June 2017 Reading Sources: 07/02/17
I've been tracking the metric of reading my own books vs newly purchased, library, review or research books since April, 2010. I've been doing this long enough that the plotted data is getting pretty hard to read in a graph that's only six hundred pixels wide. Starting this month, I'm lopped off the first half of my data points in the graph, so that it's only tracking the metric for the last three of those seven years.
Like May, June's reading was under -3, meaning a large portion of my books were both books I've owned for a while and research books for my road narrative project. A large portion of the books I read were audiobooks, ones I'm listening to as I pack up our home library for the move (happening in less than two weeks). In June I read three more books than in May, with more of those books being from the library — though the audiobooks did fill in the gap for the print books I otherwise would have read.
Looking towards July, I suspect my reading will be split between audiobooks / ebooks for my personal collection and library books. I suspect my over all reading will go down as I'll be busy with the move, both getting the temporary apartment livable, and with getting the townhouse ready for sale. Maybe too, we'll be actually looking at new homes.
June's ROOB score was nearly identical to June 2013, and significantly better than all other Junes since I started tracking.
June's average also improved by .06. July's average so far is quite good — from years of reading my own books while traveling. I suspect the average will tick up towards "library" which would be a solid -2. I've read so many of my own books over summers past, that it would have be an exceptional month of reading brand new books and library books solely to make too big of a negative dent in the average.
Whatever happens this July will be interesting. It's the first time in decades — maybe the entirety of my book tracking, that I've been completely uncertain as to where my next book will be coming from — or even how many books my near future holds.