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October 2017 Summary: 11/07/17
October was busy as expected due to moving out of the apartment and moving into the house. The house needed some repairs and some new furniture. Actually the furniture aspect will be an on-going project as we need a lot of it and only have the budget for one or two pieces each month.
Now as I was stuck a lot of the time at the house, I did have some more time (than previous recent months) to read. I finished 28 books, down, though from previous Octobers. Last year, for example, I read 34 books in October.
My cushion of reviews continues to dry up. I have reviews planned and written through the end of January. A year ago, I would have been planned out through the end of April by now. To further complicate things, I'm also doing NANOWRIMO, the first time in about four years, while also being a first round reader for the CYBILs.
Continuing with the trend begun in July, diverse books outnumbered non-diverse books in the read pile. As those read books work their way through the reviewing process, the reviews are starting to be more focused on diverse books than not. I'm not there yet. October's reviewed books were still mostly non-diverse. But the total number of diverse reviews was up from September and and August.
Looking at November, I will be busy reading for the CYBILs — meaning my choices in reading are less flexible than in other months. I will also be writing for NANOWRIMO, so the numbers of books read won't be as high as last November's. Review wise, I'm still working through the last of my older reviews, meaning the diversity ratio won't be that great either.