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The February 2017 Gap: 02/28/17

Reading Gap

I had hoped to wish goodbye to the last of the 2014 reviews in February but there were too many recent things that I wanted to highlight more than I wanted to clear out the back log. I have four reviews left to post and will get through all but one in March. I'm saving one of them because two of the reviews are from the Rivers of America series.

Reviews still to post by month and year read So what happened? Most of the reviews I posted were from reads: with twelve from late 2016 and twelve from 2017. The remaining four were from 2014 and 2015.

bar graph of reviews posted by year read

As one of my larger goals is to avoid growing the backlog of reviews I want to publish, I'm pleased to see that eight-six percent of my February reviews were of books read within the last year.

Nonetheless, I still have many more books from 2016 and 2017 that I've read that I still want to talk about. Once upon a time I did experiment with posting two reviews a day. It was exhausting for me and exasperating for my readers. It was one of the few times I've received angry email from subscribers.

All told, I have thirty-eight books that I've read so far this year that I still want to talk about. That's entire month's worth of posts without even addressing the backlog from previous years. Realistically, that I won't get all of January and February's books reviewed in March.

Looking at 2016's books, I could go for nearly four months without reading a new book, based on the reviews I still have to post. I've been down that road too and it's boring. It doesn't make for a moving blog. Nor does it make for good curation.

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