Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Year In Review: 12 Book of the Months

January: Nefertiti by Michelle Moran.
February: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes.
March: Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork.
April: Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn.
May: Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. Brandon Sanderson.
June: The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery.
July: Three Men In a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
August: The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz.
September: The Ask and the Answer. Patrick Ness.
October: All the Broken Pieces. Ann E. Burg.
November: Nation. Terry Pratchett.
December: Anything But Typical. Nora Raleigh Baskin.

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Aileen Leijten 7:16 PM  

Beautiful cover image compilation!
I will be checking out the books from your list that I haven't read yet.
Happy New Year.

Amanda 8:44 PM  

Are these your favorites of each month?

Becky 8:51 PM  

Amanda, I picked one book from each month. I'll be posting a more official best-of-2009 post tomorrow.

Nymeth 6:18 AM  

Some excellent choices! Happy New Year, Becky :)

Amy 8:37 AM  

Great choices. I loved Nefertiti too!

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