Happy New Year!
I don’t know about you all, but 2018 was not a good year for me. I’m glad it is over. New Year, New You-I’m definitely all about that:
So the past few years, I have done “theme” years. 2015 was Back to the Future, 2016 Star Trek: The Original Series, 2017 Star Wars: A New Hope, and 2018 Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. So what to do for this year?
For me, whenever I think of 2019, I always think of it as the year that Skynet takes over in The Terminator series. Why? I could have sworn that is what they said-but that is false. I have looked it up. The world was under the control of Skynet, but that isn’t when they took over. Oh, well.
So then I started thinking, what does happen in 2019? I mean what takes place? Well for one thing: Blade Runner
And My Chemical Romance‘s album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, of which I have taken the post’s title from their song Na-Na-Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
And last, but not least-one of my favorite movies, The Running Man.
Watch out 2019-I’m coming for you
I am defintely planning on reviewing this movie this year for Horrorfest VIII.
I guess this year is to be a dystopian year, hmmm-I wonder how I can work that in.
But enough of that. Let’s move on to the year in review!
This year I had over 92,000 views!
The most viewed day of the year was September 22 with 934 views! That was the day I posted Non-Austen Reads for Austen Readers: A Change of Fortune.
Although the number one post viewed that day was She Cries in the Night: The Screaming Skull (1958)
The Top Five Posts
Here are the top five most viewed posts of the year, although strangely none were posted this year.
I mean you like what you like. I’m just happy people are reading my blog.
4) A True Princess from 30 Day Challenge (2014)
How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!
So this community has really grown in numbers and I can not describe how pleased I am about that. We have gone from 14 followers in 2012 to 42 followers in 2013, 169 followers in 2014, to 439 in 2015, to 616 in 2016, to 1021 in 2017, and now 1447.
Book Club Picks
My book club read:
There are more that I fell behind in reviewing (oh darn!), but I will catch up in this new year.
200th Anniversary of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion
So 2018 marked the 200th anniversary of Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. I tried to fill the year with both, but unfortunately did not do as much as I liked.
Northanger Abbey posts
I love tea and I love posting on it!
My Musical Stylings
As always, I love to review my favorite songs. This year we had:
Jane, Jane, Jane Austen Posts
As always-we have Jane Austen posts (that’s the name of the blog!).
On Jane Austen, herself, and Regency times :
Based on Jane Austen:
Pride and Prejudice:
A Reading We Will Go
I love books and reading, so we will have quite a few posts on them.
Romance is in the Air: Part VI
This year we only reviewed 13 films as Valentine’s Day was my 1000 post. The romantic moments came from:
- Holiday Inn (1942)
- The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
- Rear Window (1954)
- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (1983)
- American Dreamer (1984)
- Aladdin (1992)
- So I Married an Axe Murderer (1993)
- George of the Jungle (1997)
- Holiday in Handcuffs (2007)
- Fireproof (2008)
- “This Episode Sucks” Psych (2011)
- “Gone Glitter” from Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse (2012)
- Trolls (2016)
I wrote this post in honor of my ex-husband, at the time my fiancé, but as he turned out to be an abusive jerk, I will probably change it. However, I am pleased to have made it to 1000.
One Day Holiday Posts
Sometimes I just like to do a small post on the actual holiday instead of a countdown. This year I had:
As C.S. Lewis says
“Eating and reading are two pleasures that combine admirably.”
And sometimes you want something to nibble on when you read Jane Austen or watch the films. This year we had the following recipes:
Jane Austen Video Games
We have brought Jane Austen into the 21st century with video games. I reviewed two this year.
Non-Austen Books for Austen Readers
So I have started a new category this year: Non-Austen Reads for Austen Readers. They may not be by Austen, but they are books I think Austen fans will love.
So Horrorfest VI in 2017 was a total mess, everything just went wrong. But this year I redeemed myself. I completed my 31 posts! I reviewed the following:
Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues
After The Darcy Monologues, Dangerous to Know was born. I promised to read and review it but unfortunately life got in the way and I was unable to do it. I hate breaking a promise, that is my number-one most hated thing of all time. So I began reviewing it this year, breaking the post down into different sections. So far I have only done two, but plan to continue into the year.
- None: Possible kissing and affection.
- Mild: Kissing.
- Moderate: Some sexual references but not explicit.
- Mature: Some nudity and some provocative sex.
So I have started an instagram this year. I post all kinds of different things on there and encourage you to follow me if you have one.
25 Days of Christmas Films
l swore I would never, ever try to post every day in December for Christmas, after my fiasco in 2012. It is just too hard with all the things that happen in getting ready for the holiday. Well this year on Instagram, I posted a brief film review everyday on a Christmas movie. The films I watched?
So what will the new year hold? I don’t know, but I know this:
For 2017 in review, go to Life Seems But a Quick Succession of Busy Nothings
For 2016 in review, go to A New Hope
For 2015 in review, go to To Boldy Go Where No Man Has Gone Before
For 2014 in review, go to Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Roads
For 2013 in review, go to Looking at the Past, Focusing on the Future
For 2012 in review, go to Looking Back, Moving Forward
And just cause: