Dreadfuls, Battle for Rondo, Illuminae, Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince, Conquerer, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child,The Enchantress, Hold Me Closer: A tiny Cooper Story, The Thousandth Floor, The Casual Vacancy, The Wizard of Rondo, Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, The Winners Kiss, Somewhere in the Shallow Sea, Mirage, Ever, The Key To Rondo, Another Day, Gemina, Third Time Lucky, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, The Eye of Minds, These Broken Stars, The Bourne Objective, Bones of The Hills, Lady Midnight (x2), The Lady of The Rivers, The Red Garden, Spy for The Queen of Scotts, Fallen, Torment, The Hidden Oracle, Emperor: The Gods of War, All The Light We Cannot See, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, The Blood of Olympus, Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy, His Dark Materials, The Death Cure, The Winner’s Crime, The Winner’s Curse, The Rule of Thoughts, To Capture What We Cannot Keep, Lord of The Rings, The Fifth Avenue Artists Society, The Mime order, The Song Rising. This list is not accurate as I have not kept a log of all the books I acquired this year, rather a rough estimate.

DAMN I knew I had way more books than last year in this yearly haul but I didn’t expect to have this many! Even Jarvis is surprised (and damn relieved to have put all these books back).

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My Top 5 Favourite Books I hauled In 2016:

  • Illuminae
  • Gemina
  • The Edge of Everything
  • The Song Rising
  • Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy

Walking BooksSpecial shoutout to Lady Midnight which was one of the two best packages I received this year!

Best Books I read In 2016:

I read 58 books – including short stories – this year and 4 volumes of the Saga comics series, reaching my Goodreads goal of 50 books; although Goodreads dissagrees as some of my books are incorrectly dated.

The Best Books I Read in 2016, in order of the date I read them, are:

  • Two Boys Kissing
  • Lady Midnight
  • His Dark Materials
  • More Than This
  • The Casual Vacancy
  • Everyday
  • Illuminae
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For peculiar Children
  • The Bone Season
  • Initiate
  • Magnus Chase and The Hammer of Thor
  • Gemina
  • The Edge of Everything
  • A Long Walk To Valhalla

A special shoutout to Saga comics, which are amazing but I haven’t finished the series.

My 5 Favourite Posts on Jasper + Spice In 2016:

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12-things-i-do-6Asgardian Book Tag

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11Harry Potter Mini Reviews

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The Blog Story of 2016 and Thank You’s:

With this year being the craziest ever, it still didn’t stop me from setting my blog up for a long term future and planning future endevours; if anything, the busyness made me more motivated to build my blog into something I am now proud of.

This year I have gained 65 more followers, and posted 64 more posts. This year I have made a few changes to my blog. I’ve altered the background colour and added a new headder to the site, as well as changed up thepost headders, making them bright and consistant.

I would like to say a ginormous Thank You to everyone who has vistited and follwoed my site, liked/ commented on my photos and had a chat with me thoughout the years that I have ran this blog. Every little comment, like, follow, view, private message, increases my confidence in myself exponentially, and for that I would love to Thank You!

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I run this blog because reading is what makes me happy and combining that with my weakness – English – I feel that I can make my writing improve, which it has, and I can proudly say that I scored highest in English out of all of y subjects this year in VCE. So Thank You again!

I though this blog was all for me. To justrant about books, but now, having readers and writing this to all of you, I realise that I’m doing this for more than just me; I’m doing this for all of you readers and curious buttons out there, and for that I thank you again

THANK YOU!!!!

This one is for you all, Peggy and Jarvis are looking towards the new year and see it is bright and oportunistic for all of you. May the New Year bring you everything you wish for and way more!

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Stay Happy, Healthy, and have a lovely Holiday!!

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Thank You so much for reading and I hope to see you all back here again Monday 🙂

BREE XOXO


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© Jasper+Spice 2016. All Rights Reserved. Please do not use without permission. This post was not sponsored, some photos are my own and were featured on my Instagram @thebookishbree. Please follow me on Goodreads (jasperandspice). 

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