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Month in review

Reviews
Bad Babysitter by Jennifer L. Holm
Beyond Auto Mode by Jennifer Bebb
The Book Fair From the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler
Bookmarked For Death by Lorna Barrett
The Broken Lands by Kate Milford
Cadillac Couches by Sophie B. Watson
Cleopatra in Space: Secret of the Time Tablets by Mike Maihack
A Cookbook Conspiracy by Kate Carlisle
D4VE by Ryan Ferrier
Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison
Knight's Castle by Edward Eager
Knock About with the Fitzgerald-Trouts by Esta Spalding
The Locksmith issue 3 by Terrance Grace
Made for Each Other by Paul D. Storrie and Eldon Cowgur
Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Pastoral Cities by James L. Machor
Pi in the Sky by Wendy Mass
Poison Kiss by Ana Mardoll
Pumpkin Town! by Katie McKy
Puppy Love by Jennifer L. Holm
The Road Movie Book edited by Steven Cohan and Ina Rae Hark
Rosemary Remembered by Susan Wittig Albert
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire
Shopaholic & Baby by Sophie Kinsella
The Time Garden by Edward Eager
Thyme of Death by Susan Wittig Albert
The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
Us Conductors by Sean Michaels
Volkswagen Blues by Jacques Poulin and translated by Sheila Fischman
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 07, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 14, 2017)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 28, 2017)
July 2017 Reading Sources
July 2017 Reading Summary

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



July 2017 Reading Summary: 08/01/17

Inclusive reading report

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.

Bar graph about reading

Bar graph about reviewing

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.

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