March 2018 Summary: 04/01/18
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.