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April 2018 Summary: 05/01/18
Like March, April was a struggle with library books coming due. As well, cold season hit again and with all of us sick at one time or another, I wasn't always in the mood to read. That meant some reviews got pushed back, though, not as many as in March. This month I ended up sending back a number of library books unread.
In April I requested even fewer library books than I did in March. I currently have nineteen books checked out and three holds. As we are now bringing home boxes of books from storage, I expect my library requests will dwindle to maybe one or two a month with most of my reading time devoted to books in storage and newly purchased books. The few library books I do check out will probably be for my research project.
April is the tenth month in a row that I read more inclusive books than not. April's reading continued March's trend of featuring diverse writers and books from different countries. 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.
April's reviews featured a majority of diverse books. It was the second time since July last year that the reviews worked out this way. April's ratio of diverse to not diverse reviews and books read was identical — a first since I've been tracking this. However, the books reviewed were not necessarily the same ones as the ones I read. Those that I missed reviewing in April will be reviewed at a later date.
For May I have sixteen newly published books that I plan to review. Some of them I've already read, but the vast majority of them I haven't.
At the start of April I had three reviews from 2015 to post. Those reviews have now been posted and the year is clear. My new goal is to clear 2016's reviews. I have fifty-five in total. My 2017 reviews are down to forty-seven. My 2018 reviews are now at seventy-two, up from fifty.