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My Most Popular Posts, Broken Down By Category

Having published more than 1,000 posts on 101 Books over the last four-and-a-half years, it’s easy for me to completely forget about some of my past posts.

Happens all the time. I’ll think I’ve got a great idea, then suddenly realize that Oh crap! I’ve already written about that exact topic three years ago! Maybe it’s age. Maybe it’s early onset dementia…I don’t know. But my memory sucks.

Your memory might not suck, but I’m sure it’s pretty difficult for you to find older posts on this blog–or just looking around to find which posts might be the most popular.

Today, I’m creating a “Best of 101 Books” page. I’m premiering it today as just a normal post. But, on Monday, I’ll transfer all the content to a brand new page–you’ll be able to find it in the top menu, between “Your Blogs” and “Archives.”

So without wasting anymore time, here are some of my favorite posts in 101 Books history, broken up by topics. I’ll keep updating this page, so check back often! And if I missed a post you are particularly fond of, feel free to suggest it. 


Punctuation, Ranked

You Might Not Be A Writer (And That’s Okay)

7 Myths About Being A Writer

Is A Creative Writing MFA Worth The Cost?

Who Ever Said Writing Was Romantic?

What Your Editor’s Notes Really Mean

This One’s For The Editors

9 Ways To Say Jonathan Franzen Is Sassy

One Thing You Need To Be A Professional Writer

On Rejection As A Writer

One Mistake Many Writers Still Make

Want To Write A Classic Novel? Here’s How.

What Inspires You To Write?

Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules of Writing


5 Ways To Generate Blog Post Ideas

5 Things Your Mom Didn’t Tell You About Book Blogging

10 ways to lose 100 blog followers in 1 sentence.

8 Generic Blog Post Ideas That (Usually) Work

The Anatomy Of A “Viral” Blog Post

5 Things I’ve Learned About Book Blogging


Here’s A Passage That Made Me Cry

20 Reasons The Great Gatsby Is The Best Novel Ever

Why I Disagree With Critics Of The New Gatsby Film

Book #27: The Sound And The Fury

Book #16: Infinite Jest, Part 1

Book #16: Infinite Jest, Part 2

Book #15: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

Book #13: Mrs. Dalloway

Goofy Listicles

7 Bad Dating Tips From Literature

12 Signs You’re Addicted To Reading

6 Features E-Readers Need Before I’ll Use One

15 Rejected Marketing Blurbs From Famous Novels

3 Petit Fours That Look Delicious


7 (Even More) Annoying Words That Should Die A Horrible Death

7 (More) Annoying Words That Should Die A Horrible Death

7 Annoying Words That Should Die A Horrible Death

6 Impossible Words To Spell Correctly

5 Disgusting Words That Make Me Cringe


The Do’s And Don’ts Of Reading On A Plane

My 7 Rules Of Loaning Books

101 Books Guide To Public Restroom Reading Etiquette

Reading Tips From A One-Year-Old

101 Books Guide To Carrying An Embarrassing Book In Public


On September 11 and the “why” behind tragedy

The Time Robin Williams Read Narnia To His Daughter

Dear Mom

The Aurora Tragedy: When Life & Art Intersect


The Wake-Up Times Of Famous Authors

If Famous Authors Were Football Players

Harper Lee Lays The Smack Down

The Reading Life

What Does It Mean To Be “Well Read?”

How Does Your Job Influence What You Read?

Shakespeare On The Coffee Table

5 Ways To Make More Time To Read

101 Books/Time List Focused

This Is My 1,000th Post.

Q&A With Lev Grossman from Time: Part 1

Q&A With Lev Grossman From Time: Part 2

The Beginning

Posts I Couldn’t Figure How Where To Categorize

Roald Dahl’s Heartbreaking Letter About Vaccination

Dear Morning People, I Disagree.

Is There A Statute Of Limitations On Spoiler Alerts?

Why Self-Publishing Gets A Bad Name

Love Stories That Aren’t Really Love Stories

What Do Harper Lee And Captain Underpants Have In Common?

Did Stanley Kubrick Misinterpret A Clockwork Orange?

Diary of A Former Bookstore Worker

Bookish Pet Peeve #3: The Book Snob

A Lesson In Terrible Book Covers

How To Know If You’re A Book Snob




3 Comments Post a comment
  1. I’m working on a tutorial on how to categorize, and not categorize, a WordPress site and your attempt intrigued me. Interesting how your site categories and your categorization above don’t mesh. Now that you have a better perspective on the process, might be time to clean up the categories list in the sidebar to help readers.

    I’m curious about some of the categories listed in this post. “Serious” isn’t really a category but an emotional state, I think. That serves you, but how does that serve the reader. Of the four posts you have listed there, while the topic might be serious, they deserve to be sorted elsewhere among other related topics to give them more value.

    “Words” feels like it is just a collection that is a subcategory to Writing. Goofy Listicles sound like your cute way of saying “this are posts with lists in them” when really, they also need to be grouped by their purpose for readers not their format.

    The site title and tagline indicates the site is about the process of reading your way through these top books, and along the way, the site has turned into a tutorial and commentary on authors, writing, editing, and publishing, along with the reviews of the books. I’d think that those words would be more representative of your content such as:

    * Book Reviews (with subcategories for the various subjects related to your book reviews like Books turned into Movies, Classics, and genre specifics)
    * Writing (all forms of writing including how to, editing, blogging, being an author, etc.)
    * The Reading Life (lovely – stories and tips about reading and being a reader, and those great guides and tips on reading for readers)
    * Remainders (a take-off on remainder books, this could be your personal stuff and commentary on vaccines, rants, life in general, etc. Not a good title but appropriate.)

    I’d also add a category called News or Announcements to let us know when key things are happening with you and your site, like being featured on Freshly Pressed.

    You write such wonderful material, yet it is difficult to find related content. You do a fair job on tags, which helps, but having a clean category list, whether or not they are displayed on a Page or not (check out the WordPress shortcode for display posts to help with that), will showcase the beautiful work you do helping so many love the act of reading.

    I hope this helps. It was fascinating for me as a reader to go through your site and imagine how I’d organize the content to help improve the reader experience.

    Whatever categories you choose, let the moment of historical review find you wanting to write even more!


    March 13, 2015
  2. Speaking as the producer of a staggering 3 posts to date I am in awe of your output levels!


    March 14, 2015
  3. Link exchange is nothing else but it is just placing the other person’s weblog link on your page at proper place and other person will also do same for you.


    July 21, 2015

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