Friday, November 30, 2012

November Reflections

In November, I was able to read 57 books! I was able to read three Philippa Gregory novels and three Wheel of Time books!

My favorite picture book: The Goldilocks Variations. Allan Ahlberg.
My favorite Christmas picture bookCowboy Christmas. Rob Sanders.
My favorite MG read with a dog on the coverAlmost Home. Joan Bauer.'
My favorite MG HistoricalThe Lions of Little Rock. Kristin Levine.
My favorite children's book with exploding cans of biscuits:  Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (And Other Thankful Stuff). Barbara Park.
My favorite YA romance with chocolate:  The Sweetest Spell. Suzanne Selfors. 
My favorite Philippa Gregory:  The Kingmaker's Daughter. Philippa Gregory.
My favorite short story: "The Angel of Union Station" by Steven Roberts
My favorite Austen adaptation Dear Mr. Darcy. Amanda Grange. 
My favorite from the Wheel of Time series:  The Shadow Rising. (Wheel of Time #4) Robert Jordan.
My favorite Christian nonfiction: Practical Religion. J.C. Ryle.

Board Books, Picture Books, Chapter Books:
  1. The Goldilocks Variations. Allan Ahlberg. Illustrated by Jessica Ahlberg. 2012. Candlewick. 40 pages.
  2. Cinderella: A Three-Dimensional Fairy Tale Theater. Jane Ray. 2012. Candlewick. 12 pages. 
  3. Who Pushed Humpty Dumpty? And Other Notorious Nursery Tale Mysteries. David Levinthal. Illustrations by John Nickle. 2012. Random House.  40 pages.  
  4. The Chicken Problem. Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson. 2012. Random House. 32 pages.
  5. Bedtime is Canceled. Cece Meng. Illustrated by Aurelie Neyret. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages.
  6. The Other Side of Town. Jon Agee. Scholastic. 2012. 32 pages. 
  7. Rabbityness. Jo Empson. 2012. Child's Play. 32 pages.
  8. The Red Boat. Hannah Cumming. 2012. Child's Play. 32 pages.
  9. Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama. Selina Alko. 2012. Random House. 32 pages.
  10. Cowboy Christmas. Rob Sanders. Illustrated by John Manders. 2012. Random House. 32 pages.
  11. Christmas at the Toy Museum. David Lucas. 2012. Candlewick. 32 pages.
  12. The Christmas Quiet Book. Deborah Underwood. Illustrated by Renata Liwska. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages.
  13. LEGO City: Save This Christmas. Rebecca McCarthy. 2012. Scholastic. 24 pages.    
  14. My Christmas Treasury. Scholastic. 2012. 96 pages.
  15. Merry Christmas Maisy: a Maisy Lift-the-Flap Book. Lucy Cousins. 2012. Candlewick. 22 pages. 
  16. Peppa Pig and the Lost Christmas List. 2012. Candlewick Press. 32 pages.
  17. My Santa Claus. Lily Karr. Illustrated by Jay Johnson. 2012. Scholastic. 12 pages.
  18. Lalaloopsy: Christmas Magic. Lauren Cecil. 2012. Scholastic. 24 pages.     
  19. This Little Light of Mine. Shelagh McNicholas. 2013. Scholastic. 12 pages.
  20. Duck for a Day. Meg McKinlay. Illustrated by Leila Rudge. 2012. Candlewick. 96 pages.

Middle Grade and Young Adult Books:


  1. The Sweetest Spell. Suzanne Selfors. 2012. Walker & Company. 416 pages.
  2. Jump Into the Sky. Shelley Pearsall. 2012. Random House. 352 pages.
  3. The Second Life of Abigail Walker. Frances O'Roark Dowell. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 240 pages.
  4. No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller. Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. 2012. Lerner. 188 pages.  
  5. Caught. (Missing #5) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 352 pages.
  6. Laugh with the Moon. Shana Burg. 2012. Random House. 256 pages.
  7. Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (And Other Thankful Stuff). Barbara Park. 2012. Random House. 144 pages.
  8. Dear America: Christmas After All. Kathryn Lasky. 2001/2012. Scholastic. 192 pages.
  9. Catching Fire. Suzanne Collins. 2009. Scholastic. 400 pages.
  10. Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins. 2010. Scholastic. 400 pages.   
  11. The Legend of the Wandering King. Laura Gallego Garcia. 2005. Scholastic. 224 pages.
  12. Every Day. David Levithan. 2012. Random House. 336 pages.
  13. The Lions of Little Rock. Kristin Levine. 2012. Penguin. 304 pages.
  14. Almost Home. Joan Bauer. 2012. Penguin. 240 pages.

Adult Books:
  1. The Shadow Rising. (Wheel of Time #4) Robert Jordan. 944 pages.
  2. The Fires of Heaven. (Wheel of Time #5) Robert Jordan. 1993. Tor. 992 pages.
  3. Lord of Chaos. (Wheel of Time #6) Robert Jordan. 1994. Tor. 720 pages.
  4. Christmas on Deery Street. Steven Roberts. 2006. 100 pages.
  5. While Shepherds Watched: Stories of Christmas Miracles and Mysteries by Steven Roberts. 2007. 165 pages.
  6. City. Clifford D. Simak. Old Earth Books. 264 pages.  
  7. The Star Trek Reader. Twenty-one Novelized Episodes Based on the Exciting Television Series Created by Gene Roddenberry. James Blish. 1968, 1969, 1972. Dutton. 372 pages.
  8. Dear Mr. Darcy. Amanda Grange. 2012. Berkley Trade. 400 pages.  
  9. The Red Queen. Philippa Gregory. 2010. Touchstone. 432 pages. 
  10.  The Lady of the Rivers. Philippa Gregory. 2011. Touchstone. 464 pages.
  11. The Kingmaker's Daughter. Philippa Gregory. 2012. 423 pages. 

Christian Fiction and Nonfiction: 
  1. Jesus, Author of Our Faith. A.W. Tozer. 1988. Christian Publications. 150 pages.
  2. Grace Transforming: Phil Ryken. 2012. Crossway. 120 pages.
  3. Twelve Unlikely Heroes: How God Commissioned Unexpected People in the Bible And What He Wants To Do With You. John MacArthur. 2012. Thomas Nelson. 240 pages.
  4. Practical Religion. J.C. Ryle. 1878. 336 pages.
  5. Keeping Holiday. Starr Meade. 2008. Illustrated by Justin Gerard. 192 pages.
  6. Christmas Roses. Amanda Cabot. 2012. Revell. 174 pages.
  7. The Christmas Pony. Melody Carlson. 2012. Revell. 170 pages.
  8. Designed for Devotion: a 365 Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation. Dianne Neal Matthews. 2012. Baker Books. 372 pages.
  9. Joy: A Godly Woman's Adornment. Lydia Brownback. 2010. Crossway Books. 104 pages.
  10. Trust. Lydia Brownback. 2008. Crossway Books. 124 pages.
  11. The Purpose of Man: Designed to Worship. A.W. Tozer. Compiled and Edited by James L. Snyder. 2009. Regal. 188 pages.
  12. The Good News From North Haven. Michael L. Lindvall. 1991. 176 pages.

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

7 comments:

fredamans 10:13 PM  

I love the Hunger Games series! Happy December reading!

Deondra 10:25 PM  

You are a reading machine! :)

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Steven W 10:01 AM  

You, madame, are a machine! We read a lot of the same books, but I only get though about 6 books a week, and I had the gall to think that was a lot. Poor naive me. Seriously, I'm jealous! I always wish I could read more because there are just so many good books out there. I'll have to redouble my efforts . . . of course, even if I did that I'd only get through half the books you do!

What's your secret?

Lauren Smith 9:50 PM  

Wow that is a lot of books that you have read! You have some great ones on your list. I have put someo of them on my Christmas wish list! One of my favorite historical fiction books is called, "Shadow of the Sun" by author Merrie P. Wycoff. This is historical fiction novel that showcases the mysticism/paranormal aspects of ancient Egypt. The author has thoroughly researched the topic and brings the reader back to Egypt during the time of the ancient Egyptian Royal Court.

Emma 5:42 PM  

that's an awful lot of books, not even considering the picture books!
here is my Nov wrap-up [12 books] and my plans for Dec: http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/12/01/november-2012-wrap-up/

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