Sunday, January 31, 2016

January Reflections

January Accomplishments
  • Came home from the hospital after a rather extended completely unexpected 12 day stay
  • Focused on rest and recuperation after major surgery
  • Celebrated being alive
  • Let go of need to blog a review every single day no matter what
  • Began reading books and reviewing them--at my own pace
  • Slowly but surely began writing 'year in review' posts for 2015
  • made my top ten Dr. Seuss post
  • Signed up for a small number of challenges
Stand-Out Books Read in January: 
  • Alas, Babylon. Pat Frank. 1959/2005. Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 323 pages. [Source: Bought] SCIENCE FICTION (Adult)
  • Hana's Suitcase. Karen Levine. 2002/2016. Crown Books. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy] WORLD WAR II NONFICTION (MG, YA, Adult)
  • Anne of Green Gables. L.M. Montgomery. 1908. 448 pages. [Source: Bought] COMING OF AGE CHILDREN'S CLASSIC (MG, YA, Adult)
5 Places "Visited" in January:
  1. Prince Edward Island (Canada)
  2. Fort Repose, Florida (USA)
  3. London, England
  4. Boston (USA) and Asgard
  5. Medieval France 
Picture Books (Also a few board books now and then):
  1. Board book: Carry and Learn: Opposites. Sarah Ward. 2016. Scholastic. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy] CONCEPT BOOK
  2. All Year Round. Susan B. Katz. Illustrated by Eiko Ojala. 2016. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] CONCEPT BOOK
Early Readers (Also a few early chapter books now and then):
  1. Owl Diaries #3 A Woodland Wedding. Rebecca Elliott. 2016. Scholastic. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy] ANIMAL FANTASY
  2. Best Friends Wear Pink Tutus. Sheri Brownrigg. Illustrated by Meredith Johnson. 1993. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Bought] REALISTIC
  3. The Log Cabin Wedding. Ellen Howard. 2006. Holiday House. 64 pages. [Source: Gift] HISTORICAL
  4. Mouse Scouts. Sarah Dillard. 2016. Random House. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy] ANIMAL FANTASY
  5. Mouse Scouts: Make A Difference. Sarah Dillard. 2016. Random House. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy] ANIMAL FANTASY
Contemporary (General, Realistic) Fiction, All Ages
  • none this month
Speculative Fiction (Fantasy, Science Fiction, etc.), All Ages
  1. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) Rick Riordan. 2015. Disney Hyperion. 528 pages. [Source: Library] FANTASY and MYTHOLOGY MG/YA
  2. Alas, Babylon. Pat Frank. 1959/2005. Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 323 pages. [Source: Bought]APOCALYPTIC ADULT
Historical Fiction, All Ages
  1. The Face of a Stranger. (William Monk #1) Anne Perry. 1990. 352 pages. [Source: Library] REGENCY (Adult)
  2. The Log Cabin Wedding. Ellen Howard. 2006. Holiday House. 64 pages. [Source: Gift] PIONEER (Children)
  3. Joan of Arc. Mark Twain. 1895/1896. 452 pages. [Source: Library] MEDIEVAL FRANCE (Adult)
Mysteries, All Ages
  1. Silent Nights. Edited by Martin Edwards. 2015. Poisoned Pen Press. 298 pages. [Source: Review copy] SHORT STORIES (Adult)
  2. The Face of a Stranger. (William Monk #1) Anne Perry. 1990. 352 pages. [Source: Library] REGENCY (Adult)
Classics, All Ages
  1. Anne of Green Gables. L.M. Montgomery. 1908. 448 pages. [Source: Bought] COMING OF AGE (MG, YA, Adult)
  2. Joan of Arc. Mark Twain. 1895/1896. 452 pages. [Source: Library] HISTORICAL (Adult)
  3. Alas, Babylon. Pat Frank. 1959/2005. Harper Perennial Modern Classics. 323 pages. [Source: Bought] SCIENCE FICTION (Adult)
Nonfiction, All Ages
  1. Hana's Suitcase. Karen Levine. 2002/2016. Crown Books. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy] WORLD WAR II (MG, YA, Adult)
Christian Fiction
  • none this month
Christian Nonfiction
  1. Grace Untamed: A 60 Day Devotional. Edited by Elyse Fitzpatrick. 2016. [March] David C. Cook. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy] CHRISTIAN LIVING, DEVOTIONAL
  2. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Donald S. Whitney. 1991/2014. NavPress. 341 pages. [Source: Bought] CHRISTIAN LIVING
  3. 1599 Geneva Bible. Tolle Lege Press. 1366 pages. [Source: Bought] NEW TESTAMENT REVIEW
  4. True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters To God. Bob Kauflin. 2015. Crossway. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy] CHRISTIAN LIVING
  5. Today is Day One: A Devotional. Matthew West. 2015. Harvest House. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy] DEVOTIONAL
  6. Prayer. A.W. Tozer. Compiled by W.L. Seaver. 2016. Moody. 272 pages. [Source: Review copy] CHRISTIAN LIVING

© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

3 comments:

fredamans 2:30 PM  

I love Anne Shirley also. One of my childhood faves.
Happy February! Hope you recover soon.

Beckie B. 6:16 AM  

Great post! Hoping your recovery is swift and complete. I'm amazed you got so much reading done.

Alex 7:47 AM  

I also hope your recovery is fast and that all will be well soon. And I too am amazed by how many books you read every month. Wishing you the best!

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