October started off as a great reading month. With the freedom to read whatever interested me, I picked up some MGBooktober recommendations and really enjoyed Train I Ride by Paul Mosier, Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadano, and Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James.
But as the month progressed and I did my mid point reflection, I realized I wasn’t reading a lot of Canadian or debut middle grade fiction, two areas that are really important to me. When Laurie recommended Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear, the following quote resonated with me: “Your actions reveal how badly you want something. If you keep saying something is a priority but never act on it, then you don’t really want it.” If reading and promoting Canadian MG fiction and debut authors were priorities to me, my actions weren’t reflecting it. I adjusted my reading in the second half of the month, and noticed a difference in how I felt about my reading life. I need freedom to read, but with focus on what matters to me.
Here are links to the posts I published this month:
Review of Trapped in Hitler’s Web by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
Review of A Thousand Questions by Saadia Faruqi
Review of The Puck Drops Here by Kevin Sylvester
Review of Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono
Review of Hollowpox by Jessica Townsend
Review of Hockey Night in Kenya by Danson and Eric Walters
Review of Hatch by Kenneth Oppel
I read 18 books in October (above average for me) for a total of 177 books so far this year (below average for me). Of those titles, 5 were 2021 middle grade debut authors (28%), 7 were ownvoices stories (39%) and 6 were by Canadian authors (33%). I read 9 physical books (50%).
I plan to focus on reading debut authors in November, and sharing those books with you.