Saturday, August 31, 2013

August Reflections

In August I read 41 books, and I celebrated seven years of blogging! My blogging philosophy is simple: I blog consistently by Whimsy. I let one book lead to another. I follow my interests and passions. I try to cultivate new interests and discover new-to-me authors and/or genres. But, of course, I have plenty of favorites already!!! I read what I want. I will always read what I want. I will always reread books.

My top four:

Cotillion. Georgette Heyer.
Duke. Kirby Larson.
Frozen: Heart of Dread. Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. 
On Distant Shores. Sarah Sundin.

Children's Books:

  1. You Wouldn't Want To Be A Shakespearean Actor. Jacqueline Morley. Illustrated by David Antram. 2010. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. You Wouldn't Want To Be A World War II: Air Battles You Might Not Survive. Ian Graham. Illustrated by David Antram. 2009. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. You Wouldn't Want To Be Joan of Arc! A Mission You Might Want To Miss. Fiona MacDonald. 2010. Illustrated by David Antram. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  4.  You Wouldn't Want To Be In Alexander The Great's Army. Jacqueline Morley. 2005. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Library]  
  5. A Porcupine Named Fluffy. Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
  6. It Wasn't My Fault. Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
  7. Me First. Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
  8. Listen, Buddy. Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
  9. Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927. 101 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne. 1924. 100 pages. [Source: Library]  
Middle Grade and Young Adult:
  1. Duke. Kirby Larson. 2013. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  2. Mary Poppins Comes Back. P.L. Travers. 1935. Harcourt. 315 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Road to Oz. L. Frank Baum. 1909. 272 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  4. The Boy on the Bridge. Natalie Standiford. 2013. Scholastic. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  5. Paradox. A.J. Paquette. 2013. Random House. 240 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
  6. Solstice by P.J. Hoover. 2013. Tor. 384 pages. [Source: Review Copy]  
  7. Unthinkable. Nancy Werlin. 2013. Penguin. 400 pages. [Source: Review Copy]      
  8. Counting by 7s. Holly Goldberg Sloan. 2013. Penguin USA. 384 pages. [Review Copy]
  9. Secrets at Sea. Richard Peck. 2011/2012. Penguin. 256 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
  10. New Lands (Chronicles of Egg #2). Geoff Rodkey. 2013. Penguin. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  11. Frozen: Heart of Dread. Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. 2013. Penguin. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  12. Imperfect Spiral. Debbie Levy. 2013. Bloomsbury. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  13. Highway Robbery. Kate Thompson. 2008. HarperCollins. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
Adult Books:
  1. Pride and Prejudice and Kitties. Jane Austen, Pamela Jane, and Deborah Guyol. 2013. Sky Horse Publishing. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Queen Emma and the Vikings. Harriet O'Brien. 2005. Bloomsbury. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Cotillion. Georgette Heyer. 1953/2007. Sourcebooks. 362 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  4. The Toll Gate. Georgette Heyer. 1954. Harlequin. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Black Dudley Murder. Margery Allingham. 1929. 224 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  6. The Unruly Queen: The Life of Queen Caroline. Flora Fraser. 1996/2009. Anchor Books. 560 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. Royal Mistress. Anne Easter Smith. 2013. Simon & Schuster. 489 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
  8. The Borgia Bride. Jeanne Kalogridis. 2005. St. Martin's Press. 528 pages. [Source: Library] 
  9. The Quiet Gentleman. Georgette Heyer. 1951/2005. Arrow. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
Christian Books:
  1. On Distant Shores. Sarah Sundin. 2013. Revell. 432 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  2. Captives (The Safe Lands #1) Jill Williamson. 2013. Zondervan. 400 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Undaunted: Daring To Do What God Calls You To Do (Student Edition). Christine Caine. 2013. Zondervan. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. How to Make Friends and Monsters. Ron Bates. 2013. Zondervan. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Love Finds A Home. Janette Oke. 1989. Bethany House. 240 pages. [Source: Owned for decades]   
  6. Pleasure and Profit in Bible Study. D.L. Moody. 167 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  7. Is The Bible True...Really? Josh McDowell and Dave Sterrett. 2011. Moody. 144 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  8. Weakness Is The Way. J.I. Packer. 2013. Crossway. 128 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
  9. God Knows My Name: Never Forgotten, Forever Loved. Beth Redman. 2010. David C. Cook. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

fredamans 1:59 PM  

Congrats on 7 years! Happy September reading!

wordsandpeace.com 10:19 PM  

congrats on your blogiversary!
will celebrate my 3rd this month.
I really wished you had 1 mn to share with us your secret to reading so many books/month.
is it THAT secret that I have never received the answer to my question? I'm sincerely curious, and I believe I could learn from you.
here's my wrap-up: http://wordsandpeace.com/2013/09/04/2013-august-wrap-up/

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
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4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
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