The results are in! Let’s begin the countdown of the ten most visited (and hopefully read) posts of 2019. There are now 665 posts on this site for your delectation and it does seem you enjoy digging around for older posts as only one of my 2019 Top 10 actually appeared this year, the rest were posted before 2019 started and in a couple of cases didn’t cause that much interest at the time and have become slow burners. There have been 95 new posts this year which is a little down from my peak numbers but I’m still pretty proud of myself thinking this is pretty good going after nearly 5 years as reviewsrevues.com.
The counters were all zeroed last January 1st so these reflect the most read posts since then. The figures in brackets relate to when I last has a countdown back in April when I was celebrating the 600th post. To read the original reviews (and bump up their figures even further) just click on the link to the post.
10 (-) 63 Up– This is the only new post from 2019. This seven yearly update of a group of participants began back in 1964 when they were seven years old. In June this year we had the latest in what is always a five star experience. Shown as a three parter with director Michael Apted still at the helm this is an experiment which at the time it commenced was revolutionary and now is just fascinating.
9 (3) Atlantic Ballroom – Waldeck CD review as part of my rather sparse Music Now Thread (although I may have more time to concentrate on this now that the Essential CD rundown is complete). Originally posted in November 2018.
8 (8) Mary Portas; Secret Shopper. Posted in January 2016. This Channel 4 series saw Mary investigating customer service.
7 (7) Once Upon A Time – Donna Summer. Posted in March 2018. This 1977 double album which I placed at #85 on my Essential CD list has this year been the most read of my CD reviews
6 (4) The Diary Of Two Nobodies – Giles Wood & Mary Killen. Posted in Jan 2018. The “Gogglebox” pair still pulling in people interested in finding out more about them away from their TV viewing chairs.
5 (-) Nutshell – Ian McEwan. Posted in April 2016. I will hopefully get round to reading and reviewing author McEwan’s 2019 published “Machines Like Me” (as featured on my 2019- What I Should Have Read post). In the meantime plenty of you still want to know what I thought about this original crime novel.
4 (2) Scott and Bailey – Also posted in April 2016. The 5th and final series of this obviously much missed TV series seems to have become established as the most read of my television reviews.
3(-) Past Caring – Robert Goddard. I was exploring Robert Goddard’s back catalogue in January 2018 when I posted a review of his novel from 1986. I didn’t love this early work and did feel confident that he has written some real gems in the twenty-five or so novels since this. He is one of those authors who people when returning his library books are very keen to recommend to me. I should certainly seek out more by him in 2020.
2(-) The Dark Circle – Linda Grant. Her 2019 published “A Stranger City” just missed out on my end of year Top 10 but you still seem to be seeking out her 2016 novel the review of which I posted in October of that year. This was her 7th novel and is set largely in a TB sanatorium in post-war Britain. This has been the most read fiction review this year.
1(1) This Is Going To Hurt – Adam Kay– Came in as a new entry in the 600th post and is now looking established at the top of the pile. His much awaited “T’Was The Nightshift Before Christmas” was a much slimmer tome than hoped for but no doubt found its way into many stockings over the festive period, but this is the book which Kay fans will return to. The interest in this review is no surprise, despite the book being published in 2017 and not being picked up by me until November 2018 this is (according to the bestseller.co.uk website) the third biggest selling book in Britain in 2019.
The new entries
In my next couple of posts I’m intending to look ahead to what should be coming up in 2020 book-wise and also scouting around the blogosphere to see what some of the other bloggers have really enjoyed in 2019 before we knuckle down to the real reviewing business in 2020!