Saturday, December 17, 2016

2017 Reading Challenges: Share-a-Tea

Share-a-Tea
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
dates: January - December 2017
# of books: aiming for 6

1) Three Treatises. Martin Luther. 1970. Fortress Press. 316 pages. [Source: Gift]
2) The Silent Gondoliers. William Goldman. 1983/2001. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
3) Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Jean Lee Latham. 1955. 251 pages. [Source: Bought]
4) The Karamazov Brothers. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated by Ignat Avsey. 1880/2008. 1054 pages. [Source: Library]
5) Mandy. Julie Andrews Edwards. 1971. 320 pages. [Source: Bought]
6)The Newcomer. Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2017. Revell. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
7)  Hiroshima. John Hersey. 1946/1989. 152 pages. [Source: Bought]
8)The Adolescent. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 1875/2004. 647 pages. [Source: Library]
9) Bobbs Merril Third Reader. Edited by Clara Belle Baker and Edna Dean Baker. 1924/30/39. 293 pages. [Source: Bought]
10) Washington Square. Henry James. 1880. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
11) Steppin' Out: Jaunty Rhymes for Playful Times. Lin Oliver. Illustrated by Tomie DePaola. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
12) The Dream Keeper and Other Poems. Langston Hughes. 1996. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
13) The Three Clerks. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 648 pages. [Source: Bought]
14) Wish. Barbara O'Connor. 2016. FSG. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
15) Unveiled Hope: Eternal Encouragement from the Book of Revelation. 1997. 244 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
16) Here I Stand. A Life of Martin Luther. Roland H. Bainton. 1950. 336 pages. [Source: Bought]   
17) Pursuit of God Bible -- NIV. 2013. 1587 pages. [Source: Gift]
18) The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #6) C.S. Lewis. 1955. 221 pages. [Source: Bought]
19) Joni: An Unforgettable Story. Joni Eareckson Tada. 1976. 205 pages. [Source: Bought]
20) The Best Short Stories. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by David Magarshack. 2001. 320 pages. [Source: Library]

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