This is meant to be the season to publicise our successes…
And silently bemoan our failures.
It’s the time to look back at what went right…
And quietly resolve to redress what went wrong.
I gloated about the most popular book reviews of 2016…
And basked in the glory of the best book reviews of 2017.
This time I am throwing away conventional wisdom…
And dispensing with hallowed tradition.
I am putting my worst foot forward…
And washing the proverbial dirty linen in public.
I am going with the least popular book reviews of all times!
And there are good reasons for overturning the standard practice.
This blog was set up to review only books that are good enough…
Essential reading to recommend to all doctors.
And most of the book reviews have been run-away successes…
Savoured and lapped up by hundreds of readers.
Take the most popular book review of all time…
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman…
It had >2400 views.
Or The Innovators Prescription by Clayton M. Christensen et al…
And 2030: The Future of Medicine by Richard Barker…
Each with >1500 views.
But the bottom of the list is anything but triumphal…
There is no cause for exultation.
20 of the 90 book reviews of the last three years…
Garnered <50 views each.
Why, when all these books are excellent works…
Among them many personal favourites.
So why are some book titles not attracting enough attention?
And, I admit, each review was garnished in sweat!
If it’s just pot luck…
Then there is a way…
To redress this hurtful unfairness.
A blog post to trumpet the 20 most unpopular book reviews.
And why not?
John Le Fanu
Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier
William Strunk and E.B. White
Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler
OK, I understand you still want to know what the all-time top 20 book reviews are.
OK here they are then:
18. Gut Feelings
10. Plain Words
9. Do No Harm
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