Happy 5th Blogiversary to Me!

I know that I’ve been busy, but I cannot believe that I almost missed the fifth anniversary of my blog! Many of the book bloggers whom I follow are college students just getting started, so I definitely feel like a veteran after half a decade. In fact, a recent blog referred to my Why I HATE Nicholas Sparks post as “ancient.” Thanks?

To celebrate this major blogiversary, I’m here to share five fun facts about your very own Book Club Babe!

1. The Hard Numbers: In the five years that I’ve been blogging, I’ve written 416 posts and gained almost 87,000 total views from over 46,600 visitors. The day with the best views ever (463 total) was April 8, 2015, but that’s only because my talented brother Nick Jarrett launched my personal website alyssajarrett.com that day, which hosts a feed to this blog. Check it out to see my professional portfolio and find links to my vlogs and other social media networks.

2. The Fanbase: Speaking of social media, let’s tally up my fans! I have a total of 850 followers, which includes my WordPress (123) and email (18) subscribers, personal Facebook (234), Facebook page (71), Twitter (151), Pinterest (98), personal Google+ (36), Google+ page (94), Goodreads (21), and YouTube (4). I’m certainly not the most popular blog on the web, but I’ve heard many times that people found books they loved thanks to my reviews, and that makes everything worth it.

3. Most Popular Day and Time of Posts: Tuesday (17% of views) at 12:00PM PST (6% of views). Not surprising, given the popularity of the Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. If you’re a new book blogger, join us!

4. Most Discussed Posts: Other than my rant on the romance novel king, my most commented on posts include My Top Ten Goals for 2016, Top Ten Books When You Just Want to Laugh, and my rant on Fifty Shades of Grey.

5. VIP Commenters: I have to give a special shout-out to Alison Doherty at Hardcovers and Heroines, The Other Watson at Wanton Creation, and Bridget at Dog-Eared and Dog-Tagged for supporting me all these years. I consider them some of my first blogging friends, and I wish them all the best in the future!

Another year down, hopefully many more to go! Thank you for all the insightful conversations, amazing recommendations, and wonderful memories!

XOXO

Book Club Babe

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Happy 4th Blogiversary to Me!

It’s party time!

Today is a more celebratory Friday than usual, because it marks the 4th anniversary of Book Club Babe! On July 17, 2011, during the summer before my last year of grad school, I was faced with lots of free time and a burning desire to share my love of reading. I decided that since I was going to read all these books anyway, why not post my reviews online?

These past four years have been revolutionary for me: I’ve received my Master’s degree, moved to the Bay Area, and launched a successful career in tech marketing. I’ve met so many new people and visited a variety of exciting places.

And the books! How can I forget the books? Thankfully, one major advantage of running a blog is that I can keep track of my reading progress. In four years, I have read 93 novels and countless other short stories, poems, comics, and works of non-fiction.

To sum up my reading list, here are my four all-time favorite books since starting Book Club Babe. I think that this is a testament to my diverse tastes, because these novels could not be more different from each other:

  1. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

As for my blog posts, I’m most proud of the pieces that incite a conversation and make you think. One of my predominant reasons for loving literature is that there a few right/wrong, black/white answers. The fun lies in the interpretation between the lines. These are my top 4 topics of debate:

  1. 4 Literary Archetypes You Shouldn’t Love IRL
  2. Are Dead White Authors Still Relevant?
  3. Can a Book Ever Make a Reader’s Life Worse?
  4. And the question which I ask most often: Why Aren’t More People Reading?

I just wanted to say thanks to all of my fans for making Book Club Babe possible. After tallying up all my social media networks, I have over 600 followers that keep up with this blog in one form or another, and I appreciate each and every single one of you! Here’s to many more years of reading, writing, and reviews!

Love,

Book Club Babe

XOXO