The title for this post reflects an odd reality of this blog. This is that the most viewed posts on the blog are all in the “On Youngstown” category. Last Saturday’s post lists the top ten Youngstown posts of the year. Strictly speaking, they were the top ten posts period, with a post on kolachi, a kind of nut roll taking top honors. My friends from Youngstown are a loyal bunch!
The list below reflects the top ten posts from categories other than “On Youngstown”. Curiously, only one of the top ten posts was a book review. Equally curious, the second place post was a bookstore review. Two were on topics related to reading and books, and the others came from the “on life” category. All this sort of makes me wonder if I should be doing a book blog, but I’m not sure what the focus might be otherwise, and frankly, I like writing about books and reading and all the trappings that surround a love of reading.
So, without further ado, here is the list (links are to the full post):
10. Review: Redeeming Sex. The only book to make the top ten (I wonder why this one made it?!). At any rate, it is an important book and glad it received a good deal of attention.
9. Is It Time For Stricter “Man Control”? I muse on the fact that the bulk of gun and sexual violence is by men, especially young men and consider what we might do to better address the process by which boys become men.
8. How I Save Money on Books. What it says, my tips for getting more books for less money! The idea for the post came from another blogger, but all the money-saving tips are mine!
7. First Attempts at Painting. Was the interest here one of seeing how bad a beginner would do? Still trying to find time to paint more. My artist friends would probably say “blog less.”
6. Jesus Was a Refugee. One of the fundamental realities of my faith that I have to take into account in thinking about our stance on refugees.
5. Books I Wish I Had Read Sooner. Have you ever read a book where you say “I wish I had read that 10, 20, 30 years sooner?”
4. Do We Need More Than Lament? Reflections after the shootings in San Bernardino.
3. “I Don’t Have a Problem”. I consider the proliferation of craft brews, pubs and the increasing comfort with drinking in our culture and wonder if it’s time for a renewed awareness of the signs and dangers of alcoholism.
2. Bookstore Review: Paperback Exchange. This was a review of a clean, well-stocked store in downtown Lancaster, Ohio. Wonder if all their customers took a look!
And the top (non-Youngstown) post?
1. Memories of the Blizzard of ’78. Written on the 37th anniversary of what was the most memorable winter storm for many in my generation living in the Midwest. Includes memories of being stranded for five days in a dorm in Bowling Green, Ohio!
An eclectic assortment to be sure. But these are the posts you considered best, if amount of interest is the measure. Enjoy!