Thursday, April 2, 2009

Book/blog stats for March 2009

March was a great month for reading and a terrible one for reviewing: I read 10 books (more than twice as many as in January or February), but only reviewed 2 (ack!). The books I read were:
The Perseids and Other Stories by Robert Charles Wilson
Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott (reread)
Willing Spirits by Phyllis Schieber
Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos
Pathologies: A Life in Essays by Susan Olding
In the Woods by Tana French
Coventry by Helen Humphreys
The Next Big Thing by Johanna Edwards
Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers edited by Judy Blume
The Wishing Year: An Experiment in Desire by Noelle Oxenhandler

I reviewed these books (click on links for reviews):
My Little Red Book edited by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
The Perseids and Other Stories by Robert Charles Wilson

I also wrote a post on rereading Good to a Fault by Marina Endicott.

Favourite new books read this month:
Sing Them Home by Stephanie Kallos
Pathologies: A Life in Essays by Susan Olding
The Wishing Year: An Experiment in Desire by Noelle Oxenhandler

While I was sick last month, I spent waaaaay too much time on LibraryThing, looking through other people’s libraries to see if I could spot any familiar covers. (I found more than 20 different matches!)

If you missed any of my “similar covers” posts this month, they were:
Red shoes and white dress
Blue butterflies
More red shoes
A bevy of skirts

I also ran a giveaway for five copies of My Little Red Book edited by Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, courtesy of Hachette. I haven’t announced the winners yet, but hopefully will do so tomorrow!

A few blog stats:

Increase in number of unique visitors (compared to February): 7%

These visitors hail from 32 different countries (the U.S., Canada and the U.K. being the top three). I’ve had visitors from 50 regions of the U.S. (every state except North Dakota; top states: California and New York) and 46 Canadian cities.

Top viewed post (excluding giveaway): Blue butterflies lookalike post

Number of books acquired: 12

My plan is to review two books a week this month, to put a dent in my to-be-reviewed pile (I currently have 14 books waiting to be reviewed!).

What good books did you read last month?


  1. I had a great reading/ reviewing month but I have a feeling April is not going to so good...

  2. I have the same problem, I finish a book but never get around to reviewing it.... right now I think I have two or three that need to be reviewed. :)

  3. Great month! I am a little behind on reviews as well. I'm down about 12 for the year. I want to review everything I read this year, so I have quite a bit of catch up to play.

  4. Avis you had a really good month. I have posted my March happenings. I read only 8 books in March. I am down by 4-5 from previous months.

    Was wondering about your stats how are you able to find out where your readers are from? Care to share. Would love to know this and keep track of it.

  5. Well, even though you didn't get them reviewed you sure had a good month of reading. Sometimes I miss the days when I could just go on to the next book without writing a review. It's hard to get those words on paper sometimes. lol. Hope April wil be good.

  6. Great stats this month! I ended up reading more than I reviewed in March too. Now I'm trying to catch up with the review writing.

  7. I waste a lot of time on LT too.

  8. I'm glad I'm not the only one who has stacks of books waiting to be reviewed! Whew! Don't feel bad ... the key is the reading, I think!

    And I can imagine it takes you a lot of time to find all those covers. But these posts are so fun so I hope you don't mind doing them!

  9. At least you've been reading, Avis. That's something. :-)

    I can't wait until Sing Them Home comes out in paperback. Hurry up already!

  10. Oh, I hope April is a good reading & reviewing month for you too, Jen! Glad to hear you managed to keep a balance between the two in March.

    Jessica, two or three doesn't sound so bad! I'm still at 14!

    Nicole, glad to hear I'm not the only one! I also want to review everything I read, which is part of the problem. (Last year I took reviewing breaks every now and then, which helped!)

    Cindy, thanks! I'm actually impressed that I managed to read so many books this month! (I had thought it was only 8, not 10!) I use Google Analytics for my stats. I'd be happy to send you more info about this by email, if you want.

    Dar, you said it! The hardest part is remembering details about 14 books at once! Although I do take notes, it's tough to get back into the mindset of a book read a while ago.

    Alyce, I really hope I do manage to catch up! I hate feeling like I can't read because I'm so behind in my reviews.

    Lenore, it took me a sec to figure out what you were talking about! (Waste time on LT? Me? I don't know what you mean!)

    Jenners, no worries, I won't stop the "similar covers" posts for a while! Thanks for the encouraging words re: my review backlog!

    Thanks, Wendy! I recommend Sing Them Home. Have you read her first book?

  11. You had a great month! I hope you meet your goals for April. It's so hard to keep up with reviewing, and then when you're sick, it's so hard to get back in the swing of things.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  12. Thanks, Anna. I'm not doing super well in April so far: reading fewer books, but not posting more reviews! Ah well.