Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November Reflections

I read 20 books in November.

Picture books: 1; Children's Books: 2; Middle Grade: 3; Young Adult: 1; Adult: 8; Christian Fiction: 1; Christian Nonfiction: 3; Graphic Novels: 1.

Review Copies: 3; Library Books: 14; Books I Bought: 3.


My top five:

The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2). Rick Riordan.
The Sunne in Splendour: "A fascinating portrait of the controversial King Richard III--a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history." by Sharon Kay Penman.
The Two Towers. J.R.R. Tolkien.
I'll Be There. Holly Goldberg Sloan.
Mary Poppins Comes Back. P.L. Travers.

Reviews at Becky's Book Reviews:

Alice I Have Been. Melanie Benjamin. 2009. Random House. 352 pages.
Dumb Witness. Agatha Christie. 1937. HarperCollins. 320 pages.
The Sunne in Splendour: "A fascinating portrait of the controversial King Richard III--a monarch betrayed in life by his allies and betrayed in death by history." by Sharon Kay Penman. 1982. 944 pages.
Christmas in Harmony. Philip Gulley. 2002. HarperCollins. 96 pages.
Murder Must Advertise. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1933. Harper & Row. 323 pages.
The Fellowship of the Ring. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1954/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 423 pages.
The Two Towers. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1954/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 352 pages.
Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte. 1847.  300 pages.
A Very Babymouse Christmas. Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm. 2011. Random House.
I'll Be There. Holly Goldberg Sloan. 2011. Little, Brown. 392 pages.
Lucky for Good. Susan Patron. 2011. Simon & Schuster. 210 pages.
The Son of Neptune (Heroes of Olympus #2). Rick Riordan. 2011. Hyperion. 525 pages.
Sparrow Road. Sheila O'Connor. 2011. Penguin. 246 pages.


Reviews at Young Readers:

Happy Pig Day. An Elephant & Piggie Book. Mo Willems. 2011. Hyperion. 64 pages.
Mary Poppins Comes Back. P.L. Travers. 1935. Harcourt. 315 pages.
Llama Llama Home With Mama. Anna Dewdney. 2011. Penguin. 40 pages.


Reviews at Operation Actually Read Bible:


Ten Lies About God And How You Might Already Be Deceived. Erwin Lutzer. 2000. Thomas Nelson. 238 pages.
Hope Underground. Carolos Parra Diaz. As told to Mario Veloso & Jeanette Windle. 2011. Imago Dei Books. 191 pages.
Going Deep. Gordon MacDonald. 2011. Thomas Nelson. 383 pages.
Jesus + Nothing = Everything. Tullian Tchividjian. 2011. Crossway Books. 220 pages.




© 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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