Monday, April 30, 2012

April Reflections

In April, I read 34 books. Looking at January, February, and March, it is easy to see this is my slowest month yet. But. I'm not discouraged. I read some great books this month. Also some almost-but-not-quite books. But still. Every month can't be super-amazing.

Favorite Classic: North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell.
Favorite Diary Adaptation:  Henry Tilney's Diary. Amanda Grange.
Favorite Verse NovelThe Wild Book. Margarita Engle.
Favorite Poem: "Thanksgiving Math" by Jack Prelutsky
Favorite Picture Book:  Zoe Gets Ready. Bethanie Murguia.
Favorite Board Book:  I Love To Sleep (J'aime dormir; Me encanta dormir) Amelie Graux
Favorite MG Historical:  The Wide Horizon. Loula Grace Erdman.
Favorite YA novel: Out of Sight, Out of Time. Ally Carter.
Favorite nonfiction: The Great Influenza. The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. John M. Barry.
Favorite Christian Nonfiction: The Root of the Righteous: Tapping The Bedrock of True Spirituality. A.W. Tozer.
Favorite essay: "The Greatest Drama Ever Staged" by Dorothy Sayers
Favorite Bible: A.W. Tozer Bible, KJV, (my favorite quotes)


Board books, Picture Books, and Early Readers:
  1. The Duckling Gets a Cookie. Mo Willems. 2012. Hyperion. 40 pages.
  2. Zoe Gets Ready. Bethanie Murguia. 2012. Scholastic. 40 pages.
  3. Dinosaur Thunder. Marion Dane Bauer. Illustrated by Margaret Chocos-Irvine. 2012. Scholastic. 32 pages.
  4. Jungle Run. Tony Mitton. Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees. 2012. Scholastic. 32 pages. 
  5. Pluto Visits Earth! Steve Metzger. Illustrated by Jared D. Lee. 2012. Scholastic.   
  6. I Love To Eat (J'aime manger; Me encanta comer) Amelie Graux. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 12 pages.
  7. I Love To Sleep (J'aime dormir; Me encanta dormir) Amelie Graux. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 12 pages.
Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels:
  1. Out of Sight, Out of Time. Ally Carter. 2012. Hyperion. 304 pages.
  2. Article 5. Kristen Simmons. 2012 Tor. 368 pages.
  3. Partials. Dan Wells. 2012. HarperCollins. 480 pages.
  4. Pandemonium. Lauren Oliver. 2012. HarperCollins. 384 pages.
  5. The Wild Book. Margarita Engle. 2012. Harcourt. 144 pages.
  6. The Wind Blows Free. Loula Grace Erdman. 1952/2006. Bethlehem Books. 271 pages.
  7. The Wide Horizon. Loula Grace Erdman. 1956/2007. Bethlehem Books. 279 pages.
    The Good Land. Loula Grace Erdman. 1959/2007. Bethlehem Books. 185 pages.  
  8. The List. Siobhan Vivian. 2012. Scholastic. 336 pages.
  9. Radiate. Marley Gibson. 2012.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 416 pages.
  10. Parallelogram: Book 2: Caught in the Parallel. Robin Brande. 2011. (Dec. 2011). Ryer Publishing. 334 pages.
  11. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again. Frank Cottrell Boyce. 2012. Candlewick Press. 192 pages. 
Adult Books:
  1. Strangers on a Train. Patricia Highsmith. 1950. 281 pages.
  2. North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1855/1998. 454 pages. 
  3. Midnight in Austenland. Shannon Hale. 2012. Bloomsbury. 288 pages.
  4. Henry Tilney's Diary. Amanda Grange. 2011. [December 2011] Penguin. 288 pages.
  5. Dreamers of the Day. Mary Doria Russell. 2008. Random House. 254 pages. 

Nonfiction Books:
  1. The Pregnancy Project: A Memoir. Gaby Rodriguez and Genna Glatzer. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 224 pages.
  2. The Pleasures of Reading In An Age of Distraction. Alan Jacobs. 2011. Oxford University Press. 176 pages.
  3. Making the List: A Cultural History of the American Bestseller 1900-1999.  Michael Korda. 2001. Barnes & Noble. 256 pages.
  4. The Great Influenza. The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History. John M. Barry. 2004. Penguin. 546 pages. 
Poetry Books:
  1. I've Lost My Hippopotamus. Jack Prelutsky. Illustrated by Jackie Urbanovic. 2012. HarperCollins. 144 pages.
Christian Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. The Root of the Righteous: Tapping The Bedrock of True Spirituality. A.W. Tozer. 1955/2006. WingSpread Publishers. 186 pages.
  2. The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine. A.W. Tozer 1948/2006. WingSpread Publishers. 70 pages
  3. Nature of God (Formerly published as Gleanings in the Godhead). Arthur W. Pink. 1975/1999. Moody Publishers. 347 pages.
  4. Letters To A Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine. Dorothy Sayers. 2004. Thomas Nelson. 280 pages.
  5. It is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement. Mark Dever and Michael Lawrence. 2010. Crossway. 224 pages.
  6. Precious Blood: The Atoning Work of Christ. Edited by Richard D. Phillips. 2009. Crossway Books. 240 pages

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

fredamans 5:39 PM  

I loved Pandemonium!
Happy May reading!

Chris 12:05 AM  

At this point I'm lucky to read 34 books this year :p I finished a whole ONE book in April :p And it was a poetry book at that, lol. Some months are just like that I guess. Hope you're doing good Becky!!

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