Tuesday, May 31, 2016

May Reflections

Stand-Out Books Read in May 2016
  1. Louise Loves Art. Kelly Light. 2014. 40 pages. [Source: Library]  
  2. Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still. Karlin Gray. Illustrated by Christine Davenier. 2016. HMH. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Happy Little Family. Rebecca Caudill. 1947. 107 pages. [Source: Bought] [Children's Classic, J/MG Historical Fiction] [Children's Classic, Historical Fiction, Family Fiction]
  4. The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Paul Laurence Dunbar. 290 pages. [Source: Library] [Adult] [Poetry]
  5. The Toymaker's Apprentice. Sherri L. Smith. 2015. 400 pages. [Source: Library] [MG/YA Fantasy]
  6. In Defense of Food. Michael Pollan. 2008. Penguin. 205 pages. [Source: Library] 
5 Places "Visited" in May 2016
  1. Prince Edward Island
  2. Ancient Greece
  3. Middle Earth
  4. London, England
  5. Yemen
Picture books:
  1. Louise Loves Art. Kelly Light. 2014. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. The Dot. Peter H. Reynolds. 2003. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. What's So Yummy? Robie H. Harris. Illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott. 2014. Candlewick Press. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. How to Be a Pirate. Sue Fliess. Illustrated by Nikki Dyson. 2014. Golden Books. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Early readers and chapter books: 0

Contemporary (General, realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. Soldier Sister, Fly Home. Nancy Bo Flood. 2016. [August] Charlesbridge. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc., all ages:
  1. The Fellowship of the Ring. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1954/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 423 pages. [Source: Bought] [YA/Adult fantasy]
  2. The Two Towers. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1954/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 352 pages. [Source: Bought] [YA/Adult fantasy]
  3. The Girl in the Tower. Lisa Schroeder. 2016. Henry Holt. 256 pages. [Source: Library] [Middle grade fantasy]
  4. The Toymaker's Apprentice. Sherri L. Smith. 2015. 400 pages. [Source: Library] [MG/YA Fantasy]
  5. The City of Ember. Jeanne DuPrau. 2003. 270 pages. [Source: Library] [J/MG Science Fiction; Dystopia]
  6. Everland. Wendy Spinale. 2016. Scholastic. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy] [YA Science Fiction, Dystopia]
  7. The Children's Homer. Padraic Colum. 1918/1982. 256 pages. [Source: Bought] [MG Fantasy, Children's Classic]
  8. Mary Poppins. P.L. Travers. Illustrated by Mary Shepard. 1934/2015. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 224 pages. [Source: Review Copy] [J/MG Children's Fantasy; Children's Classic]
  9. The Misadventures of Grumpy Cat and Pokey, vol. 1 Ben McCool, Royal McGraw, Elliott Serrano, Ben Fisher, Steve Uy. 2016. Dynamite Entertainment. 104 pages. [Source: Review copy] [MG Graphic Novel]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. Happy Little Family. Rebecca Caudill. 1947. 107 pages. [Source: Bought] [Children's Classic, J/MG Historical Fiction]
  2. Cain His Brother. Anne Perry. 1995. 404 pages. [Source: Library] [Adult historical mystery]
Mysteries, all ages:
  1. Cain His Brother. Anne Perry. 1995. 404 pages. [Source: Library] [Adult historical mystery]
Classics, all ages:
  1. The Fellowship of the Ring. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1954/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 423 pages. [Source: Bought] [YA/Adult]
  2. The Two Towers. J.R.R. Tolkien. 1954/1965. Houghton Mifflin. 352 pages. [Source: Bought] [YA/Adult]
  3. Anne of the Island. L.M. Montgomery. 1915. 272 pages. [Source: Bought] [YA/Adult]
  4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain. 1884. 327 pages. [Source: Library] [MG/YA/Adult Coming-of-Age]
  5. The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Paul Laurence Dunbar. 290 pages. [Source: Library] [Adult] [Poetry]
  6. A Midsummer Night's Dream. William Shakespeare. 1596. 181 pages. [Source: Library] [YA/Adult] [Play]
  7. Happy Little Family. Rebecca Caudill. 1947. 107 pages. [Source: Bought] [Children's Classic, J/MG Historical Fiction] [Children's Classic, Historical Fiction, Family Fiction]
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn't Sit Still. Karlin Gray. Illustrated by Christine Davenier. 2016. HMH. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced. Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui. Translated by Linda Coverdale. 2009. 188 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of the Victorian Child Murderer. Kate Summerscale. 2016. [July] Penguin. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. In Defense of Food. Michael Pollan. 2008. Penguin. 205 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. For the Glory: Eric Liddell's Journey From Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr. Duncan Hamilton. 2016. 400 pages. [Source: Library] 
  6. The Hunt for Vulcan...and How Albert Einstein Destroyed a Planet, Discovered Relativity, and Deciphered a Universe. Thomas Levenson. 2015. Random House. 229 pages. [Source: Library]
Christian fiction:
  1. Anchor in the Storm. Sarah Sundin. 2016. Revell. 400 pages. [Review copy]
  2. The Quieting. Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2016. Revell. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  3. The Rhyme Bible Storybook. L.J. Sattgast. Illustrated by Laurence Cleyet-Merle. 1996/2012. Zonderkidz. (Zondervan) 344 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
Christian nonfiction:  
  1. Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines. David Mathis. Foreword by John Piper. 2016. Crossway. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. The God We Worship. Edited by Jonathan L. Master. 2016. P&R Publishing. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Heaven and the Afterlife. Erwin W. Lutzer. 2016. Moody Publishers. 480 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. For the Glory: Eric Liddell's Journey From Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr. Duncan Hamilton. 2016. 400 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Severe Compassion: The Gospel According to Nahum. Gregory D. Cook. 2016. P&R Publishing. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd Jones. Steven J. Lawson. 2016. Reformation Trust. 180 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
  7. Blood Work: How the Blood of Christ Accomplishes Our Salvation. Anthony J. Carter. 2013. Reformation Trust. 150 pages. [Source: Bought]
  8. I Wonder: Engaging a Child's Curiosity about the Bible. Elizabeth Caldwell. 2016. Abingdon. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]

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2 comments:

Kailana 6:33 PM  

Looks like a great month as always. :)

fredamans 2:10 PM  

Another smashing month! Other than the classics and Potter, I've only read Grumpy Cat. It was cute. Happy June!

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