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Month in review

Reviews
Bat and the Waiting Game by Elana K. Arnold
The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli by Kyo Maclear and Julie Morstad
Canada and the Canadian Question by Goldwin Smith
Dear Mrs Bird by A.J. Pearce
Don't Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci
Flo by Kyo Maclear and Jay Fleck
A Friendly Town That's Almost Always by the Ocean! by Kir Fox and M. Shelley Coats
Locke & Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill
The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler
The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #2: Rainbow Dash by Ryan K. Lindsay
My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #5: Pinkie Pie by Ted Anderson
The Night Garden by Polly Horvath
Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb
Rhymoceros by Janik Coat
Slider by Pete Hautman
Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci
Sunny by Jason Reynolds
This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant

Miscellaneous
April 2018 sources
April 2018 summary
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (May 07)
It's Monday, What Are You Reading (May 14) Reading Current

Road Essays
Getting there: it's the road, stupid
In the upside-down: the hobo life in Oz
Re-Mapping the road narrative project

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


April 2018 Sources: 05/02/18

Inclusive reading report

April was pretty good weather wise but we had visitors and it was Spring Break and my oldest was traveling. Basically there were lots of distractions. Somehow I managed to read thirty books.

Although I had a bunch of due library books, I had to cut my losses and return a bunch unread. May looks like it might turn out the same way.

ROOB Score for the last three years

April was a particularly one in terms of reading my own books despite my stated goal of reading more newly published books. While April 2018 (-2.38) wasn't as low a score as April 2015 (-2.61), it was lower than both 2016 and 2017 (-1.76 and -1.86).

The trend line is flattening out after years of heading into the desirable negative direction.

ROOB score mapped year after year to compare trends

Looking at all previous years, March 2018 is right in the middle. March continues on my typical February trend where I start reading books I purchased the year before but didn't get to. It's also where my wishlist reading kicks into gear.

ROOB monthly averages

Reading newly purchased books in April had no effect on the month's average. In fact the average dropped minutely from -2.26 to -2.27

About half of my scheduled reviews for May are newly published books. Some of them are hold overs from previous months. We'll see what it does to May's average. Typically May is the point where I start really focusing on my own books and the average for May, June and July are the lowest of the entire year. That might change.

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