When Litlove tagged me to do the 7 x 7 meme I thought I might be able to eventually let it slip away forgotten but then Danielle tagged me too ensuring that I wasn’t going to get away with my convenient forgetting. Lest you think I am down on the meme, that is not the case at all. It is having over eight years of blog posts to think about that had me wanting to avoid it. But a little stroll through the past can be a good thing, right? So let’s get to this meme!

The Rules:

  1. Tell everyone something about yourself that nobody else knows.
  2. Link to a post you think fits the following categories: The Most Beautiful Piece, Most Helpful Piece, Most Popular Piece, Most Controversial Piece, Most Surprisingly Successful Piece, Most Underrated Piece, Most Pride-worthy Piece.
  3. Pass this on to 7 fellow bloggers

Something no one knows
I’m 6 feet 8 inches tall and just retired from playing professional basketball with the Minnesota Lynx. This is something up until a few seconds ago that even I didn’t know!

The Most Beautiful Piece
Some might say Pretty Pink Peonies are beautiful and I agree, I love peonies. But I also think the orb spider I had in my garden last year is beautiful too.

Most Helpful Piece
I wasn’t sure what to consider helpful. Book reviews are intended to be helpful in a way. But I’m going with another popular post, Keeping Track of Finished Books from 2008. I have since updated my book tracking methods, but this continues to be a popular post on my all-time greatest hits stats.

Most Popular Piece
The most popular piece by far going by page views alone, is my review of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Posted on February 23, 2007, it has had 23,314 views. I never cease to be amazed by this.

Most Controversial Piece
Because, you know, I am all about controversy here at So Many Books it was so difficult to choose which one was the most controversial. My review of Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals kicked up some tension in the comments. But everyone was very polite. My lack of making many follow up comments bugs me a little but life got in the way and then time made it seem pointless to go back. Does that ever happen to you?

Most Surprisingly Successful Piece
I’m going with my review of How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish. It not only got comments on the blog, it got comments on Goodreads too and it precipitated the weird experience of receiving an unsolicited review copy at work from an author of a book on rhetoric.

Most Underrated Piece
Not sure about underrated, but I do find it fun to write about ancient Greek plays. One of my favorite write-ups is Ajax. Which reminds me, I should probably borrow a play from the library. It’s been awhile.

Most Pride-worthy Piece
I never mentioned it but in February this year, a post at the Publisher’s Weekly blog included a link to my post I Have a Book Problem. I don’t know that it is my most pride-worthy piece, but I was pretty proud.

Pass it On
I am no good at the passing part of memes. If you’d like to play along, please do!