Your Favourite Posts of 2016 (and 2015)

img_5551While I’ve already looked at my personal reading statistics, I thought it might be interesting today to cast a brief glance at another set of numbers, namely the page views of my posts.  Many of the most popular pieces tend to be event-related, with my annual awards posts, anything to do with the Man Booker International Prize and various admin pages picking up most clicks.  However, even with the actual reviews, some are more equal than others, and I’m often surprised by what people are interested in.

So, without further ado, here are the ten most-viewed review posts of 2016 (all posts from 2016 are marked * – links are to the review post):

1) Pour que tu ne te perds pas dans le quartier
(So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighbourhood) by Patrick Modiano
2) The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami*
3) I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Kim Young-ha
4) Gehen, ging, gegangen (Go, Went, Gone) by Jenny Erpenbeck
5) Little Jewel by Patrick Modiano
6) Paris Nocturne by Patrick Modiano
7) Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan
8) Umami by Laia Jufresa*
9) The Complete Review Guide to Contemporary World Fiction
by M.A. Orthofer*

10) Human Acts by Han Kang*

A few interesting trends emerged from this list.  The first, of course, was Modiano’s success,img_5505 with three of the top ten (including the top spot) belonging to the French writer, with a few others in the next ten for good measure.  I was also amazed by the popularity of the Kawakami and Jufresa books – and pleasantly surprised to see The Complete Review Guide… up there too.  Most impressive, though, was the fact that six of the ten were posts written the previous year.  Yes, they were up there for the whole year, but I would have thought people would be focusing on the shiny new posts…

Perhaps, then, it might be a nice idea to look back a little further.  Tony’s Reading List only moved into its snug new WordPress premises towards the start of 2015, so there’s only one other year of data to look at, yet it’s still interesting to look at the previous list for comparison (2016 position for all posts in brackets):

1 (80) The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud
2 (226) Angry in Piraeus by Maureen Freely
3 (3) I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Kim Young-ha
4 (176) Highway with Green Apples and Nowhere to Be Found by Bae Suah
5 (4) Gehen, ging, gegangen (Go, Went, Gone) by Jenny Erpenbeck
6 (28) The Vegetarian by Han Kang
7 (224) The Last Lover by Can Xue
8 (63) Princess Bari by Hwang Sok-yong
9 (29) The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
10 (62) The Heart of Man by Jón Kalman Stefánsson

IMG_5239Immediately, we see that two books (those of Kim and Erpenbeck) made the following year’s list as well, and both The Vegetarian and The Story of the Lost Child were actually in this year’s top twenty review posts.  Special mention should also go to Leila S. Chudori’s Home, which was just outside the top ten on both lists.

I’m not sure what to make of all that, or whether it’s of interest to anyone other than myself, but there you go 🙂  Sadly, I can’t really compare the statistics of my pre-2015 reviews as Blogger stats aren’t as user-friendly (in fact, I suspect that many of my earlier posts are mainly racking up hits on Blogger, despite the fact that they’re available on this blog too).  It’ll be interesting to come back to this next year to see if people are still clicking on the same old reviews, or whether there’s a new book just around the corner that’s destined to attract a lot of attention…


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