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Month in review

Reviews
Beast & Crown by Joel Ross
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Boundless by Jillian Tamaki
Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam
CatStronauts: Space Station Situation by Drew Brockington
Demon, Volume 4 by Jason Shiga
Feathertop by Robert D. San Souci
14 Hollow Road by Jenn Bishop
From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle
The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg
Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott
Lights, Camera, Middle School! by Jennifer L. Holm
The Looney Experiment by Luke Reynolds
The Losers Club by Andrew Clements
The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar
Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green
Murder on the Half Shelf by Lorna Barrett
One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes
One Mixed-Up Night by Catherine Newman
Ordinary Mishaps and Inevitable Catastrophes by Booki Vivat
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
Paper Girls Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Red Leech by Andrew Lane
Refugee by Alan Gratz
Ripped From the Pages by Kate Carlisle
The Scarebird by Sid Fleischman and Peter Sís
See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundy
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Portfolio 25 by Rosamund Kidman Cox

Miscellaneous
2017 books read and reviewed
Back Half round-up: Favorite books read and reviewed from July-December 2017 Canadian Books reviewed in 2017
Diverse Books Reviewed in 2017
First Book of the Year Graphic Novels Reviewed in 2017
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 04)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 11)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 18)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (December 25)
Mysteries reviewed in 2017
Road Narrative Summary
November 2017 sources
November 2017 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


November 2017 Summary: 12/02/17

Inclusive reading report

November was the quietest month we've had this year. Midway through we turned in the keys to the apartment we had rented as a stopgap between selling the condo and buying the house. The move is done. We still need to furnish the house — as we've moved into a place that's twice the size of the condo we had lived in for the last thirteen years.

With the Cybils in full swing, much of my reading in November was focused on middle grade fiction published between October 2016 and September 2017. In previous years the entirety of my November reading has been for the Cybils. This year, I was able to include some reading from my own wishlist.

The previous November I finished thirty-one books. This November I finished only twenty-six. That reflects the first week where I was still spending most of my time getting the apartment ready to handover to the leasing office. I primarily listened to audiobooks while cleaning, and those take more time to read than the printed ones.

Another slow down in my reading was time spent participating in NANOWRIMO. I finished a couple days early, although plot-wise, the story is about a quarter finished. With a sustained slowing of my reading, my review buffer is basically dried up. By spring, I'll be running in place, a blogging position I haven't been in for more than a decade.

November was the fifth month in a row where diverse / inclusive books made up the majority of my reading. On the reviewing side, those diverse books are making their way into my reviews. November's reviews reached the fifty-fifty mark with fifteen reviews being of diverse books.

December will be filled with the last of the Cybils reading for the first two or three weeks. The remainder will be of books I purchased in 2017 and haven't gotten to. After five months of reading diversely, I'm fairly certain I will continue doing so. Reviews will primarily be remaining books published this year that I haven't managed to review yet.

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