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.
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.
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. Readers’ interest in “classic” literature isn’t going away anytime soon.
The most-read posts of the year on Modern Mrs Darcy
We asked our community of readers what their favorite historical novels were and they certainly delivered. The comments are a goldmine, too!
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.
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.
I nearly didn’t read these wonderful books because I avoided them for silly reasons.
You probably didn’t learn about these events in history class! Novels bring lesser-known historical events alive in a brand new way.
An unputdownable mystery combined with a beautifully written literary novel? SIGN ME UP.
“It feels odd to say that laundry is saving my life, but it’s not really the laundry that’s doing it. It’s the transformation of a once-begrudged task into an intriguing puzzle (and you know how I feel about puzzles); the subtle shift in mindset to approaching the quotidian with intention and care.”
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 344(!!!) comments on this post, which means my 7 recommendations are just the beginning.
It’s easy to see why this post was so popular in 2021: these escapist reads invite you to along on a vicarious vacation, perfect for when you can’t leave home yourself.
Great nonfiction can reveal a slice of history we never learned about in school. These stories read like novels, and will make you eager to know what happened and how it fits into your previous understanding of the event or era.
These narrative nonfiction reads are brimming with real accounts of world travels, dangerous expeditions, and outdoor adventures. You’ll have a hard time putting them down!
You can listen to audiobooks year round but the summer has great opportunities all its own, whether you’re gardening, sitting poolside, or on a road trip, making it a great time to turn to the backlist.