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Bera the One-Headed Troll by Eric Orchard
Blackbird Fly by Erin Entrada Kelly
Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon
Borrowed Crime by Laurie Cass
Dark Days by James Ponti
Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood
The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan
Doctor Who: The Roots of Evil by Philip Reeve
The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Crazy Critter Race by Maxwell Eaton III
For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu
Fred and Ted's Road Trip by Peter Eastman
Free Fall by David Wiesner
The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
Ghostbusters: Get Real by Erik Burnham
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 3: 1983-1984 by Ed Piskor
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
Lowriders to the Center of the Earth by Cathy Camper
The Master of Jalna by Mazo de la Roche
Murder on the Ballarat Train by Kerry Greenwood
Nothing Up My Sleeve by Diana López
Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean
The Pharos Gate by Nick Bantock
Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
The River by Alessandro Sanna
Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen
The Sleepover by Jen Malone
Threadbare by Monica Ferris
To Catch a Cheat by Varian Johnson
Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

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Diversity report for September 2016

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Diversity report for September 2016: 09/30/16

A panel from Volume 2 of Gem and Holograms

In August I reported on my progress to read more diversely. If this book blog is to serve all readers, I need to read beyond my own situation, and be more critical of the representation I see in books by white authors. There is growing discussion of representation vs appropriation (see my review of Ghosts, posting tomorrow).

Last month I reported that twenty-one percent of the books I had read featured diverse characters or were written by diverse authors. Among the reviews posted, I did slightly better with twenty-three percent. This month my reading stayed pretty much steady at twenty-two percent but my reviewing jumped up to twenty-eight percent.

Diversity Bar Graph

Diversity Pie Charts

One thing I'm becoming more aware of is the ethnicity of the author. As part of the own voices movement I'm trying to be more cognizant of the person behind the book. Here I am not looking to fill a quota. Rather I want to be more observant as a reader.

As diversity and own voices are both ongoing, important discussions in publishing, book blogging, and librarianship, I will continue to strive to be as current as possible with my review turnaround.

Review Gap Bar Graph

Review Gap Pie Charts

In that regard, the vast majority of the reviews I still have to post are from books I've read in the last eleven months, with the reviews remaining to post being clustered around November, June, and September. November's cluster represents the reading I did for last year's CYBILS and I'm sure to see a similar cluster in October and November of this year. Therefore, one goal for the coming month should be to clear out the reviews from last year's CYBILS reading.

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