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2016 Review – A Year in Books, by the numbers

Another year has passed on the Seven Circumstances book blog. Here are the site stats, courtesy of WordPress’s StatsMonkeys who did the calculations. Last year they sent me a pretty report. This year they didn’t so I did my own, in the video below. The numbers are small, but that’s not what I’m after. Considering I do barely anything with this stuff, it is amazing that anyone ever visits the site.

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So, a nod to to all the lovers of literature who follow, read and like my reviews and share my love of books. (It has to be said that many of them are self-published novelists and poets who may be hoping to redirect visitors back to their own book sites to read their writing online and boost their numbers. Well, without readers you don’t have a book. So I get why they do it.) Non-commercial review sites, written, like this one, by just one person, are not very common. Here is a well-written site, called The Whole Brevity Thing, that has intelligent critique on films, television, games and such. “The Dude” who writes it, explains himself like this:

“I love film and television. Love it. So much so that I put a lot of years and a silly amount of money into studying it. My main area of interest was screenwriting, and I studied and practiced and I learnt a lot, but it wasn’t paying the bills. So I put it to one side. This website is me refocusing my energies back on to the things I love. It is for me. If people visit the site, and like what they read, then great, join in the conversation, we’ll have a lot to talk about. But if no one reads a word, well, that’s fine. It’s just something I’ve got to do.”

Amen. Ditto. Same here. Well, Dude, as you like to be called, I enjoy reading your stuff. You really nailed the whole Harry Potter phenomenon in a recent post.

Here’s to another year of good books. Prost!


  • Blogging here since: Sept. 2013 @ approximately 3 reviews per month
  • 2016 views: 4,894 (compared to 4,300 in 2015)
    *Roughly the population of the town of Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada.
    *Roughly the kilometres between Vancouver and Honolulu.
  • 2016 visitors: 2,831
  • All time views: 18,283
  • All time visitors: 11,045
  • Most views in 2016: December – 606 views; 566 visitors
    • *Probably mostly search engines.
    • *Hardly likely to be 600 individual book fans!?
  • Most visitors from:
    • U.S. (1,439 views)
    • Canada (1,179 views)
    • South Africa (407 views)
  • 99 posts & 151 pages since 2013
  • 163 book reviews & 175 authors
  • Most mentioned author is China Miéville (Science Fiction) – I’m a big fan.
  • Nationalities of the more than 170 authors whose books have been reviewed thus far:
    • American – 34%
    • British – 30%
    • Canadian – 8%
    • Chinese – 4%
    • South African – 4%
    • Authors from other (obscurer) places shown in this graph. Most of these, including the Swedish and Chinese ones, were read in translation. Obviously. Duh!
Nationalities of authors whose books have been reviewed.
Nationalities of authors whose books have been reviewed. Usually refers to the country that the author is most identified with, or where they live. Some authors were counted twice for having two countries they are identified with. It does reflect my taste in writing styles and genres.
  • Most read posts:
    • And the Mountains Echoed, by Khaled Hosseini (159) – Why? I think the subject is controversial and current, though it was written years ago.
    • The Princess of Nowhere, by Lorenzo Borghese (159) – Why? The author, of royal blood, had a brief stint on reality TV. That did not make him a bad writer. In fact the book is very good.
    • Elements of Poetry (138) – Why? Probably because I analyse hip hop and rap.
    • The Piano Maker, by Kurt Palka (133) – Why? Probably because I gave the book an unenthusiastic review. People like negative reviews. They are juicy but in the end, pointless. I try not to succumb. The best read review I’ve ever written on GoodReads was for a very bad, amateur Middle-Eastern novel with gay overtones that I really panned, and have since deleted. It got hundreds of “likes”. Good grief. I will not mention the title since it will make the whole thing just escalate all over again.





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