December 2017 Sources: 01/08/17
Like November, December came in two distinct parts. The first was the remainder of the Cybils so we could have time to vote on the short list. The second half was free reading and the holidays. Unfortunately we all got sick to one degree or another and I didn't get as much reading done as I had hoped in those last days.
The Cybils reading for the first three weeks of December skewed the overall score upwards, though not as high as November's. The last ten days allowed for time to read books from my personal collection (the ultimate goal of this metric). As there were two new purchases in that selection, the reading score wasn't as good as it otherwise would have been.
Looking at 2015, 2016, and 2017, as year long trends, my reading has continued to improve in terms of working through older books on my shelves. Looking just at the last December, though, the month's score was higher than all previous Decembers for the last three years. Typically December's reading falls under the trend line, with this December rising above it.
Looking at all Decembers since 2010, this December was right about in the middle of usual reading patterns. It is a mixture of library and older books
In fact, December 2017's reading was so typical of December reading, that it didn't affect the month average at all. The month average is -2.44 and the month's score was also -2.44.
January is Cybils free for me but I am trying a new thing with my blog. I want to concentrate on reading and reviewing more current publications. As I plan to be purchasing and reading on average four new books each month, my ROOB score will certainly drift upwards. While this might seem like a bad thing, it's actually a reflection of the previous years' work at whittling down the backlist of the to be read shelf. Having so many books now read and reviewed, I have the luxury of being able to schedule in more new books.