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Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell
Available Dark by Elizabeth Hand
Blackmail and Bibingka by Mia P. Manansala and Danice Cabanela (Narrator)
Blanche Among the Talented Tenth by Barbara Neely and Lisa ReneƩ Pitts (Narrator)
A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas and Kate Reading (Narrator)
Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman and George Guidall (1973) (re-read)
Deck the Hallways by Kate Carlisle
A Design to Die For by Kathleen Bridge and Vanessa Daniels (Narrator)
Dewey Decimated by Allison Brook and Marilyn Levinson (Narrator)
Fly Me to the Moon, Volume 2 by Kenjiro Hata
The Game is a Footnote by Vicki Delany
High Spirits by Carol J. Perry and C.S.E. Cooney (Narrator)
Into the Windwracked Wilds by A. Deborah Baker
Komi Can't Communicate, Volume 3 by Tomohito Oda
Kowloon Generic Romance, Volume 2 by Jun Mayuzuki and Amanda Haley (Translation)
Lore Olympus, Volume Two by Rachel Smythe
Lost Places by Sarah Pinsker
Monkey Prince by Gene Luen Yang and Bernard Chang (Illustrator)
The Neapolitan Sisters by Margo Candela
Nightmare of the Iguana by Ursula Vernon
No Judgments by Meg Cabot
Seven-Year Witch by Angela M. Sanders
6 Times We Almost Kissed by Tess Sharpe
Soul of a Killer by Abby Collette and L. Malaika Cooper (Narrator)
Steeped to Death by Gretchen Rue and Kristin Price (Narrator)
A Tale of Two Princes by Eric Geron
Vampiric Vacation by Kiersten White
Wined and Died in New Orleans by Ellen Byron and Amy Melissa Bentley (Narrator)

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January 2023 Sources

January 2023 Summary

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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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January 2023 Sources: 02/02/23

Previous month's book sources

Three weeks of nonstop rain kept us inside, making more time to read. I still have the kitchen to put back together after the remodel. That's taking longer that I had hoped. Maybe this month I'll finally be able to park in the garage again.

ROOB Score for the last three years

In January I read 17 TBR books, up from December's 17 TBR. Seven books were published in January. Four books were for research. None were from the library. My ROOB score for January up significantly to -1.96. It was among my worst January's. My worst (highest) January, though, remains 2018's.

You'll also notice I've changed how I'm representing my monthly ROOB scores. The connected lines were obscuring the data. So now I'm focusing on the discrete moments of time, namely the end of each month when I actually calculate the score. The current year's scores will be represented by a triangle.

ROOB score mapped year after year to compare trends

I predicted a -2.3 for January and did worse. For February, I'm predicting an improved number, -2.75.

ROOB monthly averages

My average for January worsened slightly, going from -2.42 to -2.38.

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