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December 2018 Summary: 01/01/19

Reading report

The Cybils ended for me in the middle of December. If you want to see our short list, go to the Middle Grade Fiction short list announcement. The second half of the month I spent primarily reading my own books, 2018 published books that I had purchased but hadn't gotten to.

December's reading was lower than recent months and on a par with the middle of summer. I had hoped to read more but December wiped me out emotionally with the month starting out with my husband in the hospital. He's fine and things are back to normal. Hopefully that will mean normal levels of reading for me.

I read 24 books in December, down from November's 35. I surpassed my 51% goal for diverse reading, with about 2/3 of all the books I read qualifying. Almost half the books were from my own collection, or were library books for the Cybils. January's reading will be devoted to the 2018 books I didn't get to in December and it is a very diverse selection.

I had hoped to end 2018 with no more 2016 reviews to post but I still have about twenty books. My 2017 reviews though are at similarly small numbers as the remaining 2016. 2018's reviews aren't as out of control as 2017's were a year ago. That's primarily from me being better about reviewing books in the same year that I read them.

I have eighteen reviews leftover from 2016 and twenty-one from 2017. From 2018 I have ninety-six, again a reflection of reading for the Cybils.

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