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Buried in the Stacks by Allison Brook
A Cajun Christmas Killing by Ellen Byron Dark Waters by Katherine Arden
A Deadly Deletion by Lorna Barrett and Cassandra Campbell (Narrator) Death Gets a Time-Out by Ayelet Waldman
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett
Funky Chickens by Benjamin Zephaniah
The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library by Alice Kimberly
Lucy in the Sky by Kiara Brinkman and Sean Chiki (Illustrations)
March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Illustrator)
Marmalade's Nap by Cindy Wheeler
One Hot Murder by Lorraine Bartlett
1, 2, 3 Salish Sea: a Pacific Northwest Counting Book by Nikki McClure
Poison Ivy: Thorns by Kody Keplinger and Sara Kipin (Illustrations)
Purrder She Wrote by Cate Conte
Red Velvet Revenge by Jenn McKinlay
Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs by Russell Ginns
A Spell for Trouble by Esme Addison and Emily Durante (Narrator)
The Tea Dragon Festival by Kay O'Neill
This Is Venice by Miroslav Sasek
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Turning Point by Paula Chase

August 2021 Sources

August 2021 Summary

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Rating System

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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August 2021 Sources: 09/02/21

Previous month's book sources

My husband is back at working in the office but it's not mandatory yet. The mandatory return date has been pushed back from sometime in September to January because of the Delta variant. Our youngest daughter is back at in person school. As she's in high school and fully vaxxed we're not too worried. That said, after the first week of class, there are already seven confirmed cases of COVID. This is at a school with a vaccination mandate, high vaccination rates, and required masking.

August forced me to reconsider my revised review schedule. While alternating types of books was good on paper in reality it was impossible to keep up with. I will continue to alternate in my reading but now I'm picking reviews based on my whim of the night. There just isn't enough of a backlog to be more stringent with scheduling.

ROOB Score for the last three years

In August I read 20 TBR books, up from July's 19 TBR. I read two books released last month. Five books were for research. None were review books or library books. The new ones book raised my score from -3.97 to -3.81. It was my second best August in twelve years of tracking, with last August being my best.

ROOB score mapped year after year to compare trends

I suspect my September ROOB score will remain around 3.8.

ROOB monthly averages

My average for August improved from -2.83 to -2.91.

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