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June 2018 Summary: 07/01/18
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.