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Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance
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
The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis
Locke & Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill
The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler
March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
The Mushroom Fan Club by Elise Gravel
My Boyfriend Bites by Dan Jolley and Alitha E. Martinez
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
The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet
Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb
Rhymoceros by Janik Coat
The Sandwich Swap by Rania al-Abdullah
Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
Secret at Mystic Lake by Carolyn Keene
Slider by Pete Hautman
Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci
Sunny by Jason Reynolds
This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt
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) It's Monday, What Are You Reading (May 21) It's Monday, What Are You Reading (May 28) 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
Sibling magic on and off road in the fantasy and horror road narrative
Small towns and out of the way places
Traveling party

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April 2018 Summary: 05/01/18

Inclusive reading report

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.

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