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Reviews
Avatar: The Last Airbender: Smoke and Shadow Part One by Gene Luen Yang
Bad Kitty Goes to the Vet by Nick Bruel
Bird by Crystal Chan
Blue on Blue by Dianne White
Cats, Dogs, Men, Women, Ninnies & Clowns by Jeanne Steig
City of Pearl by Karen Traviss
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
Cutwork by Monica Ferris
Do You Know Dinosaurs? by Alain M Bergeron
Dream On, Amber by Emma Shevah
FBP Federal Bureau of Physics: Vol. 2: Wish You Were Here by Simon Oliver
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
Hippopposites by Janik Coat
How to Catch a Cat by Rebecca M. Hale Hyperactive by Scott Christian Sava (In a Sense) Lost and Found by Roman Muradov
Library Lil by Suzanne Williams
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Lovely: Ladies of Animation by Lorelay Bove
Midnight Blue by Pauline Fisk
On Highway 61 by Dennis McNally
One Plus One Equals Blue by M.J. Auch
Oz: The Emerald City of Oz by Eric Shanower
Photography: The Groundbreaking Moments by Florian Heine
The Princess and the Pizza by Mary Jane Auch and Herm Auch
Saving Baby Doe by Danette Vigilante
Sock Monkey Boogie Woogie: A Friend Is Made by Cece Bell
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Tumford the Terrible by Nancy Tillman
A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
The Zoo at the Edge of the World by Eric Kahn Gale

Miscellaneous
Books and Food
On missed reviews
Where the girls are

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



On missed reviews: 01/25/16

On missed reviews

In 2009 I started receiving ARCs and other review copies from publishers. To make room for my reading for fun, I ended up reading close to 500 books a year. At the highest I I read 623 in 2011. Even with publishing a book review or summery once a day, I max out with 365 (or 366 on a leap year) book reviews. Two posts a day is more than I care to do.

Now I'm down to reading around 300 books a year, or slightly less than a book a day. As I still have a storm surge of books and reviews from those years where I was reading nearly twice as much as I needed, I still maintain around a six month buffer of reviews written. Were I to stop reading or writing reviews today, I'd still be able to post new content until July 6, 2016.

With a buffer and with other things that come up, sometimes reviews get lost in the process. Take for instance, Legends of Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke. It's the second book in the three book graphic novel series and the first one I ever read. I read it as part of the 2012 CYBILS. I loved it but I wanted to read the first one to get some context for the story of mistaken identity.

I have in my notes that at some time I did in fact, write a review. But I've had two computer failures between then and now. It was a time when I could only afford freebies from my in-laws and there were reasons they had upgraded before giving them to me! So somewhere in the chaos of failing technology and massive amounts of reading, that review (and a couple others as far as I can tell) went missing.

There was a time when I would drop every thing and re-read the missing books so I could re-write the reviews. Then I'd push a scheduled review aside and post the missed review. Now though, I'm not as concerned about reviewing everything I read, even if it means not reviewing the second book in a trilogy.

Rather, I'm trying to provide reader's advisory across a variety of genres, written for a variety of ages. I'm trying to cover newly published books, older backlist books, books with diverse characters and stories, books that are thought provoking, books to inspire conversations.

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