Saturday, May 31, 2014

May Reflections

In May I read 51 books.

Board Books, Picture Books, Early Readers:

  1. Hide and Seek Harry Around the House. Kenny Harrison. 2014. Candlewick. 20 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Hide and Seek Harry At the Beach. Kenny Harrison. 2014. Candlewick 20 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree. Eileen Christelow. 1991/2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. Go! Go! Go! Stop! Charise Mericle Harper. 2014. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. Weasels. Elys Dolan. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  6. Mama's Day With Little Gray. Aimee Reid. Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant. 2014. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  7. Taking Care of Mama Rabbit. Anita Lobel. 2014. Random House. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. A Gift for Mama. Linda Ravin Lodding. Illustrated by Alison Jay. 2014. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  9. Where's Mommy? Beverly Donofrio. Illustrated by Barbara McClintock. 2014. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  10. The Pigeon Needs A Bath! Mo Willems. 2014. Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. The Chapel Wars. Lindsey Leavitt. 2014. Bloomsbury USA. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Ophelia and the Marvelous Boys. Karen Foxlee. 2014. Random House. 240 books. [Source: Review copy]
  3. The Teacher's Funeral. Richard Peck. 2004. Penguin. 208 pages. [Source: Library]  
  4. Hero. (Woodcutter Sisters #2). Alethea Kontis. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. The Phoenix and the Carpet. E. Nesbit. 1904. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World: The Extraordinary True Story of Shackleton and the Endurance. Jennifer Armstrong. 1998. Random House. 144 pages. [Source: Library] 
  7. Searching for Sky. Jillian Cantor. 2014. Bloomsbury USA. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. Show Me A Story! Why Picture Books Matter. Conversations with 21 of the World's Most Celebrated Illustrators. Compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus. 2012. Candlewick. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  9. Preacher's Boy. Katherine Paterson. 1999/2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  10. Lizzy Bennet's Diary. Marcia Williams. 2014. Candlewick. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. The Glass Casket. McCormick Templeman. 2014. Random House. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  12. Greetings from Nowhere. Barbara O'Connor. 2008. FSG. 208 pages. [Source: Library] 
  13. Because of Winn Dixie. Kate DiCamillo. 2000. Candlewick. 182 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
  14. Peter Pan. J.M. Barrie. 1911/2008. Penguin. 207 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  15. The Winter Pony. Ian Lawrence. 2011. Random House. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  16. The Children of the King. Sonya Hartnett. 2014. Candlewick. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  17. Ivy Honeysuckle Discovers the World. Candice F. Ransom. 2012. Disney-Hyperion. 160 pages. [Source: Library book]  
  18. Iva Honeysuckle Meets Her Match. Candice F. Ransom. Illustrated by Heather Ross. 2013. Disney-Hyperion. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  19. The Lemonade War. Jacqueline Davies. 2007. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  20. The Lemonade Crime. Jacqueline Davies. 2011. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 160 pages. [Source: Library book]
Adult Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. Rumpelstiltskin. Jenni James. 2013. Stonehouse Ink. [Source: Bought] 
  2. Dark Eden. Chris Beckett. 2014. Crown Publishing Group. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. The Prime Minister. Anthony Trollope. 1876. 864 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
  4. Tudor: The Family Story. Leanda de Lisle. 2013. Public Affairs. 576 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Heavens Are Empty: Discovering the Lost Town of Trochenbrod. Avrom Bendavid-Val. 2010. Pegasus. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. By My Side. Sue Reid. 2014. Scholastic. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. The Franchise Affair. Josephine Tey. 1948. 304 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
Christian Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. Stepping Heavenward. Mrs. Elizabeth Prentiss. 1869/1998. Barbour Books. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  2. Calvin on the Christian Life: Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever. Michael S. Horton. 2014. Crossway. 271 pages.   
  3. The Everlasting Tradition: Jewish Customs, Holidays, and Historical Events That Reveal Biblical Truth. Galen Peterson. 1995. Kregel Publications. 160 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  4. All Loves Excelling (The Saints' Knowledge of Christ's Love) John Bunyan. 1692/1998. Banner of Truth. 144 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  5. What's Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions. James N. Anderson. 2014. Crossway. 112 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. The Beloved Disciple: Following John to the Heart of Jesus. Beth Moore. 2003. B&H. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. In Christ Alone: Living the Gospel Centered Life. Sinclair Ferguson. 2007. 243 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  8. Reclaiming Christianity: A Call to Authentic Faith. A.W. Tozer. 2009. Regal. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  9. Fellowship with God (Life in Christ: Studies in 1 John #1) D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. 1993. Crossway. 142 pages. [Source: Bought]
  10. Every Little Thing About You. (Yellow Rose Trilogy, #1) Lori Wick. 1999. Harvest House. 300 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  11. (Puritan Pulpit) Jonathan Edwards 1703-1758. (Containing 16 Sermons Unpublished In Edwards' Lifetime) Compiled and Edited by Dr. Don Kistler. Soli Deo Gloria. 286 pages. [Source: Bought]
  12. Redeeming Love. Francine Rivers. 2005. Multnomah. 464 pages. [Source: Bought]
  13. The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness. Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington. 2007. Crossway. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  14. Growing in Christ. J.I. Packer. 1977/1994/2007. Crossway. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

fredamans 1:12 PM  

So many awesome titles! Fantastic month, as always! Happy June reading!

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