Dec 31, 2015

2015 End of Year Book Survey



I adore surveys! And I've also been wanting to recap 2015 in some way, so when I saw Jamie's 2015 End of Year Book Survey, I wanted to try it out! Let's look at how 2015 was for me, bookish and blogging wise!

( Image credit goes to Jamie @ The Perpetual Page Turner)

P.S - I might have omitted some questions

2015 Reading Stats

Number of books you've read :
As of the 27th of December, ( the day I wrote this post ), I've read 98 books.

Genre you read most from :
Though I mainly read fantasy and contemporary, this year the most number of books I read were from the romance genre. Which surprised me quite a lot!!!

Best in Books

1. Best book you read in 2015?

While on any other year this would've been difficult, this time, this is easy! :)
Vicious by V.E.Schwab - not a surprise to anyone who knows me, I guess! :D


2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

The Diviners by Libba Bray. I went into the book with loads of expectations! And while I certainly adored the feel of the story and the creepy and beautiful writing, it wasn't as remarkable as I expected and Evie - the MC - annoyed me quite a lot!

 3. Most surprising (in a good way) book you read?  

The Ugly Stepsister by Aya Ling. I received the book for review from the author, and to be honest, didn't expect much from this Cinderella retelling. But this book was actually so good - and I was really surprised!

4. Book you “Pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?

Anything V.E.Schwab. While I couldn't make a lot read Vicious - at least, as many as I would have liked - I certainly did a bit better with A Darker Shade of Magic, I guess.

 5. Best series you started in 2015? Best sequel of 2015? Best series ender of 2015?

Series I started in 2015 - The Raven Boys. I am a series failure, but I do know that TRC will be a series that I'll certainly continue!

Best sequel of 2015 - Lola and the Boy Next Door. Does this count as a sequel??? I didn't like Anna - the cheating turned me off - but I really enjoyed Lola!

Best Series Ender - The Ruby Circle. Okay so I'd be lying if I said that I loved this book. Or that this series' last two books satisfied me. But still, Bloodlines is one of my all time favourite series, and just reading Adrian and Sydney's conclusion made me so emotional and nostalgic, so this book will have a special place, even if I have my problems with it.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2015?

You saw this coming - Victoria Schwab. She has totally become my favourite author, and I finally discovered her in 2015, thank God for that!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

In 2015, I discovered and fell in love with historical romance. It was a genre I didn't think I'd love before. Two of my best books from that genre in 2015 is Born in Sin and Never Seduce a Scot.

I also read a couple of books which were completely out of my comfort zone. The best would be Captive in the Dark - an intense and beautiful book about sex slavery.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

A Darker Shade of Magic. Victoria certainly has a way of telling a story while keeping you hooked from the first page to the last, and I was able to finish ADSOM in one sitting as it was that action packed and the story was such a happening one.

 9. Book you read in 2015 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

The Raven Boys. Mostly because I am planning to read the whole series all over again after the last book is out.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?

Made You Up! I have a huge soft spot for artsy covers, and this one is so gorgeous!


11. Most memorable character of 2015?

Victor Vale from Vicious. He's as ambiguous as they come, and I loved him to bits!

And another memorable character I have to mention is Maven from Red Queen. In my opinion, a truly terrific character is one from a not so remarkable book who manages to stand out despite the book's drawbacks. I didn't enjoy Red Queen much, but I loved Maven, and I would even probably go for the sequel just for him!

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2015?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. This book has a lyrical quality to it that makes it easy for you to envision the circus and everything described in the book in front of your eyes!

13. Most thought-provoking/ life-hanging book of 2015?

My Heart and Other Black Holes. I've been hesitating to read any books about mental health - especially depression - in fear that they might bring back bitter memories, but this book gave me the courage to go forth and try out such books!
And Faking Normal! This book hit close to home in so many levels and made me super emotional!

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2015 to finally read?

Graceling! This book has been in my TBR as long as I had somthing called a TBR! :D I am glad I read it though, as I really loved the fantasy novel which was a feminist's dream book.
Oh and also My Life Next Door! It's another senior citizen of my TBR list!

 15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2015?

My fav quote of this year would be from Vicious.
" Plenty of humans were monstrous. And plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human"
16.Shortest & longest book you read in 2015?

Longest - The Diviners by Libba Bray ( 592 pages )

Shortest - Only For Him by Cristin Harber ( 70 pages )

 17. Book that shocked you the most
(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Hass. THAT ENDING!!!!!
Also We Were Liars by E.Lockhart. Again, ending!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Khalid and Shazi from The Wrath and the Dawn!!!! I ship these two to death!!!

And I am a huge shipper so I can't stop with one. There's Kestrel and Arin from The Winner's Curse, Miles and Alex from Made You Up. Kaz and Inej from  Six of Crows. Nathan and Gabriel from Half Bad. June and Day from Legend! And Adam and Ronan from Raven Boys!

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year

Victor and Sydney from Vicious! They have a beautiful relationship! Also Rhy and Kell from ADSOM! And the four boys and Blue from Raven Boys!

20. Favorite book you read in 2015 from an author you’ve read previously

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I read Shadow and Bone some years back, though I have to continue the series. Maybe next year!

21. Best book you read in 2015 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure:

Firelight by Kristen Callihan. It was Nuzaifa's recommendation, and she also let me borrow her copy and I actually went into this book blind without even reading the blurb. It ended up as a quite enthralling read!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2015?

Kaz from Six of Crows! He's a perfect antihero, a mastermind and a wickedly glorious character! Obviously, I have a humongous crush on him!
Also Morpheus from Splintered. *fans self*

23. Best 2015 debut you read?

Made You Up! A beautiful contemporary which is certainly one of my all time favourites!

24. Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting you read this year?

A Darker Shade of Magic! The concept of different Londons, different types of magic and Victoria's beautiful way of showing things instead of telling them, made this world a fascinating one!

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?

My Life Next Door gave me all warm and fuzzy feels because of family and cuteness over load!

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2015?

Ah. A lot of books succeeded in this in 2015.

Made You Up - ALEX AND MILES!!! My precious babies!!!
Damsel Distressed - Never have a book portrayed insecurity this perfectly before. SO RELATABLE!!!
Faking Normal - It hit too close to home....
My Heart and Other Black Holes - Surprisingly this made me shed happy tears! I felt proud of Aysel's - and my - decision to stay alive.
Hurt and From Where I Stand by Tabitha Suzuma - It's Tabitha Suzuma. What else do you expect?
One Last Song - The fact that this book is so underrated makes me cry even more!!!

27. Hidden gem of the year?

One Last Song. Such a beautiful book, but so underrated!

28. Book that crushed your soul?

Queen of Shadows. Haven't even read it, but I already hate it. Because CHAOLAENA!!!
*Go sobs in a corner*

29. Most unique book you read in 2015?

Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Second person POV. Written in letter form. Stockholm syndrome. Certainly unique!

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

Only For Him. TOO. MUCH. SLUT. SHAMING....

Your blogging / bookish life

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2015? 

Oh man. I probably have to make a list here.


 2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2015?  

My review for Vicious. And no, I don't say that because it's my favourite book, but I think it was when my reviews started to become more analytical and the Lit student in me started to show in the reviews I wrote. It was certainly a turning point.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog? 

Haha, I have a lot of these! ;D I am fond of a handful of my discussions, here they are.


Plus I really enjoyed writing the First Impressions tag post.

Also I really liked this post I did as a promotion for The Rose Society because VILLAINS!!! :D

And one of fav posts on the blog, the collab post I did with few other bloggers on book blogging and speech freedom.

 4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)? 

Author signings? Don't I wish??? *sighs*
One of the best events I was a part of this year would be the Truthwitch Street Team! Being part of the team and the best clan ever - AETHER FTW!!!! - is a wonderful experience!
 
5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2015?

I guess it's the friendships I've managed to create this year! Book blogging friends are the best! Period! ;D

 6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I think it's the limitations that come with being an INTL blogger. No easy access to new releases, not part of publishers' target audience and absolutely no chance of book events. It sucks, but then, we can't do anything about it! :)

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?  

Umm, let's see....

I think I should omit giveaway posts, and excluding them, the highest pageviews were garnered by these posts!

Have ARCs become a symbol of blogger status? - This post attracted quite a lot of controversy so this is not a surprise! ;D
The deal is a deal || Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - Now this is a huge surprise. I thought reviews don't get a lot of pageviews! :) And I've also discovered that quite a lot of six of crows related google search terms have also brought readers to this review.
Are we going through the great blogging depression? - Again, not a surprise, since this one got some publicity over at twitter.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love? 

What kind of a reader are you? - One of my earliest blog posts, I worked a bit hard for this one.

 9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

Society6! Well, it's not exactly a bookish store, but I am obsessed with all the artprints and bookish merch in this online store!!! 

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year? –

*hides* In fact, I badly failed all reading challenges! :D Which makes me all the more determined to do well in 2016!

Looking Ahead

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2015 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2016?  

There are a couple of books that will make this list.


  2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2016 (non-debut)?

This Savage Song!!!! Do you even want to know my reasons??? :P

 3. 2016 Debut You Are Most Anticipating? 

The Star Touched Queen! It's inspired by Indian mythology. It's like all my dreams have been answered!!!

  4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2016? 

A Gathering of Shadows! Does this surprise anyone? :D

 5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2016?

There's quite a lot! Check out my list of 2016 goals here!

   Your turn! Tell me how your 2015 was!!!!


Dec 28, 2015

Announcing the 2016 Diverse Books Reading Challenge!


Hi guys!!!!

I have some pretty exciting news to share with you all today! 

I am hosting my first ever reading challenge here at Chasing Faerytales for the year 2016!

My dear bookworms, let me introduce to you all, the 2016 Diverse Books Reading Challenge!!!

You all know how much I love diversity. And one of my main resolutions for 2016 is to read more diverse books, so I was looking for a reading challenge to keep me in track! And I was astonished to realise that there was no such challenge available, so why not host one myself? As I was thinking aloud on the lines, the lovely Shelly @ Read.Sleep.Repeat offered to co host if I did do it, so here are we, hosting the 2016 Diverse Reads Book Challenge!

The main objective of this challenge is to promote diverse books and help bloggers and readers who want to read more diversity in 2016!

The Rules


                ·         Read books that are diverse.
·         The Main Character must be part of a diverse group*

Defined by We Need Diverse Books:  We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIApeople of colorgender diversitypeople with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.                          

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.
·         The book can be set in a diverse setting, but not necessarily.
( But, note that books set in a different country, but features a white MC won't be considered as diverse here. Eg : Ink by Amanda Sun, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins )
·         #Ownvoices stories (stories about marginalized groups written by a member of that marginalized group) are widely encouraged as well! Promoting diverse books by diverse authors is important.
·         If the book is a fantasy it can be based on/inspired by a diverse mythology or folklore       
   ( E.g. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh)
·         If the book is sci fi or dystopia, it has to be based on a dystopian country that’s not USA.  
  ( E.g. Cinder by Marissa Meyer)
·         Intersectionality is encouraged.
 ( Eg :- A book featuring a person of colour with a disability )
·         The novels don’t have to be YA, but as we are YA bloggers, those are probably the novels we are more likely to read

The Logistics

·         This challenge will run from the 1st of January 2016 to the 31st of December 2016.
·         You can join in anytime you want.
·         This challenge is meant to be a personal goal challenge to help find more diverse novels and to read more diversely.
·         There are no levels/points! You can read as much or as little as you’d like, this is a personal goal and is mainly individualized
·         To join the challenge, add your sign up post to the link up at the bottom of the post. You can include your TBR for the challenge if you want, but it’s not a requirement. Your sign up post can be a separate post or a part of a giant list of all your 2016 reading challenges. Anything is fine.
·         If you don’t have a blog, you may use a twitter handle or instagram profile and share this post with the hashtag #DiverseReads2016 that you’re participating! But add that link to the sign up link below.
·         If you want to share why you joined the challenge or why you want to read more diverse books, you can tweet us using #Iwanttoreaddivesitybecause… and we can discuss there. This is optional, just adding your blog to the bottom of this post is enough for this requirement!
·         There are themes for every couple of months, with different features and posts for each month:  
o   January to March : Ethnic Diversity                                                                                   
o   April to June :  LGBTQIA +Diversity
o   July to September : Religious Diversity                                                                               
o   October to December : Mental and physical health and disabilities.                  

·         But this doesn’t mean that you have to only read books with the particular theme of the season.Your selection of books can be your choice. This is more of a fun way to help you  categorize your reads, if you’d like.
·         We’ll have a link up on our blogs by the end of each season, where you can add your reviews of diverse books. We also welcome you to post non review posts on diversity and diverse books such as discussion posts, a list of recommendations etc., and you can add such posts on the link up as well.
·         We have a list of diverse novels here on this google docs. It’s on Read Only mode so if you have recommendations, please tweet us!
·         Spread the word! Share this challenge on twitter, instagram, pinterest or any social media you want. Grab the banner and add it to your sidebar!

And if you have any questions or doubts regarding the challenge, and if you want to know whether a book will count for the challenge or not, feel free to tweet either one of us! I am @chasingfaes and Shelly is @shellysrambles

Create the sign up post, grab the hashtag #DiverseReads2016 and let's start reading in 2016! :D

The Sign up Linky



Dec 24, 2015

Looking forward....

I have successfully stepped into the second year of blogging at Chasing Faerytales! While I can't believe it has been a year since I created my baby, I am determined to make my second year, as awesome as the first!

Since my blog's second year starts super late, it means, my 2016 blogging goals and my second year blogging goals are going to be almost the same! But anyways, here we go!

P.S - This post was meant to go with my blogoversary posts. But I was too lazy to type this up yesterday! :P

WHAT'S IN STORE FOR CHASING FAERYTALES IN 2016?

  1. BEA16! - Okay this is more of a goal for me than for the blog, but still! :) If someone has told me by the start of this year that I would go for BEA one day, I would've yelled at them for making a sick joke. BEA has been an impossible dream for me, until my dad gave me a green signal to go forward and plan for it in September. So far, there's a 75% chance that I am going to BEA - the deciding 25% being my VISA - and am hoping fervently that it will be a possibility! I would be practically flying - alone - to the other end of the world! :D
  2. I am flirting with the idea of LITHW #2. While this is just an initial idea, I will most probably execute it if you guys are interested! I didn't expect so much support for the first edition of the event this year! ( Check out what LITHW is here.)
  3. Try to care less about stats. Which I am actually getting better at! I learned to ignore pageviews and follower counts gradually by the end of my first year, which I hope I'll learn to completely disregard by the second one!
  4. Get ahead on posts. I am horrible at scheduling. I practically write posts the night before the day it's supposed to go up on. With school work getting more intense, pre planning and scheduling will be essential and I need to get better on this!
  5. Start bullet journaling. I got intrigued by this practice after seeing Alexandra's post about it. I researched a lot on tumblr and watched a lot of videos, and bullet journaling seems pretty fun and productive! I just hope that I keep up with it the whole year!
  6. Finish off all my old Netgalley ARCs. No joke, but I have some really old ARCs on my kindle. I've been on NG since my Goodreads days, which means, I have ARCs so old as 2013 in my kindle. ( One of them is Defy by Sarah B.Larson. Even the sequel has come out! ) While my ratio is damaged beyond repair, I just want to finish them off as much as possible.
  7. Manage time with school and all extra curricular activities. Just thinking about all the work load I will have next year is making me faint! It's going to be super hard for me to manage everything, and I hope that I'll make it work!
  8. Keep in track with all my bookish challenges. The main problem I have with challenges is that I forget about them halfway. So this year, I hope I'll manage to keep track and be on top of everything!
  9. Try to get better at photography. I am just an amateur at book photography and I want to get better! I've been experimenting with lighting these days, and I hope to continue with more experiments next year!
  10. Increase the number of my reviews. For a book blog, my review count is really low! From what I have calculated, for the first year, out of all my posts only 24% is reviews! I need to bring this up, otherwise, I don't think I'll qualify as a book blog! ;D
  11. Write more personal and random discussions. I really enjoy writing these! And I like the fact that we book bloggers can also talk about non bookish discussions with the same passion we have when we talk about books!
  12. Blog hop weekly and comment more. I don't know to what extent this will be possible, but I hope to make it work! 
  13. Reply to comments and comment back as much as possible. This is something I need to work on a lot!
  14. Read and review more backlist titles. This won't be a huge struggle for me, as I anyway read more backlist than ARCs. The fact that I am INTL helps, as I only get physical ARCs from Harper, and the few e-ARCs I get are manageable. Which gives me a lot of space to give backlist titles a lot of love! 
  15. Post 3 times a week. While I've been trying to keep up a schedule of a post on every other day, it will be hard for me and Jillian to keep it up when our schedules get busy next year! So we most probably have to stick to a 3 post a week schedule.

And since I am too lazy to make another post for my bookish goals, I am including that list here as well!

  1. Read 100 books. Embarassingly, I am failing this year's GR challenge. And knowing that next year is going to be hectic, I am going to keep my goal small, with 100 books!
  2. Read as much as Maggie Stiefvater books as I can. I know this is an odd goal, but Cait and I have made a deal. I am making her read Victoria Schwab novels, while I am trying to read all Stiefvater in return! :D
  3. Read more LGBTQIA books. Actually, I haven't read any book that revolves mainly around the subject. Which makes me want to try out LGBT books as much as I can next year.
  4. Read more books on mental health. While I've been hesitating to read such books, since they bring back bitter memories for me, My Heart and Other Black Holes and Made You Up, made me realize, that I need to stop being a coward and face these books and the issues!
  5. Read more local authors. And by local, I mean more South Asian. Gotta give the Desis some support! :)
  6. Explore more genres and concepts outside my comfort zone. I did this a bit earlier this year, and I liked the end result. Which means, I gotta do it next year as well!

AND

Finish my WIP. This is undeniably one of my biggest goals for 2016! I've been dragging my poor novel for months, and I need to get on track with writing as my progress is really slow than I would like it.

And I have a giveaway for you all!

Why? Well, just because! :D

Giveaway

Today's giveaway is sponsored by Gone Reading! - Thanks a lot guys! :D - They're giving away a $20 giftcard and you can choose any product on the site up to that amount!

Check out Gone Reading's products here!

The giveaway is for all the US peeps, as well as those from the 30 other countries that Gone Reading ships to! So make sure to check whether your country is mentioned in this list ( Skip to "Where do you ship?") before entering! :D


What are your goals for the next year?


Dec 22, 2015

Chasing Faerytales Message Board


I wanted to do something special for my first blogoversary! ( Which was yesterday btw! :) And I was racking my brain for ideas, but never got any. Then I was inspired by Aimee @ Deadly Darlings, who created a message board for her blogoversary, and invited her readers to share their thoughts of the blog and the bloggers.
So taking a leaf out of her book - with permission, don't worry! ;D - I created a message board for Chasing Faerytales! And here's what its readers had to say about the blog, me and Jill!

Oh and before that, don't forget to check out the original blogoversary post and enter the giveaways!

Messages are listed in the submission order! :)

The Message Board


Ranu @ The Araliya Bookshelf says....
Hey, Mishmash! :D I've known your blog exactly six months, and I've loved every post! Your discussions are amazing, and having Jillian join you as co-blogger was the best thing that could've possibly happened! I hope the both of you keep on being awesome, and HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY, LOVELIES! 
Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout says...
I know I don't comment enough of your posts because I read like SO MANY OF THEM. Basically everyone recs all your posts to me and it is so well deserved because your discussions are always super insightful. Stay awesome!
Wren @ Books in my Suitcase says...
Happy blogoversary! You're a totally awesome chick. Your posts are fantastic. They're interesting and thought provoking. And as a person, you're chill. And a good waifu and mother. I'm not good at messages. Hai.
Emily @ Paperback Princess says...
 Mishma! Congrats on your blogiversary! Everytime you post I am constantly inspired by your originality and friendly personality. You are so passionate about what you put out on your blog, and that's what makes you great! Good luck in everything you accomplish, you are a beautiful human being!
Claire @ Blank Slaters Reads says...
I love your blog! I found that some of the tips you give are really awesome. It's also great to see someone who isn't afraid to show who they are in their blog, something that took me a long time to learn! 
 Nova @ Out of Time says...
Mishma is so awesome! I actually don't remember how we met but it doesn't matter because right now we are great friends. She has an amazing sense of humor and shares my love for sexy villains. I am so glad we're friends. She writes amazing discussion posts and this girl has been blogging for only one year. Like WHAT? she's such a pro and you don't want to miss her blog.
 Meleika @ Endless Pages says...
Happy Blogversary you beautiful human being. Mishma you are such a loving person and I'm glad that I've started my book blogging adventures because I wouldn't have stumbled on such an amazing person.
Rachel @ Rambling Reads says...
Happy blogoversary to one of my favourite blogs! Your blog is so beautiful and your posts are always a joy to read! I hope 2016 brings even more people to your blog :)
Tiffany @ The Bookish Thought says... 
Happy blogoversary Mishma and Jillian! I really love your blog, especially your discussion post! I think your writing is unique, and it inspires me. Anyway, keep being awesome, you guys rock! :D
 Alexandra @ Literary Legionnaire says...
WOOO MISHMA HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!!!!! You've been an amazing friend the past few months and I always love reading your insightful and eloquent blog posts. Keep up the amazing work and I can't wait to see what is in store for your blog in the future! 
Cait @ Paper Fury says...
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE CHASING FAERYTALES. (Obviously!!) I adore both of your discussions and how you tackle heavier and serious subjects and are so eloquent about it all. It's amazing. I shall just stand here and be amazed. 
And Mishma: You are a fabulous bookwormish friend and so easy to talk to and just so friendly. I love buddy reading with you and recommending each other books!KEEP UP THE FABULOUSNESS OF THIS BLOG, MISHMA & JILLIAN. 
 Zoe @ Stories on Stage says...
MISHMA & JILLIAN! You are two of the sweetest and kindest bloggers I know.  I don't know what I would do without you two. Thank you for being such a beacon of light in the blogosphere. 
Joey @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts says... 
You're wonderful.
Mel @ The Daily Prophecy says...
Chasing Faerytales not only has one of the best blogging names I know (fairytales for the win!), but Misha and her co-blogger also write some of the best discussion posts.

It is good to have you around and on to another year of awesome blogging posts!
Jess @ Princessica of Books says... 
You know that one person in school that seems absolutely amazing and cool and the person you want to be friends with but are too timid to talk to them (woah, alliteration, chill)? 
Well, you were that person for me ever since I started blogging. You, Rachel, and Nori were the girls who were 15 when I was 10 and I just wanted to hang out. I know it sounds kind of sad but it isn't! All of your blogs inspire me daily and I'm actually pretty sure they were some of the first blogs I subscribed to. 
So thank you, Mishma, for not living up to the high school cliché and being the girl but instead the super cool girl who is friends with even the 10 year old. Thanks for being my friend and happy blogoversary!
 Mi mi @ Renascale says...
Mishma, you are so nice and fun! Congratulations! 
Kaitlin @ Next Page Please says... 
I remember really liking Mishma's blog when I first came to it. Her post about her past brought me here and I immediately knew that she was someone I would want to keep close to me. Not only because she seemed like a great person that could influence and motivate me, but also because I admired her bravery in sharing her past and she seemed like an awesome person. 
Six months later, Mishma's blog has really grown. She has a co-blogger (Hey Jillian!), has hosted an awesome feature here, and also has discussed pretty touchy topics with maturity and grace. Chasing Faerytales will continue to grow in many ways, both blog and blogger wise, and I cannot wait to watch that happen. Happy blogiversary to Mishma and Chasing Faerytales! 
Shannelle @ Art of Escapism says...
Mishma! I can't believe this is just your first blogoversary, and I wish you all the best for the rest of your blogoversaries to come. 
Amanda @ Nellie and Co says...
Hey Mishma! I really just wanted to make sure you knew that what you do on Chasing Faerytales is amazing, and you should be super proud of everything you've achieved. You've thrown yourself into blogging, and because of that, made so many friends, brought so many people together and seen the proof that hard work works in your stats and your friendships. I'm really proud of you, and I love you, your content, your blog and your kindness that you share with everyone. Keep on writing your own faerytale story Mishma, it's looking great so far!
Author Heidi Heilig says...
Hey Mishma :) I've loved getting to know you this past year. you're very wise and helpful! I feel like you were a big part of my author/blogger interaction learning curve--since I'm new this year too, really. :) anyway thanks again. I appreciate all you do and i'm glad to know you! 
Kristen @ My Friends are Fiction says... 
Happy 1 year!!! I can't imagine the community without you. So happy we've become friends over this last year (yay booksfortrade for introducing us!) here's to many more years!!
Nia @ Book Feels and Tears says...
Hi Mishma! Happy BLOGOVERSARY! I haven't been long on the blogging sphere, but your blog and your voice is one of the most original voices I've had the pleasure of knowing. You are a wonderful person and you do inspire me so. We live pretty close, compared to other folks - we're practically neighbours, Sri Lanka and India are. I am so happy to see diverse representation from the Indian Subcontinent here on the Blogosphere. I hope to learn so much from you in the coming future and hopefully, become better friends with you. 
Chasing Faerytales is a lovely blog, and one of my favourites. Keep Writing, Keep Dreaming and most of all, Keep Reading. Love, Nia.
Aimee @ Deadly Darlings says.... 
I am so, so proud of Mishma and Jillian for making Chasing Faerytales the awesome blog that it is today. I've been following this blog for months now, and I've seen you both and your blog grow so much within that time!

Mishma - I am so lucky to have met you! You're one of the sweetest people I've met online, and it's an honor to be called your friend.
Jillian - You're such a lovely person, and you definitely add color and personality to Chasing Faerytales!

To the both of you, keep being who you are. I adore you both and your blog!
Erica @ Novel Ink says...
Congrats, love! Definitely a big accomplish. I just hit a year of blogging in November and it's something to celebrate! I hope to get to know you better within this next year! Keep doing what you're doing because it's pretty dang amazing :)
Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books says...
I still remember the first time I visited your beautiful blog, Mishma. I read an insightful and heartfelt discussion post, and I knew then and there that I had found a new blog to read. 
Fast forward to 6 months later when I'm looking for co-bloggers for my baby, A Perfection Called Books. You were the first person that popped into my head because of your poise, your talent, and most of all your good heart. You've accomplished so much in your one year of blogging. You constantly impress me day to day with your creativity, maturity, professionalism, caring nature, and wonderful personality. It's a privilege to share APCB with you, and even more it's a privilege to call you my friend. 
Happy blogoversary, my dear.

 OMG YOU GUYS!!!!






THANKS A LOT FOR ALL THESE LOVELY MESSAGES!!!! You all made my day! *squishes everyone into a tight hug*

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!

You guys always continue to make my blogging journey amazing! And this one year has been glorious! I hope it is the same with the upcoming blogging years!!!

And since, you all have made me super happy today, I have something to give back to you all!

It's time for another giveaway!

Giveaway

Have you checked out Crini's amazing Skinny Hues in Etsy? No? Go take a look ASAP! Crini's designs are gorgeous and she's so talented!

Check out her store!

So today, I am giving two skinny hues of choice to one lucky reader!
Open international!


What do you think about Chasing Faerytales?


Dec 21, 2015

CHASING FAERYTALES IS ONE!!!

Hi bookworms! Today is Chasing Faerytales' first blogoversary!!!!!



I personally can't believe that it's been a year since I created my baby! And six months since Jillian joined me!!! Man how time has flied by!

This past year has been amazing to me! I've had a terrific experience blogging here at Chasing Faerytales, and today I'd like to look back at the amazing journey I've had since 21st December 2014.

First of all, let's look at stats!


Posts : 160
Site visitors : 59,412
Followers ( Bloglovin') - 519

It might be not a lot, but I am super happy with my stats! Also, by the end of my first blogging year, I've also learned not to care about stats, which is a huge thing for someone as competitive as me!!!

What happened to Chasing Faerytales and me?


  1. I welcomed Jillian to my blog! Which was a huge step for me, as I am quite possessive of my blog! But Jillian and I bonded over quickly as co bloggers, and it has been an amazing ride so far!
  2. I hosted my first ever blog event! It was called Learnt it the Hard Way - a blog series of tips and tricks posts - and Jill and I didn't expect that the event would acquire so much reach!!! It was glorious! :D
  3. The blog got its first ever permanent makeover! While I've been managing with free templates and my wacky design skills, for some time, thanks to the lovely Hazel, my blog got a really pretty design which I often just want to swoon over! :D
  4. I've tweaked my niche often. While I wanted to blog about books full time at first, somewhere along the ride, I started to incorporate more personal and discussion posts than reviews, and am in a never ending search for a steady niche. I'll find it soon, I hope.
  5. I started blogging at A Perfection Called Books! Which has been an amazing experience!!!
  6. I went abroad and met bloggers!!! It was terrific! I felt so cool :D
  7. I've made a lot of amazing friends!!! Honestly, this must be the best part of it all! The friends I have got through blogging mean the world to me, and you guys are the best!!!

It's time to say thank you....

All of this couldn't have been possible, without a certain group of people! And I want to make time to say thanks to all of them!

Jillian

First of all, I have to say a huge thanks to Jillian. She was my rock throughout the last 6 months of my blogging journey! She has been a valuable addition to the blog with regards to content, a fabulous and unique addition of a voice, and a beautiful presence in the blog. She has been a fantastic listener - she never gets tired of my ramblings - a source of creative ideas, a wonderful friend and an amazing companion on board. 

She's also really understanding - especially with my possessiveness of the blog - and has had my back whenever I was unable to blog or was in a slump. Thank you so much you lovely pumpkin! You're the best co blogger one could ever ask for and thanks again for everything!!!
YOU ARE AMAZING!!!

And speaking of Jill, here's a message, she wanted me to share with you all.....


This is Jillian.

I guess I have a lot of things to say to my dearest co-blogger, Mishma. When I first deliberated on joining Chasing Faerytales sometime between May and June, I wasn't expecting to be given such a warm welcome from one of the sweetest blogger that I know of -- and also from her amazing and active readers as well! I still remember stumbling across Mishma's blog exactly one year ago after she commented in my blog. I remember welcoming her back to the blogging community because she finally returned with a new blog. This was last December 2014. 

And now a year has passed since I've read that post. It's still surreal to me how long ago that had happened! 

First of all, I just want to thank Mishma for everything! She has been the kindest, most congenial blog buddy I've ever met. She loves to share her creative ideas with me, which are so fun to execute. Also, she was there all throughout as I helped her co-host her blog's events, such as the "Learnt It The Hard Way" event and Twitter chats (in which I fell asleep in the first part of the first Twitter chat. MISHMA, I AM SO SORRY). :( 

All I want to say is that I am more than grateful for Mishma because she had let me join in on her blog and had given me the opportunity to meet her lovely followers and readers. Thanks, Mishma, for all the fun I got through blogging with you, and for letting me blog in CF the way I blog in Jillian's Books -- even if our blogging styles are very different! (I'm also sorry for being so forgetful with the schedule, but I will change that.) :) And to all of the readers here, I want to thank you all so much as well! Thank you for welcoming me when I first joined in here, and for chatting with me through the comments! I enjoyed interacting and meeting you all! 

I'm more than privileged to be celebrating this blog's blogoversary! It's a huge honor. Here's to more fun years with CF! :)

*wipes tears*
THAT WAS SO SWEET JILL!!!

That being said, let's return to the mission on hand!

My co bloggers at A Perfection Called Books!

Rachel and Julia - you guys are the best!!! Co blogging with these two at APCB is so fun, and whenever I slack or go MIA for some time or if I struggle to manage things, these girls always have my back! Rach, thanks for being an amazing friend, and inviting me to share your baby with you! Your perfectionist skills and GR shelves astound me! Julia - Thanks for being a fabulous friend!

My fellow Lankan bookworms!

How amazing is that I found three other book bloggers from Sri Lanka??? It's so amazing to talk to my local girls not only about books, but all sort of Sri Lankan exclusive stuff! Nuzaifa - I am so thankful that you are back in action!!! We've had the best fun during our meet ups! Ranu - That one person I can have twitter convos with without having to worry about timezones!:) Ruzaika - A fellow ENFP and a funny little potato I love to tease! We need to meet soon!!!

The Aetherwitches

When I joined in the Truthwitch street team, I didn't expect to meet these awesome bunch of pineapples in my clan - Aether! We have the most random conversations in our group DM and you guys all rock!!!
Here's to all the lovely aether clan members - past and present! :D 


All who have guest posted at Chasing Faerytales

Whether you contributed to LITHW or helped me out when I was on a hiatus, thanks a lot guys!!! You all were a huge support!

Collaboraters of the Book Blogging and Speech Freedom post
Cait | Hazel | Nara | Rachel | Joey | Nuzaifa

Learnt it the Hard Way
Nova | Hazel | Ashley | Rachel | Aimee | Megan | Kat | Alexa | Faye | Kelly | April 

During my hiatus


Thanks a lot lovelies! 

These lovely pineapples whose blogs I stalk 

Cait - You're all kinds of awesome, and can be a budding world dominator, but to me, you are a wonderful friend, with a beautiful personality and similar tastes. 
Chiara - You are my hero in many ways! You're so fierce with your passions and I can't wait to read your LGBT book one day! 
Nova - Undeniably, you're one of my bestest blogging buddy! You're awesome girl! Our long twitter convos, constant flailing and DM rants are the best!  
Kelly - The queen of sass. Period! :D
Kaitlin - Heya stranger! :D Your twitter convos and snaps are the best, plus I admire your late night social skills! :)
Faye - The blogosphere's favourite bride to be! :) It was amazing to meet you, and I've always appreciated your kind yet firm advices!
Aimee - The little midget! :) Despite being so awkward in our IRL meeting, you're such a fun person to be around! And you're totally killing the instagram game these days!
Megan - I miss you and your lengthy comments girl! :(
Valerie - You're so funny Val! But not innocent. Not at all. And not modest either. *shakes head*
But I love you anyway! 
Shannon - You're a hilarious potato! And your little humans are adorable! I admire your creativity and sass!
Holly - She's my go to girl when I want to rant about blogging dramas. And share gossip! :D 
Ashley - She's the best at writing technical posts without making me feel like an idiot! :) She's also really friendly, And nice. And sweet and awesome. Basically, I have no idea why I was afraid to approach her for a long time!
Hazel - One of the nicest bloggers ever! Period :) She has not only created my beautiful design, but also bought the Grisha trilogy and got them signed by Leigh Bardugo for me! Plus she puts up with me whenever I trouble her with my BEA questions! You're the best Hazel!
Kaitlin - I've known this girl since my GR times! And its awesome, that we're still friends, unlike most of my GR buddies! 
Aentee - HER DESIGNS!!! She's fabulous and so talented!!!
Shannelle - I love your lettering. And your creativity. But most of all, I love your honesty. You're my go to person for constructive criticism, and thanks a lot for lettering that Vicious print for me!!!
Jeann - You're so fabulous! And I love how much you adore superheroes!!! I'll pack my bags and catch a flight to your country one day! I promise! :)
Aila - I am so glad I met you through SBPT! You're such a wonderful friend and person!
Wren - This girl is so crazy and weird! And that's why I love her! And we have our own fictional family! We're so awesome! :D
Veronika - Ronnie is a sweetheart! And she has been a great friend ever since CF was a small baby!
Melanie - My go to girl for fairytale recs! And if you ask me, she looks like a disney princess, herself! :D
Asti - A fellow villain - and Darkling! - lover. I miss you Asti!!! Come back soon!
Amanda - Her posts are so informative and I love how daring she is in her discussion posts!
Nara - My official Brandon Sanderson - and sci fi in general - book pusher! :) I'll read a book of his soon, I promise!
Jules - You're the funnest person to hang out with!!! I will never forget our days together in PH! And our constant flailing about hot guys!!! :P
Joey - You're hilarious! I can never not laugh at your jokes! :D
Xander - I am taken aback by this guy's love for HP! And searching along him for foreign editions of Harry Potter is so fun!
Zoe - Your comments never fail to make my day! You're wonderful! 
Karina - Had to mention her again! :D Karina is so lovely, and it's always a pleasure to talk with her in twitter!
Josephine - I am in awe with your photography skills! And cooking! And you have the coolest hair! :D
Nori - The head cheerleader of the blogging world! You're an awesome friend and I am so thankful to you! 

Those bloggers I admire a lot and would love to know more about!

Kristen - You got me my first Victoria Schwab book. You created a monster! :)
Danielle - I think her blog is a go to place for a romance addict like me!
Nikki - We share the same reading tastes! It's so exciting!
Crini - She is so fascinating! I am in awe with her art and photography!
Stephanie - I really like her honest opinions on my comments and twitter convos!
Lisa - I've admired her blog even before I started blogging. She's so nice, though I was scared to approach her!
Rashika - She may or may not be my future BEA roommate! ;D
Jamie - Again, someone I used to be super scared of, but was actually so sweet!
Crys - I often catch up with TV series through her tweets without even watching it! :) 
Oh and I'll make sure that Rachel reads Schwab, Crys! I promise! :D
Shelly - I admire her support for diversity! She's so fierce! 

And every single one of my blogging buddies and twitter followers! I tried hard to mention all of you! But, well, it was a hard task! So forgive me if I left any one of you out! Remember that I love you!!!

All the pubs who gave me ARCs

Mostly through Netgalley and Edeweiss - thank you for trusting me enough to send ARCs. And a special thanks to Harper, for their INTL mailing list and Penguin's Rachel, who is a sweetheart!

All the authors I've conversed and befriended!

It's so astonishing to talk with authors freely in twitter! Huge thanks for my all time favourite Victoria Schwab. Everytime she replies or likes my tweet, I just flail! :D
To Susan Dennard - who's one of the sweetest authors I've ever seen. The love she showers to her readers and street team is immense! 
Heidi Heilig - who's so sassy and fierce! Julie Eshbaugh - a fellow Breakfast Club fan who's so sweet! And Roshani Chokshi - with whom I often ramble about diversity and Indian mythology and writing! 

And to every single reader of mine. Everyone who's read my post, commented, or shared them in social media! THANK YOU!!! I'll be forever grateful to you all, and you all have made this year awesome!

I am not going to leave you empty handed though! :D I have two giveaways in store for you today!!!

Giveaway #1

I've always loved Evie's bookish designs from Society6! Her products are absolutely gorgeous, and today, I am going to giveaway one of them to a lucky reader!

Conditions

You can choose only one product, It has to be either a tote bag, mug, pillow or a tshirt.

Check out the Tote bags

Check out the Throw pillows

Check out the Mugs

Check out the Tshirts

The giveaway is international

A huge thanks to Evie for sponsoring the giveaway! She's so sweet and don't forget to check out her store and buy her products for the holiday season!


Giveaway #2

Th next giveaway is for a water colour book mark, made my Gina from Behind the Pages Etsy Store! 
Her book marks are so pretty and you can choose one if you win!

Check out her bookmarks 

The giveaway is international

Thanks a lot for the lovely Gina for sponsoring the giveaway! Don't forget to check out the rest of her products as well!


And with that, let's wrap up the celebration!

Thanks again for everyone and here's to more successful years for Chasing Faerytales!