Aussie YA Bloggers – Secret Santa Blog Hop


As part of the Australian YA Bloggers & Readers Secret Santa Blog Hop, we want to know whether you’ve been a good or naughty blogger this year.

This blog hop is for the participants of the Aussie YA Bloggers Secret Santa list to help you find out more about your fellow santas and santees and hopefully find out who your santa is!

Questions: Have you been a good or naughty blogger this year?

1. How are you going with your Goodreads challenge?

I’m on track. I’m only on track because I lowered the number of books for my goal. But I lowered the number of books because I had to take some time off earlier in the year to get married, and I didn’t have time to read for about a month. (I know, most brides get to read A LOT when they take time off to get married. Alas, I was not one of them.)

2. How many times did you post per week on average? Do you think you’ll post more/less in the future?

On average I posted 5 times a week. I normally do 5 as a minimum and sometimes I do 7 (I took 2 hiatuses this year so the average is lower). I try not to double-post but sometimes I have to. I don’t really think anything will change in the future, but if it does, I hope to post less frequently. Quality over quantity.

3. What is your Netgalley ratio?

My Netgalley ratio is 100%.

4. Have you been commenting on other blogs?

No. Sorry. I’m more of a lurker. I have this inherent belief that no one cares what I have to say. Also, I always feel pretty isolated, so I think that no one gives a crap about me anyway. I don’t really feel part of the book blogging community because I don’t spend time on Twitter, which is where most people develop their relationships. This is why I joined the Australian YA Bloggers and Readers group, hoping to find some solidarity, especially among other Aussies. It can feel pretty lonely when you’re one of only a few Aussie bloggers amongst all your online reviewing friends.

5. Did you read mostly review books or non-review books this year?

I mostly read review books.

6. What are your blogging goals for 2015?

Get to the bottom of the review pile so I can start picking books off my shelves to read.

7. What is your favourite blogging moment/achievement of 2014?

I had a pretty cool moment where Sara Raasch, author of Snow Like Ashes, tweeted me when she saw my pre-review for Book #2 on Goodreads:

sara raasch

I also had an epic moment of awesome when debut author Mary Weber contacted me to ask if I would like a review copy of her YA high fantasy Storm Siren as thanks for all my early promotional work. I WAS SO EXCITED.
And then she said she’d run out of ARCs but SHE WOULD SEND ME A FINISHED COPY.

The stars could not have aligned more perfectly for the book I was MOST excited to read.2014-08-19 21.18.53

I still haven’t read the book, but only because I want to love it SO BADLY I am putting it off.

tumblr_mg9s742AtL1qamh0zo1_5008. Based on your answers above, do you think you’ve been a good or naughty blogger this year?

Apart from a few slip-ups, I’ve been a perfect angel 🙂

 Leave 3 clues to help your santee guess who you are!

1. Like me, my santee’s absolutely favourite genre in the entire world is YA high fantasy.

2. My santee’s blog title was inspired by their favourite song by their favourite band*.

3. My santee’s blog theme has a lot of blue in it.

*Incidentally, my screen name Nemo Evermore was inspired by my favourite band’s most famous song Nemo: Nemo my name for evermore. When I was choosing my blog name, I almost called it ‘Read You Real’ after lyrics in Nightwish’s song Storytime: “I am the story that will read you real.” But then I thought no one would understand what it meant, so I went with the Moonlight Library.



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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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23 thoughts on “Aussie YA Bloggers – Secret Santa Blog Hop

  1. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads)

    Okay, you definitely don’t have me seeing as my blog name came out of my head on the spur of the moment lol.

    Before I say anything else, HOLY CRAP 100% ON NETGALLEY ARE YOU THE QUEEN OF REVIEWING OR SOMETHING BECAUSE HOOOOOOLY. WOW. MUCH ADMIRATION. It’s awesome how the author tweeted you about your gif. prereview!

    Lovely post, girl! <33

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    1. Nemo

      thank you very much for the wedding well wishes. It was a lovely day. I’ve had so little time for reading this year! I really want to up my numbers in 2015.

  2. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    Congratulations on getting married! And I don’t think I’d have time to sit down and read in your position either, so it’s totally fine! And it’s always so nice to connect with Aussie bloggers, so don’t ever feel like you’re alone in this journey. The group just goes to show how many of us are out there in this wonderful community.

    100% ratio?!?! What is this witchcraft?! I’m stuck on a measly 37…heh 😛

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    1. Nemo

      I’m trying harder to be less of a boob and actually interact, but I’m naturally shy, even on the interwebz.

  3. Rochelle Sharpe

    Congratulations on getting married! That is so awesome.
    The Aussie YA blogging community is so great, and now i have discovered another great blog. I absolutely love YA high fantasy. I’m waiting for my copy of Snow Like Ashes to come from Book Depository. I can’t wait to read it. It’s awesome that Sara tweeted you!
    I look forward to reading more of your blog in the future 🙂

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    1. Nemo

      Thanks Rochelle! I do want to make my blog focus more on YA high fantasy but I still love some of the other genres and I don’t want to miss out on reading, for example, a great contemporary book. I really hope you like Snow Like Ashes, it was quite good.

  4. Brit

    I’m a bit of a lurker too, Nemo and I’m glad I’m not the only one! Recently I’ve just taken the plunge and started to comment and participate more, and it really is great fun.
    Here’s something embarrassing though – I hear ‘Nemo’ and I always thought ‘clownfish’! I have learnt something new today, Disney were not the first to use the name ‘Nemo’ haha.
    Hope you have a lovely Christmas 🙂

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  5. Eilonwy

    I really enjoyed this post! It’s really great to learn a little more about you.

    When you say I have this inherent belief that no one cares what I have to say. Also, I always feel pretty isolated, so I think that no one gives a crap about me anyway, I think a lot of us who hang out on book blogs feel that way. 🙂 At any rate, I care what you have to say! I really enjoy reading your reviews.

    Now to see if the html bit works here or not …

  6. Amy @ The Reading Realm

    Ah yes I totally understand not wanting to finish a book you are so excited about. I was like that with the final Harry Potter, I didn’t want it all to be over! And I thought my NG ratio was good byt wow 100% is awesome!! Have a lovely Christmas 🙂

  7. Ebony @ Daring Damsels

    You’ve been a fantastic blogger, Nemo! I totally understand what you mean about feeling like no one cares what you have to say, but believe me – we do care! 😀 I think a lot of people may feel that way though, unfortunately. I’ll definitely be visiting your blog more often now. 🙂 That must’ve been so exciting when you received Storm Siren! I haven’t heard of that book before, but I’ll check it out. I think I may know who your santee is, too. 😉 I guess we’ll find out sooner or later. I really love Nightwish! I haven’t listened to them for a while though, as I forgot about them…oops. I’m glad I stopped by, because now I’ve remembered them.

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    1. Nemo

      Awwww thank you Ebony, you’ve made me feel a bit better about this! I’m glad you like Nightwish as well, it’s always great to find a fellow fan!

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