Sunday, September 30, 2012

September Reflections

In September, I reviewed 41 books! 
My favorite poetry book: Shiver me Timbers! Douglas Florian. 
My favorite early reader:   Bink and Gollie: Two for One. Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee.
My favorite MG heroine: Hannah from  Hannah Is a Palindrome. Mindy Warshaw Skolsky and  Hannah and the Best Father of Route 9W. Mindy Warshaw Skolsky. 
My favorite verse novel: Little Dog Lost. Marion Dane Bauer.
My favorite historical romance set in World War II:  With Every Letter. Sarah Sundin. 
My favorite Christian historical:  Love's Reckoning. Laura Frantz.
My favorite (Christian) children's book:  Life with Lily. Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher.

Board Books, Picture Books, Early Readers:
  1. Chloe and the Lion. Mac Barnett. Pictures by Adam Rex. 2012. Hyperion. 48 pages.
  2. Extra Yarn. Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Jon Klassen. 2012. HarperCollins. 40 pages. 
  3. Oh no! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed The World). Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Dan Santat. 2010. Hyperion. 40 pages.
  4. Oh No! Not Again! (Or How I Built A Time Machine To Save History) (Or At Least My History Grade). Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Dan Santat. 2012. Hyperion. 40 pages.  
  5. Joe on the Go. (Green Light Readers, Level 1) Peggy Perry Anderson. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages.
  6. Let's Clean Up. (Green Light Readers, Level 1) Peggy Perry Anderson. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages.  
  7. Bink & Gollie. Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Illustrated by Tony Fucile. 2010. [September 2010] Candlewick Press. 96 pages.   
  8.  Bink and Gollie: Two for One. Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee. Illustrated by Tony Fucile. 2012. [June 2012] Candlewick Press, 96 pages.  
  9. I Can Ride! (Bob Books, Level 1, Scholastic Reader). Lynn Maslen Kertell. 2012. Scholastic. 32 pages. 
  10. My School Trip (Bob Books, Level 1, Scholastic Reader). Lynn Maslen Kertell. Illustrated by Sue Hendra. 2012. Scholastic. 32 pages. 
  11.  Outdoor Adventures! (Bob Books, Level 1, Scholastic Reader). Lynn Maslen Kertell. Illustrated by Sue Hendra. 2012. Scholastic. 32 pages.   
  12. The New Puppy. (Bob Books, Level 1, Scholastic Reader). Lynn Maslen Kertell. Illustrated by Sue Hendra. 2012. Scholastic. 32 pages.  
Middle Grade and Young Adult Books:
  1. Hannah Is a Palindrome. Mindy Warshaw Skolsky. 1980. HarperCollins. 128 pages.
  2. Hannah and the Best Father of Route 9W. Mindy Warshaw Skolsky. 1982. Harper & Row. 122 pages.
  3. Princess Academy. Shannon Hale. 2005. Bloomsbury. 336 pages.
  4. Princess Academy: Palace of Stone. Shannon Hale. 2012. Bloomsbury.  336 pages.
  5. Shadow and Bone. Leigh Bardugo. 2012. Henry Holt. 368 pages.
  6. Goblin Secrets. William Alexander. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 240 pages.
  7. Double Dog Dare. Lisa Graff. 2012. Penguin. 304 pages.
  8. Little Dog Lost. Marion Dane Bauer. 2012. Illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages.
  9. Wonderstruck. Brian Selznick. 2011. Scholastic. 608 pages.
  10. A Boy and a Bear In a Boat. Dave Shelton. 2012. Random House. 304 pages.  
  11. Day of the Assassins. (Jack Christie #1) Johnny O'Brien. 2009. Candlewick. 224 pages.
  12. The Rose of York. Love & War. Sandra Worth. 2003. End Table Books. 340 pages.Sisters of Glass. Stephanie Hemphill. 2012. Random House. 160 pages.
  13. Beautiful Lies. Jessica Warman. 2012. Walker. 422 pages.

Adult Books:
  1.  The Case of the Runaway Corpse. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1954. 210 pages. 
  2. The Long Earth. Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. 2012. HarperCollins. 352 pages.

Poetry:
  1. Shiver me Timbers! Douglas Florian. Illustrated by Robert Neubecker. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages.
  2. Shakespeare's Seasons. Miriam Weiner. Illustrated by Shannon Whitt. 2012. Downtown Bookworks. 32 pages.
Christian Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. Life with Lily. Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2012. Revell. 288 pages.
  2. Love's Reckoning. Laura Frantz. 2012. Revell. 432 pages.
  3. With Every Letter. Sarah Sundin. 2012. Revell. 432 pages.
  4. A Memory Between Us. Sarah Sundin. 2010. Revell. 450 pages.
  5. Blue Skies Tomorrow. Sarah Sundin. 2011. Revell. 434 pages.
  6. The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek. Jane Myers Perrine. 2012. FaithWords. 384 pages.
  7. The Secret Keeper. Sandra Byrd. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 352 pages.
  8. Worship: The Ultimate Priority. John MacArthur. 1983/2012. Moody. 192 pages.
  9. The Hole In Our Holiness. Kevin DeYoung. 2012. Crossway. 160 pages.
  10. Valley of Dreams. Lauraine Snelling. 2011. Bethany House. 342 pages.
  11. A Faith To Grow On. John MacArthur. 2000/2004. Thomas Nelson. 192 pages.
  12. Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace. James Montgomery Boice. 2001/2009. Crossway. 224 pages.


© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

3 comments:

Miriam N. Conde 8:52 PM  

OMG!! How do you read that many books so fast. Any tips?

fredamans 10:27 PM  

Happy October reading!

wordsandpeace.com 11:23 PM  

OMG, how do you manage to not only READ 41 books, ok there are lots of children books, BUT also to review them!! what's your secret, do you have a special potion that allows you to sleep only 2 hours/night? I'm ready to receive your secret recipe, lol. Here is my, pathetic in comparison, September wrap-up. interestingly, we have a book with the exact same title, but by a different author. see here: http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/10/02/september-2012-wrap-up/

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