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Month in review

Reviews
Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
Carson Crosses Canada
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
It Might Have Been Worse by Beatrice Larned Massey
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami
No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene
Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West by Marlene Blessing
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
Woof by Spencer Quinn
Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Miscellaneous
August 2017 Reading Sources
August 2017 Reading Summary
Books on Books
Crossing the Cornfield and Saving the World: The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
Greenglass House by Kate Milford: A road narrative deconstruction
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 25)
The maze isn't for you — except when it is

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



August 2017 Reading Summary: 09/01/17

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.

Mid August we finally got our house fixed up enough to put on the market. It was stressful — but anyone who has put a house on the market knows that. Like July, I spent most of the month devoted to the house — getting it fixed up, getting it staged, meeting with contractors, signing endless amounts of paperwork, and so forth.

Selling the house ate up most of my summer. The kids and I didn't go once to Don Castro to swim — though we did swim in the apartment pool. We didn't go bowling. We didn't go hiking. They did homework and I worked on the house or on setting up the apartment.

Then near the end of the month we jumped into my car and drove cross country to Wyoming to see the eclipse. Our trip out took about twenty hours — divided across two days: Reno the first day and Rock Springs the second day — meaning we drove through the entirety of Nevada and Utah in a single day. For the actual eclipse we got up early and drove into Casper which had the longest totality of anywhere in the eclipse's path. It was so worth getting up at 2 AM to see!

But between the house and road trip, I didn't get much reading done. Last year, I read thirty-four books in August. This August, I read 28 and most of those were either audiobooks or comic books. Over the summer, I realized I could buy comic books on my phone which saves me from either schlepping to the one comic book store in the area or waiting until the albums come out. I'm still planning on buying the albums but it's fun to stay current.

Back in 2009 when I first started tracking my reading and reviewing, I had a backlog of over four hundred titles I had read and wanted to review. Eight years later, I'm down to a backlog of only a couple months. As I'm basically current now in what I read and what I review, I've changed up how I schedule my reviews. I used to do it by topic. Now I am devoting a day each week to a particular type of review:

SaturdayBooks published this year
SundayOld books
MondayRecently read books
TuesdayCanadian books
WednesdayMystery books
ThursdayComics or graphic novels
FridayResearch (road trip books or essays)

Bar graph about reading

Bar graph about reviewing

Despite the lower number of books read, the reading was more focused, meaning I was able to mostly read diverse books. Roughly two thirds of the books I read were inclusive.

Review-wise, though, most of the books weren't diverse. August was my second big push to get through older reviews. I'm excited and nervous at the prospect of not having a backlog of reviews to rely on for times when I'm not reading as fast as I usually do. When that time comes, I'll have to re-think my "a book review a day" tag line.

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