I love year-end wrap-ups and superlatives, no matter the subject. Today we get to turn that reflective lens to this blog. These are the 12 posts that garnered the most pageviews during the calendar year beginning January 1, in order, most to least.
The internet is a funny place. It’s always interesting to see what ends up on this list, because “popular” doesn’t mean “best.” I’m always surprised to see what makes the list, and what doesn’t, and hope you enjoy seeing what winds up on top. Sometimes the results make me shake my head, but I’m sharing them anyway.
I’ll start with a few posts that have consistently wound up in the top ten these past few years, mostly due to popularity in Google search. They are:
• 100 stocking stuffers that will actually be appreciated, don’t feel like a waste of money, and won’t be broken/destroyed/forgotten by New Years. This post consistently starts going gangbusters every October (which is just one reason we update it each year.
• Unputdownable: 17 books I read in 24 hours or less (because they were just that good), because apparently readers are always on the hunt for pageturning mysteries and thrillers.
• 9 books you should have read in high school that are totally worth reading now, which I suspect means readers’ interest in “classic” literature isn’t going away anytime soon.
The most-read posts of the year on Modern Mrs Darcy
If you were leaning towards the lighter side of your reading tastes this year, you weren’t alone. These are some of my very favorite feel-good books for when you need extra bookish delight in your life.
When we moved into our new-to-us old house, we embarked on an accidental experiment—because when we moved in which every single wall was painted Benjamin Moore Simply White, and we didn’t change a thing. I wrote about what I love, what I don’t, and what I learned.
Austen novels soothe me during stressful times, and also lend themselves well to rereading again and again. When I crave a classic after reading tons of new releases, Austen is my go-to. But there are plenty more absorbing classics with heroines to root for after you’ve run out of Austen’s work.
For anyone who craves a can’t-put-it-down mystery or thriller but prefers they not be dark and despairing, these favorite mysteries fall squarely within the confines of the genre, yet maintain a hopeful tone throughout.
Rereading is a great choice if you’re stuck in a reading slump, need a dose of comfort, or—my favorite reason—in the mood to deconstruct a story to figure out how the author put it together.
These ten mystery series not only feature fabulous voice performances, they provide hours upon hours of listening material. For me, police procedural mysteries work well on audio because they tend to be more HSP-friendly. Even when dealing with grisly crimes, the steady pattern of investigation is reassuring. No thriller-like scares to make me jump in my earbuds, please.
There’s nothing like a well-plotted mystery novel to end a reading slump or to get the pages turning when it feels hard to focus.
It turns out I’m not the only one in search of a great mystery series to keep me occupied while I’m waiting for the next Inspector Gamache novel to come out. Note: there are 325(!!!) comments on this post, which means my 7 recommendations are just the beginning.
Many readers are turning to this post right now as they seek books on the shorter side so they can meet their Reading Challenge goal. You can knock one of these slim fiction works off in an afternoon, but you’ll think about these books for weeks, months, even years after you put them down.
According to the American Booksellers Association, October is the new December so we rolled our gift guide out early this year. These gifts are sure to delight the book lover in your life, at the holidays or any time of year.
We released this post featuring absorbing nonfiction reads as a companion to our fiction-heavy Summer Reading Guide picks. If you love a good nonfiction “novel,” you’ll find more than a hundred recommendations in this post and its comments section.
Every year I release a shortened version of the Summer Reading Guide, featuring five titles that are hugely entertaining, have broad appeal, and cover a variety of topics, themes, genres, and perspectives.
P.S. For more superlatives: check out my favorite books of 2020 and my favorite audiobooks and listening experiences of 2020.
P.P.S. I can barely believe it, but this blog is coming up on its 10th anniversary next month! How should we celebrate? Tell us in comments!