Shiver me Timbers! An Anniversary!

Ahoy there me mateys!  Guess what day it is?

So to celebrate me 3 year (b)log anniversary, I break it down . . .

2018 Books By the Numbers:

Number of Posts: 209

Books Reviewed: 241

Number of Pages Read: 76,264 (average 316.448; median 328)

Books that Walked the Plank: 5

Books that Forced an Abandoned Ship: 9

Books Off the Charts: 8

Books with Second Reflections: 23

Authors Profiled in Broadsides: 0

Parley with an Author: 0

Most Books Read by a Single Author: 8 (Elizabeth Moon)

Books by Gender (to the best of me knowledge): F (128/53%) M (108/45%)  N (5/2%)

Books by Genre: Fantasy (61/25.31%) Sci-Fi (67/27.80%) YA (68/28.22%) Horror (1/0.41%) Thriller (9/3.73%) Historical (5/2.07%) Classic (1/0.41%) Romance (3/1.24%) Literary (2/0.83%) Non-Fiction (19/7.88%) Mystery (1/0.41%) Comic (3/.41%) Western (1/.41%)

ARCS (thank ye kindly NetGalley & Publishers!!): 64/28.10%

Novellas (35/14.52%)

Audiobooks (89/36.93%)

Top Five Books Read in 2018 (excluding re-reads):

with some cheatin’ because I’m a pirate!  Arrrrr!

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid) – I know it’s not sci-fi or fantasy but I don’t care.  It was the best book of the year!

a closed and common orbit & record of a spaceborn few (Becky Chambers)

spinning silver (Naomi Novik)

the shining girls (Lauren Beukes)

all systems red and the rest of the series (Martha Wells) – I love Murderbot!

Top Five Popular Reviews of 2018:

hidden sun (Jaine Fenn) – abandoned ship rant with spoilers

the seven husbands of evelyn hugo (Taylor Jenkins Reid) – curiosity of the deep where I read the wrong book!

gone girl (Gillian Flynn) – off the charts with some grumbling

spinning silver (Naomi Novik)

the 7 1/2 deaths of evelyn hardcastle (Stuart Turton) – on the horizon where I finally read the correct book!

Me Top Five Personal Favourite Posts of 2018 (in no particular order):

Normally this would be filled with posts that I really enjoyed writing.  I be drawing a blank for such things so this year it be for books are odd and strangely wonderful that I think deserve more love.

sourdough – a sci-fi book with bread as a main character. seriously.

the rending and the nest – a bizarrely wonderful  post-apocalyptic book where a woman gives birth to an inanimate object.

zoo city – a fantasy book where a woman is bonded with a sloth

the archivist wasp – a post-apocalyptic ghost hunting novel

the emerald circus – a short story collection that turns stories ye love upside down

Side note: I just realized that popular posts that I love to write are me Shiver Me Timbers! NetGalley Rejections! posts.  Click here to find links to the five of these posts so far.  The last one I did was in October.  I know there have been more rejections since.  I am overdue for another of these posts.  Arrr!

Other Random Blog Stats:

First Book Review of 2018: the lady astronaut of mars (Mary Robinette Kowal)

Last Book Review of 2018: the gracekeepers (Kirsty Logan)

Most Commented Post of 2018: 47 – shiver me timbers! an anniversary #2

Comments: 3,805 total and counting

Top 3 Commenters: Nicole @ bookwrymknits and Jackie @ deathbytsundoku are tied!! with Sarah @ brainfluff not far behind

Books on me Ports for Plunder List (i.e. TBR to ye Landlubbers): 965 and counting

Current Crew Members (i.e. Followers to ye Landlubbers): 787 and counting

To read 2016’s anniversary post #1 click here!

To read 2017’s anniversary post #2 click here!

So welcome to me crew ye scalawags, seadogs, and fellow explorers!  Let’s drink some grog to another year of sailing, plunderin’, and adventurin’ on the high seas!

Always remember:

Q:  What happened when Bluebeard the Pirate fell overboard in the Red Sea?

A:  He got marooned.

Hardy har har!

x The Captain

45 thoughts on “Shiver me Timbers! An Anniversary!

  1. Congrats on 3 years Captain!!! I remember reading somewhere that if you get over the 3 year blogging hump, you are more likely to continue on blogging for many years! Looking forward to seeing you around the blogosphere for many more years to come!

    You reviewed 241 books in 2018?!?! Wowza! That is incredible!

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  2. Happy 3rd Anniversary, Captain! I didn’t realize that we had such similar start dates for our blogging journeys.

    HOLY SMOKES. YOU READ A BILLIONTY BOOKS. I mean. Wow! Not only did you read a ton, but you reviewed SO MANY!!! I don’t know how you did that. I am in awe of your skills. I hope to aspire to even 1/5 of this magical reading power.

    Ooooh, I am tied for 1st with the most comments?! Well, this obviously means I need to step up my game for 2019 so I can steal the top commenter spot! Mwahahaha! Here I come! 😉

    Congrats again. I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings us both. ❤

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    1. I read so many books that I had to jam multiple books into single posts. Though really the number was so high because of audiobooks, short YA titles, and novellas. This year will not have as many because things will be happening that are going to take reading time away. Exciting things I think but nothing is set in stone yet.

      And aye, I think ye should battle to be No. 1. I like battles. I can’t wait to see what 2019 will be like for us either. Arrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. I’m so glad that 2019 is (potentially) filled with exciting things for you!!! YAY! It doesn’t matter how many books you read, or how many posts/reviews you write. What matters is that you’re reading. 🙂

        I hope you’re able to share your exciting news once things are set in stone (isn’t there a more pirate-y phrase which could be used? Carved in stone? Uh….). I will be waiting with baited breath.

        And this battle? Shall be royal. 😉

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      2. I will make an announcement on the blog depending on how things shake down. None of the plans are even close to solidifying. Part of making the changes are scary leaps. It will happen. I am looking and planning before I leap though. Arrr!
        x The Captain

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    1. I adored the strange SFF! It makes me think and is weird and wonderful. But I can see how those books wouldn’t be for everyone. Thanks for readin’ me posts. Hope ye enjoy whatever ye read. As for the 1000 books, well I can’t help but add every fun sounding thing to the list. I own about 400 of them. I clean the list periodically and then add more. It tends to hover around the 1000 mark. There are just so many good books! Thanks for the comment matey!
      x The Captain

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      1. I admire your organization abilities and collection. I’m trying to wrangle my 200 book TBR via spreedsheet and its sloooow.

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    1. Thanks for readin’! This be one of me favourite things about this time of year. I love all of the favourites lists, and the anti-favourites lists and the stats. I follow 250 ish blogs so I have a lot of backlog to get through. But I don’t like missing these kinds of posts. That fact that there be so many out there and yet ye take the time to visit and read mine makes me very happy. Arrrr!
      x The Captain

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  3. My husband asked me if I’m sure you’re not a dad, because your pirate joke was totally a Dad Joke 😀

    “Parley with an Author: 0” I’m so glad for this. I had a self-published author stalk me and my reviews around the internet for a year. Happy Blogiversary!

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    1. Lots of landlubbers assume I be a guy because I be a pirate. Silly people! I do have some self-published work to read but no stalkers as of yet. I did have a couple who wouldn’t take no for an answer but I just didn’t respond to their requests. I will parley with at least one author this year but she be on the crew already so it should be awesome. Glad yer stalker finally jumped ship. Hope this year be awesome. Thanks for the well wishes. Glad yer husband enjoyed the joke. Hardy har har!
      x The Captain


    1. Thanks matey! It was a good year in the blogging world for me and I hope to have many more. I am not planning on stopping anytime soon. Thanks for the comment and for being part of the crew. Arrr!
      x The Captain


  4. Huge congratulations on the anniversary, Cap! Quite right to celebrate – your blog is a delight to read – quirky and opinionated, yet also intelligent and well informed:)). I also LOVE your stats. Long may your ship continue to plunder book stores and give us the lowdown on your precious cargo. And many thanks for your generous shoutout:)).

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    1. I missed some comments from ye! Of course I am happy to put shoutouts for yer blog. Yer compliments make me blush. I don’t feel well-informed or even that intelligent. Many people are way way smarter then me. I certainly be quirky. I was excited by me stats too. I love being part of the blogging community and plan on being part of it for forever if possible. Here’s to a great 2019 in books! Arrr!
      x The Captain

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      1. That’s okay, Cap – you blush away… I stand by everything that I said:)). And, like you, I’m always thrilled to be able to share ideas and opinions about my favourite hobby, which when I was growing up, was defined as a solitary pasttime. And hear, hear Cap – let’s bring on barrel-loads of fabulous reads in 2019!

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    1. I am so glad I found the book blogging community. It is filled with lovely people like yerself. I have a small but wonderful crew and this year was awesome in terms of readin’. Thanks for readin’ and for the well wishes.
      x The Captain

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