Sunday, December 28, 2014

2014 Completed Challenges: Year of Rereading

Host: Caffeinated Life
Name: A Year In Rereading (sign-up post; review sharing post)
Dates: January - December 2014
# of Books: 10+ my goal is 50-52 books; one each week

1. The Story of the Treasure Seekers. E. Nesbit. 1899. Puffin. 250 pages. [Source: Bought]
2. Good Morning, Miss Dove. Frances Gray Patton. 1954. 218 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
3. Pastwatch The Redemption of Christopher Columbus. Orson Scott Card. 1996. Tor.  351 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
4. The Time Machine. H.G. Wells. 1895. Penguin. 128 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
5. Doomsday Book. Connie Willis. 1992. Random House. 592 pages.  [Source: Book I Bought]
6. Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen. 1811. 352 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
7. A Woman's Place. Lynn Austin. 2006. Bethany House. 450 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
8. The Merchant's Daughter. Melanie Dickerson. 2011. Zondervan. 285 pages. [Source: Library]
9. The Long Winter. Laura Ingalls Wilder. 1940. 334 pages. [Source: Library] 
10. Colonel Brandon's Diary. Amanda Grange. 2009. Penguin. 304 pages. [Source: Library] 
11. To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee. 1960. 281 pages. [Source: Book I Own]
12. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. 2008. Random House. 274 pages. [Source: Library]
13. Sword in the Storm. David Gemmell. 1998. Del Rey. 448 pages [Source: Library]
14. Knowledge of the Holy. A.W. Tozer. 1961/1978. HarperCollins. 128 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
15. The Giver. Lois Lowry. 1993. Houghton Mifflin. 180 pages. [Source: Library]  
16. A Long Way From Chicago. Richard Peck. 1998. Penguin. 148 pages. [Source: Library book] 
17. Five Children and It. E. Nesbit. 1902/2004. Puffin Classics. 240 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
18. The Testing. Joelle Charbonneau. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 344 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
19. Pride and Prejudice. Jane Austen. 1813. 386 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
20. Mansfield Park. Jane Austen. 1814. 464 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]  
21.Ten Cents A Dance. Christine Fletcher. 2008/2010. Bloomsbury USA. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]
22 Meet Me in St. Louis: A Trip to the 1904 World's Fair. Robert Jackson. 2004. HarperCollins. 144 pages. [Source: Bought] 
23.A Year Down Yonder. Richard Peck. 2000. Penguin. 144 pages. [Source: Library] 
24.The False Prince. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2012. Scholastic. 342 pages. [Source: Review copy]
25. The Runaway King. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2013. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
26. The Shadow Throne. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2014. Scholastic. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
27. The Teacher's Funeral. Richard Peck. 2004. Penguin. 208 pages. [Source: Library] 
28. The Phoenix and the Carpet. E. Nesbit. 1904. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
29.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]
30. Preacher's Boy. Katherine Paterson. 1999/2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
31.Greetings from Nowhere. Barbara O'Connor. 2008. FSG. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
32.Because of Winn Dixie. Kate DiCamillo. 2000. Candlewick. 182 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
33.Peter Pan. J.M. Barrie. 1911/2008. Penguin. 207 pages. [Source: Review copy]
34. The Lemonade War. Jacqueline Davies. 2007. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
35. Doggirl. Robin Brande. 2011.  Ryer Publishing. 269 pages. [Source: Review copy]
36. Julia Gillian (And the Art of Knowing) by Alison McGhee. 2008. Scholastic. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
37. 11 Birthdays. Wendy Mass. 2009. Scholastic. 267 pages. [Source: Library book] 
38. The Story of the Amulet. E. Nesbit. 1906/1996. Puffin. 292 pages. [Source: Bought]
39. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Betty Smith. 1943/2006. HarperCollins. 496 pages. [Source: Bought]  
40. The Railway Children. E. Nesbit. 1906/2011. Penguin. 304 pages.  [Source: Bought]  
41. North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1854-1855. 452 pages. [Source: Bought]
42.  To Say Nothing of the Dog. Connie Willis. 1998. Bantam. 493 pages. [Source: Bought]
43. Umbrella Summer. Lisa Graff. 2009. HarperCollins. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
44. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Kate DiCamillo. 2006. Candlewick. 200 pages. [Source: Bought]
45. The Book Thief. Markus Zusak. 2006. Random House. 560 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
46. Out of the Dust. Karen Hesse. 1997. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Bought]
47. The Daughter of Time. Josephine Tey. 1951/1995. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
48. The Convenient Marriage. By Georgette Heyer. (1934) Read by Richard Armitage. 2010. August 2010. Naxos Audiobooks. 5 hrs. 6 minutes. [Source: Review copy]
49. The Hobbit. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1937. 320 pages. [Source: Bought]
50. Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney. 2009. Chronicle Books. 366 pages. [Source: Library]
51. Fahrenheit 451. Ray Bradbury. 1953/1991. Del Rey. 179 pages. [Source: Bought]
52. Northanger Abbey. Jane Austen. 1817/1992. Everyman's Library. 288 pages. [Source: Book I Own]
53. Blackout. Connie Willis. 2010. Random House. 495 pages. [Source: Bought]  
54. All Clear. Connie Willis. 2010. Random House. 645 pages. [Source: Bought] 
55. Howl's Moving Castle. Diana Wynne Jones. 1986. 336 pages. [Source: Bought]
56. Grave Mercy. Robin LaFevers. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 560 pages. [Source: Review copy]
57. Frankenstein. Mary Shelley. 1818/1831. Oxford World's Classics. 250 pages. [Source: Bought]
58. The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1) Robert Jordan. 1990. Tor. 814 pages. [Source: Bought]
59. The Night Gardener. Jonathan Auxier. 2014. Abrams. 350 pages. [Source: Library]
60. The Hiding Place. Corrie Ten Boom. With John and Elizabeth Sherrill. 1971/1984/1995. Chosen. 228 pages. [Source: Bought] 
61. Countdown by Deborah Wiles. 2010. May 2010. Scholastic. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
62. Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) Robin LaFevers. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 387 pages. [Source: Review copy]
63. Black Beauty. Anna Sewell. 1877. 245 pages. [Source: Bought]
64. Persuasion. Jane Austen 1818/1992. Knopf Doubleday. 304 pages. [Source: Bought]
65.  A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens. 1843. 96 pages. [Source: Bought]  
66. The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll. Patricia C. McKissack. Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. 2007. Schwartz & Wade. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
67. The Tailor of Gloucester. Beatrix Potter. 1903. 58 pages. [Source: Library]
68. Polar Express. Chris Van Allsburg. 1985/2009. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
69. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Dr. Seuss. 1957. Random House. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]
70. The Velveteen Rabbit. Margery Williams. Illustrated by William Nicholson. 1922/2014. Random House. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
71. Twas the Night Before Christmas. Clement C. Moore. Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. 1823/1912. HMH. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
72. The Tale of Despereaux. Kate DiCamillo. 2003. Candlewick Press. 272 pages. [Source: Bought] 
73. The 5th Wave. Rick Yancey. 2013. Penguin. 457 pages. [Source: Review copy]
74. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Barbara Robinson. 1972. HarperCollins. 128 pages. [Source: Bought]
75. The Golden Dreydl. Ellen Kushner. Illustrated by Ilene Winn-Lederer. 2007. Charlesbridge. 126 pages. [Source: Review copy]
76. Les Miserables. Victor Hugo. Translated by Isabel Florence Hapgood. 1862/1887. 1232 pages.
77. Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte. 1847.  300 pages. [Source: Own]
78. A Darcy Christmas: A Holiday Tribute to Jane Austen. By Amanda Grange, Carolyn Eberhart, and Sharon Lathan. 2010. Sourcebooks. 304 pages. [Source: Library] 
79. The Christmas Tree. Julie Salamon. 1996. Random House. 118 pages. [Source: Bought]
80. Keeping Holiday. Starr Meade. Illustrated by Justin Gerard. 2008. Crossway. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]  


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