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December 31, 2014

2014 Wrap-up

by Donna Huber

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2014 has been a great year. We had roughly 302 new posts. We are averaging more than 1,000 page views per day. Several of the Top 10 Posts this year have received 900 - 1,000 views, The number one post had more than 10,000 views. And Girl Who Reads is ranked 27 on list of Top 50 Book Blogs. That is awesome.

Top 10 Posts

10. Douglas R: 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before They Die
9. Best Selling Vampire Thriller: Moth
8. 5 Thrillers to Give You Chills
7. Review: Murder Most Deadly
6. Year End Read-a-thon
5. Series Saturday: What She Knew
4. 10 Things to Know about JB Lynn
3. Review: Switched at Birthday
2. National Poetry Month
1. Syndication = Good, Duplicate Content = Bad. What to do?

Much of this year's success is due to the addition of three team member: Alison DeLuca, Heather Kirchhoff, and Claire Rees.

Alison, our features writer, brings her unique perspective to a variety of topics each month. In case you missed one of her features...

Alison DeLuca's Posts

The Movie Version
Masters of Their Fates:The Fault in Their Stars
Summer in a Medieval Palace
Remembering the Eighties - A Decade in Books
Summer Reading: The Mortal Instruments and American Ghoul
It Isn't Over Until We Say So
Good Books and Movies for Thanksgiving
Cures for the Winter Doldrums

Claire is a voracious reader who has introduced readers of Girl Who Reads to some of the best in horror and paranormal romance with her many reviews. If you would like Claire to consider your book for a review in 2015 contact her at accordingtoclaire (at)

Claire Rees's Posts

Series Saturday: Immortal Blood series by Jennifer Loiske
Series Saturday: Brooklyn and Bo Chronicles book 1 & 2 by Brenda Perlin
Review: Night Chill by Jeff Gunhus
10 Questions with Nina Mason
Review: The Queen of Swords by Nina Mason
Interview with David P. Forsyth
Review: Digitus 233 by K.D. Emerson
Review: For Always by Janae Mitchell
Review: Blaze by Summer Newman
Review: The Sound of Crickets by Marissa Farrar
Review: Sedulity - Impact by David P. Forysth
Series Saturday: Freckled Venom books 1 & 2 by Juliette Douglas
Series Saturday: The Darkness Trilogy Books 1 & 2 by A.G. Porter
Review: The Witch's Salvation by Francesca Pelaccia
Series Saturday: What She Knew by K.R. Hughes and T.L. Burns
Review: Phantom Bigfoot Strikes Again by Simon Okill
Review: Hamelin's Child by DJ Bennett
Review: Dystance - Winter Rising by M. R. Tufo
Review: Gabby, Angel of God by Greg Sandora
Review: The Witch, The Wolf, and the Vampire by A, K, Michaels
Review: Easy Bake Coven by Liz Schulte
Review: Benton by Jolie du Pre
Review: Salem's Vengeance by Aaron Galvin
Review: Dead Hunger by Eric A. Shelman
Review: Ty the Bull by Brenda Perlin, K.D. Emerson, and Rex Baughman
Review: I Dream of Zombies by Vickie Johnstone
Series Saturday: Hunters of Reloria by Kasper Beaumont
Review: The Tin Man by Nina Mason
Review: Anabel Unraveled by Amanda Romine Lynch
Review: Twisted Dreams by Marissa Farrar
Review: Anabel Divided by Amanda Romine Lynch
Series Saturday: The PSS Chronicles by Ripley Patton
Review: Waiting for Harvey by Lydia North
15 Horror Novels for Your Halloween Entertainment
Review: Designated Infected by Ricky Cooper
Review: The Haunting by Nicole Garcia
Review: Murder Most Deadly by Simon Okill
Review: The Devil Ate Me by PM Barnes

Each month, Heather introduces readers to a new author with her interviews. Would you like to be interviewed by Heather? Contact her at heather_kirc (at)

Heather Kirchhoff's Posts

Interview with Kate Marie Robbins
Interview with Bree Vanderland
Meet Sandra Love
Meet Delia Steele
Interview with Armand Rosamilia
10 Questions with Renee Jean
Meet Genevieve Scholl
Meet Melina Turner
Meet the Author: Yvonne K. Anderson
Interview with KG Stutts

In addition to the authors that Heather interviews, Girl Who Reads hosted 32 authors who provided guest posts, interviews, character posts, and excerpts. Thank you for helping making Girl Who Reads great this year.

Guest Posts

D. J. Donaldson - Cajun Nights and the Character Withing: The Many Lives of a TV Series that Never Was
Allen Wyler: Q&A
Jassy De Long: Four Fatal Flaws of a Romantic Hero
A.P. Gilbert: Blink - a short story
Kathryn Elizabeth Jones: 5 Marketing Tips for the Frantically Busy Author
Jane Carroll: Interview
JB Lynn: Ten Things to Know About Her
Douglas R.: 5 Things Everyone Should Do Before They Die
Danielle DeVor: Can Romance Be Scary?
Brenda Perlin: Ty the Bull - How it started and A Conversation with Rex Baughman
Naomi Zener: Interview
Leslie Liautaud: Writing in Real Life
Rebekkah Ford: Interview
Daniel Lance Wright: The Contrarian
Jinx Schwartz: Plotter? Pantser? or Hipster/Googler?
Barbara Silkstone: Character Interview
Matthew Kadish: The Lazy Author's Guide to Blog Cross-Promotion
Jennie Marts: Interview
Karen Pokras Toz: Character Interview and Ava's Wishes Excerpt
Gert Loveday: Writing Together, Excerpt from Writing is Easy and Excerpt from Crane Mansions
Anne Maro Slanina: The Adventures of Annie Mouse
Jonathan Gould: What's Next for Neville
J.R. Barker: Interview
Linda Bolton: Character Interview
Annabelle Blume: Interview
Valerie Douglas: Top Questions Asked In Writing Groups Answered
Tracey Lampley: Interview
Cassandra Leuthold: Steampunk Carnival Excerpt
Dan O'Brien: Excerpt from Conspirators of the Lost Sock Army and the Loose Change Collections Agency
Doug Simpson: Excerpt from The Soul of Jesus
M.E. Lorde: Excerpt from Tolomay's World and the Pool of Light
Wendy and Charles Siefken: Excerpt from Kai's Journey

While I'm busy with all the behind-the-scenes organization and my weekly tips posts, I also managed to review quite a few books this year.

Donna's Reviews

The Ivory Tower by Kirstin Pulioff
Knightly and Son by Rohan Gavin
Nate Rocks the School by Karen Pokras Toz
Heaven Sent by E van Lowe
Flesh and Bone by Jefferson Bass
A Cold and Lonely Place by Sara J Henry
Broken Allegiance by Mark Young
Morgan Kane Without Mercy by Louis Materson
The Little Moose Who Couldn't Go To Sleep by Willy Claflin
Hayle Coven Books 1 - 4 by Patti Larson
This Is How You Pitch by Ed Zitron
The Hitwoman Hunts a Ghost by JB Lynn
Trust by Sherri Hayes
Three by Kristen Simmons
Weightless by Michele Gorman
Above by Isla Morley
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford
This is Not an Accident by April Wilder
Clipped Wings series by Helena Hunting
A Life Apart by L.Y, Marlowe
Mistaken Enemy by Dennis A. Nehamen
Lexicon by Max Barry
Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandall
The Paris Lawyer by Sylvie Granotier
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
The Hitwoman and the 7 Cops by JB Lynn
That Night by Chevy Stevens
We are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt
Broken by Elizabeth Pulford
Exposing the Psalms by Peter Nevland
The Butternut Tree by Maureen Ann Richards Kostalnick
Must Love Pets box set
Night Watchman Express by Alison DeLuca
The Bone Whistle by KB Hoyle
The Bleiberg Project by David S. Khara
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Glow by Jessica Marie Tuccelli
Tin Lily by Joann Swanson
Lock and Key by Sarah Dressen
The Hitwoman and the Poisoned Apple by JB Lynn
Breeder by KB Hoyle
Nate Rocks the City by Karen Pokras Toz
The Last Winter of Dani Lancing by PD Viner
A Match Made in Mystery by JB Lynn
The Practice Proposal by Tracy March

It has been a busy year at Girl Who Reads. I hope we offered you a great variety of posts and that you were able to find a new favorite book or author. I appreciate every reader who has taken a moment to read a post. I want to say a special thank you to the readers who have made purchases through the Amazon affiliate links as this is how we support the blog and can offer giveaways throughout the year.

Here is to another great year!