This year was a great one for connecting with other bloggers. I loved participating in some linkups, especially Top Ten Tuesday, and the conversations that ensued. I participated in the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge again, which I have decided I love more than hate. Occasionally it keeps me pressing on with a book I would rather not read, but for the most part I’m happy that it has diversified my reading. I will most likely be participating in this again this year.
This year I have reviewed 69 books: 26 adult fiction books, 6 adult non-fiction books, 4 adult other category books (2 poetry, 1 comic, and 1 cookbook), 2 middle grade books, and 31 children’s books.
My Five Favorite Adult Fiction Books of 2017 (in no particular order) were:
- Anything is Possible by Elizabeth Strout
- A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
- The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker
- The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
- Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
My Favorite Non-Fiction Book Read in 2017:
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall
My Favorite Middle Grade Book Read in 2017:
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jaqueline Woodson
My Favorite ‘New-to-Me’ Children’s Book Read in 2017:
The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton
Now, my full second year of blogging has come to a close. This year I branched out and participated in Top Ten Tuesday and Top Five Wednesday periodically. This was a great way to connect with other bloggers. I had very few followers or commenters during my first year. It was a simple pleasure reviewing books that year as far as the blog went, and any commenting or conversation occurred only on Goodreads, where I would post my reviews as well. Now that I have more conversation happening with other bloggers on my site and theirs, I am spending less time on Goodreads. For me, book blogging is pure enjoyment. I feel I gain more from books if I take time to think and write about them afterwards. Then there is the added benefit of discussing them with other bloggers. Thank you to all of those who’ve become friends with me and engaged in discussions this year! Happy New Year!
Overall Views: 55,469 this year (64,961 overall) Unique Visitors: 40,141 this year
Book-Chatter’s Most Popular Posts:
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah – Review posted 12/31/16. 7,460 visits this year. (same overall) 24 Facebook Shares.
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – Review posted 10/20/16. 4,527 visits this year. (4,644 overall) 2 Facebook Shares.
- Commonwealth by Ann Patchett – Review posted 12/4/16. 4,297 visits this year. (4,320 overall) 5 Facebook Shares.
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead –Review posted 8/2/16. 4,054 visits this year. (4,537 overall) 11 Facebook Shares.
- Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – Review posted 10/27/16. 3,046 visits this year. (3,118 overall) 3 Facebook Shares.
Where do People Visit From?
- United States – 45,161 visits
- Canada – 3,297 visits
- United Kingdom – 2,483 visits
- Australia – 1,182 visits
- Ireland – 222 visits
Where are Visitors Referred From?
- Search Engines – 43,167
- WordPress Reader – 550
- Top Ten Tuesday Linkup (brokeandbookish.com) – 387
- Android app – 373
- Facebook – 224
Most Popular Clicks On or Away From My Site:
- Vulture Magazine’s Interview with Colson Whitehead – 262
- Michiko Kakutani’s Review of Born a Crime in the New York Times – 251
- Apartheid Poster example posted on Born a Crime ~ Book Review – 234
- Simon and Schuster’s Reading Group Guide for My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry – 210
- LitLovers Discussion Questions for Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – 205
This was my first year blogging about books. It was also the first year I’ve received books from netgalley to review. I was hoping more discussion would happen on the actual blog with the questions I posted, however, I do think people are drawn to the site because of the discussion questions. Hopefully, they are taking them to book clubs of their own to discuss.
This year, I have reviewed 39 books for adults, 4 middle grade books, 8 children’s book and 1 comic book.
My five favorite reads of 2016 were (in no particular order):
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
- Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
- Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin
- Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
My favorite middle grade book: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
My favorite children’s book: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
I started blogging at the beginning of 2016, unsure if this was something that was purely for my own enjoyment or if others would enjoy it too. It has been interesting to see the number of visits increasing over time and which posts receive the most attention. Below are some of the statistics for Book Chatter’s first year in existence. Thanks to everyone who has visited. I have enjoyed blogging about my books here as well as on goodreads, where more discussion ensues.
Overall Views: 9,492 Unique Visitors: 5,930
Most Popular Posts:
- The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson – posted 3/6/16. 1,541 visits. 125 Facebook shares. (a netgalley read)
- Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen – posted 3/14/16. 732 visits. 18 Facebook shares. (a netgalley read)
- My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You she’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman – posted 1/19/16. 653 visits. 2 Facebook shares.
- When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi – posted 1/26/2016. 416 visits.
- The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – posted 1/3/2016. 322 visits.
Where do people visit from?
- United States – 7, 510
- Canada – 412
- United Kingdom – 377
- Brazil -266
- Australia – 158
Where are they referred from?
- Search Engines (mostly google) – 5, 057
- Goodreads – 159
- Facebook – 117
- Word Press Reader – 70
- Twitter – 48
Most popular clicks from my site:
- Simon & Schuster’s Reading Group Guide for My Grandmother Asked me to tell you She’s Sorry – 68
- Helen Simonson’s website – 67
- My diagram/picture of the apartment building from My Grandmother Asked me to Tell you She’s Sorry – 66
- Map of France during WW2 for The Nightingale review – 45
- Judith Martin’s Review of The Summer Before the War in the New York Times – 45