Thursday, July 31, 2014

July Reflections

In July I read 55 books.

Board books, picture books, early readers:

  1. Very Little Red Riding Hood. Teresa Heapy. Illustrated by Sue Heap. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  2. Peppa Pig and the Vegetable Garden. 2014. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. Peppa Pig and the Great Vacation. Candlewick Press. 2014. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. Help! We Need A Title! Herve Tullet. 2014. Candlewick Press. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]    
  5. I Pledge Allegiance. Pat Mora and Libby Martinez. Illustrated by Patrice Barton. 2014. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  6. Duck & Goose: Go To The Beach. Tad Hills. 2014. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]   
  7. The School for Cats. Esther Averill. 1947/2005. New York Review Children's Collection. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. Jenny's Moonlight Adventure. Esther Averill. 1949/2005. New York Review Children's Collection. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. Jenny's Birthday Book. Esther Averill. 1954/2005. New York Review Children's Collection. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. The Fire Cat. Esther Averill. 1960/1983. HarperCollins. 64 pages. [Source: Own]
  11. Jenny and the Cat Club: A Collection of Favorite Stories About Jenny Linsky. Esther Averill. 1973/2003. New York Review Children's Collection. 176 pages. [Source: Library]
Middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction:
  1. Hidden Like Anne Frank. Marcel Prins. Peter Henk Steenhuis. Translated by Laura Watkinson. Scholastic. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]   
  2. The Girl From the Tar Paper School. Teri Kanefield. 2014. Abrams. 56 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. What the Moon Said. Gayle Rosengren. 2014. Penguin. 224 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. Free to Fall. Lauren Miller. 2014. HarperCollins. 480 pages. [Source: Library] 
  5. The Year We Were Famous. Carole Estby Dagg. 2011. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Where The Rock Splits the Sky. Philip Webb. 2014. Scholastic. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. Alice-Miranda At School. Jacqueline Harvey. 2010/2011. Random House. 257 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. Dualed. Elsie Chapman. 2013. Random House. 304 pages. [Source: Library] 
  9. Enders. Lissa Price. 2014. Random House. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. The Swift Boys & Me. Kody Keplinger. 2014. Scholastic. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  11. The Summer I Saved the World in 65 Days. Michele Weber Hurwitz. 2014. Random House. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  12. Soldier Doll. Jennifer Gold. 2014. Second Story Press. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  13. Don't Even Think About It. Sarah Mlynowski. 2014. Random House. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  14. The Railway Children. E. Nesbit. 1906/2011. Penguin. 304 pages.  [Source: Bought]  
  15. You'll Like It Here (Everybody Does). Ruth White. 2011/2012. Random House. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  16. The Dust Girl (American Fairy #1) Sarah Zettel. Random House. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  17. The Hotel Cat. Esther Averill. 1969/2005. New York Review Children's Collection. 180 pages. [Source: Library] 
  18. Captains of the City Streets. Esther Averill. 1972/2005. New York Review Children's Collection. 164 pages. [Source: Library]  
  19. Jenny Goes to Sea. Esther Averill. 1957/2005. New York Review Children's Collection. 140 pages. [Source: Library]
  20. Umbrella Summer. Lisa Graff. 2009. HarperCollins. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
Adult fiction and nonfiction:
  1. North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1854-1855. 452 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. 50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission Into the Heart of Nazi Germany. Steven Pressman. 2014. HarperCollins. 320 pages. [Source: Library]  
  3. To Say Nothing of the Dog. Connie Willis. 1998. Bantam. 493 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  4. The Duke's Children. Anthony Trollope. 1880. 560 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]  
  5. Lost in Shangri-La. Mitchell Zuckoff. 2011. HarperCollins. 384 pages. [Source: Library] 
  6. The Merry Monarch's Wife. (A Queens of England Novel). Jean Plaidy. 1991/2008. Crown. 352 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  7. To Love And Be Wise. (Inspector Grant #4) Josephine Tey. 1951. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
  8. China Dolls. Lisa See. 2014. Random House. 376 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. Emma. Jane Austen. 1815. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
Christian fiction and nonfiction:
  1. Out of the Depths. Edgar Harrell, with David Harrell. 2014. Bethany House. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Mission at Nuremberg. Tim Townsend. 2014. HarperCollins. 400 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Seeing the Unseen. Randy Alcorn. 2013. Eternal Perspective Ministries. 120 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  4. Luminary. Krista McGee. 2014. Thomas Nelson. 311 pages. [Source: Library]  
  5. Here Is Our God. Kathleen Buswell Nielson and D.A. Carson, editors. 2014. Crossway. 221 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  6. The Screwtape Letters. C.S. Lewis. 1942. HarperCollins. 224 pages. [Source: Library] 
  7. The Great Divorce. C.S. Lewis. 1945. HarperCollins. 160 pages. [Source: Library]  
  8. Burning Sky. Lori Benton. 2013. Waterbrook Press. 416 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. A Match Made in Texas: A Novella Collection. Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox, and Mary Connealy. 2014. Bethany House. 384 pages. [Source: Library]  
  10. A Sensible Arrangement. Tracie Peterson. 2014. Bethany House. 336 pages. [Source: Library] 
  11. A Captain for Laura Rose. Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2014. FaithWords. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
  12. Full Steam Ahead. Karen Witemeyer. 2014. Bethany House. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
  13. 50 Days of Heaven: Reflections That Bring Eternity to Light. Randy Alcorn. 2006. Tyndale. 288 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  14. God's Double Agent: The True Story of A Chinese Christian's Fight for Freedom. Bob Fu. Baker Books. 2013. 336 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  15. How Can I Develop A Christian Conscience? R.C. Sproul. 2013. Reformation Trust. 76 pages. [Source: Bought]

© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

Laura's Reviews 9:58 PM  

Wow - you've had a great summer of reading so far. I really need to keep track of all of the children's fiction I read. It's a great deal. My kids love to read and I love to read with them!

I need to reread North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell again. I love that book!

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