Wednesday, August 31, 2016

August Reflections

Stand-Out Books Read in August 2016
  1. Paper Wishes. Lois Sepahban. 2016. FSG. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. The Night Gardener. Jonathan Auxier. 2014. Abrams. 350 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  3. Salt to the Sea. Ruta Sepetys. 2016. 391 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. Unhooked. Lisa Maxwell. 2016. Simon & Schuster. 342 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf. Ambelin Kwaymullina. 2014. Candlewick. 383 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood. (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #4) Nathan Hale. 2014. Abrams. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
5 Decades "Visited" in August 2016:
  • 1950s
  • 1960s
  • 1970s 
  • 1780s
  • 1910s
Picture books:
  1. The Day You Were Born. Evelyn Swetnam. Illustrated by Muriel Wood. 1971. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. My Cat Copies Me. Yoon-duck Kwon. 2007. Kane/Miller. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. God Loves Me. Mary Alice Jones. Illustrated by Elizabeth Webbe. 1961. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. God Is Good. Mary Alice Jones. Illustrated by Elizabeth Webbe. 1955. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. My Little Golden Book About God. Jane Werner Watson. Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. 1956. 24 pages. [Source: Gift]
  6. The Wildest Race Ever. Meghan McCarthy. 2016. Simon & Schuster. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. The Hole Story of the Doughnut. Pat Miller. Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch. 2016. HMH. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. Shrunken Treasures. Scott Nash. 2016. Candlewick. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Early readers and early chapter books:
  1. The Crate Train. Dorothy Z. Seymour. 1966. 25 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Ballerina Bess. Dorothy Jane Mills and Dorothy Z. Seymour. 1965. 25 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  3. The Thank You Book. Mo Willems. 2016. Disney-Hyperion. 64 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Daisy the Kitten. (Dr. KittyCat #3) Jane Clarke. 2016. Scholastic. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Mango & Bambang: The Not a Pig. Polly Faber. Illustrated by Clara Vulliamy. 2016. Candlewick. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Brave Like My Brother. Marc Tyler Nobleman. 2016. Scholastic. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. What Are The Summer Olympics?  Gail Herman. Illustrated by Stephen Marchesi. 2016. 112 pages. [Source: Library] 
  8. Amigo. Byrd Baylor. Illustrated by Garth Williams. 1963. 48 pages. [Source: Bought]

Contemporary (general, realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. Weekends with Max and His Dad. Linda Urban. 2016. HMH. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. Ms. Bixby's Last Day. John David Anderson. 2016. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. 23 Minutes. Vivian Vande Velde. 2016. Boyds Mills Press. 176 pages. [Source: Library]
Speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
  1. The Night Gardener. Jonathan Auxier. 2014. Abrams. 350 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  2. 23 Minutes. Vivian Vande Velde. 2016. Boyds Mills Press. 176 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Unhooked. Lisa Maxwell. 2016. Simon & Schuster. 342 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf. Ambelin Kwaymullina. 2014. Candlewick. 383 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Disappearance of Ember Crow. Ambelin Kwaymullina. 2016. Candlewick. 432 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. Salt to the Sea. Ruta Sepetys. 2016. 391 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. Paper Wishes. Lois Sepahban. 2016. FSG. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood. (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #4) Nathan Hale. 2014. Abrams. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Underground Abductor. (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #5) Nathan Hale. 2015. Abrams. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Alamo All-Stars (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #6) 2016. Abrams. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
Mysteries, all ages:
  1. The Circus Mystery (The Whodunit Detective Agency #3) Martin Widmark. Illustrated by Helena Willis. 2003/2015. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. The Cafe Mystery (The Whodunit Detective Agency #4) Martin Widmark. Illustrated by Helena Willis. 2003/2015. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
Classics, all ages:
  1. Testament of Youth. Vera Brittain. 1933. 688 pages. [Source: Library]

Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger. Anita Silvey. 2016. HMH. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. The Monopolists. Mary Pilon. 2015. Bloomsbury. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Testament of Youth. Vera Brittain. 1933. 688 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. LEGO Knights & Castles. 2016. Scholastic. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Lego Planets: A Lego Adventure in the Real World. 2016. Scholastic. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. The Hole Story of the Doughnut. Pat Miller. Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch. 2016. HMH. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. The Wildest Race Ever. Meghan McCarthy. 2016. Simon & Schuster. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. What Are The Summer Olympics?  Gail Herman. Illustrated by Stephen Marchesi. 2016. 112 pages. [Source: Library]
Christian fiction:
  1. Where Hope Prevails (Return to the Canadian West #3). Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. 2016. Bethany House. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. A Changed Agent. Tracey J. Lyons. 2016. 229 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. To Follow Her Heart. Rebecca DeMarino. 2016. Revell. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Christian nonfiction:  
  1. Stressed Out. Todd Friel. 2016. New Leaf Press. 205 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
  2. Being There. Dave Furman. 2016. Crossway. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. "Free Grace" Theology. Wayne Grudem. 2016. Crossway. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. The Life We Never Expected. Andrew and Rachel Wilson. 2016. Crossway. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. My Little Golden Book About God. Jane Werner Watson. Illustrated by Eloise Wilkin. 1956. 24 pages. [Source: Gift]
  6. God Is Good. Mary Alice Jones. Illustrated by Elizabeth Webbe. 1955. 30 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. God Loves Me. Mary Alice Jones. Illustrated by Elizabeth Webbe. 1961. 30 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  8. Exalting Jesus in Ecclesiastes. Daniel L. Akin and Jonathan Akin. 2016. B&H. 288 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. Exalting Jesus in Leviticus. Allan Moseley. 2015. B&H. 288 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  10. When Trouble Comes. Philip Graham Ryken. 2016. Crossway. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. Messiah: Fifty Expository Discourses Preached in the Years 1784 and 1785. John Newton. 432 pages. [Source: Bought]

© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

3 comments:

Kailana 6:52 AM  

Salt to the Sea is one I want to get to in September. I am glad it was a stand out book for you.

Monica 10:22 AM  

How do you pick what books you will read each month? Are you working through the library, are they new arrivals??? Just curious...

fredamans 12:44 PM  

Another awesome month! I heard great things about Salt to the Sea! Happy September!

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