Wednesday, September 30, 2015

September Reflections

In September I read 52 books.

Board books:

  1. Board Book: I Love My Dinosaur. Caroline Jayne Church. 2015. Scholastic. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Picture books:
  1. Pig Is Big On Books. Douglas Florian. 2015. Holiday House. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. Jon Scieszka. Illustrated by Lane Smith. 1989. 32 pages. [Source: Library]  
  3. Sitting In My Box. Dee Lillegard. Illustrated by Jon Agee. 1989. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Because A Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! (Rosetta Stone) Dr. Seuss. Illustrated by Michael Frith. 1975. Random House. 64 pages. [Source: Library] 
  5. Winston the Book Wolf. Marni McGee. Illustrated by Ian Beck. 2006. Walker. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are You Going To Sleep? Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson. Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant. 2011. Two Lions. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. Poetry: A Great Big Cuddle. Michael Rosen. Illustrated by Chris Riddell. 2015. Candlewick. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. Oh, The Thinks You Can Think. Dr. Seuss. 1975. Random House. 41 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. Wacky Wednesday. Dr. Seuss (Theo LeSieg). Illustrated by George Booth. 1974. Random House. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. Great Day for Up. Dr. Seuss. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. 1974. Random House. 36 pages. [Source: Library]
  11. Momo's Kitten. Mitsu and Taro Yashima. 1961. Viking. 33 pages. [Source: Bought]
Early readers and chapter books:
  1. Big Dog and Little Dog Going for a Walk. Dav Pilkey. 1997/2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Little Shaq. Shaquille O'Neal. Illustrated by Theodore Taylor III. 2015. Bloomsbury. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Pizza Pat. Rita Golden Gelman. Illustrated by Will Terry. (A Bright & Early Book) 1999. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  4. 26 Fairmount Avenue. Tomie dePaola. 1999. Penguin. 80 pages. [Source: Library]

Middle grade:
  1. Jump Back, Paul: The Life and Poetry of Laurence Dunbar. Sally Derby. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Candlewick Press. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Sunny Side Up. Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. 2015. Scholastic. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  3. Seventh Most Important Thing. Shelley Pearsall. 2015. Random House. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. Mark of The Thief. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2015. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. Betty Crocker Kids Cook. 1999/2015 (spiral-bound) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. The Island of Dr. Libris. Chris Grabenstein. 2015. Random House. 242 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. Electrical Wizard: How Nikola Tesla Lit Up the World. Elizabeth Rusch. Illustrated by Oliver Dominguez. 2013/2015. Candlewick. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. The Hired Girl. Laura Amy Schlitz. 2015. Candlewick. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  9. A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans. Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder. 2015. Random House. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. Case of the Phantom Cat (Maisie HItchins #3) Holly Webb. Illustrated by Marion Lindsay. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. Arthur, For The Very First Time. Patricia MacLachlan. Illustrated by Lloyd Bloom. 1980/2002. HarperCollins. 128 pages. [Source: Library]  
  12. Whittington. Alan Armstrong. 2005. Random House. 208 pages. [Source: Library] 
  13. Criss Cross. Lynne Rae Perkins. 2005. 337 pages. [Source: Library]  
  14. A Night Divided. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2015. Scholastic. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  15. The Thing about Jellyfish. Ali Benjamin. 2015. Little, Brown. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  16. History of Women's Fashion (Design Line). Natasha Slee. Illustrated by Sanna Mander. 2015. Candlewick. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  17. Heidi. Johanna Spyri. 1880/2009. Puffin Classics/Penguin.  320 pages. [Source: Bought]
 Young Adult:
  1. Archivist Wasp. Nicole Kornher-Stace. 2015. Big Mouth House. 268 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Conjured. Sarah Beth Durst. 2013. Walker. 368 pages. [Source: Library]  
Adult books:
  1. Notting Hill Mystery. Charles Warren Adams. 1862/2015. Poisoned Pen Press. 284 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. A Test of Wills (Ian Rutledge #1) Charles Todd. 1994/2006. Harper Collins. 305 pages. [Source: Library]  
  3. William Shakespeare's The Clone Army Attacketh. Ian Doescher. 2015. Quirk. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Christian fiction:
  1. Mistress of Tall Acre. Laura Frantz. 2015. Revell. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. The Memory Weaver. Jane Kirkpatrick. 2015. Revell. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Convenient Bride Collection. 2015. Barbour Books. 446 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. The Most Eligible Bachelor Romance Collection. 2015. Barbour Books. 448 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Golden Braid. Melanie Dickerson. 2015. Thomas Nelson. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Not by Sight. Kate Breslin. 2015. Bethany House. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Christian nonfiction: 
  1. Praying the Bible. Donald S. Whitney. 2015. Crossway. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Newton on the Christian Life. Tony Reinke. 2015. Crossway. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. The Reckless Love of God. Alex Early. 2015. Bethany House. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. ESV Reader's Bible. 2014. Crossway. 1840 pages. [Source: Gift]  
  5. Exalting Jesus in Galatians (Christ-Centered Exposition) David Platt and Tony Merida. 2014. B&H. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. Poetic Wonder of Isaac Watts. Douglas Bond. 2013. Reformation Trust. 163 pages. [Source: Borrowed] 
  7. The Holy Spirit. Kevin DeYoung. 2011. Crossway. 30 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  8. Meet Me At The Manger…And I'll Lead You to the Cross. Leighann McCoy. 2010. 341 pages. [Source: Bought]
© 2015 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

fredamans 8:41 PM  

I should be reading The Golden Braid soon. I'm on the tour. :-) Looking forward to that one, as you can probably tell.
Another smashing month for you! Happy October!

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