Book reviews are the type of posts I most like to write for this blog, and they are also the ones that take me the longest to complete and edit. Nevertheless, they tend to have less views than the rest of the content on my blog. At least this is the perception I have. I don’t analyse my blog statistics thoroughly and frequently, thus there is a slight possibility that I’m wrong.
But this is something that has been intriguing me lately. So, I took a quick look at my blog stats to discover the reviews with the most and the least number of views. The titles of the books mentioned below link to the full reviews.
My Three Most Viewed Reviews
The reason why I think this is my most viewed review is that it was published around the time when The Power was announced as the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2017. Told from various points of view, it delves into what happened when women discovered they had the power to electrocute other people with their hands. I quite liked the premise but didn’t enjoy the execution as much.
I have mentioned and shared my review of The Muse so many times that I was not surprised to see it amongst my most viewed. The second novel by Jessie Burton, one of my favourite reads of last year, connects two different time periods through a mysterious painting. In 1967, Odelle Bastien is offered a job as a typist at the Skelton Gallery. In 1936, Olive Schloss arrives at a house in rural Spain and gathers courage to tell her parents she has been accepted to do a Fine Arts degree.
The review of the haunting and atmospheric Rebecca is also unsurprisingly one of my most viewed reviews. The unnamed narrator goes live at Manderley after marrying Maxim de Winter. There she struggles to overcome the shadow of his deceased first wife, Rebecca, who seems to have exceled at everything. This is without a doubt an unforgettable classic full of fleshed-out characters.
My Three Least Viewed Reviews
I wrote a review about Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell just some months after starting the blog, reason why I think it doesn’t have that many views. It is an alternative history novel, set in the 19th century, focusing on the restoration of English magic and the role played by the two greatest magicians of that time: Gilbert Norrell and Jonathan Strange. But this is not only a book about magic, there are many instances of social criticism, for example about women’s rights, slavery and the differences of treatment connected to social class.
I was quite surprised to see Frankenstein among my least viewed reviews. Using elements of both science fiction and horror, it tells the story of how Victor Frankenstein dealt with the creature born of his experiment. It offers great insight about the transformation someone can go through when despised by others.
A Morgadinha dos Canaviais is a Portuguese classic which I don’t believe it has been translated into English. Henrique de Souselas left Lisbon to visit his aunt in the countryside of Minho, a region in the North of Portugal. There he meets Madalena, who uses a sarcastic tone, seems quite sure of herself and is not easily impressed. Throughout the novel, she also displays great generosity.