“The queen waited.”First line in The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
Tomorrow (Sunday) my blog turns 3 years old! 🥳 I must admit, it feels like I’ve been doing this for much longer but that’s probably just time not being real since 2019. Anyway, 3 years old means my blog is still in the toddler stage so it’s allowed to be a mess, but in order to celebrate the occasion, I thought it would be fun to look back on some of my old posts to see which ones are the most popular a.k.a. which ones have the most views. You get a top ten of the most viewed posts on my blog, and yes, it’s going to be very cringing for me to read the very old ones but also fun to remind myself of what I’ve written over the years. Here they are!
We’re kicking off with a post from my blog’s early days when it was popular to do book recommendations based on Hogwarts houses. I did a post for all four but the Hufflepuff one is by far the most popular, which I, as a Hufflepuff, completely understand. No, seriously, why are people only interested in the Hufflepuff one?
One of the first reviews on this blog and it was of The Binding by Bridget Collins, an author who is very dear to me today. However, I obviously read the review for the purpose of talking about it here, and I’ve realized that I should probably take it down because I don’t agree with myself anymore (that’s a funny sentence). It’s a book I reread last year and actually changed my rating on, so the review isn’t accurate anymore. It actually made me realize how my reading taste has changed since starting this blog because something I criticize about the book is actually my favorite thing to find in a book today. In general, it’s, like I said, one of my first reviews and you can tell and it’s embarrassing.
This post was one I wrote for the Let’s Talk Bookish meme and it’s a discussion about the tropes and characters I miss seeing in, primarily, YA fantasy books. I remember it as being very hard to think of tropes I wanted to see more, but ultimately I’m happy with what I can up with because I still miss those things. I expect it’s popular because people have a hard time remembering specific tropes and so go to look for them, and also because claiming something is underrepresented is kind of controversial.
Speaking of controversy, I think this book review of The Gray Wolf Throne is the only full review of a 1-star book I’ve written, and apparently, that’s what people want to read. I had written reviews for the first two books in this series so it didn’t feel right to skip this just because I didn’t like it. So I went into full rant-mode, and I guess it felt good to let it all out, despite my reservations about ranting about books at that point. Now I don’t have a problem with that obviously, so I guess you could say that The Gray Wolf Throne was the one that started it all.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while, you know how happy it makes me that this series review is so popular. I love this duology more than I can say, so I’m only excited about making more people aware of it. Calling it a ‘series review’ in the title instead of ‘duology review’ was also clearly me refusing to acknowledge that there aren’t going to be more books set in this world.
This review is from way back in 2019 but its popularity makes sense because it suddenly got a ton of views in January of this year, which I think is because people were looking into the author due to her new (and first?) adult fantasy book which was getting some hype around that time. Timekeeper was a 5-star book for me and I’m also kind of proud of the review still, so after the initial confusion in January, I’m only happy to see it this high up on the list.
Out of all the posts I’ve written, this one is probably the one I enjoyed writing the most, so I’m very happy to see it still getting views despite being more than two years old. I had such a good time analyzing middle books looking for reasons why they worked or didn’t. It came about because my favorite book in trilogies is most often the second one (that trend hasn’t changed), so I knew I had to write about this strange Middle Book Syndrome that I just wasn’t experiencing much.
My blog was only a few months old when I wrote this but it’s honestly not too bad, and I definitely still don’t like those tropes (although my list would be a lot longer today). I did write a post about the tropes I DO like but that one isn’t nearly as popular. People just want the salt.
Well, the uniqueness of my Lost in Translation posts means I’m not surprised that the first one I wrote about Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is my second most popular post. People aren’t interested in looking at the post for the other six books, but I guess there’s nothing in that first post that lets them know that there are more. Sometimes I do have people going through all of them but what is worrisome is that it seems to be other Danes doing that. I don’t generally have Danes looking at my blog and whenever I do, the number of views always match the number of views on the Lost in Translation posts. I have to say that it’s freaking me out because I didn’t exactly write those posts for Danes.
There is no competition. My most viewed post by far is the one I wrote for Wyrd and Wonder in 2020 about intelligent characters in fantasy books. I don’t know if I unknowingly hit some SEO thing because I almost have daily views on this and I don’t understand it. I imagine it’s either readers looking for books with intelligent characters because they’re annoyed with the stupid ones or authors looking for inspiration before writing their own intelligent characters. I’m quite curious to know actually. It’s not even a post I’m immensely proud of because I almost wrote it just to have something to post during my first Wyrd and Wonder, but I guess it’s not bad.
This was quite surprising! While there were a few I expected to see on this list, there are also a bunch I’m way more proud of than the ones that made it on here. For some reason I also expected tags and Top Ten Tuesday posts to feature more heavily because they always get the most views those first couple of days after being posted, but I guess people aren’t looking at those after that initial spike. Instead, people are looking at book reviews which I don’t like writing. However, those views don’t result in any interaction with the post so in that sense there’s no reason for me to write more of them.
Anyway, this wasn’t as cringing as I expected although I found a lot of typos, so I’m very glad so many people have seen those…
Do you know what your most popular post is? Is it one that you’re proud of?