Blog Stats for May, 2017
There are now 3063 posts online
Since inception The Reading Life has received 4,629,515 page views
The five most viewed posts in May were
"The Assignment" by Saadat Hasan- almost all from India and Pakistan
Pigeon Pie by Nancy Mitford -
"The Blind Dog" by R. K. Narayan - almost all from India
Completed by two classic short stories by authors from the Philippines
Russian Bots. Why.???
About every two months for a three day period I receive thousands of hits from all over Russia, all under a second on different posts on the blog. The hits last maybe three days then stop. During a three day period I got 17,187 such hits. There is no spam left. Have other bloggers experienced this level of bot hits? What are they looking for?
Top home countries of visitors (not from bots)
USA, the Philippines, India, UK, and Germany. Top USA state is California. Most common home city is the greater Manila area with London and Los Angeles next.
The Golden House by Salman Rushdie. a reaction to horror of The trumping of America . As good as his best
Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh. Part three of The Ibis Trilogy, first rate historical fiction
Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey. 2016 Jewish Book of the Year
Smile by Roddy Doyle. A delight for his legion of fans
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi. Beautiful work
The Master by Colm Toibin, second reading. Henry James in London
I almost never do negative posts on novels basically because I don't go far in books I don't like. Life is to short to read bad books just so you can trash them.
I continued my reading of the work of Leonora Carrington with her acclaimed memoir Down Below and two short stories
Prompted by the sad news of the Passing of Denis Johnson, I read his collection of linked short stories, Jesus's Son. Great Beyond by ability to speak upon. Tales of Desolation Row
"Senor Pinedo" by Mavis Gallant. Part of my participation in the read through hosted by Buried in Print.
I also was very happy to discover two new to me very talented writers of speculative short fiction, Isabel Yap and Allysa Wong, both with strong ties to the Philippines.
Works I read in May but refrained from posting upon
I read only one book I did not post about, The Politics of Opera A History from Monteverdi to Mozart by Mitchell Cohen. Superbly learned book. Opera plays a big role in Proust and other European writers, mostly French. Serious literary and musical autodidacts will love this book. Very learned
I also did not post on a short story by Yiyun Li, "A Small Flame", you can read it for free on The New Yorker
I offer my great thanks to those who take the time and trouble to leave a comment.
To my fellow book bloggers, the greatest readers in the world, don't stop blogging because you feel the forces of ignorance are in an ascending mode.
The Reading Life