I devoted a lot more of my free time to growing my YouTube Channel in 2022, which led to more comic books read but less “proper” books completed. Despite this change in hobby priorities, I still published 48 posts in 2022. Of those posts, only 14 were book reviews, 9 were comic book reviews, and 8 were Movie or TV reviews. In total, 31 reviews compared to 34 the year before.
After a quick check on the Wakizashi’s Teahouse YouTube Channel, I see that I made 104 comic book review videos in 2022. Imagine if I’d also posted short written reviews of those comics on WordPress. Definitely something to consider for this year.
In 2022, the Blog got 13,014 views, up 27% on last year. “Visitors” were up 28% compared to 2021. But “Likes” and “Comments” were both down. Most of my traffic came from the United States, followed by the U.K., Australia, Canada, and Germany.
Another year draws to a close, so it’s time to publish my Top Reads of the year. These are the stories that stood out for me over the past 12 months. They are listed in no particular order; just the ones I enjoyed reading the most during this crazy year of 2020. If you click on the title, it will take you to my review.
Well, another year draws to a close so it’s time to reveal Who’s Dreaming Who’smost viewed posts for 2019. Which authors and books attracted the most clicks this year? Without further ado, here’s 2019’s Top 20 viewed posts:
(Clicking on the number will take you to the review.)
1.The Exegesis of Philip K. Dick (2011) Edited by Pamela Jackson & Jonathan Lethem 2.Impostor (1953) by Philip K. Dick 3.Pyramids (1989) by Terry Pratchett 4.Inverted World (1974) by Christopher Priest 5.The Big Time (1958) by Fritz Leiber 6.The Fog Horn (1951) by Ray Bradbury 7.Neuromancer (1984) by William Gibson 8.Groo versus Conan (2013) by Sergio Aragones et al 9.Ubik (1969) by Philip K. Dick 10.Burning Chrome (1986) by William Gibson 11.Fairyland (1995) by Paul McAuley 12.The Transmigration of Timothy Archer (1982) by Philip K. Dick 13.Mona Lisa Overdrive (1988) by William Gibson 14.Good Omens (1990) by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman 15.Rosewater (2016) by Tade Thompson 16.The City and the City (2009) by China Mieville 17.Oh, to be a Blobel (1964) by Philip K. Dick 18.White Time (2000) by Margo Lanagan 19.Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home (1973) by James Tiptree, Jr 20.The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: Vol.12 (2018) Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Happy Autumn everyone! It’s the best time of the year for reading (according to Japanese people). What books or comics are you enjoying at the moment?…
I’m in the middle of reading Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust. So far, it has been a very comfortable read and I’m nicely into it.
Now that Hallowe’en is over for another year, I think it’s time for a retrospective post about my second year of blogging about books. Two years, eh? Where did the time go?… I spent some of it reading, but not enough really. I was too often tempted by some of the quality TV drama appearing on Netflix and Amazon Prime, notably Stranger Things, Mister Robot, Fargo, Jessica Jones, American Gods, Luke Cage, and Star Trek Discovery. How about you? Does TV still tempt you, or are you only in it for the books?! Continue reading →
It’s been a year since I started reviewing books on this blog, so I thought I would write a retrospective post to celebrate. It all began with Richard Matheson’s 1971 horror novel Hell House which I chose to read for Neil Gaiman’s All Hallow’s Read. His idea was to gift a scary book to a friend for Halloween:
“I propose that, on Hallowe’en or during the week of Hallowe’en, we give each other scary books. Give children scary books they’ll like and can handle. Give adults scary books they’ll enjoy.
I propose that stories by authors like John Bellairs and Stephen King and Arthur Machen and Ramsey Campbell and M R James and Lisa Tuttle and Peter Straub and Daphne Du Maurier and Clive Barker and a hundred hundred others change hands — new books or old or second-hand, beloved books or unknown. Give someone a scary book for Hallowe’en. Make their flesh creep…”
-Neil Gaiman, Blog Post “A Modest Proposal (That Doesn’t Actually Involve Eating Anyone)”, Saturday October 23rd 2010.