July 2017 Reading Summary: 08/01/17
Mid July we moved out of our home of thirteen years and into a tiny (and hopefully) temporary apartment. Ninety-seven percent of our home library is in storage, leaving our reading choices to those carefully selected books we brought with us, ebooks, digital audiobooks, and the library.
July also is the start of the annual Canadian Books Challenge, which this year has been taken on by a different Canadian blogger. The theme she has chosen is right in line with my road narrative project — Canadian road trip books. A double dose of excitement over a new challenge year starting and the introduction of new to me Canadian road narrative books, pushed the direction of my end of month reading as shown by the two covers I'm highlighting. The one on the left is a road trip from Edmonton to Montreal. The one on the right is road trip from Montreal to St Louis on the trail of a long lost brother.
August will hopefully mean that the home is finally on the market. It will also be the month where we take our family road trip — this time to Wyoming for the eclipse. It's my first time to Wyoming and besides the eclipse we will be seeing Yellowstone! I am not much of a reader while traveling, so the third week of August will probably be slim for me.
July was the first month since January where more than half of the books I read were diverse / inclusive. A big part of that is careful curation of which books I brought to the apartment, and further careful selection of books from my wishlist to borrow from the library.
One big piece of my reading that's holding the ratio back is my reading (and listening to) mysteries. This move is stressful. Preparing the house is stressful. Mysteries help me unwind. I have not been mindful with my selection of these books and I probably should be.
Reviewing was also better and close to levels achieved in March. As it takes a month or two for books I've read to make it into the review posting schedule, I'm starting to see results from previous months of reading.