2013 Blogging Recap

2013 has been another amazing year for the Moonlight Library.

I discovered Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore was the best book I’ve read that was published in 2012, and it became the Moonlight Library’s Book of the Year for 2012. 

I branched out to Booklikes and made some amazing friends.

I received my very first paper ARCs direct from publishers, and received a few finished copies for review as well.

I took part in my first blog tour.

Blog stats for 2013:

I started this blog in July 2012

We now have over 300 direct followers.

Nemo has 300 followers on Booklikes, nearly 100 followers on Goodreads, over 100 fans on Facebook, and nearly 200 Twitter followers.

We’ve had nearly 20K views and over 3500 comments.

Recently WordPress made our 2013 annual report available, and it showed who commented the most on this blog:

2013 most active commenters
Thanks, guys! I heart you all!

We’ve published nearly 450 posts to date including book reviews, memes, discussions, interviews, and tour stops.


In 2013 Nemo read 126 books:

44 five star books.
 28 four star books.
 26 three star books.
16 two star books.
5 one star books.
7 zero star (DNF) books.

Genres read (cross-posted):

Contemporary: 5
Dystopian: 7
Erotica: 4
Fantasy: 10
Paranormal romance: 16 (oops)
Sci-fi: 2
Urban fantasy: 10

In 2013 Nemo read:

62 Animorphs books
38 other young adult books
11 adult books
2 Middle-Grade books
2 Graphic novels

The remaining must be short stories, novellas or erotica I didn’t review?


I made a New Year’s Resolution for 2013 to only purchase 26 books (which is one every two weeks, or one per pay day) because I wanted to keep track of my spending, and also at the time money was quite tight in my household and although my fiancé encouraged me to buy books, I wanted to have enough money to put into savings.

I downloaded a lot of Kindle freebies and received a lot of ARCs, and in 2013 I reached my goal and only purchased 26 books. Even though our financial situation has changed (for the better!), I now feel that I have my book buying well under control. I have learned to be more picky with what I purchase and to find other ways to get books, such as freebies, giveaways, and borrowing. I feel confident enough that I no longer have to limit my book purchasing, and will not be actively doing so in 2014.

I purchased 26 books in 2013. Out of those 26, I read 6.

I received 41 ARCs or review copies. Out of those 41, I read 28.


And finally, what you’ve all been waiting for:

The Moonlight Library’s 2013 Book of the Year is:

The Wrong Girl (Freak House #1)

The Wrong Girl by C.J. Archer. See review here.


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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12 thoughts on “2013 Blogging Recap

  1. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    2013 seems like a good year for you – yay! 😀
    I feel happy that I made it into your top commenters, but I obviously need to up my game, haha. I’m at the bottom of the list! Commenting more is actually one of my blogging resolutions.
    I like your strategy of only buying 26 books. I would say that I will try and do that, too, but I don’t think I would be able to. I love buying books far too much. But a lot of them are secondhand, so they don’t cost too much money.
    I love how much you loved The Wrong Girl! Do you own it in paperback? I think that cover would be gorgeous in physical form.
    I hope 2014 is awesome for you ^.^

    1. Nemo

      Thank Chiara! I’ve had a blast getting to know you this past year. I don’t own The Wrong Girl in paperback yet, but I will buy it one day, and the other two books. They’re quite pretty!

    1. Nemo

      Oh thank you Chrissi! thanks for all your tremendous support this past year. I hope you really enjoy The Wrong Girl.

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