Later this week, Everyday Reading turns fourteen.
I’ve been blogging longer than I’ve ever lived in one place (the longest I’ve ever lived somewhere was Las Vegas, from age 7 to 17), longer than I’ve been a mother, and certainly longer than I’ve ever held down any other job.
Some of these popular posts are zero surprise to me while others definitely caught me off guard – who knew some of those posts were still plugging away in the background?
The 12 Most Popular Posts on Everyday Reading This Year
How to share an Audible book with a friend
I never talk about this post, but it is my #1 performing post, thanks to Google. It beats out every reading list, every reading chart, every recipe. This is the kind of thing that’s so funny about running a blog – you never have any clue what post will just go bananas.
30 Chapter Books to Read Aloud to Preschoolers
This was the number one post last year and this year it’s SO close to #1. It is neck-and-neck with the Audible sharing post, getting beat out by just a few thousand page views this year. I love seeing it be so popular since I think there is little more magical than those first chapter books with a four or five year old.
29 Books to Read with Your Book Club
This was #2 on the list last year and I was super surprised to see that it’s still holding strong as one of the most popular posts on my site. And I’m delighted, since I know all too well that stress of trying to pick the perfect book and I definitely want to help people avoid that pain.
The 2020 Reading Log
I cannot believe how many people used this reading log this year – it kept popping up day after day on Instagram Stories and I loved seeing so many of you use this gorgeous printable to track what you’d read.
How to Host Anything: 16 Tips for having a party
I LOVE having people over to our house, whether it’s one family for dinner or a whole slew of couples to play games or eat dessert. I was surprised that this post, with all my best tips for making hosting stress-free and fun, was still popular this year since hosting pretty much anything definitely came to a standstill this year. (Our annual Pi Day party was scheduled for the weekend the world shut down and I think Ella still isn’t over the fact that we had to cancel it).
In 2018, these little muffins were my #1 my popular post and even if reading posts have knocked them off their pedestal, they’re still holding their own. There are SO MANY raving comments on this recipe and if you haven’t tried them yet, now is the moment!
The Best Dairy Free Ice Creams
The popularity of this post is due 100% to Google which apparently knows nothing since. . . if there was ever an expert in dairy-free anything, it is definitely not me. Back when I was nursing Tally (who is now nearly four), I had to go off dairy for a few months because it made her so fussy, so for fun, we bought a ton of different kinds of dairy-free ice creams and rated them all (including score sheets!) while my in-laws were in town. Google LOVES this silly post.
10 ways to use up buttermilk
I wrote this ridiculously opinionated post about how much better buttermilk is than any faux substitute nearly a decade ago and it’s just still really really popular. And let the record show that I still believe strongly that real buttermilk is the WAY TO GO. (This post also reminds me of the old days of blogging when you just wrote pointless posts about whatever you happened to be thinking about at that very moment).
20+ DARLING Book Character Costumes
This might be one of the most fun posts I’ve ever written. I put it together on a whim in October 2018 during Halloween season and have been blown away by how popular it’s been. I just LOVE this one.
The Rad Reader Christmas Advent Calendar
This advent calendar collaboration with Tara from Rad & Happy was a dream come true and I was floored by how many thousands of families downloaded it. I loved seeing your families use it and can’t wait to see it come out again this December!
The 2020 Summer Reading Chart
The first summer reading chart that Hadley Designs created in 2019 blew me away so I didn’t think there was any way she could top it this year. But she did! I think the 2020 one is even better!
20+ Audiobooks for Family Road Trips
I was surprised to see this one on the list! Apparently all of us have been road-tripping this year when most travel was pretty shut down. Or just listening to audiobooks at home.
Thanks for being here, whether you pop in once a year or every day! Thanks for making this the best job in the world.