Thursday, April 30, 2009

April Accomplishments

These are a few of my favorite 'first' lines read in April of 2009.

Sisters are overrated, she decided.

Like Moses, Meemaw had ten commandments.

I had a sister once.

It is the counting that saves him.

When I opened my eyes I knew that nothing in my miserable life prior to that moment could possibly be as bad as what was about to happen.

April's Top Five:

Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner. 2009. Random House. 247 pages.
King's Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes. 1959/2009. 320 pages. (Adult/History)
Someone Like You. Sarah Dessen. 1998. Penguin. 281.
Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn. 2006. Square Fish. 194 pages
Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine by Francesca Simon. 2009. Sourcebooks. 88 pages.

Number of Picture Books: 0

Number of Board Books: 2

The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway. 1972 (picture book version); this board book edition 2009) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. 1942. (picture book version; this board book 2009). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Number of Children's Books: 6

Dragon's Fat Cat by Dav Pilkey. 1992. Scholastic. 48 pages.
Cranky Paws (Pet Vet #1) by Darrel & Sally Odgers. 2009. Kane/Miller. 87 pages.
Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon. 2009. Sourcebooks. 90 pages.
Horrid Henry Tricks the Tooth Fairy by Francesca Simon. 2009. Sourcebooks. 90 pages.
Horrid Henry and the Mega-Mean Time Machine by Francesca Simon. 2009. Sourcebooks. 88 pages.
Horrid Henry's Stinkbomb by Francesca Simon. 2009. Sourcebooks. 78 pages.

Number of YA Books: 26

Eon Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman. 2008. Viking. 531 pages.
The Black Book of Secrets by F.E. Higgins. 2007. Feiwel and Friends. 273 pages.
Softwire: Virus on Orbis 1 by PJ Haarsma. 2006. Candlewick. 272 pages.
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare. 2008. Simon & Schuster. 453 pages.
The Reformed Vampire Support Group. Catherine Jinks. 2009. Harcourt. 362 pages.
The Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby. 2009. 199 pages. Penguin.
This Is What I Want To Tell You by Heather Duffy Stone. 2009. 233. Flux.
Jessica's Guide to Dating On the Dark Side. Beth Fantaskey. 2009. Harcourt. 354 pages.
Dork Diaries: Tales From a Not-So Fabulous Life. Rachel Renee Russell. Aladdin. 276 pages.
City of Glass. Cassandra Clare. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 541 pages.
Someone Like You. Sarah Dessen. 1998. Penguin. 281.
Jumped. Rita Williams-Garcia. 2009. HarperCollins. 168.
Bird. Rita Murphy. 2008. Random House. 150.
The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum. 2009. Shadow Mountain. 416 pages.
SLOB by Ellen Potter. 2009. Penguin. 208 pages.
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner. 2009. Random House. 247 pages.
Doing It by Melvin Burgess. 2003. Henry Holt. 326 pages.
Fly On the Wall. E Lockhart. 2006. Random House. 182 pages.
Emil and Karl by Yankev Glatshteyn. 2006. Square Fish. 194 pages
Envy by Anna Godbersen. 2009. HarperCollins. 405 pages.
Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar. 2002. Little Brown. 199 pages.
Between Us Baxters by Bethany Hegedus. 2009. Westside Books. 306 pages.
Running for My Life by Ann Gonzalez. 2009. Westside Books. 237 pages
Also Known As Harper by Ann Haywood Leal. 2009. Henry Holt. 256 pages
Gone by Michael Grant. 2008. HarperCollins. 558 pages.
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. 2002. Simon & Schuster. 380 pages.

Number of Verse Novels: 0
Number of Graphic Novels: 0
Number of Nonfiction: 0

Number of Christian books: 4

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman. Revell. 477 pages. (Adult/Christian)
A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman. Revell. 477 pages. (Adult/Christian)
No Woman So Fair by Gilbert Morris. Bethany House. 350 (Adult/Christian)
Before the Season Ends. by Linore Rose Burkhard. Harvest House. 340 pages. (Adult/Christian)

Number of adult books: 5

To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck. 1933. 186 pages. (Adult/Classic)
King's Fool by Margaret Campbell Barnes. 1959/2009. 320 pages. (Adult/History)
The Bone Doll's Twin by Lynn Flewelling. 2001. 524 pages. (Adult/Fantasy)
The Traitor's Wife by Susan Higginbotham. 2009. SourceBooks. 512 pages.
The Warden. Anthony Trollope. 1855. 294 pages.

Number of short story collections/anthologies/poetry books: 0

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Bethany Hegedus 12:12 PM  

Proud to have my first line make the cut. (It once won a little contest done by Editorial Anyonmous.)

And I appreciate the in-depth review. Glad the book spoke to you.

Keira of LoveRomancePassion 12:13 PM  

You read all these in April? WOW!

DesLily 6:43 PM  

you are such an amazing person.. i don't know how you do it!

Molly 7:59 PM  

Ditto what DesLily said :)

Kailana 4:40 AM  

You read a lot of great books this month! Some I am considering seeing if the library will buy for me...

Ms. Yingling 5:15 AM  

Love The Giant Jam Sandwich! My children enjoyed the copy that I had from my childhood. How odd that it has been republished. Keep up the amazing work!

Debi 6:04 AM  

Another kick-butt month, Becky!

I must go read your review of Dragon's Fat Cat...I think we gave Max that book last Christmas, but we haven't read it yet.

Anna 6:57 PM  

What a great month for you! I have no idea how you read so much. :)

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Natasha @ Maw Books 1:07 AM  

As always, I wish I were you!

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