Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January Reflections

Favorite picture book: The Bossier Baby. Marla Frazee. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite early reader:  Hippopotamister. John Patrick Green. 2016. 84 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite speculative fiction: Scythe. Neal Shusterman. 2016. 448 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite historical fiction:  Blood Red Snow White. Marcus Sedgwick. 2016. 320 pages. [Source: Library; Audience: YA, Adult]
Favorite classic: The Karamazov Brothers. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated by Ignat Avsey. 1880/2008. 1054 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite nonfiction: Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service. Annette Bay Pimentel. 2016. Charlesbridge. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite Christian fiction:  Moonbow Night. Laura Frantz. 2017. Revell. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Favorite Christian nonfiction:  The Character of the Church. Joe Thorn. 2017. Moody. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Board books and picture books:

  1. Nighty-Night. Leslie Patricelli. 2017. Candlewick. 26 pages. [Source: Review copy; board book] 
  2. Board book: Max Gives Thanks To God. Todd and Jackie Courtney. 2017. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. The Boss Baby. Marla Frazee. 2010. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. The Bossier Baby. Marla Frazee. 2016. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Mother Bruce. Ryan T. Higgins. 2015. Disney-Hyperion. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. Olive and the Embarrassing Gift. Tor Freeman. 2014. Candlewick. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  7. The Little Grumpy Cat That Wouldn't. Illustrated by Steph Laberis. 2016. Random House. 24 pages. [Source: Gift]
  8. Before Morning. Joyce Sidman. Illustrated by Beth Krommes. 2016. HMH. 48 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  9. Purim Chicken. Margery Cuyler. Illustrated by Puy Pinillos. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  10. Yellow Umbrella. Jae-Soo Liu. Music composed by Dong II Sheen. 2002. Kane/Miller. 36 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service. Annette Bay Pimentel. 2016. Charlesbridge. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  12. Thunder Boy Jr. Sherman Alexie. Illustrated by Yuyi Morales. 2016. Little, Brown. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  13. When Spring Comes. Kevin Henkes. Illustrated by Laura Dronzek. 2016.  40 pages. [Source: Library]
  14. Vincent and the Night. Adele Enersen. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  15. Ideas Are All Around. Philip C. Stead. 2016. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  16. Freight Train. Donald Crews. 1978. 26 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
  17. Rain. Robert Kalan. Illustrated by Donald Crews. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
Early readers and early chapter books:
  1. Hippopotamister. John Patrick Green. 2016. 84 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. My Kite Is Stuck and Other Stories. Salina Yoon. 2017. 64 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Harriet the Invincible. Ursula Vernon. 2015. 250 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Of Mice and Magic. Ursula Vernon. 2016. 225 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Ratpunzel. Ursula Vernon. 2016. 229 pages. [Source: Library]
Contemporary (general, realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. Another Brooklyn. Jacqueline Woodson. 2016. 177 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. Everything You Want Me To Be. Mindy Mejia. 2017. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Speculative fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
  1. Scythe. Neal Shusterman. 2016. 448 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Wrath of the Storm. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2017. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Out of the Silent Planet. C.S. Lewis. 1938. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  4. A Canticle for Leibowitz. Walter M. Miller Jr. 1959. 335 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. We. Yevgeny Zamyatin. Translated by Clarence Brown. 1924/1993. 225 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. The Time Machine. H.G. Wells. 1895. Penguin. 128 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. Abel's Island. William Steig. 1976. 117 pages. [Source: Bought]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. Blood Red Snow White. Marcus Sedgwick. 2016. 320 pages. [Source: Library; Audience: YA, Adult]
  2. The Silent Gondoliers. William Goldman. 1983/2001. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Apple and the Arrow. Mary and Conrad Buff. 1951/2001. HMH. 80 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. Projekt 1065. Alan Gratz. 2016. Scholastic. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Jean Lee Latham. 1955. 251 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. Victoria. Daisy Goodwin. 2016. 404 pages. [Source: Library]  
  7. Darcy's Hope: Beauty from Ashes. Ginger Monette. 279 pages. [Source: Review copy provided by author]
  8. Message to Adolf. Osamu Tezuka. Translated by Kumar Sivasubramanian. 1983/2012. Vertical. 648 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. Message to Adolf, part 2. Osamu Tezuka. 1983/2012. Translated by Kumar Sivasubramanian. Vertical. 608 pages. [Source: Library]
Mysteries, all ages:
  1. Everything You Want Me To Be. Mindy Mejia. 2017. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Classics, all ages:
  1. The Karamazov Brothers. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated by Ignat Avsey. 1880/2008. 1054 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. We. Yevgeny Zamyatin. Translated by Clarence Brown. 1924/1993. 225 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  3. A Canticle for Leibowitz. Walter M. Miller Jr. 1959. 335 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. The Time Machine. H.G. Wells. 1895. Penguin. 128 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  5. The Macdermots of Ballycloran. Anthony Trollope. 1847. 636 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. The Kellys and the O'Kellys. Anthony Trollope. 1848. 537 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. Watch and Ward. Henry James. 1871. 128 pages. [Source: Bought]
  8. Roderick Hudson. Henry James. 1875. 398 pages. [Source: Bought]
  9. Out of the Silent Planet. C.S. Lewis. 1938. 224 pages. [Source: Bought] 
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. Mountain Chef: How One Man Lost His Groceries, Changed His Plans, and Helped Cook Up the National Park Service. Annette Bay Pimentel. 2016. Charlesbridge. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Off Balance. Dominique Moceanu. 2012. 256 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Shannon Miller: My Child, My Hero. Claudia Ann Miller. 1999. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Mary Lou: Creating an Olympic Champion. Mary Lou Rhetton and Bela Karolyi with John Powers. 1985. 170 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. Utopia Drive. Erik Reece. 2016. FSG. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
Christian fiction:
  1. The Karamazov Brothers. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated by Ignat Avsey. 1880/2008. 1054 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Moonbow Night. Laura Frantz. 2017. Revell. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Out of the Silent Planet. C.S. Lewis. 1938. 224 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  4. Board book: Max Gives Thanks To God. Todd and Jackie Courtney. 2017. 22 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
Christian nonfiction: 
  1. Adorned: Living Out the Beauty of the Gospel Together. Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth. 2017. Moody. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  2. The Character of the Church. Joe Thorn. 2017. Moody. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. A Christian's Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament. Alec Motyer. 2015/2016. Christian Focus. 144 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
  4. The Heart of the Church: The Gospel's History, Message, and Meaning. Joe Thorn. 2017. Moody. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. My Heart. Julie Manning. 2017. B&H. 224 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  6. No Little Women. Aimee Byrd. P&R. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  7. New English Bible. 1970/1990. Illustrated by Horace Knowles. 973 pages. [Source: Bought]
  8. Openness Unhindered. Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. 2015. Crown & Covenant. 200 pages. [Source: Bought]
  9. The Psalms of David. Illustrated by James S. Freemantle. 1982. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
  10. Prevailing Prayer. D.L. Moody. Foreword by Erwin Lutzer. 1987/2016. Moody. 143 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. Thru the Bible: 1 and 2 Samuel. J. Vernon McGee. 1976/1997. Thomas Nelson. 308 pages. [Source: Bought]
  12. Three Treatises. Martin Luther. 1970. Fortress Press. 316 pages. [Source: Gift]

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2 comments:

fredamans 11:05 AM  

Another awesome month. Nice to see a few classics on your list! Happy February!

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