Saturday, February 21, 2015

Week in Review: February 15-21

Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Book Covers. Margaret C. Sullivan. Quirk Publishing. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
Hard Times. Charles Dickens. 1854/1992. Everyman's Library. 336 pages.  [Source: Library]

Rachel Ray by Anthony Trollope. 1863. 403 pages. [Source: Bought]
Such A Little Mouse. Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Stephanie Yue. 2015. [March 2015] Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
If I Ran the Zoo. Dr. Seuss. 1950. Random House. 64 pages. [Source: Library]
Wanderville.  Wendy McClure. 2014. Penguin. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
 Rain Reign. Ann M. Martin. 2014. Feiwel & Friends. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
Winterbound. Margery Williams Bianco. 1936/2014. Dover. 234 pages. [Source: Bought]
Sleep in Peace Tonight. James MacManus. 2014. Thomas Dunne Books. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
Entangled. Amy Rose Capetta. 2013. HMH. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #1) Jill Eileen Smith. 2015. Revell. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Tyndale's New Testament. Translated by William Tyndale. A Modern Spelling Edition of the 1534 Translation with an introduction by David Daniell. 1996. Yale University Press. 466 pages. [Source: Bought]
Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where It's Not Safe To Believe. Tom Doyle. 2015. [March 2015] Thomas Nelson. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts. Joe Rigney. Foreword by John Piper. 2015. Crossway. 272 pages.

This week's recommendation(s):

Jane Austen's Cover to Cover is oh-so-easy to recommend this week!

I also loved Jill Eileen Smith's The Crimson Cord.

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