10th Blogiversary today! Stats, answers, and winners

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It’s really hard to believe, but indeed today is my 10th blogiversary!
I have been book blogging here for 10 years, after a few posts on a previous site.

It’s been a wonderful experience, thanks to you, all my readers, thanks to your reading suggestions, your own reading challenges and activities, and your comments.

Along these years, I have experienced great moments, especially reading books from over 50 different countries; or participating in Book Expo in America when it took place in Chicago. The ArmchairBea was also great, too bad it no longer exists.

Thank you so much for being here and for reading these pages!

I have been organizing some games to reward you.
At the end of this post, I will reveal 2 winners.

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But first of all, based on suggestions you gave me, here are a few numbers and stats.

As of today, Words And Peace has:

  • 2,228 posts
  • 822 book reviews
  • over 20,000 comments
  • over 5,360 followers
  • over 203,900 hits

Here is a series of TOP TEN:

10th blogiversary top ten reviews

= Interesting that Classics come first!

10th blogiversary toen ten posts

= Book reviews are not the type of posts generating most views!

10th blogiversary tOP TEN COMMENTED

= And not 1 review among the top 10 commented! Taking part in blog events does bring a lot of comments (especially The Sunday Post, and other memes or challenges).

Thanks to my top commenters! :

10th blogiversary top commenters

And to my top referrers:

10th blogiversary top TEN REFERRERS

= alas several of these actually no longer exist!

And now a nice chart:
NB: the total is in dark purple (from 61 books in 2010 to 118 in 2019)
Only 4 years have under 100 books.
The 2 other colors don’t add books, but show the proportion between read/listened to
(from 13 audiobooks in 2010 to 28 in 2019)

10th blogiversary number of books read

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Now is he time to reveal my top 10 favorite books. It was really hard to pick one from each yearly recap.
Here they are, as presented in Game 1:

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Congratulations to the players who identified the 10 covers!

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Looks like Game 2 was more challenging.
I asked you to find out what these 8 authors have in common.
I specified that the answer was quirky, and I gave you a clue:
looking at my recap by Authors should help you.

So next to each author, I added one of the titles of these authors:

  1. Thad Carhart  The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier 
  2. Lan Samantha Chang  All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost 
  3. Gay Hendricks  The First Rule Of Ten
  4. Anthony Horowitz  The Sentence is Death
  5. Hiromi Kawakami  The Ten Loves of Nishino
  6. Patrick Modiano Suspended Sentences
  7. Kate Morton The Forgotten Garden
  8. Wendy Walker  All Is Not Forgotten

Now, do you see it?
If not, here is the answer:

  1. Thad Carhart  The Piano Shop on the Left Bank: Discovering a Forgotten Passion in a Paris Atelier 
  2. Lan Samantha Chang  All is Forgotten, Nothing is Lost 
  3. Gay Hendricks  The First Rule Of Ten
  4. Anthony Horowitz  The Sentence is Death
  5. Hiromi Kawakami  The Ten Loves of Nishino
  6. Patrick Modiano Suspended Sentences
  7. Kate Morton The Forgotten Garden
  8. Wendy Walker  All Is Not Forgotten

So each of these authors have a title containing the letters T E N.
Like my TENth blogiversary 😉

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And now for the winners!
Two players have a total of 21 points

ELLEN
lives in the US, so she’ll receive a surprise package with 10 items
(a surprise book + 9 other surprise items!)

LORY 
lives in Switzerland,
so she can pick 1 book among my 10 favorite books of these past 10 years
(see list above),
and she will receive it through bookdepositery!

THANKS SO MUCH FOR PLAYING, 
FOR READING, AND COMMENTING ON THIS BLOG.
It wouldn’t exist without you.

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22 thoughts on “10th Blogiversary today! Stats, answers, and winners

  1. Very happy 10th Blogiversary! I can think of so many happy moments for me as a reader of your posts and a participant in your events. It is just so nice knowing you!

    Very happy to see that The Complete Review Guide ended up in your top 10 favorites! Your blog is certainly distinguished by its multicultural breadth.

    Warmest wishes for your reading and writing in the future. Thanks for all you offer to your readers, for the fruits of your impressive labors, and for your perspective!

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  3. What a clever puzzle you made! Worthy of Horowitz himself. Although I did not solve that one I’m so excited to be a winner and with you all the very best for your big day. Here’s to another great decade.

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  4. Happy Blogiversary again! Yours stats are absolutely incredible, so many posts, reviews and comments! Well done, what an achievement! It is great to see The Elegance of the Hedgehog being your favourite book from 2010 too. I am meaning to watch its film one of these days in October. I wonder if it is going to be true to the book. I also wonder how was your experience during these past 10 years on wordpress? I have been blogging about films on my other blog for almost 9 years on wordpress and it is sometimes a bit sad and disheartening to see your favourite followers and “online friends” disappear over the years, never coming back.

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    • Thanks Diana.
      The Elegance of the Hedgehog: yes yes the movie is fabulous!!
      Originally I started with blogger, but I thought there were lots pf security issues back then. I have never regretted my move to wordpress – I’m not self-hosted. I thought about doing it at one point, but I now no longer feel the need.
      Sad indeed that so many bloggers don’t persevere, but I guess that’s a characteristic of our times.

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