Monthly Archives: January 2015

Google Searches

It’s nice knowing the searches which have led people to my blog. Very occasionally I might twist a tag to appeal to those searches. From time-to-time there’s a frisson when I realise someone has googled my blog by name.

And sometimes I worry.

Take a peek at the search engine terms today:

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Yes. That does say Valkyrie Cain Porn. Valkyrie Cain. Porn.
Valkyrie. Cain. Porn.

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I have certainly blogged about Valkyrie Cain when I’ve reviewed various Skulduggery Pleasant books. I wasn’t keen on the last one I read, Mortal Coil, mainly because of the high and unnecessary (in my opinion) violence. I may have used the phrase torture porn.

I fear though that that was not the sort of discussion that particular googler was looking for!

2015 Reading Challenge Update

2015 has not got off to a good start: illness has struck both me and baby daughter. You can tell if you look around the house that things have not been well: mince pies remain uneaten; the Christmas Cake is still chaste in its virginal icing; my reading pile has not decreased at all after a two week holiday.

I guess debilitating headaches and gripey children have that effect!

Anyway, to prove that I still have a teacherly attitude, I have reduced my reading challenge to a spreadsheet. Colour coded. and I am going to try to embed it here.

Oh! That seemed to work! Cool! Does it update itself as I add to the original Google Docs document? I don’t know.

Instead of trying to pre-fill the grid now, I’m intending to generally read what I want and what is lying around already in my To Be Read pile (certainly to start the year) and then work out where I can slot it in once I’ve finished. I’m hoping not to have to buy or read to many books just to complete the challenge.

I’m also intending to do what a number of people may view as cheating: tick off multiple categories with one book which is why I’ve included at the moment three possible books for each category. Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller is a play, banned and Pulitzer Prize Winner,

As an aide memoire to myself – and which may be of help to others too – these links may give options for some of the categories:

Pulitzer Prize Winners

Banned Books (in the UK)

As I finish each book, I intend to update the spreadsheet with links to my reviews of each book.

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,900 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.