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Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South, Part Three by Gene Luen Yang
Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle
CatStronauts: Robot Rescue by Drew Brockington
The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing by Erika Lopez
The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring
Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs
House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen
Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
The Once Upon a Time Map Book by B.G. Hennessy and Peter Joyce
The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble
Spy on History: Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army by Enigma Alberti
Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan

Miscellaneous
Favorites of the first half of 2018
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 02, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 09, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 16, 2018)
June 2018 Sources
June 2018 Summary

Road Essays
Are small towns uhoric or utopic?
An update on the road narrative reading
What isn't a road narrative: towards an ontological understanding of the road's importance

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2 stars: OK
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June 2018 Sources: 07/02/18

June book sources

June continued with the nice weather and good health and fewer library books. The first two weeks were busy with the end of school year and all the end of the year events. June's pre-orders came in but I got none of them read, having still to work on the last of April's and May's. Despite that, reading was above expected with thirty-two books finished.

ROOB Score for the last three years

Since June was filled with reading purchases from previous months, my ROOB score was the best it's been for this entire year. That said, it continues a three year trend of June being the best month for reading through the to-be-read pile. Had I, though, stayed with my initial reading schedule (upset in May and not recovered from in June), my ROOB score would be at 0.

June dropped to -3.4 from last month's -2.38. The drop was such a surprise I re-ran the numbers three times and double checked my records to make sure I hadn't actually read any new books (new being published in June and purchased in June).

The trend line, though, remains flat but that is better than the upwards turn I predicted last month.

ROOB score mapped year after year to compare trends

Looking at all previous years, June 2018 is the lowest (meaning best) month for reading from the to-be-read pile.

ROOB monthly averages

Since I didn't read any of the books purchased in June, my average for June dropped from -2.67 to -2.75.

As I now have June books to read in July as well as the ones I have ordered in July, I suspect I won't be getting to any July books this month. If that's true, my ROOB score will continue to be low. The trend line might even tick downards.

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