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:
Yes. That does say Valkyrie Cain Porn. Valkyrie Cain. Porn.
Valkyrie. Cain. Porn.
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!
There are many reasons why I sometimes do not read as much as I could. Work. Tiredness. Laziness.
This is one of the cutest book thieves and reasons / excuses for not reading!
I do like these word cloud generators. Especially one that can link my book blogs to coffee cups!
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.
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.
Fantastic video from Weird Al Yankovic featuring his word crimes.
Click here to view!
I am very tempted to have a go at the Bridport Prize this year. I mean, it seems churlish not to support something quite so local!
The link to its homepage is here!