Saturday, April 11, 2015

Week in Review: April 5-11

Ramona the Pest. Beverly Cleary. 1968. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
Ramona the Brave. Beverly Cleary. 1975. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
Ramona and Her Father. Beverly Cleary. 1977. HarperCollins. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
A Girl from Yamhill. Beverly Cleary. 1988/1996. HarperCollins. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
Seraphina. Rachel Hartman. 2012. Random House. 499 pages. [Source: Library]
Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison. Lois Lenski. 1941. HarperCollins. 298 pages. [Source: Bought]
Big Over Easy (Nursery Crime #1) Jasper Fforde. 2005. 383 pages. [Source: Library]
The Fourth Bear (Nursery Crime #2) Jasper Fforde. 2006.  382 pages. [Source: Library]
Prince of a Frog. Jackie Urbanovic. 2015. [May] Scholastic.  32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories. Dr. Seuss. 1958/2008. Random House. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Kept for Jesus: What The New Testament Really Teaches About Assurance of Salvation and Eternal Security. Sam Storms. 2015. Crossway. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
Creole Princess (Gulf Coast Chronicles #2). Beth White. 2015. Revell. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
It is Finished: 365 Days of Good News. Tullian Tchividjian. 2015. David C. Cook. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]

This week's recommendation(s):

I read and reviewed three Ramona books this week. (I also reviewed an autobiography by Beverly Cleary.) If I had to choose between the three, it would be tough, but I'd probably go for Ramona the Pest. Maybe. Or else Ramona the Brave. How do I choose between the worm engagement ring and guts, guts, guts?!

I'd definitely recommend Seraphina as well this week.

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