What’s a year in review without looking at the posts that got the most visits on my blog? Well… I’ve never actually done this before and, man alive, it was interesting.
Before I get into the details, I want to say THANK YOU! Thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet. Thank you for reading my posts. Thank you for liking and commenting on my blog posts and my social media posts.
I blog because I enjoy writing, and I want to learn more about writing well and help others learn about it too. I love to read, and I want to share that with people and help them find the books they will enjoy. My life was turned upside down when my son died and I realized that I could be a voice for loss mamas and share my experiences with pregnancy loss to help families experiencing it know that they aren’t alone and to give insight to friends who want to help but don’t know how.
The top posts on trishajennreads in 2019 covered a range of these topics. And that makes me glad.
Here are the most visited posts on trishajennreads.com in 2019:
Books to Read if You Loved The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Published February 2019
If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ve realized how much I enjoy a romantic comedy that makes me laugh out loud. This The Hating Game did that for me, and as I was searching for other books to read that are like it and as friends started asking me for recommendations, I made a little list. I can definitely update this list too.
Smoothie Subscriptions = Fast & Healthy Breakfast
Published September 2018
I tried a smoothie subscription service and reviewed it. I tried to be honest and fair in my review and shared positives and negatives about my experience. I like smoothies, but I realized that this wasn’t the best option for me. Apparently quite a few people have found it helpful, because readers keep finding it.
Gift Guide: Canadian Subscription Boxes – Socks & Underwear
Published December 2018
I love getting mail. So freaking much! So I made a series about Canadian Subscription Boxes for other Canucks to use to find fun gifts for themselves or for their friends/family. Oddly enough, this very practical gift was the most popular throughout 2019.
Nine Things You Discover By Reading
Published June 2012
This is by far the oldest book on this list. I am stunned at how many people read it in 2019. I’ve just reread it and I’m pretty proud of my young little self for writing this all those years ago. Reading opens us up to other people’s experiences, places, languages, and ideas. It allows us to discover so much that we wouldn’t otherwise be exposed to.
Nine 2019 Book Releases to Look Forward To
Published November 2018
I was on the ball in 2018! I’ve since read about half of these books. The others are still on my TBR and I’m trying to decide if I want to buy them or borrow them from my library.
Girl, Wash Your Face is for Upper Middle Class White Moms (And seems to include some plagiarism)
Published March 2019
This is probably the most controversial blog post I’ve ever written. I actually got a piece of hate mail about it. I read this book because it was super hyped and so many people were loving it…and I found it really problematic. Once I started researching, I found other folks who also found it problematic. There is some good stuff in there, but there’s also some stuff that really didn’t sit right with me. And it was super focused on being a good mom which was not mentioned in the blurbs and which hit me like a punch to the gut. If you enjoyed this book, awesome. If not, you’re not alone.
A Song for the Stillborn – Robert Munsch’s Love You Forever
Published November 2018
For many parents, this is a well-loved children’s book. Some of us find the song and accompanying illustrating a little strange.But when you know the background behind it and how and why Robert Munsch wrote that song…your heart breaks. He and his wife lost two babies to stillbirth. Grief lasts forever. Especially when your child has died. That’s what this little book is really about.
A Letter to My Pregnant Friend
Published February 2019
I just reread this post and am now sobbing. I wrote this last year when ten of my friends were pregnant and a few of them had confided that they felt terrible that they were pregnant again while I was grieving my third failed pregnancy. My heart breaks for them and for me. Every week I see new pregnancy announcements from friends and family. And it hurts. So much. But I know how much a baby can be wanted and loved, and so I’m happy for them. But I still very much struggle with my own pain and jealousy.
One Year Later: My Stillbirth Story
Published July 2019
My son Hudson was my second pregnancy. His heart stopped beating during the 24th week of my pregnancy and he was stillborn at 25 weeks. The doctors were unable to determine a cause for his death. I wrote this post on the eve of his first birthday to share what the worst days of our lives were like.
Book Talk | What Makes a Great Audiobook Narrator
Published October 2018
I really enjoy audiobooks and love that people are talking about them more. They are a great way to sneak in a little more reading while doing life things like walking, driving, cleaning, and folding laundry. They are also an amazing tool for helping people who can’t read with their eyes read books. The narrator, however, can make or break an audiobook experience. And this post was borne out of that realization.
Those were the most popular posts on trishajennreads in 2019. It’s really interesting to me that while this little blog started with book reviews, not a single one showed up in the top ten. But bookish lists full of recommendations seem to be enjoyed, as well as discussions on aspects of books.
Here’s to 2020 and hopefully an even more interesting top 10 post next year.