May 2017 Inclusive Reading Report: 06/02/17
Welcome Armchair Book Expo participants. At the start of every month I look back on my previous months' reading and reviewing to see how well I did with my goal to read an increasing percentage of inclusive books. I cast a largish net to include books from other countries (even European or Commonwealth ones), disabilities, and queer characters or authors.
Although I read The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hooks, the second of the Nameless City books, I'm not including it towards my reading goal. The characters aren't inherantly Canadian and the "diversity" of the different cultures in the city, though based on real, historical cultures, don't have enough world building to really be an exploration of these cultures. Basically the diversity here is a bi-product of the inspration behind the book — the Forbidden City. But the characters are as much window dressing as the buildings she has so laborious drawn.
May was better for reading than April, but I still fell four books short of a year ago's reading.I didn't do any traveling in May, but was busy boxing books for our planned move. That said, May was still better than a year ago. I ready nearly as many diverse books and I did not diverse. On the reivewing side, I reviewed more diverse books than not.
June's reading, I have no idea how it will be. June will be even more hectic with packing and I may very well have no print books in my house to read by the end of the month save for what I borrow from the library. I will still have my ebooks to read, of course. Whether or not I have time to read, though, is also up in the air.
Glancing at my scheduled reviews (which can change over the month), I have twelve inclusive / diverse books scheduled to review. That accounts for forty percent of June's reviews.
Comment #1: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 13:14:36
I am right there with you on the packing and the crazy moving plans. All my print books are already in storage. But if you're bored (ha) feel free to join in our Book Bingo challenge :)
Comment #2: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 16:03:00
Thank you for the invitation but I'm enrolled in all the challenges I can handle right now.
Comment #3: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 14:17:36
Ah ah another chart lover!
I also do charts, at the end of the year. For diversity, you can look at the 6th and 7th pictures for my 2016 recap. So last year I read authors from 16 different nationalities, and books in or translated from 9 different languages, with only 50% written directly in English.
Comment #4: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 16:06:00
I used do a year end recap but with reading more than 300 books and reviewing 365 a year (and not necessarily the same set of books as what I read that year), and with traveling, it was just too much to do. So now I only do monthly recaps.
Comment #5: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 15:11:10
Thank you for sharing and good luck with your June reads, sounds like your schedule is packed.
Comment #6: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 16:09:00
My schedule will be packing — much of it by myself as my husband will be working and traveling. I'm still not sure how this is all going to work.
Comment #7: Sunday, June 04, 2017 at 15:29:15
I had a hard time packing my books last time we moved as I kept wanting to stop and reread them! And I love your charts!
Comment #8: Sunday, June 04, 2017 at 20:15:00
I'm not much of a re-reader, maybe one or two books a year out of 300. A lot of the books now in storage I will be giving to school librarians at the start of the new year in the Fall.
Comment #9: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 11:54:49
Wow, awesome! Glad to hear you had an awesome reading month, despite your busy real life. Here is hoping for another awesome month in June for you. Enjoy your books. 😁👍🏻
Comment #10: Monday, June 05, 2017 at 15:14:00
June will be more packing and more moving. It's going to be a busy six months.
Comment #11: Thursday, June 08, 2017 at 18:32:37
Glad you found some great reads to enjoy these past months. No matter the genre or story, those are the best kind! :)
Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland's Armchair BEA fun. :)
Comment #12: Friday, June 09, 2017 at 08:40:00
I don't like to get into ruts. I also like to expand my horizons. I suspect the next bunch of months are going to be off reading months just because I'll be so busy with moving and buying a home.