Most Popular Posts on Bookword

I’ve been walking in France. So only one new post and now I refer you to some of the most popular posts on the Bookword Blog to date. Please comment and let me know what you think.

I am thrilled by the success of the older women in fiction category. About 50 novels have been suggested so far. And I initiated the list because I thought there was a shortage of older women in fiction! Two novels are included in the list below. You can visit more of the twelve reviews in this series. Click on the category to find all the posts.

Book Reviews

  1. Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor. This review has never been out of the 15 most read of my posts. It’s a charming but distressing account of an older woman who on being widowed moves to live in a hotel in the Cromwell Road, London. Published in 1971, it still has things to tell us about ageing today, not least the challenge of loneliness. I wrote about what we can learn from Mrs Palfrey in a more recent post, which you can find here.
  2. The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen. I reviewed this soon after I launched the blog, and in the last 6 months it has become very popular (something to do with search engines?) and is currently the single most popular post on my blog. Elizabeth Bowen was a wonderful writer, and in this novel she explored Ireland in 1920 and the ways in which people communicate and don’t. The title refers to the impending troubles in Ireland of the 1920s. I have also reviewed her war-time novel (one of her best) The Heat of the Day, chillingly observant about people and why they behave as they do.25 Stone Angel
  3. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. Also in the series on older women in fiction, this is the story of Hagar Shipley, who is furious at her growing dependence as she ages, and at the ways in which she is treated by her son and by the medical staff who care for her. She is not going quietly into that good night. Margaret Laurence was a Canadian writer.
  4. Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys. Jean Rhys was not afraid to look into the darker aspects of life, in this case a woman who has very few resources, except her body, living in the demi-monde of Paris. It is bleak, amusing, insightful and leaves a sense of unease, especially in view of the author’s own later life.

    The young Jean Rhys

    The young Jean Rhys

Connected to Books

  1. Decluttering my books. Who would have guessed that the trying question of managing books would be so popular? And so riven with emotion. What to remove and the manner of the disposal. I was preparing to move house at the time I wrote this post, but it seemed to strike a chord with people who buy books. Book buyers always need more room.
  2. How do you organise your books? Another popular post about book management. This one also surprised me because so many people showed an interest in how books are arranged in their homes: alphabetically, by genre, by colour, by size …?

83 WPFF bookpile


A word rant, rather against my better judgement I made some criticisms of word use, as I like to play up the positive and not use the blog to vent spleen. But people had two reactions: they read it, and if they knew me they declared a fear of offending me with their use of language.

And our tribute to our editors, on the publication of our book also received lots of attention.101 RWA cover

I hope you find something to enjoy in this round-up of popular posts from the blog.


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5 Responses to Most Popular Posts on Bookword

  1. Eileen

    That’s fascinating Caroline. How useful to do such a review. The Last September is the only book mentioned that I have not read. Will add that to my list. I too am surprised that decluttering and organisation are so popular. I guess it is too soon to judge where the one on Favourites comes. That seemed to spark off a lot of feeling. Congratulations on your ability, skill and imagination to keep your blog so interesting and well crafted. They get better all the time.
    Love, e x

    • Caroline

      Eileen, what lovely comments. I intend the blog to respond to readers and people who leave comments (including on my email). It’s one of the things I like about blogging – the capacity to be dynamic with any readers.
      Do read The Last September. It’s a very interesting novel.
      Caroline. xx

  2. Eileen

    I am also very impressed by the way you respond to your readers. It’s a different kind of focussed conversation. But I don’t always go back to the blog to check.

  3. Anne Gore

    Although I do not always comment on your blog your recommendations have formed the basis of my reading lately. I have enjoyed so many books and authors that you have reviewed. I returned to Elizabeth Taylor and read every one of her novels and also enjoyed her short stories. I read all the novels in the “A New Genre” blog.
    And I am very much looking forward to reading YOUR next book too!

    • Caroline

      That’s very flattering Anne, and good to know. I’m about to get Elizabeth Taylor’s children’s novel, from Virago to review. Mossy Trotter. Have you read it?
      Thanks for confirming that there is a dilogue with readers, even if sometimes a silent one!
      Our next book is not due to be completed until Spring 2016, out in September. Can you wait?
      Caro xx

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