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Avatar: The Last Airbender: North and South, Part Three by Gene Luen Yang
Books of a Feather by Kate Carlisle
Caleb and Kit by Beth Vrabel
CatStronauts: Robot Rescue by Drew Brockington
Country Matters by Michael Korda
The Dashwood Sisters Tell All by Beth Pattillo
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
Flaming Iguanas: An Illustrated All-Girl Road Novel Thing by Erika Lopez
The Football Girl by Thatcher Heldring
Froodle by Antoinette Portis
Goddess Boot Camp by Tera Lynn Childs
House Held Up by Trees by Ted Kooser and Jon Klassen
Inside Hudson Pickle by Yolanda Ridge
Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Love Lies Bleeding by Susan Wittig Albert
Love, Penelope by Joanne Rocklin
Melena's Jubilee by Zetta Elliott and Aaron Boyd
Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
The Once Upon a Time Map Book by B.G. Hennessy and Peter Joyce
Poisoned Pages by Lorna Barrett
Questions Asked by Jostein Gaarder
The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble
Sherlock Frankenstein and the Legion of Evil, Vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire
Spy on History: Victor Dowd and the World War II Ghost Army by Enigma Alberti
Sucks to Be Me by Kimberly Pauley
Thornhill by Pam Smy
Tim Ginger by Julian Hanshaw
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
Winter Wonders by Kate Hannigan

Favorites of the first half of 2018
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 02, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 09, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 16, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 23, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 30, 2018)
June 2018 Sources
June 2018 Summary

Road Essays
Are small towns uhoric or utopic?
An update on the road narrative reading
Road Narrative Spectrum
What isn't a road narrative: towards an ontological understanding of the road's importance

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June 2018 Summary: 07/01/18

Inclusive reading report

At the start of June I had come to the conclusion that my initially posted reading schedule, especially for books published this year, just wasn't going to work. I was falling behind and it was stressing me out. When I am stressed, I don't want to read.

Freeing myself up from an optimistically generated schedule last December gave me the time to go back and enjoy what I was reading. It also gave me more time to focus on my road narrative project. In that regard, I made some incredible leaps forward, finally settling on a way of organizing and cataloging the books I'm reading. Now I have a concrete framework that I can use to focus my research which is a huge improvement from the "read everything and see what sticks" method I started with.

I currently have twenty books checked out. They are a mixture of pleasure reading and research. A bunch of them are by Canadian authors as the 12th annual Canadian book challenge launches today (it being Canada Day).

June's reading more than made up for May's slip where I didn't reach reading goal of having at least 50% of my books be about characters of color and better yet, written by authors of color. I read thirty two books and twenty-one of them fit the goal.

June's reviews also met the goal with sixteen of thirty books counting towards the goal. I read and reviewed seven newly published books but none of them were released in June.

At the start of June, I had planned to review sixteen books published in 2018. In reality, I only managed to read and review eight of them.

At the start of June I had forty-four reviews from 2016 to post. I'm now down to forty. My 2017 reviews dropped from forty to thirty-four. My 2018 reviews are holding steady, up a little from eighty-one to eighty-five.

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