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Adventure on Whalebone Island by M.A. Wilson
Black Hammer Volume 2: The Event by Jeff Lemire
The Dark Lady by Irene Adler
A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
Habibi by Craig Thompson
If You Find This by Matthew Baker
Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games by Joe Hill
Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
The Magician's Secret by Carolyn Keene
Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett
Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
Patina by Jason Reynolds
Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Hiro Kamigaki
A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace
The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente
Sabotage at Willow Woods by Carolyn Keene
Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 by N. Griffin
Speedy in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham
The Terrible Two Go Wild by Mac Barnett, Jory John, and Kevin Cornell
Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
Welcome to the Real World by Angela Melick
Winterhouse by Ben Guterson

December 2017 Sources
December 2017 Summary
Five stars in 2017
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 01)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 08)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 15)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 22)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (January 29)

Road Essays
The transformative power of the cornfield: magic in the Marvelous Land of Oz

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

December 2017 Sources: 01/08/17

December 2017 Sources

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.

ROOB score for the last three years

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.

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