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Bo at Iditarod Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
A Buss from Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen
The Cathedral of Fear by Irene Adler
Cave of Bones by Anne Hillerman
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel
A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett
Front Desk by Kelly Yang
Giant Days, Volume 7 by John Allison The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear
Herding Cats by Sarah Andersen
How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta
The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford
Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle
My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando
Noragami Volume 05 by Adachitoka
Paper Girls, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Puerto Rico Strong edited by Hazel Newlevant
Sovereign by April Daniels
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente
Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti
Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartmen
This Fallen Prey by Kelley Armstrong
Title Wave by Lorna Barrett
Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles
When the Silliest Cat Was Small by Gilles Bachelet
Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth by Jeff Anderson

Miscellaneous
Children's fantasy that isn't British
March 2018 Sources
March 2018 Summary
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 02) It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 09) It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 16) It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 23) It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 30)

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Mapping Labyrinth (1986)
The Monster in the middle

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March 2018 Summary: 04/01/18

Inclusive reading report

March was completely free to read what I wanted and the first month where I had a small pile of newly published books I wanted to get through and review. At the start of the month I had a very ambitious plan to read and review those new books but I also had a ton of library books coming due. That combination slowed down my reading. I ended up pushing back new reads in a bunch of places to later weeks and into April.

I have requested fewer books in March so hopefully that conflict between new, old, and library will be less. When I get stressed out about reading I actually read less. In March I only read twenty-seven books, down from thirty-four in February.

March is the ninth month in a row that I read more inclusive books than not. March's reading also was focused on diverse writers, especially among the newly published books. One type of reading / reviewing where I am not being good about diversifying my reading is the mystery genre. As that's one day a week, I'm diluting my efforts.

March's reviews featured a majority of diverse books. It was the first time since July last year that the reviews worked out this way. As I've been saying in previous summary posts, my reading efforts would eventually show up in how the reviews are distributed.

April will continue to work on the goals of reading and reviewing with more attention to representation. I will try to stay with my current schedule although I must admit that Tess of the Road, though good, is very long and might get pushed back. Originally I had it planned for review two weeks ago. Now it's tentatively scheduled for later this week but it might get pushed back another week.

At the start of March I had seven reviews from 2015 to post. That's now down to three. The 2016 reviews are down by one to fifty-eight. I posted eleven reviews from 2017, brining that total down to fity. My 2018 reviews stayed steady, rising slightly from forty-six to fifty.

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