Monday, October 31, 2016

October Reflections

Stand-Out Books in October 2016
  1. I Am A Story. Dan Yaccarino. 2016. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library
  2. Duck, Duck, Porcupine! Salina Yoon. 2016. Bloomsbury. 64 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Full of Beans. Jennifer L. Holm. 2016. Random House. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. The Beautiful Pretender. Melanie Dickerson. 2016. Thomas Nelson. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  5. Board Book: Cityblock. Christopher Franceschelli. 2016. Harry N. Abrams. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Ernie Pyle in England. Ernie Pyle. 1941. 215 pages. [Source: Bought]
5 Places "Visited" in October 2016

1) London
2) Florida
3) Prince Edward Island
4) Kiev
5) Medieval Germany

Board books and picture books:
  1. I Am A Story. Dan Yaccarino. 2016. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. Eat, Sleep, Poop. Alexandra Penfold. Illustrated by Jane Massey. 2016. Random House. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Board Book: Cityblock. Christopher Franceschelli. 2016. Harry N. Abrams. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. Board Book: Mustache Baby. Bridget Heos. 2016. HMH. 36 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Mustache Baby Meets His Match. Bridget Heos. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Peppa Pig and the Little Train. 2016. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. Trains: A Pop-Up Railroad. Robert Crowther. 2016. Candlewick Press. 10 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. Board Book: Hooray for Hat. Brian Won. 2016. HMH. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. Hooray for Today! Brian Won. 2016. HMH. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. What's An Apple? Marilyn Singer. Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. 2016. Abrams. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. What's A Banana? Marilyn Singer. Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli. 2016. Abrams. 24 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  12. Board Book: You Are My Pumpkin. Joyce Wan. 2016. Scholastic. 14 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Early readers and early chapter books:
  1. Duck, Duck, Porcupine! Salina Yoon. 2016. Bloomsbury. 64 pages. [Source: Library]

Contemporary (general, realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. Another Day as Emily. Eileen Spinelli. 2014. Random House. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Home Sweet Motel (Welcome to Wonderland #1). Chris Granbenstein. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
  1. The Singing Bones. Shaun Tan. 2016. 208 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. The Dark Talent (Alcatraz #5) Brandon Sanderson. 2016. 304 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. The Last One. Alexandra Oliva. 2016. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. You Can Fly. Carole Boston Weatherford. 2016. 96 pages. [Source: Library] [MG/YA Poetry]
  2.   Turtle in Paradise. Jennifer L. Holm. 2010. Random House. 177 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Full of Beans. Jennifer L. Holm. 2016. Random House. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. To Stay Alive. Skila Brown. 2016. Candlewick. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Savaged Lands. Lana Kortchik. 2016. 292 pages. [Source: Bought] [YA Romance]
  6. The Secrets of Wishtide. Kate Saunders. 2016. Bloomsbury. 352 pages. [Source: Library] [Adult mystery; series book] 
  7. Weighed in the Balance. Anne Perry. 1996. 373 pages. [Source: Library]
  8. The Silent Cry. Anne Perry. 1998. 368 pages. [Source: Bought] [Adult mystery, series book] 
  9. Case of the Feathered Mask. Holly Webb. 2016. HMH. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy] [J/MG Historical Mystery]
  10. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. Melanie Dickerson. 2015. Thomas Nelson. 306 pages. [Source: Library] 
  11. The Beautiful Pretender. Melanie Dickerson. 2016. Thomas Nelson. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Mysteries, all ages:
  1. The Secrets of Wishtide. Kate Saunders. 2016. Bloomsbury. 352 pages. [Source: Library][Historical mystery series; adult] 
  2. Case of the Feathered Mask. Holly Webb. 2016. HMH. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy] [J/MG Historical Mystery]
  3. Weighed in the Balance. Anne Perry. 1996. 373 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Silent Cry. Anne Perry. 1998. 368 pages. [Source: Bought] [Historical mystery series; adult] 
  5. Mystery in White. J. Jefferson Farjeon. 1937/2014. 211 pages. [Source: Review copy] 

Classics, all ages:
  1. Anne of Windy Poplars. L.M. Montgomery. 1936. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Anne's House of Dreams. L.M. Montgomery. 1919. 227 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson. 1886. 144 pages. [Source: Library]
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. Ernie Pyle in England. Ernie Pyle. 1941. 215 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. The Singing Bones. Shaun Tan. 2016. 208 pages. [Source: Library] [Folk tales are generally classified in the nonfiction section according to Dewey, and, this is an art book as well]
  3. You Can Fly. Carole Boston Weatherford. 2016. 96 pages. [Source: Library] [MG/YA Poetry]
  4. Why'd They Wear That? Sarah Albee. 2015. National Geographic. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Fashion Rebels. Carlyn Cerniglia Beccia. 2016. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Christian fiction:
  1. The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest. Melanie Dickerson. 2015. Thomas Nelson. 306 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. The Beautiful Pretender. Melanie Dickerson. 2016. Thomas Nelson. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. The Devoted. Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2016. Revell. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  4. This Road We Traveled. Jane Kirkpatrick. 2016. Revell. 340 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Flirtation Walk. Siri Mitchell. 2016. Bethany House. 384 pages. [Source: Library]
Christian nonfiction:  
  1. Why The Reformation Still Matters. Michael Reeves and Tim Chester. 2016. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  2. Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids. 2014. New Growth Press. 224 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
  3. Questioning Evangelism. Randy Newman. 2003. Kregel. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. Full. Asheritah Ciuciu. 2017. Moody. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Gleanings in Genesis. A.W. Pink. 1922. 420 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. Be Basic (Genesis 1-11) Warren W. Wiersbe. 2010. David C. Cook. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. None Like Him. Jen Wilkin. 2016. Crossway. 163 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  8. Remember and Return. John MacArthur. 2016. Baker Books. 208 pages. [Source: Free]
  9. Blessed: God's Gift of Love. Mary J. Moerbe and Christopher Mitchell. 2016. Concordia. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]


© 2016 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

3 comments:

Kailana 6:39 PM  

Another great looking month!

Elizabeth Mathis 8:42 PM  

Looks like you had an AWESOME October--I'm so so jealous of all the traveling you managed to sneak in! Also, SO MANY BOOKS, great work--I'll have to look a few of those titles I don't recognize up!

Here's hoping the next few months are just as awesome for you! Thank you so much for sharing.

Happy book-ing to you in the future! My October wrap up is right here! if you're interested, but no worries if you're not! <3

fredamans 10:22 AM  

Another awesome month! I love Melanie Dickerson's books too! Happy November!

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