Sunday, March 20, 2011

Sunday Salon: Week In Review #12

What I Reviewed at Becky's Book Reviews

Life As We Knew It. Susan Beth Pfeffer. 2006. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 352 pages.
the dead & the gone. Susan Beth Pfeffer. 2008. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 321 pages.
This World We Live In. Susan Beth Pfeffer. 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 239 pages.
Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. 2005. HarperCollins. 336 pages.
Nightlight: A Parody. The Harvard Lampoon. 2009. Knopf Doubleday. 160 pages.
Ways to Live Forever. Sally Nicholls. 2008. Scholastic. 224 pages.  
Lovers' Vows. Elizabeth Inchbald.1798/2007. Dodo Press. 84 pages*. 
Jane Goes Batty. Michael Thomas Ford. 2011. Random House. 304 pages.

What I Reviewed at Young Readers

Mary Poppins. P.L. Travers. Illustrated by Mary Shepard. 1934/2006. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 224 pages.
Henry and Beezus. Beverly Cleary. 1952/2002. HarperCollins. 192 pages.
Henry and Ribsy. Beverly Cleary. 1954/1990. HarperCollins. 192 pages.
Henry and the Paper Route. Beverly Cleary. 1957/1990. HarperCollins. 208 pages.
Henry and the Clubhouse. Beverly Cleary. 1962. HarperCollins. 192 pages.

What I Reviewed at Operation Actually Read Bible

The Everlasting Tradition: Jewish Customs, Holidays, and Historical Events That Reveal Biblical Truth. Galen Peterson. 1995. Kregel Publications. 160 pages.
Love Amid the Ashes. Mesu Andrews. 2011. Revell. 411 pages.

This week, I made an announcement at Operation Actually Read Bible, that I'll be hosting a New Testament readathon/readalong April 11, 2011 - April 17, 2011. I hope you consider joining me. You can read more about it on the announcement post!

© 2011 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
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