March Mini-Review Recap

Alright March, not too shabby. I ALWAYS want to read more, but 1-2 books a week is really about what I can expect now, I don’t know why I hope for 10 books or more a month still. I’m a dreamer, I guess. As per usual, I didn’t always write reviews for these, so let’s see my little tiny thoughts about them.
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Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie – This is my third or fourth re-read of this book, but it’s been a couple years. There’s always that fear of “Will I still love it?” when going into a re-read. But yes, yes I do still love it. Bet Me is the best.

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Zone One by Colson Whitehead – This is my second book by Whitehead, and I’m digging him. This is a more contemplative look at life after the zombie outbreak, and I really enjoyed how different it was.

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 I’m Not Racist, But… by Anita HeissKayleigh suggested Anita Heiss to me AGES ago. Look Kayleigh, I listened! This is a collection of poetry and reflections, mostly about racism, class, and the treatment of Aboriginals in Australia – a topic in which I admit my knowledge is SEVERELY lacking. (Kayleigh, further reading instructions maybe please?) This collection is full of emotion, observation, and packs a real punch.

Heaven’s Queen by Rachel Bach – This is the third and final installment of the Paradox trilogy, which I really enjoyed. Devi is a kick-ass main character, and it’s just really great space opera sci-fi that you can completely engross yourself in.

 Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik – This look at some of the materials we see and use every day – concrete, chocolate, glass, and more – was super fascinating.

The Mis-Adventures of an Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae – I never heard of or saw Issa Rae’s Youtube channel, but after this book got praise from Mindy Kaling I instantly wanted to read it. It’s funny and fabulous and I want more Issa Rae in my life.

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This Non-Violent Stuff’ll Get You Killed by Charles E. Cobb Jr. – This is the first book I’ve read on Scribd! Basically, it looks at the role guns played in the Civil Rights / Freedom Movement, and discusses how nonviolence and self-defense are not exactly opposites of one another. Really interesting, thought there was a whole lot of names and dates that made it read just a teeny bit like a text book. Still well worth it.

Alright, so let’s take a look at my March stats.

STATS – BOOKS

Books read: 7

Female authors: 4 (57%)

Non-white authors: 4 (57%)

Format breakdown: 3 print, 2 e-book, 2 audiobook

STATS – COMICS (including writers and illustrators)

Issues read: 62

Female authors/illustrators: 6

Non-white authors/illustrators: 12

Format breakdown: 38 print, 24 e-book

NICE. Still doing pretty good at this diverse reading thing. I’m surprised I read as many female authors as I did – honestly, I’ve been paying attention mainly only to reading non-white authors and haven’t given much consideration to gender, sexuality, disability, etc. I’ll try to pay more attention to those things this month. And I think that I got more reading done this month specifically due to reading in so many different formats.

Another thing I was dedicated to doing this year is to spend more money on non-white authors, to essentially put my money where my mouth is and make sure that my spending habits reflect my dedication to diversity in reading and publishing. Since it’s quarter-end, let’s look at that. Just for funsies.

But first, some notes – I’m not counting used book sales in this, only because the used library bookstore and miscellaneous table/garage sales aren’t tracking that spending. I AM counting books that were gifted to me, since it’s a safe assumption that it was purchased from a vendor or retailer and therefore the specifics of that sale are being recorded somewhere. And I’ve only been tracking my purchasing habits of books, not comics, because dear god I just don’t have the patience to log every single issue I buy. It’s amazing I’m managing to track them as I read them.

BOOK-BUYING STATS

Total books acquired: 28

Total amount spent: $152.44

Books by non-white authors acquired: 18

Amount spent on books by non-white authors: $104.79

Books by female authors acquired: 12

Amount spent on books by female authors: $51.65

Again, not too bad! But not great. I’m disappointed that I’ve spent twice as much on male authors as female authors, but this could also be due to sporadic sales – for example, I happened to catch On Immunity by Eula Biss as an Audible Daily Deal for $2.95 – If I had waited and decided to use a credit for it, that would’ve counted as $14.95. I can’t wait to see how the numbers change and evolve other the next nine months, because that should account for any opportunity bias like that.

Another interesting note – I know just by looking that I’ve spent more on comics than books this year. I can go into my comic shop and drop $20 – $40 at a time, and that’s not even counting trade collections I’ve purchased from B&N or Amazon. Wow.

Anyways, I fell well down into a rabbit hole of stats here, and have probably bored you all to tears. Did you happen to read or enjoy any of the books I mentioned above?

~Sarah

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8 comments

  1. I’m really impressed with your reading this month, Sarah. Go, you! And I like that you’ve added to your stats and broke down the money you spent on the different kinds of authors.

    I can’t help you with books about the Aborigines or the missing generations, but I can definitely recommend Rabbit Proof Fence as a good movie to start with.

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  2. Great job! It was a good month. I’m a dreamer too, and wish I could read SO much more. I need to learn to read faster! 🙂

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  3. You’re doing brilliantly at diverse reading! Way to go! I’m at nearly exactly 50/50 on white/non-white authors, which is the best I’ve ever done, and it’s not even presenting too much of a challenge (so far). I’d like to take all the credit, but part of me suspects that publishing is diversifying a bit. Perhaps? Is that possible?

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    1. I’m not finding it to much too much of a challenge yet either… maybe it’s publishing trends? I’ll take a look at my sheet later and see what the publishing years were for the books I read.

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