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Friday, November 30, 2018

Nonfiction November comes to an end. How'd I do?

Drum roll, please. Today is the last day of November, time to report on my monthly progress reading nonfiction titles. How'd I do?

Looking at the list below you can see---

  •  I read 26 nonfiction titles, all but one were for YA or Middle Grade readers mostly as part of my Cybils judging. 
  • 15 of the books I read in entirety, the other nine I did not finish (dnf) but I read enough of each of the books to evaluate it for the award. If I dnf a book, I read at least 50 pages but usually more like 100 pages of it. If the book was a collected work, I read at least 1/3rd of the essays. 
  • One book, Hey, Kiddo, was a graphic memoir and I read it as part of my quest to identify the next Printz Award winner (it could be the one.) 
  • Three audiobooks were among the listed books, one was an adult title, The Soul of America, which I liked a lot.
  • You can see from my star rating system that there are a lot of great books and my stars will basically not help when I have to cull down my list from 89 Cybils nominations to 7 by mid-December.
  • I wrote reviews for 14 of the month's books. That is what I feel best about. I hope to write at least two more this weekend from the November books.
  • All month-long I only finished one fiction book. I was dedicated to the cause.
  • Altogether I've read all or part of 39 books for the Cybils consideration. That sounds good until you find out that there are 89 books on the list. How on earth am I going to even look through 50 more books, let alone read that many in two weeks? Obviously I will be doing a lot more skimming.


  1. I like that you included your screenshots from Goodreads; I love a good visual. I can't wait to see which titles you and the rest of the committee narrow the non-fiction books down to and to see which graphic novels I will read as part of round 2.

    1. I agree about visuals. They help me digest information. We have two more weeks of hard reading before we narrow the list down to each of our favorites. It will be hard to choose.

  2. I had written a Historical Fiction novel and used usabookreviewers.com to help me with reviews and ebook promotion. Surely recommended for Indie authors though a bit pricey..


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