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An Appetite for Murder by Lucy Burdette
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
Better Homes and Corpses by Kathleen Bridge
Butterflies Are Pretty ... Gross! by Rosemary Mosco and Jacob Souva (Illustrations)
Cookies and Clairvoyance by Bailey Cates
Cut to the Corpse by Lucy Lawrence
Death Overdue by Allison Brook
Furbidden Fatality by Deborah Blake
Gideon Falls, Volume 4: The Pentoculus by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino (Illustrator)
How to Make a Bird by Meg McKinlay and Matt Ottley (Illustrator)
I Think I Love You by Auriane Desombre
Indigo Dying by Susan Wittig Albert
Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! Volume 1 by Sumito Oowara
Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Illustrator)
Murder by Page One by Olivia Matthews
Potions and Pastries by Bailey Cates
Red Bones by Ann Cleeves
Revenge of the Horned Bunnies by Ursula Vernon
The Seeds by Ann Nocenti and David Aja (Artist) Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella
Swamp Thing: Twin Branches by Maggie Stiefvater and Morgan Beem (illustrator)
This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
Three Men on the Bummel by Jerome K. Jerome
To Brew or Not to Brew by Joyce Tremel
Trouble in the Stars by Sarah Prineas
Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim
War Stories by Gordon Korman
The White Cat's Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King's Lap: Volume 1 by Kureha
Yokohama Station SF by Yuba Isukari

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May 2021 Sources

May 2021 Summary

Thirty-four years of tracking my reading

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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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May 2021 Sources: 06/02/21

Previous month's book sources

May was the fourteenth full month of shelter in place for COVID-19 precautions. It looks like Ian's parents might be able to visit next month or maybe in August. Cautious fingers crossed.

May continued my revised way of scheduling reviews. It seems to working for me. I'm alternating through: new, 2020, older, and books from Paperback Swap. This new method is helping me keep pace with how I'm reading. The downside is I can only schedule about six weeks in advance now, rather than the six months or so I used to do.

I'm continuing to buy fewer physical copies. I'm also ordering fewer from Paperback Swap. There's the problem of postage and the fact that the books I like to get off the site aren't the popular ones, so finding ordered books new homes is often difficult.

ROOB Score for the last three years

In May I read 18 TBR books, down from April's 19 TBR. I read one published in May. Seven books were for research and one was a review copy. None were from the library. One less TBR book resulted in a slight rise in the ROOB score from -4.12 to -4.00 That said, it was my best May ever in twelve years of tracking. I came very close to my predicted score of 3.90.

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 -4.30.

ROOB monthly averages

My average for May improved from -2.56 to -2.68.

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