Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Reflections

This month I read 40 books. 

My top five:

  1.  Victoria Rebels. Carolyn Meyer.
  2. The Center of Everything. Linda Urban.
  3.  The Man With Two Left Feet. P.G. Wodehouse
  4. The Cape Cod Mystery. Phoebe Atwood Taylor. 
  5. The Fairest Beauty. Melanie Dickerson.

Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction:
  1. Anne of Avonlea. L.M. Montgomery. 1909. 304 pages.
  2. The Story Girl. L.M. Montgomery. 1911. 220 pages.
  3. Elsie Dinsmore. Martha Finley. 1867. 320 pages
  4. A Tangle of Knots. Lisa Graff. 2013. Penguin. 240 pages.
  5. The Center of Everything. Linda Urban. 2013. Harcourt. 208 pages.
  6. Pollyanna Grows Up. Eleanor H. Porter. 1915. 304 pages.
  7. Revenge of The Girl With The Great Personality. Elizabeth Eulberg. 2013. [March] Scholastic. 272 pages.
  8. Victoria Rebels. Carolyn Meyer. 2013. Simon & Schuster. 192 pages.
Adult Fiction:
  1. Mary Barton. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1848. 437 pages.
  2. Miss Billy. Eleanor H. Porter. 1911. Dodo Press. 208 pages.
  3. Miss Billy's Decision. Eleanor H. Porter. 1912. Dodo Press. 248 pages.  
  4. The Leavenworth Case. Anna Katharine Green. 1878. 439 pages.
  5. Unnatural Death. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1927. HarperCollins. 288 pages.
  6. The Cape Cod Mystery. Phoebe Atwood Taylor. 1931. Countryman Press. 190 pages. 
  7. The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1928/1995. HarperCollins. 256 pages.  
  8. Regency Buck. Georgette Heyer. 1935. 352 pages.
  9. The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Agatha Christie. 1920/2006. Black Dog & Leventhal. 224 pages.  
  10. Devil's Cub. Georgette Heyer. 1932/2003. Harlequin. 272 pages. 
  11. The Convenient Marriage. Georgette Heyer. 1934/2009. Sourcebooks. 318 pages. 
  12. Clouds of Witness. Dorothy L. Sayers. 1926/1966. Avon. 224 pages.  
  13. Kilmeny of the Orchard. L.M. Montgomery. 1910. 144 pages. 
  14.  Final Curtain. Ngaio Marsh. 1947. Jove. 278 pages.
Short Story Collections:
  1. The Man With Two Left Feet. P.G. Wodehouse. 1917. 200 pages. 
  2. My Man Jeeves. P.G. Wodehouse. 1919. 256 pages.
Christian Books:
  1. The Fairest Beauty. Melanie Dickerson. 2013. Zondervan. 352 pages.  
  2. Rebekah. Jill Eileen Smith. 2013. Revell. 320 pages.  
  3. Comforts From Romans: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at A Time by Elyse M. Fitzpatrick. 2013. Crossway. 160 pages.
  4. The Beatles, God, & The Bible. Ray Comfort. 2012. WND Books. 180 pages.  
  5. One Minute After You Die. Erwin Lutzer. 1997. Moody Publishers. 192 pages.  
  6. Your Eternal Reward. Erwin Lutzer. 1998. Moody Publishers. 171 pages. 
  7. A New Home for Lily by Mary Ann Kinsinger and Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2013. Revell. 272 pages.  
  8. Bride in the Bargain. Deeanne Gist. 2009. Bethany House. 365 pages.
  9. Thru the Bible Commentary Series: Romans Chapters 1-8. J. Vernon McGee. Thomas Nelson. 170 pages.
  10. Love's Enduring Promise. Janette Oke. 1980. Bethany House. 239 pages. 
  11. Desiring God. John Piper. 1986/1996. Multnomah. 358 pages. 
  12. John Calvin And His Passion for the Majesty of God. John Piper. 2008. 64 pages.  
  13. One Perfect Life. John MacArthur. 2013. Thomas Nelson. 520 pages. 
  14. Marcia Schuyler. Grace Livingston Hill. 1908. 224 pages.  
  15. Convert: From Adam to Christ. Emilio Ramos. 2012. Bridge-Logos Foundation. 183 pages. 
  16. Thru the Bible Commentary Series: Romans 9-16. J. Vernon McGee. Thomas Nelson. 144 pages.

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

fredamans 8:54 PM  

Happy March reading!

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