The Best and Worst of May 2013

Well, I’ve come around full circle.  Last year in May I started my Best and Worst of… series and never thought I’d still be doing it a year later.  But it turns out I like analyzing my stats and hearing your thoughts on them as well.  Therefore, I’ll now be adding years to the series.

Anyway, May was a record-breaking month, surpassing February, March and April in terms of page views in one month.  In the month of May I received 4,627 page views, with 2,508 of those being unique views.  That’s pretty good and I’m hoping it will continue to be a trend.  So what were some of the best posts for this month?  Let’s take a look:

1.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

2.  End of Days by Eric Walters

3.  An Apology to Self-Published Writers

4.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

5.  How Fast do you Read?

Amazingly, there’s two articles up here that were just published this month, rather than the same old articles I’ve had up for a year.  I’m proud to say that my apology to self-published writers reached so many people and got such a great response.  I thought long and hard on publishing that article, but decided that doing the right thing was more important than my embarrassment at admitting I was wrong.  The reading speed article did surprisingly well, likely because it really engaged a lot of people.  It was fascinating to see how fast other people, both regular readers and book bloggers read.

Now for the worst articles of May:

1.  Wither by Lauren DeStefano

2.  The Show by John Heldt

3.  Delirium by Lauren Oliver

4.  Run Like Jäger by Karen Bass

5.  Victoria: May Blossom of Britannia by Anna Kirwan

When you think about it, none of these are really surprising.  Some are old books that were never popular to begin with, some are the first books in trilogies that are or almost are finished and one is a self-published book.  The latter, The Show by John Heldt, is a great novel, but it just doesn’t seem to be getting much traffic lately.

Well, that was pretty much how my May went.  How was yours?  Are you reading anything good at the moment?


  1. Thomas

    I’m glad you’ve garnered a great number of views and comments this month – I agree that your post about reading speed was engaging!

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