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Month in review

Reviews
All Four Stars by Tara Dairman
The Amazing Crafty Cat by Charise Mericle Harper
The Best Man by Richard Peck
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
Bloom by Doreen Cronin
Candor by Pam Bachorz
The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass
The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett
A Day's Work by Eve Bunting
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald
Dragon's Green by Scarlett Thomas
In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce
Iron Ties by Ann Parker
The Lens by N.K. Guy
The Magic Cornfield by Nancy Willard
Merman in My Tub, Volume 1 by Itokichi
Miss Hazeltine's Home for Shy and Fearful Cats by Alicia Potter
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
On the Trail to Sunset by Thomas William Wilby and Agnes Anderson Wilby
One Witch at a Time by Stacy DeKeyser
The Only Road by Alexandra Diaz
The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton
Sealed with a Secret by Lisa Schroeder
Showing Off by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins
Storm by Amanda Sun
They Came in from the Road by Marjorie Starbuck and Elizabeth Platko
VanDerZee by Deborah Willis-Braithwaite
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler
Who Is AC? by Hope Larson

Miscellaneous
Books with Strong Families
Collaboration
Half year round-up - Favorite books read in 2017
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 05)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 12)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 19)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 26)
May 2017 Inclusive Reading Report
Read Our Own Books May 2017

Thirty years of tracking my reading
What do readers want?

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



May 2017 Inclusive Reading Report: 06/02/17

Inclusive reading report

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.

Bar graph about reading

Bar graph about reviewing

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.

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Comment #1: Friday, June 02, 2017 at 13:14:36

Julie

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

Pussreboots

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

Emma

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

Pussreboots

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

Gabriella M

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

Pussreboots

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

Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such

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

Pussreboots

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

Geybie's Book Blog

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

Pussreboots

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

Rissi

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

Pussreboots

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.