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Reviews
Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance
Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
Ivy by Katherine Coville
The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt
Otis by Loren Long
Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury
Queen and Country Volume 1 by Greg Rucka
Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game by Amy Gutierrez
Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle
We Are the Engineers by Angela Melick
Winnebago Graveyard #3 by Steve Niles
A Woman's World Tour in a Motor by Harriet White Fisher
Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 06)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 13)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 20)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 27)
October 2017 Sources
October 2017 Summary
Reading Goals for 2018

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4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish



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October 2017 Summary: 11/07/17

Inclusive reading report

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.

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