Saturday, July 04, 2015

Week in Review: June 28-July 4

From June:
The Silmarillion. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1977. 386 pages. [Source: Bought] 
The Semi-Detached House. Emily Eden. 1859. 172 pages. [Source: Bought]
Follow Your Gut. Rob Knight with Brendan Buhler. 2015. Simon & Schuster (TED) 128 pages. [Source: Library]
Grump. Janet Wong. Illustrated by John Wallace. 2001. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Book I Bought] 
Board Book: The Doghouse. Jan Thomas. 2008/2015.  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 36 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Peppa's Chalk ABCs. Scholastic. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Message of the General Epistles: Wisdom from James, Peter, John, and Jude. Brandon D. Crowe. 2015. P&R Publishing. 240 pages. 
Packer on the Christian Life. Sam Storms. 2015. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]

From July: 
Lost in the Sun. Lisa Graff. 2015. Penguin. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
The Great Good Summer. Liz Garton Scanlon. 2015. Simon & Schuster. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
My Brother's Secret. Dan Smith. 2015. Scholastic. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
How To Catch a Mouse. Philippa Leathers. 2015. Candlewick. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Pete The Cat's Train Trip (I Can Read) James Dean. 2015. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
Gingerbread for Liberty: How A German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution. Mara Rockliff. Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Foot Book. Dr. Seuss. 1968. Random House. 36 pages. [Source: Library]
Funny Face, Sunny Face. Sally Symes. Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw. 2015. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Out and About: A First Book of Poems. Shirley Hughes. 1988/2015. Candlewick Press. 56 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The End of Me. Kyle Idleman. 2015. David C. Cook. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Uncensored: Daring to Embrace the Entire Bible. Brian Cosby. 2015. David C. Cook. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Innocent. Ann H. Gabhart. 2015. Revell. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]

This week's recommendation(s):

I read some really great picture books this week. I loved, loved, loved How To Catch a Mouse and Grump and Gingerbread for Liberty. But. Probably my favorite this week was The Silmarillion. 

© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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