Monday, February 29, 2016

February Reflections

Stand-Out Books Read in February 2016
  • She Is Mine: A War Orphans' Incredible Journey of Survival by Stephanie Fast. 2015. Destiny Ministries. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy] ADULT, MEMOIR
  • Bedtime Blastoff! Luke Reynolds. Illustrated by Mike Yamada. 2016. Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] BEDTIME BOOK
  • Ruby Lee & Me. Shannon Hitchcock. 2016. Scholastic. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy] COMING OF AGE, MG, CIVIL RIGHTS
  • Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. 2015. Candlewick. 56 pages. [Source: Library] PICTURE BOOK FOR OLDER READERS, MG NONFICTION, CIVIL RIGHTS, POETRY, BIOGRAPHY
5 Places "visited" in February
  1. Ancient Rome
  2. London, England
  3. French Riviera
  4. North Carolina (two books!)
  5. Korea (1950s)
Picture Books (also board books now and then):
  1. Bedtime Blastoff! Luke Reynolds. Illustrated by Mike Yamada. 2016. Scholastic. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy] BEDTIME BOOK
  2. Supertruck. Stephen Savage. 2015. Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages. [Source: Library] STORY BOOK; TRUCKS
  3. Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. 2016. Dean Robbins. Illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko. 2016. Scholastic. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] PICTURE BOOK FOR OLDER READERS
  4. Waiting. Kevin Henkes. 2015. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library] STORY BOOK; TOYS
  5. Peppa Pig and the Lucky Ducks. 2016. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] CONCEPT BOOK; COUNTING
  6. Peppa Pig and the I Love You Game. 2015. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] STORY BOOK
Early Readers (Also a few early chapter books now and then):
  1. The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde (#3) Shannon and Dean Hale. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2016. Candlewick. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy] FANTASY
  2. Number One Kid. Patricia Reilly Giff. 2010. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy] REALISTIC FICTION
  3. Big Whopper. Patricia Reilly Giff. 2010. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy] REALISTIC FICTION
  4. Flying Feet. Patricia Reilly Giff. 2011. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy] REALISTIC FICTION
  5. McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm: Three Tall Tales. Sid Fleischman. Illustrated by Quentin Blake. 1985/1997. 64 pages. [Source: Bought] HUMOR
  6. Posy the Puppy (Dr. Kitty Cat #1) Jane Clarke. 2016. Scholastic. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy] ANIMAL FANTASY
Contemporary (General, Realistic) Fiction, All Ages:
  1. First Love. 14 Warm and Glowing Stories Selected by Gay Head. 1963. Scholastic Book Services. 188 pages. [Source: Bought]  ROMANCE, MG AND YA
  2. Roller Girl. Victoria Jamieson. 2015. 240 pages. [Source: Library] GRAPHIC NOVEL, MG, YA
  3. The Odds of Getting Even. Sheila Turnage. 2015. 352 pages. [Source: Library] MG REALISTIC FICTION, MYSTERY,
Speculative Fiction (Fantasy, Science Fiction, etc.), All Ages:
  1. Mio, My Son. Astrid Lindgren. 1954/2015. NYR Children's Collection. 184 pages. [Source: Library] FANTASY, MG, CLASSIC
  2. Rise of the Wolf. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2016. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy] MG, YA, FANTASY,
  3. Confessions of an Imaginary Friend. Michelle Cuevas. 2015. Penguin. 176 pages. [Source: Library] MG FANTASY
  4. Echo. Pam Munoz Ryan. 2015. Scholastic. 592 pages. [Source: Library] MG/YA HISTORICAL, MAGIC REALISM
Historical Fiction, All Ages
  1. Echo. Pam Munoz Ryan. 2015. Scholastic. 592 pages. [Source: Library] HISTORICAL, MG, MAGIC REALISM, COMING OF AGE
  2. A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk #2). Anne Perry. 1992. 344 pages. [Source: Library] ADULT, VICTORIAN MYSTERY
  3. Ruby Lee & Me. Shannon Hitchcock. 2016. Scholastic. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy] COMING OF AGE, MG, CIVIL RIGHTS
Mysteries, All Ages
  1. Death on the Riviera. John Bude. 1952/2016. Poisoned Pen Press. 250 pages. [Source: Review copy] ADULT, CLASSIC, MYSTERY
  2. A Dangerous Mourning (William Monk #2). Anne Perry. 1992. 344 pages. [Source: Library] VICTORIAN MYSTERY SERIES, ADULT
  3. The Odds of Getting Even. Sheila Turnage. 2015. 352 pages. [Source: Library] MG REALISTIC FICTION, MYSTERY, FRIENDSHIP
Classics, All Ages
  1. North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1854-1855. 452 pages. [Source: Bought] ADULT, CLASSIC, ROMANCE
  2. Death on the Riviera. John Bude. 1952/2016. Poisoned Pen Press. 250 pages. [Source: Review copy] ADULT, MYSTERY
  3. Mio, My Son. Astrid Lindgren. 1954/2015. NYR Children's Collection. 184 pages. [Source: Library] MG FANTASY
  4. Hans Brinker, Or, The Silver Skates. Mary Mapes Dodge. 1865. 244 pages. [Source: Bought]  MG ADVENTURE, COMING OF AGE
Nonfiction, All Ages
  1. Trombone Shorty. Troy Andrews. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. 2015. Harry N. Abrams. 40 pages. [Source: Library] NONFICTION, PICTURE BOOK FOR OLDER READERS
  2. She Is Mine: A War Orphans' Incredible Journey of Survival by Stephanie Fast. 2015. Destiny Ministries. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy] ADULT, MEMOIR
  3. Voice of Freedom Fannie Lou Hamer. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Ekua Holmes. 2015. Candlewick. 56 pages. [Source: Library] PICTURE BOOK FOR OLDER READERS, MG NONFICTION, CIVIL RIGHTS, POETRY, BIOGRAPHY
Christian Fiction
  1. The Prophetess. Jill Eileen Smith. 2016. Revell. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy] BIBLICAL FICTION
Christian Nonfiction
  1. Judges and Ruth: God in Chaos. Barry G. Webb. 2015. Crossway. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy] BIBLE COMMENTARY
  2. Is God Anti-Gay? And Other Questions About Homosexuality, the Bible and Same-Sex Attraction. Sam Allberry. 2013/2015. Good Book Co. 93 pages. [Source: Gift] CURRENT ISSUES
  3. I am N: Inspiring Stories of Christians Facing Islamic Extremists. Voice of the Martyrs. 2016. David C. Cook. 304 pages. [Source: Review Copy] CURRENT ISSUES
  4. Valley of Vision: A Collection of Prayers and Devotions. Arthur Bennett. 1975. Banner of Truth. 223 pages. [Source: Gift] DEVOTIONAL, POETRY, CHRISTIAN CLASSIC
  5. Christ Among Other Gods. Erwin Lutzer. 1994/2016. Moody. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy] CURRENT ISSUES, CHRISTIAN LIVING, 
  6. Best of A.W. Tozer (#1) A.W. Tozer. Compiled by Warren Wiersbe. 1978/2007. 251 pages. [Source: Bought] DEVOTIONAL, CHRISTIAN LIVING
  7. Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon (Thru the Bible #21) J. Vernon McGee. 1977/1996. Thomas Nelson. 192 pages. [Source: Gift from Friend]  BIBLE COMMENTARY
  8. A Tale of Two Sons: The Inside Story of a Father, His Sons, and a Shocking Murder. 2008. Thomas Nelson. 221 pages. [Source: Gift] CHRISTIAN LIVING, 
  9. The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance--Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters. Sinclair B. Ferguson. 2016. Crossway. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy] THEOLOGY, CHRISTIAN LIVING
  10. Pleasing God. R.C. Sproul. 1994. Tyndale. 234 pages. [Source: Bought] CHRISTIAN LIVING, THEOLOGY
  11. PROOF: Finding Freedom Through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistable Grace. Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones. 2014. Zondervan. 224 pages. [Source: Bought] CHRISTIAN LIVING, THEOLOGY

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2 comments:

Kailana 6:43 PM  

Looks like you had a good reading month!

fredamans 6:15 PM  

You always awe me with your numbers. A great month, indeed!
Happy March!

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