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May 2018 Sources: 06/02/18
May was a nice month weather- and health-wise. I had far fewer library books to worry about but May is the start of the summer book season and my preorders came in like an avalanche. I had planned to read sixteen newly published books and managed only half that amount. Over all, my reading was down, my lowest amount since September (the month I was moving).
May looks pretty bad for reading my own backlist books in comparison to May 2017 and 2016 but is better than 2015. Part of this is due to my reading and reviewing newly published (within the same month of publishing) books. May would have been much closer to 0 if I had accomplished my orgionally stated goal.
May ticked up a little bit from April, up from -2.38 to -2.3. My best May of recent years was last year at -3.14. That year was particularly good because I was reading books as I was packing them.
The trend line is now basically flat after a five months of reading so many newly published books. I suppose in June it will start ticking upwards.
Looking at all previous years, May 2018 is right in the middle. May is the month where my wishlist reading kicks into gear.
Reading newly purchased books in May had a slight affect on the overall average, raising it from -2.54 to -2.51.
As May was such a disaster in sticking with my planned reviews, especially of newly published one, I'm not going to make a prediction of my June reading results.