Sunday, November 30, 2014

November Reflections

In November, I read 56 books. 

Picture books and board books:

  1. Santa Clauses: Short Poems From the North Pole by Bob Raczka. 2014. Lerner Publishing Group. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. A Little Women Christmas. Heather Vogel Frederick. 2014. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Once Upon An Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters. Oliver Jeffers. 2014. Penguin. 112 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. Penguin in Peril. Helen Hancocks. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  5. The Animals' Santa. Jan Brett. 2014. Penguin. 32 pages. [Source: Library]    
  6. The Book With No Pictures. B.J. Novak. 2014. Penguin. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
  7. The Great Thanksgiving Escape. Mark Fearing. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. Gobble, Gobble, Tucker! Leslie McGuirk. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  9. Maisy's Christmas Tree. Lucy Cousins.  2014. Candlewick. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  10. Little Blue Truck's Christmas. Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Jill McElmurry. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  11.  Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel! A Sing-along book! Illustrated by Shahar Kober. 2014. Scholastic. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  12. Eight Jolly Reindeer. Ilanit Oliver. Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers. 2014. Scholastic. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]   
Middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction:
  1. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. Steve Sheinkin. 2014. Roaring Brook. 208 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. Countdown by Deborah Wiles. 2010. May 2010. Scholastic. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. The Fourteenth Goldfish. Jennifer L. Holm. 2014. Random House. 208 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. Courage for Beginners. Karen Harrington. 2014. Little, Brown. 304 pages. [Source: Library]  
  5. Dead in the Water. (World War II #2) Chris Lynch. 2014. Scholastic. 188 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. A Snicker of Magic. Natalie Lloyd. 2014. Scholastic. 320 pages. [Source: Library]   
  7. The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia. Candace Fleming. 2014. Random House. 304 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) Robin LaFevers. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 387 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  9. Tell Me. Joan Bauer. 2014. Penguin. 272 pages. [Source: Library]  
  10. The Quilt Walk. Sandra Dallas. 2012. Sleeping Bear Press. 215 pages. [Source: Library]
  11. The Magic City. E. Nesbit. 1910. 212 pages. [Source: Bought]
  12. The Enchanted Castle. E. Nesbit. 1907. 291 pages. [Source: Bought]
  13. Mortal Heart. Robin LaFevers. 2014. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 464 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  14. Miracle on 34th Street. Valentine Davies. Illustrated by Tomie de Paola. 1947/2001. HMH. 136 pages. [Source: Library] 
  15. Bo at Ballard Creek. Kirkpatrick Hill. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2013. Henry Holt. 288 pages. [Source: Library]  
  16. Black Beauty. Anna Sewell. 1877. 245 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  17. A Time to Dance. Padma Venkatraman. 2014.  Nancy Paulsen Books. 320 pages. [Source: Library] 
  18. Ghosts of Tupelo Landing. Sheila Turnage. 2014. Penguin. 368 pages. [Source: Library]  
  19. Stand There! She Shouted: The Invincible Photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. 2014. Candlewick. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Adult fiction and nonfiction:
  1. Persuasion. Jane Austen 1818/1992. Knopf Doubleday. 304 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope. 1878/1993. Penguin. 632 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  3. The Man Who Invented Christmas. Les Standiford. 2008. Crown. 241 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Where There's A Will. Rex Stout. (Nero Wolfe #8) 1940. Bantam. 258 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens. 1843. 96 pages. [Source: Bought] 

Christian fiction and nonfiction:
  1. Tolkien: How An Obscure Oxford Professor Wrote the Hobbit and Became the Most Beloved Author of the Century. Devin Brown. Abingdon Press. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Look and Live. Matt Papa. 2014. Bethany House. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. The Advent Bride. Mary Connealy. 2014. Barbour. 88 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. Beside Bethesda: 31 Days Toward Deeper Healing. Joni Eareckson Tada. 2014. NavPress. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. ESV Women's Devotional Bible. 2014. Crossway. 1664 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  6. Living a Prayerful Life. Andrew Murray. 160 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  7. Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life By Beginning IN Jesus' Name. Bryan Chapell. 2005. Baker Publishing. 208 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  8. The Christmas Quilt. Patricia Davids. 2011. Love Inspired. 215 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  9. The Christmas Cat. Melody Carlson. 2014. Revell. 169 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  10. The Secret of Pembrooke Park. Julie Klassen. 2014. Bethany House. 460 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  11. The Psalm 119 Experience: A Devotional Journey You Will Not Forget. John Kramp. 2014. B&H Publishing. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  12. The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God's Words is Misunderstood by Eric J. Bargerhuff. 2012. Bethany House. 172 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  13. God's Way of Peace. Horatius Bonar. 112 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  14. Christmas at Rose Hill Farm. Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2014. Revell. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  15. Every Valley. Albert L. Blackwell. 2014. Westminster John Knox Press. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  16. Surprised by Love. Julie Lessman. 2014. Revell. 416 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  17. God's Way of Holiness. Horatius Bonar. 1864. 175 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  18. The Study and Teaching of the English Bible. G. Campbell Morgan. 1910. [Source: Bought]  
  19. The Bible in Five Years. A Comprehensive Outline for Study of the Entire Sacred Volume. G. Campbell Morgan. 1922. [Source: Bought]  
  20. At Bluebonnet Lake. Amanda Cabot. 2014. Revell. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]

© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

Cynthia 3:09 AM  

Wow, talk about a great month for reading. Look like you read a lot of good ones. I read Persuasion for the first time a couple of months ago. I enjoyed that one. :)

fredamans 5:46 PM  

I have The Family Romanov. I didn't realize it was YA but that's cool. Can't wait to read it!
You did awesome as always!
Happy December reading!

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