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What a year! 2015 wrap up including Top 5 Books

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Blogging has been interesting this year with the start of my lifestyle blog and then deciding to  merge with Jera’s Jamboree.  Although still predominantly books, I must admit to being nervous about how my blog readers would feel but I’m glad to say that lifestyle and books together has worked out quite well.

I moved Jera’s Jamboree back to the Blogger platform in December 2014 and it has made a difference to the preparation and scheduling of the posts.  For me it makes everything so much easier!  This past year has seen 98,000+ hits.

2100+ of you have read my ‘request a promotional post’ page – I would never have been able to accommodate that many requests!

Here’s some more stats:

75 book reviews

70 author interviews
49 giveaways

36 blog tours

29 posts about Days Out

21 book news

16 guest posts

8 poetry posts

7 SEN posts

The following is from Goodreads (as at 17th December):

Shaz Goodwin books and pages read

During October half term I started the Talk of the Town linky for book bloggers AND authors to link up their bookish posts.  I’ve enjoyed finding new blogs to read and getting to know their creators on social media.  Talk of the Town will start up again on 8th January and I’m looking forward to ‘meeting’ more new people!

One linky I’ve regularly taken part in is Darren’s ‘My Sunday Photo.’  I’ve enjoyed seeing photos from around the world.  Commenting has been fun too.  It’s a fabulous network so why not take a look.  You can find Darren on Photalife.

So what books made my top 5?


In the order that I read them throughout the year …

The Hourglass Factory Lucy Ribchester

The Hourglass Factory is a stunning debut!

I am really excited for The Amber Shadow (publishing in April 2016).

I can’t wait to see what Lucy Ribchester does next!

Published by Simon & Schuster.

Written in the Blood by Stephen Lloyd Jones

The follow up to The String Diaries (which also blew me away!), 

Written in the Blood is just as tense and intriguing.

I can’t find out when the third book will be published.

HURRY UP Stephen πŸ™‚  

Published by Headline.

Flight by Isabel Ashdown

Isabel Ashdown strips emotions right back to those we don’t want 

to acknowledge or even own up to feeling.

Settings reflect her characters emotions too. 

I am a fan of Isabel’s writing! and Flight is firmly in my top 5.

Published by Myriad Editions.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I loved the myths and fairytales woven through the plot of Uprooted.

Agnieszka is an awesome lead.

I am so tempted to read the Temeraire series!

Published by Pan Macmillan.

The Sea Between Us by Emylia Hall

I’ve been a fan of Emylia Hall’s writing since her debut, The Book of Summers.

The Sea Between Us is a bittersweet love story of missed opportunities

with leads that captured my heart.

Published by Headline Review.

I’m taking a break over the next couple of weeks to spend time with family and friends.  I haven’t planned much on the blog for January (intentionally) and February will bring my 5th year blogoversary.  FIVE YEARS!  I am planning on some special giveaways so hope you’ll join me in celebrating.

Thank you to everyone (readers, bloggers, authors, publishers and PR companies) for your continued support.


Family comes first! I'm married with two son's in their 20's and have a little more time now to follow my passions. I love my role as an Inclusion Lead in KS2 and I'm passionate about early help. I'm a member of Bournemouth's Early Help Operational Board working alongside others to instigate change and growth. I'm also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet. I've been blogging for eight years at Jera's Jamboree.

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