Some time last week, this blog passed its 500,00 hit milestone.
That’s 1551 posts, 915 reviews and 11, 727 comments!
44% of the books reviewed are by female authors, and there are 128 reviews of books in translation, and 114 reviews of debut Australian fiction. And although this blog is for lovers of literary fiction, there are also 209 reviews of non-fiction, 75% of which is Australian non-fiction.
This year was the third year I’ve hosted Indigenous Literature Week and there are now 35+ reviews of books by indigenous authors on the Indigenous Literature Reading List.
A big shout out to author Karenlee Thompson who has so generously contributed 23 Guest Reviews and without whom there would be no reviews of short story collections on this blog.
Clustr Maps shows that ANZ LitLovers’ readers come from all over the world, led by Australia, the US, the UK, Europe, India and South Africa. In the last six months more than 22,000 hits came from Australia (with Victoria at 7000+ leading the way but the Northern Territory snubbing me with only 41 hits). Clustr Maps tells me that I’ve even had a visitor from Kyrgyzstan. I used to think that hits from non-English speaking countries were all accidental, until I was assured by an expat in Russia that she loved hearing about Aussie books at ANZ LitLovers because it made her feel less homesick.
Enough of this bragging!
A big thank you to fellow bloggers who inspire and encourage me, especially Sue from Whispering Gums, Stu from Winston’s Dad, Tom Cunliffe from A Common Reader, Kim from Reading Matters, Kevin from Canada and John from Musings of a Literary Dilettante.
And a very grateful thanks to the readers who take the time to share their thoughts in comments. There was one this week from a reader called Nichola – her kindness made my day:}
Happy reading everyone!