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April 2021 Sources: 05/02/21
April was the thirteenth full month of shelter in place for COVID-19 precautions. Ian's parents are still stuck in Canada and have now earned permanent resident status. Ian and I are now fully vaccinated.
April also marked a need to change how I schedule my reviews. For the last three years I had focused more and more on reading newly published books. The problem is I've now run out of my backlog of reviews meaning I was constantly reading new books over everything else, thus defeating the purpose of "read our own books."
The other problem stems from COVID, in that it has gotten impossible for me to donate recently read books to local schools or the Friends of the Library. In response to a growing pile of read books I don't have room to keep, I've been offering them via Paperback Swap. I've also been buying fewer physical copies, to focus on reading what's on hand (and in storage).
As my reading habits have changed, my blogging habits needed to change. So the themes I had been posting with for the last three and a half years have been set aside. Now I am posting reviews in a rotating order: new, last year's book, older books, books from Paperback Swap. I'm not sure if this is a posting routine I'll keep in the long run, but it is working for me right now.
In April I read 19 TBR books, up from March's 13 TBR. I read one published in April. Six books were for research. None were from the library. The fewer new books brought my score down from -2.21 to -4.12. It was my best April ever in twelve years of tracking. I shattered make my predicted score of -2.21.
May will continue to have a mixture of new and previously month's books. As I'm running even with reading for what I'm reviewing, I predict another low score, maybe around -3.90.
My average for April improved from -2.36 to -2.50.