It’s that time of year again. The time for everyone to give you their lists from the year before. I’ve been seeing blogs listing their top posts, Instagram feeds with the #topnine of 2018, and the hashtag #top4of2018 on Twitter. While I didn’t participate in the IG or Twitter tops, I like to do a roundup of my top posts after the year is out so I can see what my followers are enjoying and what’s bringing new faces in for a visit.
Last year my top posts list included posts made during the life of the blog, not just 2017. Now that I’ve been regularly blogging for a bit longer I’m going to list my top posts of 2018 that were originally posted in 2018, but I’ll also let you know the posts that are still popular more than a year later. In fact, I’ll list those first. So here are my posts that had the most clicks in 2018 but were originally posted before 2018.
OLD POSTS STILL GETTING LOVE
#5 – The Chesapeake Bride
I’ve had my ups and downs with this series, but through it all I’ve remained a huge fan of Mariah Stewart. This wasn’t my favorite of the Chesapeake Diaries series, but it does rate toward the top. I originally read this one in 2017 and for some reason this particular review still gets a lot of hits. It’s even had at least one this year already!
#4 – Heaven, Texas
Another series I’ve had ups and downs with. This particular book was actually one of my least favorite of the Chicago Stars series. I adore SEP and am beyond thankful I was introduced to her stories. I highly recommend her and this series if you haven’t read it yet. This may not be my favorite book, but it’s still great. I read this one almost 2 full years ago!
This one made my top posts list last year, with good reason. This book is amazing and the review is still getting hits more than 2 years later. It was the first book I had read by this author so I’m happy to report when I read her 2018 release, Leave No Trace, I found she really is an outstanding writer…this one wasn’t just a fluke. You should definitely read at least one of these books, but really you should read both.
#2 – NemeSIS
Like the book above, this one is a repeat top post from last year. A debut novel for this author, I’m anxious to see if she’ll put anything else out. If you’ve ever dealt with a mean girl who went above and beyond to be cruel, this is a story for you.
#1 – Polar Vortex
This one I find odd. It’s not book related and it’s quite old. In fact, this one was posted exactly 5 years ago on my 40th birthday. (For those of you who aren’t good with numbers, that makes me 45 today!) I’m not sure what draws people to this post. Even more curious, it got most of its hits in the summer months. Maybe people were trying to find ways to cool down? Another interesting tidbit about the day this was posted…it was also the last time I had a cigarette. I’m convinced, to this day, that I had success with quitting that winter because it was so darn cold out I didn’t want to go outside. Not even for a cigarette. So happy 5 years smoke free to me!
Top 5 Posts of 2018
#5 – Half Empty
For some reason, this was my first Caitlin Crews book. I had seen her name all over the place on my social media from other authors I love, so it shouldn’t have taken me so long to check her out. I cannot say enough good things about this story and cannot wait to read more by this author.
#3 – Cowgirls Don’t Cry
I have been reading (and loving) Lorelei James for years. Oddly enough, this series did not have a strong start for me way back in 2014. In fact, I only read the first few books and couldn’t find the next book and let it go. I’m so glad I picked the Rough Riders series back up because these stories are, for the most part, amazing. If you like your heroes to be a surprisingly sweet, super sexy, and a bit broken then this author is a good fit for you. Not just in this series, but in all of her other stories, too.
#2 – Dream Lover
Not only do I love this series and this author, but I’d like to think I’ve become Twitter friends with Stacey Keith over the last year. She’s funny, snarky, insightful, and doesn’t take anyone’s crap. My kinda gal. That’s not why I recommend her stories to other romance loving readers out there, though. She truly is an insightful author who knows how to write chemistry and give me all the feels.
Far and away my top post of 2018. Truth be told, I’m pretty sure there has to be some kind of bots that are giving me my hits on this one since there are hits pretty much every day. Multiple hits. Don’t get me wrong, this is a phenomenal story by one of my very favorite authors. But I just don’t have that big of a following to justify how much traffic this post gets. That being said…do yourself a favor and check out this novella that starts off the Gold Valley series, which is an offshoot of the Copper Ridge series.
So there you have it, my top posts of 2018 in two different ways. Coming up next week, my full recap of 2018. A year in review, so to speak.