Sunday, December 29, 2013

Year in Review: 52 Books of the Week


1. Prisoner B-3087. Alan Gratz. 2013. [March 2013] Scholastic. 260 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Anne of Green Gables. L.M. Montgomery. 1908. 308 pages. [Source: Bought]
3. The Masqueraders. Georgette Heyer. 1928. Arrow. 290 pages. [Source: Library]
4. Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children. Jan Pinborough. Illustrated by Debby Atwell. 2013. [March 2013] Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5. Skating Shoes. Noel Streatfeild. 1951. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
6. Victoria Rebels. Carolyn Meyer. 2013. Simon & Schuster. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
7. My Man Jeeves. P.G. Wodehouse. 1919. 256 pages. [Source: Bought]
8. One Perfect Life. John MacArthur. 2013. Thomas Nelson. 520 pages. [Source: Review copy]
9. The Lightning Dreamer. Margarita Engle. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 182 pages. [Source: Review copy]
10. Ruth. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1853. 432 pages. [Source: Bought]
11. The Runaway King. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2013. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
12. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey Into Christian Faith. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. 2012. (September 2012). Crown and Covenant. 150 pages. [Source: Bought]
13. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) Robin LaFevers. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 387 pages. [Source: Review copy]
14. Anne's House of Dreams. L.M. Montgomery. 1917. 227 pages. [Source: Bought]
15. Les Miserables. Victor Hugo. Translated and Introduced by Norman Denny. 1862/1976/2012.
Penguin. 1232 pages. [Source: Library]
16. 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. [Source: Gift]
17. A Little Princess. Frances Hodgson Burnett. 1905. 264 pages. [Source: Bought]
18. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I. Sandra Byrd. Simon & Schuster. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
19. Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope. 1865. 848 pages. [Source: Bought]
20. The Daughter of Time. (Inspector Grant #5). Josephine Tey. 1955/1995. Touchstone. 206 pages. [Source: Bought]
21. Catherine. April Lindner. 2013. Little, Brown. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
22. The Rubber Band. (Nero Wolfe #3) Rex Stout. 190 pages. [Source: Bought]
23. The Blue Castle. L.M. Montgomery. 1926. 218 pages. [Source: Bought]
24. The Testing. Joelle Charbonneau. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 344 pages. [Source: Review copy]
25. Al Capone Does My Homework. Gennifer Choldenko. 2013. Penguin. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
26. The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail. Richard Peck. 2013. Penguin. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
27. Earth Afire. Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston. (The First Formic War) 2013. Tor. 400 pages. [Source: Library]
28. Death on the Nile. Agatha Christie. 1937/2007. Black Dog & Leventhal. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
29. All The Truth That's In Me. Julie Berry. 2013. Penguin. 288 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
30. William Shakespeare's Star Wars. Ian Doescher. 2013. Quirk. 176 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
31. Wool (Omnibus Edition, Wool 1-5). Hugh Howey. 2013. Simon & Schuster. 508 pages. [Source: Library] 
32. Duke. Kirby Larson. 2013. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
33. Frozen: Heart of Dread. Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. 2013. Penguin. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
34. Counting by 7s. Holly Goldberg Sloan. 2013. Penguin USA. 384 pages. [Review Copy]
35. You Wouldn't Want To Be A Shakespearean Actor. Jacqueline Morley. Illustrated by David Antram. 2010. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
36. The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer. 1961/2011. Random House. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]
37. Every Day After. Laura Golden. 2013. Random House. 224 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
38. Blackmoore Julianne Donaldson. 2013. Shadow Mountain (Proper Romance). 282 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
39. The Black Robe. Wilkie Collins. 1881. 320 pages. [Source: Bought]
40. Loving Will Shakespeare. Carolyn Meyer. 2006. Harcourt. 272 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
41. Great Tales From English History, vol. 2. Robert Lacey. 2004. Little, Brown. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
42. Sophie's Squash. Pat Zietlow Miller. Illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf. 2013. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
43. Civil Contract. Georgette Heyer. 1961/2009. Harlequin. 432 pages. [Source: Library]
44. The String Quartet. Dan Hupalo. 2013. CreateSpace. 292 pages. [Source: Review copy]
45. Fortunately, The Milk. Neil Gaiman. 2013. HarperCollins. 114 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
46. Magic Marks the Spot (Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates). Caroline Carlson. 2013. HarperCollins. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]
47. The Boy on the Porch. Sharon Creech. 2013. HarperCollins. 160 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
48. Paperboy. Vince Vawter. 2013. Random House. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
49. Jane of Lantern Hill. L.M. Montgomery. 1937. 274 pages. [Source: Bought]
50. Beholding Bee. Kimberly Newton Fusco. 2013. Random House. 336 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
51. Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures. Kate DiCamillo. 2013. Candlewick Press. 240 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
52. I Will Repay. Baroness Orczy. 1906. 220 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

Kailana 12:51 PM  

I wish I had time to read so many great books! I am looking forward to visiting with Anne this year. :)

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