The Best and Worst of February

Whoa, is it March already?  February is a pretty short month, but things went by very quickly for me.  Maybe it had something to do with my vacation.

Anyway, me being on vacation also means that site stats are down.  Although I scheduled posts to fill up all of the days I would be on holiday, I had to resort to reviewing some unpopular, obscure books.  As you’ve probably guessed, not many people are interested in these books, therefore my stats are down drastically.  If I had reviewed popular new YA books, ranted or done reviews on old classics like 1984, I would have had far more than 3,416 views and 1,843 unique views.

I digress.  Let’s look at the top 5 best articles/reviews of February, shall we?

1.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

2.  How to Alienate Book Reviewers

3.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

4.  What I Hate About YA

5.  Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome has been on the 5 Best list since I started doing this series in May 2012.  It’s back at the top, which is not all that surprising.  What is surprising, however, is the two newbies to the 5 Best list: How to Alienate Book Reviewers and What I Hate About YA.  These are the kinds of clicky articles I was talking about a while back, meaning that not only are the titles something people would click on, but they’re the kinds of articles that people like to comment on.  As for Matilda and The Outsiders, it’s not that surprising; they’re incredibly popular books.  But now let’s take a look at the 5 worst articles of February.

1.  Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson

2.  The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer

3.  Patience, Princess Catherine by Carolyn Meyer

4.  My Status Update Journey by Marcus Matherne

5.  Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

When you think about it, none of the 5 worst posts are all that surprising.  I can vouch that they’re all excellent books that I thoroughly enjoyed, but for some reason no one is searching for them online.  Which is a shame, really, because it’s nice to expand your horizons and discover new books.

So that was how my February went.  How was yours?

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