Bookbanter 2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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The Birth of the Half Star

While Goodreads continues to spend its time deliberating on whether to add half stars or not to their rating system, which now seems to be spanning a time of years, I’ve made the call to go ahead and start using half stars in my own rating system with book reviews.

Now, for my ratings I use a capital B (for Bookbanter) to represent a single star, as shown below:

And I am now adding a half star option to be more clear and precise in my rating of my reviews. The half star is show below:

A number of the books I read and review tend to be good and worthy of four stars, but only some are worthy of the highest five-star rating. With the addition of the half star option, its going to provide an additional level of rating to show books that are actually better than the regular four stars, but are not quite good enough to merit the full five stars.

Life Update Redux

Funny how week one of raising a newborn can be  a complete time suck and before you know it’s the end of the day and you’re still tired from not getting enough sleep the night before and you haven’t eaten enough . . . and he needs to be changed and fed again.

So the Saturday post didn’t happen due to the time just not being there, but I think we’re a little more settled going into week two and I’m shooting for two new posts a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with my plan to schedule one every week, so if I run out of time to actually write a post, I will at least have the one that was already scheduled to go up. And there will be at least one book review every week, on Thursdays, and the other post will be the surprise.

And here we go, week two . . .

Now That’s What I Call . . . Closing! Volume 4

We are on the eve of the last open sales day of the Roseville store, and we now reach the final volume of the popular Now That’s What I Call . . . Closing! music series.  In this volume I sought to harness the emotions and feelings of employees of Borders, both as current and soon to unemployed; how it makes them feel . . . and now for the track list:

  1. “I Don’t Care Anymore” by Phil Collins
  2. “No Cars Go” by The Arcade Fire
  3. “The End of the Innocence” by Don Henley
  4. “See You Soon” by Coldplay
  5. “Further On (Up the Road)” by Bruce Springsteen
  6. “Live Forever” by Oasis
  7. “Ramble On” by Led Zeppelin
  8. “Fade to Black” by Dire Straits
  9. “It Must Have Been Love” by Roxette
  10. “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
  11. “Missing” by Everything But the Girl
  12. “Never Say Goodbye” by Bon Jovi
  13. “It’s Over” by Roy Orbison
  14. “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson
  15. “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers
  16. “Somebody’s Crying” by Chris Isaak
  17. “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor
  18. “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion
  19. “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn