On September 10th, the Online Book Club turns two!

I hope you’ve had as much fun being part of it as I’ve had hosting it.

Two people working with computer and book.

The Online Book Club is of course part of the Pointe-Claire Public Library blog site, which also features many other categories of content, including the blog’s HOME page (that provides news of upcoming events), THE HEART OF THE LIBRARY, ACTIVITIES, AUDIOVISUAL, and the WRITER IN RESIDENCE blog page.

All of these combine to make the Library’s blog something very special, and when you consider that the Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, I think that it’s also one of the new ways it’s able to reach out to the world and into the future.

Because the focus of many of the Blog’s categories is local, it makes sense that it’s the Online Book Club―which knows no such boundaries―that’s visited the most, but I wonder if you have any idea:

– how many times the Library Blog has been viewed or

– how many individual internet users have visited it since it first went online?*

(*Note: the Pointe-Claire Public Library blog went online  mid-August 2013; the Online Book Club hopped on board on September 10th 2013)

Let’s see…


Q 1.  How many times has the Pointe-Claire Public Library Blog (in English) been viewed since its inception in 2013?

More than 15, 250 times and counting!!

(When the numbers for the French language blog are added, the total jumps to 28 000!)

Q 2. How many individual visitors do these views represent?

Almost 7000 individual visitors (almost 13 000 if the stats from the French language blog are added!)

Q 3. From which countries do these viewers visit the blog?

We’ve had visitors from an astonishing 85 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES ! (listed in alphabetical order):

Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil,  Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, European Union, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guernsey, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar (Burma), Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Namibia, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestinian, Peru, Philippines. Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Réunion, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa,  South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela, Vietnam.

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Q 4. From which country do we get the most views?

 Surprise surprise!

So far in 2015,  more Americans than Canadians have viewed the blog, but it’s a real horse race, and quite a turnaround when you consider that in 2014, six times more Canadians than Americans viewed the blog! (but then again, Canadians’ numbers are divided between the English and French language blogs, so they definitely are the majority overall).


Q 5. What are the top 10 countries in terms of views of the Library Blog this year?

The top 10 in 2015 (so far), in descending order are:

  1. The United States
  2. CanadaCanadian_Flag
  3. The United Kingdom
  4. India
  5. Australia
  6. Germany
  7. France
  8. Italy
  9. Russia

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  10. Denmark

Q 6. What are the all-time  five most popular Online Book Club posts?

I think you’ll be surprised.

It’s strange what tickles your fancy. I’ve learned that you like lists and poetry, but otherwise, I can’t always anticipate your tastes, so don’t hesitate to let me know what you’ve read or what you’re curious about in a COMMENT at the end of any blog post.

  1. AJ FIKRY’S RECOMMENDATIONS (from Island Books), with almost a thousand views.

I’m thrilled by these stats. Your visits to the blog make it clear that we are all part of a vast community of readers from around the world.


It’s documented proof that the books we read and the comments we leave can be shared with others, whether they live just around the corner, or thousands of kilometers away.

Who are WE?

Bloggers, North Americans, Canadians abroad, travelers and armchair travelers, Anglophiles or students of English or English language culture, vacationers, business travelers, or just book lovers somewhere out there in the world?

I like to think of all of the blog’s viewers as literary wanderers and explorers, seeking kindred spirits and  new discoveries.


And DO consider visiting the Pointe-Claire Library’s French language blog site and Book Club as well!



12 thoughts on “HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US !!

  1. I loved enjoyed the stats you posted. It is quite amazing how international the blog has become. I was surprised to see that the USA was the number #1 and not Canada.

    We are very fortunate to have you hosting this blog. I have learned a lot from your posts and have really enjoyed reading your reviews! Keep up the excellent work.

    1. Oh my, the Online Book Club members are not only funny, they’re kind and generous as well.
      Thanks so much 1Carlota, and yes! I know! I was snooping around looking at the stats and was surprised as well.
      The world suddenly got smaller. 🙂

      The blog is a wonderful and gratifying project. I’m so happy to have been invited on board!
      If you have any reading suggestions, please leave us a comment.

    2. It occurred to me that of course, the Canadian visitors who come online are also over on the French language side of the Library blog, so that puts Canada WAY past the Unites States in terms of views, which makes sense.

  2. I am currently reading “The sound of a wild snail eating” by Elisabeth Tova Bailey. It is a book about a woman who has become bedridden due to an illness, Her world turns upside down as she finds herself a prisoner in her own body. A good friend of hers drops in for a visit and leaves her a plant…in which she places a snail. The story then revolves around the ensuing relationship the woman has with the snail and the comfort this little creature brings to her. It is both fascinating and beautifully written.

  3. Hi 1Carlota, I researched your book and it looks wonderful. I love meditative books that are multidisciplinary in scope.
    If more people send in suggestions, I’ll make a blog post out of them all; otherwise, your suggestion will get star treatment.

  4. Happy second anniversary! And of course, happy 50th to the library. Interesting to see those stats, and to know that our “little” library gets online visits from all over the world. I’d already read your posts #2, 3, and 4, so I’ll now read the other two.

    The book I’m reading now is Bee Season by Myla Goldberg (Doubleday, 2000). It begins on a simple note, with an eleven-year-old girl unexpectedly winning a school spelling bee. From there, the plot grows more complex, eccentric and dark. Recommended.
    Chris Galvin

    1. Hello Chris!
      I’m actually writing to you from England: such is the reach of this blog! (it’s really pretty great).
      Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve heard of the book but have not read it. I’ll add it to 1Carlota’s recommendation and create a special blog for them…with maybe a few more recommendations to add to the list. Anything else you’ve really enjoyed lately?

      You mention reading posts #2,3 and 4…I imagine you’re referring to the titles mentioned in the column on the right?
      Those are the most recent! But since September 2013, I’ve actually posted almost 90 times.

      So you might enjoy scrolling backwards, and click on Older posts on the bottom left.

      The fastest way to do it is here, in the Author Archives.


      And if you have any comments to add, please do!

      1. Thanks, Michelle. I’ve read some of your older ones, but with 90 in total (and more to come, I hope) I still have some reading to do. . .
        Enjoy your stay in England. Have you purchased any new books there? I tend to bring home books when I travel.

  5. Hello Chris, that’s a great suggestion. I’ll definitely do it. I’ll try to pick up a book in the loveliest bookshop in London. 🙂

    But you know what? I had made reverse plans!

    For the very first time, I’ve registered 2 books on the Bookcrossing site,(http://www.bookcrossing.com/)

    and I plan to release them into the wild (as they say at Bookcrossing.com).
    I’ve chosen two pretty contrasting Canadian books.

    I figured that if I released them in one of the greatest cities in the world, they might really travel and be shared over and over (they are both new and sturdy copies) .

    I thought about releasing them in a museum, or a tea room, or perhaps a theatre. Somewhere nice.

    We’ll see.

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