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The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller
The Ballad of Ami Miles by Kristy Dallas Alley
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Bloodroot by Susan Wittig Albert
Chili Cauldron Curse by Lynn Cahoon
Crow by Candace Robinson and Amber R Duell
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly
Death Gone A-Rye by Winnie Archer
Death of an English Muffin by Victoria Hamilton
Farm to Trouble by Amanda Flower
Foul Play at the Fair by Shelley Freydont
Hearts by Hilma Wolitzer
House of Cards by Michael Dobbs
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess
Little Bookshop of Murder by Maggie Blackburn and Christa Lewis (Narrator)
Montauk by Nicola Harrison
Nightschool: The Weirn Books Collector's Edition, Volume 2 by Svetlana Chmakova
On Borrowed Crime by Kate Young and Dina Pearlman (Narrator)
Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker
A Playdate With Death by Ayelet Waldman
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
Sabrina: Something Wicked by Kelly Thompson and Veronica Fish (illustrator)
A Side of Murder by Amy Pershing
To Know You're Alive by Dakota McFadzean
This is Munich by Miroslav Sasek
Those People by Louise Candlish
Unplugged by Gordon Korman
A Witch's Printing Office, Volume 2 by Mochinchi and Yasuhiro Miyama
Wondercat Kyuu-Chan Volume 1 by Sasami Nitori

April 2021 Sources

April 2021 Summary

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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April 2021 Sources: 05/02/21

Previous month's book sources

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.

ROOB Score for the last three years

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.

ROOB score mapped year after year to compare trends

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.

ROOB monthly averages

My average for April improved from -2.36 to -2.50.

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