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Reviews
Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
The Amazing World of Gumball: After School Special by Ben Boquelet
Anna's Corn by Barbara Santucci
The Arrangement by Sarah Dunn
The Better Country by Dallas Lore Sharp
Boy Dumplings by Ying Chang Compestine
Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates
California by Edan Lepucki
Camera and Lens by Ansel Adams
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Over the Moon by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword by Mike Maihack
Draw! by Raúl Colón
Giant Days, Volume 3 by John Allison, Max Sarin, and Whitney Cogar
Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
I Love Him to Pieces by Evonne Tsang
Jem and the Holograms, Volume 2: Viral by Kelly Thompson
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Scarecrow Magic by Ed Masessa
The 78-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Shopaholic Ties the Knot by Sophie Kinsella
Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Tagged by Diane C. Mullen
This Land I Love: Waterloo County by Carl Hiebert
Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
Witches' Bane by Susan Wittig Albert
XO, OX: A Love Story by Adam Rex

Miscellaneous
Armchair BEA introductions
April 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
Best Practices
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 01)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 08)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 15)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 22)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 29)
Mapping the roads of the American nightmare
Read Our Own Books - April 2017

Previous month

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



Read Our Own Books - April 2017: 05/04/17

May 2017 ROOB and other news

The first step in our goal to move locally now that Canada won't be happening this year for us, is the completion of repairs. The master bedroom has become the staging area for the move but it also is a room that needs some serious repair work done to the ceiling. That means most of the things we have been storing in there have to either be thrown out or put into storage.

This first week of May my husband has taken off to recharge after spending most of April on call before he spends most of the next month (in two trips) in Zurich. While he's home we've been having work done on the house. When repair work isn't being done, he's schlepping boxes to storage, while I box things up or bag up things to throw away.

I had been prioritizing my book boxing to books we have already read and don't plant to-read in the next few weeks or months. Now that the master bedroom has to be cleared out for repair work this Saturday, I have no choice but to box up the majority of the books in there.

ROOB
5 = all new books, -4 = all to be reads. The goal is to be as close to -4 as possible.

The total number of books I managed to read last month is down from previous months. Like March, though, reading from my personal collection accounted for 55 percent of what I read.

ROOB by year

Four of my twelve personal collection were new purchases in keeping with my goal to stay more current with newly published books. With the drop in total number of books read, my ROOB score climbed to -1.86. It's not the worst month ever, but it's disappointing after last month's success. My ROOB average for April rose slightly from -2.31 to -2.26.

ROOB average by month

Looking forward to May, my reading will still focus on my purchased books. However, with my book loving husband on vacation, I've been to the book store and come home with a large collection of newly published books (featured in the image at the top of this article). If I manage to read all of them in May, I will have a very high (meaning bad) ROOB score.

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