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July 2018 Sources: 07/02/18

July book sources

July continued with the trend of fewer library books and more books on hand. Many of them were purchased in previous months or even previous years, but two of them were purchased this. They were new releases that I was eager to read: Poisoned Pages and No Man of Woman Born.

ROOB Score for the last three years

As I read fewer books in July (only twenty-one) and two of them were New books, my ROOB score ticked back up to -2.67, the highest it's been since July 2015, when it was at -2.48. While previous Julys have been my best month for reading my own backlog of books, that honor fell on June.

The trend line, though, remains nearly flat. It will probably start trending positive soon.

ROOB score mapped year after year to compare trends

Looking at all previous years, July 2018 is the second 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 July, my average for July dropped from -2.67 to -2.75.

The two New books took a small bite out of the average ROOB score for July. It rose from -2.67 to -2.66.

I have so many previous months books still to read I doubt I will be getting to any August books. I have thirty-two books released and purchased in 2018 still to read.

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Comment #1: Monday, August 06, 2018 at 13:22:11


Wow. I can't imagine if I was organized enough to track this information, what it would say about my reading. Stats have never been my forte. Congrats on all your reading, no matter the source!

Comment #2: Tuesday, August 07, 14:10:00


I started tracking where the books came from about ten years ago when the FCC was cracking down on product blogs and the book bloggers started panicking about getting dinged for receiving ARCs. After that there was a reading challenge called "ROOB" or "Read our own books" which wanted to encourage book bloggers to read through their TBR shelves. Then the last year or so saw the "We need diverse books" movement and I wanted to do my part to widen what I was reading. That's where these posts come from.