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I haven’t done one of these year-end blog posts before, but I’ve seen lots of others do them and they seem like fun.

Here are the top search terms that visitors have used to reach my blog:

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Here are the most popular blog posts I’ve done thus far (my general home page gets the most hits by far, but people also seem drawn to particular posts):

Making reading sexy
Great “new” Doc Savage and Tintin Covers
Alternate book titles for the classics
New Doc Savage novels!
New interview with Doc Savage cover artist James Bama
Book Review: Invasion! Earth vs. the Aliens Trilogy by Robert Reginald
Review: Nick Carter #53: The Arab Plague
Harry Potter comics
Review: Rhialto the Marvellous by Jack Vance
Book Review: Allison Hewitt Is Trapped: A Zombie Novel by Madeleine Roux
Choose Your Own Adventure books analysis
Book Review: Masked, edited by Lou Anders
Tolkien literary criticism and new media
Book Review: Mugger Blood (The Destroyer #30) by Warren Murphy and Richard Sapir
Classic fantasy novel: The Ship That Sailed to Mars by William Timlin
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Cartographic analysis of maps in fantasy novels
Book review: The Hunt for Bin Laden: Task Force Dagger by Robin Moore
Rachel Bloom has finally met Ray Bradbury

So what do these results tell us? I’m not entirely sure, but several things are apparent:

1. My post regarding The Outdoor Co-ed Topless Pulp Fiction Appreciation Society (link NSFW) was probably the single most popular blog post I’ve ever done, and has returned the most traffic to my blog of any site. Carry on, ladies! May your outdoor reading adventures continue into the New Year, especially when it gets a little warmer.
2. Readers absolutely love both Doc Savage and Tintin, and are frequently visiting in search of more. I think I will have to do some reviews of both series (two personal favorites) next year.
3. It’s never entirely clear to me what people will enjoy and what they won’t, and that’s ok. I write this blog almost entirely for myself. However, I love interacting with readers, and hope to encourage more of that in the new year (suggestions on how to do that are always welcome). Here’s hoping I have a bit more time for reading, reviewing, and blogging in 2012. Sorry my pace has slacked a bit this year, especially compared with 2010, but I’m teaching and finishing up my dissertation (cross your fingers for me in the spring) and sometimes I just don’t have it in me to post after I’ve finished all my work.

Hope the new year brings you many great books!

And just remember: