Tuesday, April 30, 2013

April Reflections

In April, I read 42 books. I was able to read some fantasy this month! And I spent some time rereading favorite books!

My top five:

Les Miserables. Victor Hugo. 
The Annotated Hobbit. Revised and Expanded Edition. J.R.R. Tolkien. Annotated by Douglas A. Anderson.
Exclamation Mark. Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
Rilla of Ingleside. L.M. Montgomery 
The Tutor's Daughter. Julie Klassen.

Children's Books:

  1. Who's That...Playing? See How The Animals Play Kingfisher. 2013. 14 pages.  
  2. Who's That...Eating? See How The Animals Eat. Kingfisher. 2013. 14 pages. 
  3. Seek and Peek In the Rainforest. Kingfisher. 2013. 8 pages. 
  4. Seek and Peek On the Farm. Kingfisher. 2013. 8 pages. 
  5. Exclamation Mark. Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. 2013. Scholastic. 56 pages.
Middle Grade and Young Adult:
  1. A Little Princess. Frances Hodgson Burnett. 1905. 264 pages.  
  2. The Apothecary. Maile Meloy. 2011. Penguin. 356 pages.
  3. Chronicles of Egg #1: Deadweather and Sunrise. Geoff Rodkey. 2012. Penguin. 288 pages.
  4. The Grimm Legacy. Polly Shulman. 2010. Penguin. 325 pages.
  5. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. C.S. Lewis. 1950. HarperCollins. 224 pages.
  6. The Annotated Hobbit. Revised and Expanded Edition. J.R.R. Tolkien. Annotated by Douglas A. Anderson. 2002. (1937, original Hobbit pub. date). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 416 pages.  
  7. The Whizz Pop Chocolate Shop. Kate Saunders. 2013. Random House. 304 pages. 
  8. Bliss. Kathryn Littlewood. 2012. HarperCollins. 374 pages.  
  9. A Dash of Magic. Kathryn Littlewood. 2013. HarperCollins. 384 pages. 
  10. Sever. Lauren DeStefano. 2013. Simon & Schuster. 371 pages. 
  11. The Wall. William Sutcliffe. 2013. Walker.  304 pages. 
  12. Anne's House of Dreams. L.M. Montgomery. 1917. 227 pages. 
  13. Rainbow Valley. L.M. Montgomery. 1919. 256 pages.
  14. Rilla of Ingleside. L.M. Montgomery. 1921. 280 pages.    
  15. Little House in the Big Woods. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1932. 238 pages. 
  16. Little House on the Prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1935. 335 pages.  
  17. Invention of Hugo Cabret. Brian Selznick. 2007. Scholastic. 525 pages. 
  18. Whatever After: Fairest of All. Sara Mlynowski. 2012. Scholastic. 170 pages. 
  19. Pinocchio. Carlo Collodi.  1883. 272 pages.
  20. Stardust. Neil Gaiman. 1998. 368 pages.
Adult Books:
  1. Les Miserables. Victor Hugo. Translated and Introduced by Norman Denny. 1862/1976/2012.
    Penguin. 1232 pages.
  2. Pygmalion. George Bernard Shaw. 1912. 96 pages.
  3. The English Governess at the Siamese Court: The True Story Behind 'The King and I' by Anna Harriette Leonowens. 1870/1999. 320 pages. 
  4. Speaking from Among the Bones. Alan Bradley. 2013. Random House. 400 pages. 
Christian Books:
  1. Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel. February 2013. Zondervan. 240 pages. 
  2. The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected. Nik Ripken. 2013. B&H. 384 pages. 
  3. Love At Any Cost. Julie Lessman. 2013. Revell. 416 pages. 
  4. The Tutor's Daughter. Julie Klassen. 2013. Bethany House. 412 pages.
  5. Love's Abiding Joy. Janette Oke. 1983. Bethany House. 240 pages. 
  6. Iscariot. Tosca Lee. 2013. Howard Books. 336 pages. 
  7. When Jesus Wept. Bodie Thoene and Brock Thoene. 2013. Zondervan. 304 pages.
  8. Miranda. Grace Livingston Hill. 1915. 224 pages. 
  9. Everlasting Righteousness. Horatius Bonar. 1872. 114 pages. 
  10. Rhythms of Grace: How the Church's Worship Tells The Story of The Gospel. Mike Cosper. Foreword by Bob Kauflin. 2013. Crossway. 224 pages.
  11. The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness. R. Albert Mohler Jr. 2009. Multnomah. 194 pages.
  12.  The Truth of the Cross. R.C. Sproul. 2007. Reformation Trust. 168 pages. 
  13. Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of Matthew. J.C. Ryle. 408 pages.

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

fredamans 8:13 PM  

Lots of great titles!
Happy May reading!

wordsandpeace.com 11:24 PM  

great month! here is mine: http://wordsandpeace.com/2013/05/01/2013-april-wrap-up/

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