The Best and Worst of November 2013

I can’t believe it’s December already.  Where did November go?  Obviously it was in a sick, flu-filled haze for me but it still seemed irregularly short.  Now I have to start thinking about holiday shopping.  Ugh.

On a slightly more cheerful note, the good news is that yesterday (November 30th) The Mad Reviewer got its 100,000th view since January 13, 2012.  I almost did a happy dance at that news because it hasn’t even been two years of blogging yet!  In addition to that, in November I received 5,827 views, which includes 3,865 unique views.  That’s significantly up from September, the last month where my stats weren’t inflated by a controversial post.

So what were the best articles this month?

1.  Why Girls Hate Game of Thrones—A Rebuttal

2.  The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome

3.  The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

4.  How to Read 100 Pages in an Hour

5.  The Giver by Lois Lowry

Meh, none of these are a surprise.  With the popularity of The Hunger Games as a novel study book as well as the popularity of Game of Thrones, it’s not that shocking that these two were vying for the #1 spot all month.  I mean, the Game of Thrones article only beat The Hunger Games and Ancient Rome by 10 hits.  That’s pretty good.

So what were my worst posts this month?

1.  Black Ships by Jo Graham

2.  Firelight by Sophie Jordan

3.  The King’s Man by Pauline Gedge

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

5.  The Scourge by A. G. Henley

All of these listed here as the worst posts are all about pretty darn good books, especially Black Ships and The Scourge.  It’s not that surprising how such good books get ignored in favour of novel study books or popular TV shows (since the GoT hits come mostly from show-related search terms).  That’s just how the internet is, but it doesn’t make me any less proud of these reviews.

Other than being miserable for two weeks, November was a pretty good month for me.  How was it for you?  Are you excited about the upcoming holidays in December?


  1. J. F

    Well done and I agree with you on what happened to November. I’m in the state of how the heck did summer turn into winter so fast. yikes. Congrats on your success but then you are fantastic. I’m proud if I get just one blog post up. Keep up the good work and may next year be even better.

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