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Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance
Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
Ivy by Katherine Coville
The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt
Otis by Loren Long
Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury
Queen and Country Volume 1 by Greg Rucka
Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game by Amy Gutierrez
Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle
We Are the Engineers by Angela Melick
Winnebago Graveyard #3 by Steve Niles
A Woman's World Tour in a Motor by Harriet White Fisher
Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 06)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 13)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 20)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 27)
October 2017 Sources
October 2017 Summary
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Reading Goals for 2018: 11/30/17

As we roll into the last month of 2017, I'm starting to think about my goals and direction for 2018. This year has been one of constant flux. I knew it would be as I went into it.

2017 summarized

I began the year expecting the move — and yes — I did move. But originally we were planning an international, transcontinental move. Those plans fell through but the process of getting ready for the move made us realize that we still wanted and needed to move into a bigger place. In fact, because of the process of selling our condo and buying a house, we moved twice — once to an apartment, and then into our house.

In February our local independent book store closed. The long time manager of that store chose to purchase much of the unsold inventory and start her own book store. The city rallied behind her plans and her online fundraising. It took seven months to get the new storefront ready, inventory moved in, and the store opened. Coincidentally the new store opened the same day that we closed on our house.

From July to October we lived in an apartment, with only a single box of books per person, plus whatever books we checked out from the library or ebooks we downloaded. Then from October 7 to November 15 we moved into our new home. Here it is the end of November and we still haven't brought any of our home library back from storage.

2018 Blogging

In 2009, I mentioned having a backlog of 116 titles I wanted to review. Over the next couple of years that backlog grew from three months to six months worth of posts, assuming no reading. Of course I didn't stop reading, but I have slowed down, allowing me to close that gap. I'm not 100% closed but the gap is narrow enough I can no longer plan out my blog posts half a year in advance. This is a good thing.

For the last five years (give or take), I have been posting my reviews around weekly themes. I've never made those themes public — they were just there to make organizing the review in advance more fun for me. Starting over the summer I realized that method didn't work any more as my lag time between reading and reviewing has shortened.

Instead, now I'm doing a day of the week theme, meaning different days are dedicated to different types of reviews.

The schedule:

  • Saturday: New books – books published this year
  • Sunday: Old books - either books I read a while ago and haven't reviewed, or books published a long time ago.
  • Monday: Recent reads - books I read recently that aren't published this year
  • Tuesday: Canadian books (because I'm a long time participant in the Canadian books challenge)
  • Wednesday: Mystery books
  • Thursday: Comic books and graphic novels
  • Friday: Research - either reviews of road narrative books or road narrative essays

Goals:

    To read and review a minimum of:
  • 52 newly published books
  • cleaning out my backlog
  • 100 books off my wishlist that aren't newly published
  • 52 Canadian books
  • 52 Mystery books
  • 52 Comic books or graphic novels
  • 52 Road narrative reviews or essays
  • 51% (or 153 books for the year) reading and reviewing of diverse books / authors, with an emphasis on authors.

The books left to review by month read

Once I've cleared out my backlog, I plan to rededicate Monday to audiobook reviews. Currently that's at 166 books I've read and written reviews for. I know it's right where I was in 2009, but my reading has slowed to under a book a day that I can close this gap by April or May. Leaving me the back half of 2018 to focus on wishlist books.

Blog goals:

I'm still working through my update of the graphics on every review. I"m working backwards. So the present day back through January 2011 are complete. The move really took time away from this project.

Once the graphics are done, I plan to make my site more mobile friendly. I have no time line right now for when that project will start or how long it will take. It will be a learning process for me.

I'm tracking books read and reviewed that count towards both my reading goals (see the rest of the post below) and the Beat the Backlist 2018 challenge. Books I've reviewed will be posted here throughout the year.

  1. A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
  2. Adele in Sand Land by Claude Pont
  3. Adventure on Whalebone Island by M.A. Wilson
  4. An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
  5. Alienated by Melissa Landers
  6. American Street by Ibi Zoboi Arnold of the Ducks by Mordicai Gerstein
  7. Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South, Part Three by Gene Luen Yang
  8. Baddawi by Leila Abdelrazaq
  9. The Bicycle Spy by Yona Zeldis McDonough
  10. Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd) by Julie Bowe
  11. Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis
  12. Black Cats and Evil Eyes: A Book of Old-Fashioned Superstitions by Chloe Rhodes
  13. Black Ice by Andy Lane
  14. Blowing Clear by Joseph C. Lincoln
  15. Bluff and Bran and the Snowdrift by Meg Rutherford
  16. Bo at Iditarod Creek by Kirkpatrick Hill
  17. The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon
  18. Book Clubbed by Lorna Barret
  19. Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle
  20. A Buss from Lafayette by Dorothea Jensen
  21. Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel
  22. Canada and the Canadian Question by Goldwin Smith
  23. The Care and Feeding of a Pet Black Hole by Michelle Cuevas
  24. Cat Got Your Diamonds by Julie Chase
  25. Chile Death by Susan Wittig Albert
  26. Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman
  27. Classified as Murder by Miranda James
  28. Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher
  29. Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld
  30. The Clue at Black Creek Farm by Carolyn Keene
  31. Cold War on Maplewood Street by Gayle Rosengren
  32. Country Matters by Michael Korda
  33. Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
  34. The Dark Lady by Irene Adler
  35. A Darkness Absolute by Kelley Armstrong
  36. The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo
  37. The Dastardly Deed by Holly Grant
  38. Dear Poppy by Ronni Arno
  39. Decaffeinated Corpse by Cleo Coyle
  40. Delicious in Dungeon, Volume 1 by Ryoko Kui
  41. Depth by Lev A.C. Rosen
  42. Don't Cry for Me, Hot Pastrami by Sharon Kahn
  43. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
  44. Dragons Beware! by Jorge Aguirre
  45. Effie Starr Zook Has One More Question by Martha Freeman
  46. Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany
  47. The Enchanted Egg by Kallie George
  48. The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  49. Espresso Shot by Cleo Coyle
  50. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  51. Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel
  52. Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes by Mary E. Lambert
  53. A Family Is a Family Is a Family by Sara O'Leary
  54. ">Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer by Novella Carpenter
  55. A Fatal Chapter by Lorna Barrett
  56. Fax Me a Bagel by Sharon Kahn
  57. File M for Murder by Miranda James
  58. The Final Kingdom by Michael Northrop
  59. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella Finding Perfect by Elly Swartz
  60. Fleep by Jason Shiga
  61. The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring
  62. French Pressed by Cleo Coyle
  63. Froodle by Antoinette Portis
  64. The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern
  65. Ghostbusters 101: Everyone Answers the Call by Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening
  66. Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  67. Giant Days, Volume 6 by John Allison
  68. Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs
  69. The Good Little Book by Kyo Maclear
  70. Habibi by Craig Thompson
  71. Haunting Jordan by P.J. Alderman
  72. Hold The Cream Cheese, Kill The Lox by Sharon Kahn
  73. Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle
  74. House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen
  75. The House on East 88th Street by Bernard Waber
  76. How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child by Sandra Uwiringiyimana and Abigail Pesta
  77. How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Standiford
  78. If Someone Says 'You Complete Me,' RUN! by Whoopi Goldberg
  79. If You Find This by Matthew Baker
  80. I'll Save You Bobo! by Eileen Rosenthal
  81. The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
  82. Inside Hudson Pickle by Yolanda Ridge
  83. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
  84. Internet Famous by Danika Stone
  85. It All Comes Down to This by Karen English
  86. Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
  87. Juana and Lucas by Juana Medina
  88. A Just Clause by Lorna Barrett
  89. The Kairos Mechanism by Kate Milford
  90. Karma Khullar's Mustache by Kristi Wientge
  91. Koko Be Good by Jen Wang
  92. Kraken by Wendy Williams
  93. L. Frank Baum: Creator of Oz by Katharine M. Rogers
  94. Latte Trouble by Cleo Coyle
  95. Lavender Lies by Susan Wittig Albert
  96. The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant
  97. The Left-Handed Fate by Kate Milford
  98. The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino and Irene Koh
  99. Lemons by Melissa Savage
  100. Locke & Key, Volume 2: Head Games by Joe Hill
  101. Locke & Key, Volume 3: Crown of Shadows by Joe Hill
  102. Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames
  103. Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
  104. Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
  105. Mabel Jones and the Forbidden City by Will Mabbitt and Ross Collins
  106. The Mad Apprentice by Django Wexler
  107. The Magician's Secret by Carolyn Keene
  108. Malaika’s Winter Carnival by Nadia L. Hohn and Irene Luxbacher (illustrator)
  109. March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
  110. Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
  111. Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd
  112. Merman in My Tub, Volume 2 by Itokichi Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson
  113. The Minotaur Takes His Own Sweet Time by Steven Sherrill
  114. Miss Pickerell Harvests the Sea by Ellen MacGregor and Dora Pantell
  115. Monoceros by Suzette Mayr
  116. Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson and Michael Robertson
  117. Monstrous by MarcyKate Connolly
  118. Murder Most Frothy by Cleo Coyle
  119. Murder Past Due by Miranda James
  120. Murder Past Due by D.R. Meredith
  121. My Boyfriend Bites by Dan Jolley and Alitha E. Martinez
  122. My Life in Dioramas by Tara Altebrando
  123. My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #1: Twilight Sparkle by Thomas Zahler
  124. My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #2: Rainbow Dash by Ryan K. Lindsay
  125. My Little Pony: Micro-Series: #5: Pinkie Pie by Ted Anderson
  126. The Mystery of the Missing Mask by M.A. Wilson
  127. Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  128. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
  129. The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
  130. A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  131. The Night Garden by Polly Horvath
  132. Night of the Animals by Bill Broun
  133. Noragami Volume 4 by Adachitoka
  134. Noragami Volume 05 by Adachitoka
  135. Not the Killing Type by Lorna Barrett
  136. Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
  137. Now That You Mention It by Kristan Higgins
  138. Nurse, Soldier, Spy by Marissa Moss and John Hendrix
  139. Once Upon a Spine by Kate Carlisle
  140. The Once Upon a Time Map Book by B.G. Hennessy and Peter Joyce
  141. Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
  142. Oscar Lives Next Door by Bonnie Farmer
  143. The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
  144. Otis and the Scarecrow by Loren Long
  145. Out of Tune by Gail Nall
  146. The Outlaw Varjak Paw by S.F. Said
  147. Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum Paths & Portals by Gene Luen Yang
  148. Patina by Jason Reynolds
  149. Paradox in Oz by Edward Einhorn and Eric Shanower
  150. Peeny Butter Fudge by Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison
  151. The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
  152. The Penderwicks in Spring by Jeanne Birdsall
  153. Personal Demons by Nimue Brown
  154. The Phantom of Nantucket by Carolyn Keene
  155. Pierre the Maze Detective: The Search for the Stolen Maze Stone by Hiro Kamigaki
  156. Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  157. Promise the Night by Michaela MacColl
  158. A Pug's Tale by Alison Pace
  159. Questions Asked by Jostein Gaarder
  160. Ratscalibur by Josh Lieb
  161. The Reader by Traci Chee
  162. Restart by Gordon Korman
  163. The River at Night by Erica Ferencik
  164. The Road is Yours Reginald M. Cleveland
  165. Robots & Repeats by Gene Luen Yang
  166. Rooster Joe and the Bully by Xavier Garza
  167. Ruby Lee and Me by Shannon Hitchcock
  168. Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood
  169. Rueful Death by Susan Wittig Albert
  170. Runaways: Battleworld by Noëlle Stevenson
  171. Rhymoceros by Janik Coat
  172. Sabotage at Willow Woods by Carolyn Keene
  173. The Sandwich Swap by Rania al-Abdullah
  174. The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble
  175. Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore
  176. Secret at Mystic Lake by Carolyn Keene
  177. Secrets & Sequences by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
  178. Seldom Disappointed by Tony Hillerman
  179. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready Show Me a Story! by Leonard S. Marcus
  180. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
  181. Slider by Pete Hautman
  182. Slug Days by Sara Leach
  183. Small Favor by Jim Butcher
  184. Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11 by N. Griffin
  185. The Someday Birds by Sally J. Pla
  186. Soupy Leaves Home by Cecil Castellucci
  187. Sovereign by April Daniels
  188. The Speaker by Traci Chee
  189. Speedy in Oz by Ruth Plumly Thompson
  190. Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring by Enigma Alberti
  191. Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
  192. Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh by Uma Krishnaswami
  193. Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
  194. Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
  195. Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
  196. Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs
  197. Sweet Tooth: Deluxe Edition, Book One by Jeff Lemire
  198. Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham
  199. Tenements, Towers & Trash by Julia Wertz
  200. That Book Woman by Heather Henson
  201. Things Too Huge to Fix by Saying Sorry by Susan Vaught
  202. This Is Just a Test by Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang
  203. This Is Not the Abby Show by Debbie Reed Fischer
  204. This is Paris by Miroslav Sasek
  205. Thornhill by Pam Smy
  206. Three Years with the Rat by Jay Hosking
  207. Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw
  208. Time Ghost by Welwyn Wilton Katz
  209. Title Wave by Lorna Barrett
  210. Topsy-Turvies: Pictures to Stretch the Imagination by Mitsumasa Anno
  211. Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass
  212. Under His Spell by Marie P. Croall and Hyeondo Park
  213. The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt
  214. The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
  215. Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
  216. Wandering Son: Volume 3 by Takako Shimura
  217. Wandering Son: Volume 4 by Takako Shimura
  218. The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks
  219. The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh
  220. Welcome to the Real World by Angela Melick
  221. Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse
  222. When the Silliest Cat Was Small by Gilles Bachelet
  223. White Night by Jim Butcher
  224. The Wicked Will Rise by Danielle Paige
  225. Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan The Witch's Glass by Holly Grant
  226. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: rereading for the American road narrative
  227. The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
  228. Zack Delacruz: Me and My Big Mouth by Jeff Anderson

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