The 11 most popular posts of 2017

The 11 most popular posts of 2017

I love year end reflections and recaps, and today I’m sharing one particular to blogging: the 10 most popular posts of the year, determined by pure numbers. These are the 11 posts that garnered the most pageviews during the calendar year beginning January 1, in order, most to least. (It was going to be 10, but I think #11 is an interesting outlier, so 11 it is.)

The internet is a funny place. It’s always interesting to see what ends up on this list, because “popular” doesn’t mean “best.” These aren’t necessarily my favorite posts, or yours. Some of these posts did well because you loved and shared them; some are here because Facebook kept popping them in people’s feeds, or it somehow ranks high in Google search, or—in the case of #1—Reddit got ahold of it.

I’m always surprised to see what makes the list, and what doesn’t, and hope you enjoy perusing these top 11. Sometimes the results make me shake my head, but I’m sharing them anyway. Without further adieu … the most popular posts of 2017, in order:

1. Unputdownable: 17 books I read in 24 hours or less (because they were just that good). 17 titles featuring great characters, strong narrative drive, and a premise that sucks you right in.

2. The 2017 Summer Reading Guide. Because summer’s too short to read bad books: your guide to the season’s best. (Bonus: at year’s end, the library waiting list for these titles will be much, much shorter.)

3. 13 things I’ve learned in 30 months of Stitch Fix (aka my best Stitch Fix tips). Seven and a half years and 40-something fixes later, these are my best tips for getting the most out of Stitch Fix.

4. The ten-item wardrobe. Some people think this topic is superficial, but we all have to get dressed. If you put some thought and organization into this daily task, you can completely change your life.

5. 9 books you should have read in high school that are totally worth reading nowIf you tend to get a little panicky when you consider all the books you feel like you should have read by now, take heart: you’ll get more out of reading these novels now than you ever would have gotten out of them in high school.

6. How to listen to Audible audiobooks for free, without a membership. How to stream top-rated audiobooks for free—including best sellers, family favorites, celebrity-narrated classics, and more.

7. 17 books everyone will be talking about this summer. Your guide to the season’s certain bestsellers, to help you decide if they’re right for you.

8. 40 favorite audiobooks for kids. My own family’s favorites, the ones we’re looking forward to listening to in the car and during quiet time, and a healthy number of reader selections.

9. 9 bestsellers actually worth the hype. Just because a book is a bestseller, that doesn’t mean it’s any good. These 9 titles justify the buzz.

10. 11 book pairs that match your childhood favorites with what you should read nowIf you’re a reader who knows the joy of reading for a lifetime—or wants to—this list is for you.

11. 9 little things I’m loving right now. This one is a bit of an outlier on the popular post list: 9 little, everyday, and inexpensive things that bring me a disproportionate amount of happy. 

Next week I’ll share my favorite posts here. I already know the lists won’t overlap by much. Stay tuned!

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  1. Well, I can definitely see why these would be the most popular. A lot of them are answers to the type of things you might google (questions like, What should I read next? or What Should I read now?) so you are getting a lot of people who aren’t regular readers as well as your followers (readers? that sounds less creepy). Plus, lots of numbers in the titles, which SEO loves for some reason. Love that 11 is not book centric. Very interesting, though your posts like that are my personal favorites.

    I hop ey ou do a round up like you did last year of your and readers’ favorites too. Its interesting to compare.

  2. Sheila says:

    Dear Modern Mrs Darcy, posts like these are wreaking havoc with my personal life, as I was compelled to jump down the rabbit hole for every one of the eleven things. And then I realized that this happens every morning. I make my copy, open my email, eventually start reading your email (and frequently this is the Kindle deals…) and the next thing. I know, my coffee is cold and much time has passed. So I don’t know if I should thank you or not, but you sure improve my Day.

    • Anne says:

      Hahaha! I’ll take this as a compliment, I think—but maybe next time grab that coffee before you start reading? 😉

      Thanks for reading, and for the kind words!

  3. It is so funny to see how the numbers shake out. And my top posts are generally not my favorites either. Although your #1 post is one I would totally click on too!

    A disproportionate number of my top posts are spoiler discussions about popular books I didn’t like (Behind Her Eyes, All is Not Forgotten, The Girl on the Train)…so odd.

    • Anne says:

      That’s so interesting that the spoiler discussions get a disproportionate number of pageviews! Sometimes I can understand why something is popular (on my own site) and sometimes I really, really don’t get it. 🙂

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