Hard to believe it is that time again – birthday time! Yes indeed, Raging Biblioholism turns two today. The last year has been a developmental one for me and for the blog – we’ve been in New York for the entirety of the year, there’s real life stuff a-happening all over the place… but that’s just personal. For RB itself, we’ve developed some authorial relationships (Joshua Mohr, Greg Olear) and continued a few from last year (Gail Carriger, Jonathan Howard). There’ve been some amazing books (and the events surrounding them, like the launch of the Goodreads Book Club) and some… not so amazing books (and the events surrounding them, like the-hurricane-that-wasn’t).
All in all, though, a damn fine year for literature. We’re looking to the year ahead – three years means we’re out of the baby phase and into our toddlerhood, doesn’t it? There’ll be a few changes coming soon, including a recommended-books section and maybe a few other surprises (like the continuation of our “Questions & Answers” series).
It’s been my pleasure to write for you these last two years. I hope you’ll stick with us and see what comes next.
I leave you with the stuff you all wanted to know: the stats.
Vital Stats, Year Two:
- Books Read: 87
- Pages Read: 29,628 (that’s almost exactly the same as last year. whoa. 45 pages more. whoa.)
- Average Rating: 3.89
- Highest Rating(s): Bel Canto by Ann Patchett/A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan/The Alexandria Quartet by Lawrence Durrell (cumulative all four books) – 6 out of 5
- Lowest Rating(s): The Tragedy of Arthur by Arthur Phillips/There Is No Year by Blake Butler – 1 out of 5 (and, in the case of Mr. Butler, barely that)