Your Favourite Posts of 2017

At the start of the week, I looked at the quantity and quality (or lack of it…) of the books I read in 2017, but today’s post examines another side of the whole business, namely what *you* all liked (i.e. the blog stats).  It was a fairly good year, with the number of both page views and visitors increasing by almost 50% in comparison with 2016 (it’s nice to see someone’s reading what I’m scribbling!).  Having only migrated across from Blogger in February 2015, there’s a lot going on there, too, even if the majority of those page views are from spammers…

In terms of the origins of my readers, more than half of all page views were in the US or the UK, but 2017 saw at least one page view from 158 different countries/territories (good morning, Curaçao!).  But how about the individual posts?  Well, in today’s post, we’ll be examining three different areas, and I’ll even be giving you some (pitifully low) figures to chew on.  Of course, these numbers don’t include access through the homepage (over 40% of all clicks) and any other ways people might happen to come across the posts.  Anyway, come this way, and we’ll take a closer look at what you were interested in last year…

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First up, we have the most popular review posts published in 2017.  These are straight reviews, and the list doesn’t include any special posts, or reviews published before 2017:

1) The Evenings by Gerard Reve 490
2) The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen 461
3) Fish Have No Feet by Jón Kalman Stefánsson 413
4) Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin 412
5) Compass by Mathias Énard 379
6) Record of a Night Too Brief by Hiromi Kawakami 360
7) Familiar Things by Hwang Sok-yong 281
8) Recitation by Bae Suah 269
9) A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman 267
10) Spring Garden by Tomoka Shibasaki 258
11) Meeting With My Brother by Yi Mun-yol 242
12) The Impossible Fairytale by Han Yujoo 232
13) War and Turpentine by Stefan Hertmans 224
14) The Story of Hong Gildong, translated by Minsoo Kang 222
15) As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams by Lady Sarashina 214
16) Me by Tomoyuki Hoshino 211
17) Theory of Literature and Other Critical Writings by Natsume Sōseki 211
18) The Tower of London by Natsume Sōseki 206
19) Ties by Domenico Starnone 206
20) Judas by Amos Oz 205

An interesting list, I’m sure you’ll agree.  It’s good to see that Reve’s book has attracted the interest it deserves, and it’s one of three Pushkin Press titles in this top twenty. The list also includes seven of my reviews of the Man Booker International Prize longlist, with many of the other titles listed here evidence of my (and your) liking for Korean and Japanese fare.

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Of course, if we include non-review and older posts, the 2017 figures tell a slightly different story (last year’s position, where applicable, in brackets):

1) Man Booker International Prize 2017 – Predictions 1812
2) I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Kim Young-ha (7) 727
3) Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera (35) 661
4) The 2016 Tony’s Reading List Awards 590
5) Korean Literature for Beginners – Part One (12 to 7) 553
6) The Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer (17) 520
7) The Evenings by Gerard Reve 490
8) Just who is Tony, and what exactly is his Reading List? (4) 477
9) The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen 461
10) The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami (3) 454

I’m not sure why my MBIP speculation posts are so popular, but as the 2016 version also topped the list, they must be striking a chord.  The big surprise here is the popularity of Kim Young-ha’s ode to assisted suicide – I do hope that the many hits for this book aren’t the result of people looking for tips…

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To round things off, let’s take a look at the all-time most popular posts (i.e. from 2015 to today):

1) Man Booker International Prize 2017 – Predictions 1813
2) Just who is Tony, and what exactly is his Reading List? 1471
3) I Have the Right to Destroy Myself by Kim Young-ha 1308
4) Man Booker International Prize 2016 – Predictions 1027
5) Gehen, ging, gegangen (Go, Went, Gone) by Jenny Erpenbeck 964
6) Pour que tu ne te perdes pas dans le quartier (So You Don’t Get Lost in the Neighbourhood) by Patrick Modiano 959
7) The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami 946
8) 2015 Reviews 896
9) Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera 844
10) The Girl from the Coast by Pramoedya Ananta Toer 821
11) Little Jewel by Patrick Modiano 731
12) Paris Nocturne by Patrick Modiano 616
13) Beauty is a Wound by Eka Kurniawan 615
14) Supernova by Dewi Lestari 600
15) The 2016 Tony’s Reading List Awards 592
16) Umami by Laia Jufresa 583
17) 2016 Reviews 573
18) Fish Have No Feet by Jón Kalman Stefánsson 571
19) Korean Literature for Beginners – Part One (12 to 7) 554
20) Tokyo Decadence by Ryu Murakami 537
21) Home by Leila S. Chudori 494
22) The Evenings by Gerard Reve 494
23) The Vegetarian by Han Kang 477
24) The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante 472
25) The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen 470

It’s a fairly similar story to last year’s post, with a few new entries from this year’s most popular reviews and features.  Apart from Kim’s book, there’s Jenny Erpenbeck’s latest novel (I suspect that this post will become less popular now that there are more English-language reviews out there), a few of Patrick Modiano’s short works and several posts on novels by Indonesian writers (obviously an area to explore if I want to boost my stats!).

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Interesting?  Useful?  I very much doubt it, but it’s fun nonetheless to see which posts attract a decent readership and which ones sink without a trace.  I’ll leave it there for this year, but I suspect I’ll be revisiting this post in January 2019 to see how the stats for 2018 measure up 🙂

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4 thoughts on “Your Favourite Posts of 2017

    1. Karen – Just click on the ‘year’ icon, click on 2017, and you’ll see a list of posts (under the bar chart, on the left). If you click on the ‘Posts and Pages’ header, it’ll open in a different page. If you scroll down to the very bottom of this page,you can even export the page to Excel!

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