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.
Where do people visit from?
- United States – 7, 510
- Canada – 412
- United Kingdom – 377
Where are they referred from?
- Search Engines (mostly google) – 5, 057
- Goodreads – 159
- Facebook – 117
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