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Best Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
Checking Out Crime by Laurie Cass
Chickens on the Loose by Jane Kurtz and John Joseph (Illustrations)
Copycat Killing by Sofie Kelly
Elegant Yokai Apartment Life, Volume 2 by Hinowa Kouzuki
Friendship Cake by Lynne Hinton
The Ghost and the Femme Fatale by Alice Kimberly
Going, Going, Ganache by Jenn McKinlay
Jackpot by Nic Stone
The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason and Byron Eggenschwiler (Illustrator)
Mango, Mambo, and Murder by Raquel V. Reyes and Frankie Corzo (narrator)
Murder in a Teacup by Vicki Delany
Samantha Spinner and the Perplexing Pants by Russell Ginns
Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older
Sisters of the Neversea by Cynthia Leitich Smith
A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong
Sugar and Iced by Jenn McKinlay
The Tell Tail Heart by Cate Conte
Yule Be Dead by Lorraine Bartlett, Gayle Leeson and Jorjeana Marie (narrator)

October 2021 Sources

October 2021 Summary

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Rating System

5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Beat the Backlist 2024

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October 2021 Sources: 11/02/21

Previous month's book sources

The quarantines are over and October ended up being the closest to normal we've had in a long time. I've been keeping busy with scanning and color correcting my in-laws' large slide collection. I'm currently working on a box from the early 1970s.

I'm enjoying the relaxed reading and reviewing schedule. Those nights off from posting are nice. I'm still enjoying blogging but I have other things that I can do instead.

ROOB Score for the last three years

In October I read 17 TBR books, up from September's 26 TBR. I read two books published in October. Three books were for research. None were for review. The new books raised my score from -4.6 to -3.73. It's the second best October I've had in twelve years.

ROOB score mapped year after year to compare trends

As the year is wrapping up and I want to get through more recent purchases, I expect my ROOB score will climb higher to maybe -3 or even as high as -2.5.

ROOB monthly averages

My average for October improved from -2.16 to -2.29.

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