Saturday, August 1, 2009

Book/blog stats for July 2009

First off, I want to apologize to all of you lovely folk who have been commenting on my blog this past month; I know I’ve been remiss in replying to your comments. I’ve been scrambling to finish various projects before I go on vacation in 10 days and have been neglecting this aspect of blogging. Does this happen to other folk? What do you do? Do you comment on old comments anyway even if a month or more has gone by? (Or do you not reply to comments anyway?)

Back to regular programming...

I read seven books in July:
Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey into a Family Secret by Steve Luxenberg
The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell
The Condition by Jennifer Haigh
Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
Clay’s Ark by Octavia E. Butler
Conscience Point by Erica Abeel
Intimate Worlds: How Families Thrive and Why They Fail by Maggie Scarf*

I reviewed three books (click on links for review):
The Local News by Miriam Gershow
The Impostor’s Daughter: A True Memoir by Laurie Sandell
Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers edited by Judy Blume

Of these three, my favourite was definitely The Impostor’s Daughter by Laurie Sandell (which I read twice!); you can still enter my giveaway for one of five copies (until August 7).

My sister Brogan also guest posted her first (though definitely not her last) review (click on link for review):
Assembling My Father: A Daughter’s Detective Story by Anna Cypra Oliver

If you missed any of my “similar covers” posts this month, they were:
Blue notebook, red notebook + another skirt cover
Obscuring women’s faces
Woman in red coat
Parasols and umbrellas
Bathtub times two

A few blog stats:

Increase in number of unique visitors (compared to June): 10%

Top viewed post: More awards!

Number of books acquired: 5 (which is a third to half as many as usual!)

*I won’t be reviewing this book, but if you like this type of thing I highly recommend it.


  1. I too read 7 books in July.

    The Imposter's Daughter is on my wish list!

    July 2009 Wrap up

  2. I still have to write my monthly wrap up and I don't think I even read as many books as you in July.

    Hoping to head on vacation pretty soon too.

    As for comments I try to keep up to date and answer the most recent things and if not then I let it be.

    See you later. :)

  3. I try to comment back when I can, but after a month, I would usually let it go... unless it was something very specific, and then I'd probably try to enter in contact with the person through email to make sure they get my answer. :)

    I'll be curious to hear what you thought about "The condition". I've heard great and bad things about it, so I'm a little hesitant about reading it.

  4. Great month! I usually respond to all my comments even if I'm really late. And if I'm really late, I tend not to respond to them individually (unless necessary) but offer a group response.

    Diary of an Eccentric