Monday, August 31, 2009

August Accomplishments

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

Everybody has at least one ugly secret, and mine is as ugly as they come.

It was one of the most important moments in Nathaniel Fludd's young life, and he was stuck sitting in the corner.

My mother and I both spent a lot of time in hospitals. Unlike her, I survived.

Moonlight has special powers.

When it came to love, my mother's big advice was that there were WARNING SIGNS.

August's Top Five:

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy.
Babymouse: The Musical (#10) by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm.
Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz.

Number of Picture Books: 11

Monsters Don't Eat Broccoli. Barbara Jean Hicks. 2009. Random House.
Lulu's Pajamas. Lucie Papineau. 2009. Kids Can Press.
The True Story of Little Red Riding Hood by Agnese Baruzzi. 2009. Candlewick Press.
The True Story of Goldilocks. Agnese Baruzzi. 2009. Candlewick Press.
Wilson and Miss Lovely by John Stadler. 2009.
I Don't Want To Go To School by Stephanie Blake. 2009. Random House.
Big Bear Hug. Nicholas Oldland. 2009. Kids Can Press.
Come Back Soon by Daniel Schallau. 2009. Houghton Mifflin.
Christian the Lion. Anthony Bourke and John Rendall. 2009. Henry Holt.
What is the Bible? by Kathleen Long Bostrom. 2009. Tyndale.
Who Made the World? by Kathleen Long Bostrom. 2009. Tyndale.

Number of Board Books:

Number of Children's Books: 2

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit. 1902. Puffin Classics. 237 pages.
Nathaniel Fludd Beastologist: Flight of the Phoenix. R.L. LaFevers. 2009. Houghton Mifflin. 138 pages.

Number of YA Books: 18

Al Capone Does My Shirt by Gennifer Choldenko. 2004. Penguin. 228 pages.
Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga. Houghton Mifflin. 2009. 400 pages. (October release)
Tom's Midnight Garden. Philippa Pearce 1958. 240 pages.
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. 1979. Simon & Schuster. 389 pages.
North Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson. 2009. Water Brook. 332 pages.
The Navel of the World. P.J. Hoover. 2009. CBay Books. 296 pages.
Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu. 2006. 420 pages.
David Inside Out by Lee Bantle. 2009. 184 pages.
Absolutely, Positively Not... by David Larochelle. 2005. 219 pages.
The Siren Song by Anne Ursu. 2007. Simon & Schuster. 435 pages.
The Tear Collector by Patrick Jones. 2009. Bloomsbury (Walker). 272 pages. (September 2009)
Jumping Off Swings. Jo Knowles. 2009. Candlewick Press. 230 pages.
A Map of the Known World by Lisa Ann Sandell. 2009. Scholastic. 273 pages.
Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 313 pages.
The Secret Life of Prince Charming. Deb Caletti. Simon & Schuster. 322 pages.
Hoppergrass. By Chris Carlton Brown. 2009. Henry Holt. 240 pages.
Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis. 2009. HarperCollins. 216 pages.
The Immortal Fire. Anne Ursu. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 510 pages.

Number of Christian Books: 5

Montana Rose by Mary Connealy. 2009. Barbour. 318 pages.
The Frontiersman's Daughter by Laura Frantz. 2009. Revell. 412 pages.
Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen. 2007. Bethany House. 412 pages.
June Bug by Chris Fabry. Tyndale. 2009. 326 pages.
Whirlwind by Cathy Marie Hake. 2008. Bethany House. 358 pages.

Number of Adult Books: 6

The Plight of the Darcy Brothers: Pride and Prejudice Continues: A Tale of the Darcys and the Bingleys. by Marsha Altman. 2009. Sourcebooks. 359 pages.
Mr. Darcy, Vampyre. Amanda Grange. 2009. Sourcebooks. 308 pages.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. By Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. Random House. 278 pages.
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. 1905. Signet Classics. 248 pages.
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare. 1608(ish).
The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare.

Number of Verse Novels: 1

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins. 2009. Simon & Schuster. 625 pages.

Number of Graphic Novels: 3

Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dragon Players. By Frank Cammuso. 2009. 127 pages.
Babymouse: The Musical (#10) by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. 2009. Random House. 96 pages.
Babymouse: Dragonslayer (#11) by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm. 2009. Random House. 96 pages.

Number of Nonfiction:

Number of Short Story Collections, Anthologies, Poetry Books:

Movies Watched/Reviewed:

Star Trek I: The Motion Picture
Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock
Ballet Shoes
Goodbye Mr. Chips
Scarlet Pimpernel, 1934 (my review)
The Buccaneers
Under the Greenwood Tree (my review)
The Three Musketeers, 1948 (my review)
Til the Clouds Roll By, 1946
David Copperfield, 1999
Oliver Twist, 2007
Double Dynamite
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
His Girl Friday
Pride and Prejudice, 1980 (my review)
She Stoops To Conquer (my review)
Amazing Grace
The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1999 (my review)
Pride and Prejudice, 1940 (my review)
Lost in Austen, 2008 (my review)
I Love You Again
Double Wedding
Critics Choice
Once Upon A Mattress, 2005
Veggie Tales: Minnesota Cuke and the Search for Noah's Umbrella (my review)
The Other Boleyn Girl

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Suko 7:28 PM  

Becky, do your days have more than 24 hours in them?

This is quite an impressive list!

DesLily 6:20 AM  

all this and you still have time to eat and sleep???? you are amazing Becky!

Elizabeth 8:48 AM  

I second Suko's comment!
I really like that you keep track of everything. It's great to see your accomplishments all in one place. I'm keeping track of my reading for the first time and finding it quite rewarding. I always kept a list of books I read in and for the classroom, but that was for work.

Crystal 1:44 PM  

Awesome month and such a wide variety of books!

Ceri 4:01 PM  

What an amazing month for you. :-D I wish I could read as fast as you, Beck.

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I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
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  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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