Thursday, December 31, 2015

December Reflections

In December, I read books 38 books.

Board books:

  1. Board book: Christmas At Last! Sam Hearn. Illustrated by Penny Dann. 2015. Scholastic. 16 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Picture books:
  1. There's No Such Thing As Little. LeUyen Pham. 2015. Random House. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Betsy Lewin. 2015. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.
  3. When Santa Was A Baby. Linda Bailey. Illustrated by Genevieve Godbout. 2014/2015. Tundra Books. 32 pages. [Source: Library]  
  4. Santa's Sleigh Is On Its Way to Texas. Eric James. Illustrated by Robert Dunn. 2015. Sourcebooks. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Oh, the Places You'll Go. Dr. Seuss. 1990. Random House. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Daisy-Head Mayzie. Dr. Seuss. 1994. Random House. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. My Many Colored Days. Dr. Seuss. Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. 1996. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky. Illustrated by Lane Smith. 1998. Random House. 64 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories. Dr. Seuss. 2011. Random House. 72 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories. Dr. Seuss. 2014. Random House. 56 pages. [Source: Library] 
  11. What Pet Should I Get? Dr. Seuss. 2015. Random House. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  12. The Nutcracker. Susan Jeffers. 2007. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]   
  13. Waiting for Santa. Steve Metzger. Illustrated by Alison Edgson. 2015. Tiger Tales. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  14. Complete Tales by Beatrix Potter. 1986/2006. 400 pages. [Source: Library] 
Middle grade fiction and nonfiction:
  1. Can't You Make Them Behave, King George? Jean Fritz. Illustrated by Tomie dePaola. 1977/1996. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame. Illustrated by David Roberts. 1907/1983. Simon & Schuster. 244 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Adam and Thomas. Aharon Appelfeld. Translated by Jeffrey Green. 2015. Triangle Square. 160 pages. [Source: Library]  
  4. Escape from Baxters' Barn. Rebecca Bond. 2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. The Joy of a Peanuts Christmas: 50 Years of Holiday Comics. Charles M. Schulz. Introduction by Don Hall. 2000. Hallmark Books. 119 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. The Cabin Faced West. Jean Fritz. Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky. 1958. 124 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. C.S. Lewis. 1952. HarperCollins. 248 pages. [Source: Bought]
  8. House Without a Christmas Tree. Gail Rock. 1974. 84 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  9. Clementine for Christmas. Daphne-Benedis-Grab. 2015. Scholastic. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  10. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. Barbara Robinson. 1972. HarperCollins. 128 pages. [Source: Bought]
Adult fiction and nonfiction:
  1. The Tale of Hill Top Farm. Susan Wittig Albert. 2004. 286 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Tale of Holly How (The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter #2) Susan Wittig Albert. 2005. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Doomsday Book. Connie Willis. 1992. Random House. 592 pages.  [Source: Book I Bought]
  4. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Mark Twain. 1889. 258 pages. [Source: Bought] 
Christian fiction:
  1. The Photograph. Beverly Lewis. 2015. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. The Painter's Daughter. Julie Klassen. 2015. Bethany House. 464 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  3. Keeping Holiday. Starr Meade. Illustrated by Justin Gerard. 2008. Crossway. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. The Coming of the King. Norman Vincent Peale. Illustrated by William Moyers. 1956. Prentice-Hall. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Silent Night. Joseph Mohr. Illustrated by Susan Jeffers. 1984/2003. Penguin. 32 pages. [Source: Bought] 
Christian nonfiction:
  1. Then Sings My Soul. Robert J. Morgan. 2010. Thomas Nelson. 310 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. 52 Little Lessons from It's A Wonderful Life. Bob Welch. 2012. Thomas Nelson. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. Behold the Lamb of God. Russ Ramsey. 2011. Rabbit Room Press. 160 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. Faith Alone: A Daily Devotional. Martin Luther. Edited by James C. Galvin. 2005. Zondervan. 400 pages. [Source: Bought]

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
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  • fantasy
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  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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