September 2017 Summary: 10/02/17
September made August's busy schedule seem calm and organized. As we were approaching closing on the condo a home we had been aware of suddenly dropped it's price well into our comfort zone. It was too good an opportunity to ignore. So in the last week while waiting for the paperwork from our original mortgage we went to see the house and promptly fell in love.
Somehow this perfect for us us had been sitting on the market longer than our condo had been and now was being re-offered at a significantly lower price. The house had somehow slipped through the cracks of the crazy Bay Area real estate market. The long story short, we made an offer and ended up buying the place, closing at the end of the month.
A busy month means not as much time for reading. I finished twenty-three books, most of which were from the library. A year ago, I finished twenty-nine books in the same amount of time. Looking at the year so far with reviews posted and books read, I've read two more books than I've reviewed, so I'm holding even with how many reviews I have to post.
But running in place means my cushion of reviews has dwindled. Although I'm still maintaining my "review by category" calendar, It's only solidly planned through the end of December. January is mostly planned. February is about half planned. March is completely empty.
Like July and August, my diverse reads outnumbered my non-diverse ones. For reviews, as I'm still working through some older ones, the non-diverse books outnumbered the diverse ones, though the gap between the two is nearly flat.
Looking at October, reviews will run about even between diverse and non-diverse. Reading will be up because I'm a first round panelist for the middle grade fiction category of the CYBILs. The ratio of diverse to non diverse will also be affected by what ever titles are nominated.