Monday, May 31, 2010

May Accomplishments

These are a few of my favorite 'first' lines read in May 2010.

I am eleven years old, and I am invisible.

That morning they were making paper boys.

Once I was living in an orphanage in the mountains and I shouldn't have been and I almost caused a riot. It was because of the carrot.

Today I'm going to meet a boy, Jane Purdy told herself, as she walked up Blossom Street toward her babysitting job. Today I'm going to meet a boy. If she thought it often enough as if she really believed it, maybe she actually would meet a boy even though she was headed for Sandra Norton's house and the worst babysitting job in Woodmont.

Maybe it was time to kill Rawhide Rick.

'Edith!' said Margaret, gently, 'Edith!' But, as Margaret half suspected, Edith had fallen asleep.

May's Top Six:

Countdown by Deborah Wiles.
The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle
Gimme A Call. By Sarah Mlynowski.
Grace. Elizabeth Scott.
North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell.
Doctor Thorne. Anthony Trollope

See also: May Favorites at Young Readers; May Favorites at Operation Actually Read Bible

Results of May's Poll: Do you listen to audio books?

I gave my readers three options--a) yes, all the time b) no, not really and c) on occasion but not all that often. The results are in. 154 of you have spoken. 51% of you don't listen to audio books. 27% do listen on occasion. And 21% listen regularly to audio books.

Number of Board Books: 2

Animal Soup. Todd H. Doodler. 2010. May 2010. Random House. 14 pages.
Maisy's Book of Things That Go. Lucy Cousins. 2010. May 2010. Candlewick Press. 16 pages.

Number of Picture Books: 16

I Love My Mom. Anna Walker. 2010. March 2010. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages.
Mommy is a Soft Warm Kiss by Rhonda Gowler Greene. Illustrated by Maggie Smith. 2010. March 2010. Walker Books. 32 pages.
The Wild, Wild Inside. Kate Feiffer. Illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith. 2010. March 2010. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages.
I'm the Best. Lucy Cousins. 2010. May 2010. Candlewick Press. 32 pages.
Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't) by Barbara Bottner. Illustrated by Michael Emberley. 2010. March 2010. Random House. 32 pages.
Dancing Feet. Lindsey Craig. Illustrated by Marc Brown. 2010. May 2010. Random House. 40 pages.
Please Take Me For a Walk. Susan Gal. 2010. May 2010. Random House. 40 pages.
What About Bear? Suzanne Bloom. 2010. February 2010. Boyds Mill Press. 32 pages.
Sleepy ABC. By Margaret Wise Brown. Illustrated By Karen Katz. Text, 1953. Illustrations, 2010. HarperCollins. 40 pages.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems. 2004. Hyperion. 40 pages.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Mo Willems. 2003. Hyperion. 40 pages.
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems. 2004. Hyperion. 40 pages.
The Pigeon Wants A Puppy. Mo Willems. 2008. Hyperion. 40 pages.
More, More, More. Vera B. Williams. 1990. HarperCollins. 32 pages.
Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. 1990/2010. Random House. 56 pages.
Cinderella. Max Eilenberg. Illustrated by Niamh Sharkey. 2008. Candlewick Press. 56 pages.

Number of Children's Books: 1

My Best Frenemy. Julie Bowe. 2010. May 2010. Penguin. 240 pages.

Number of Middle Grade: 7

Countdown by Deborah Wiles. 2010. May 2010. Scholastic. 400 pages.
Any Which Wall. Laurel Snyder. 2009. May 2009. Random House. 256 pages.
Gimme A Call. By Sarah Mlynowski. 2010. April 2010. Random House. 320 pages.
The Red Pyramid. (Kane Chronicles #1) Rick Riordan. 2010. May 2010. Hyperion. 528 pages.
Once by Morris Gleitzman. 2010. March 2010. Henry Holt. 176 pages.
Crispin: The End of Time. Avi. 2010. June 2010. HarperCollins. 240 pages.
Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Chrystallia. Brandon Sanderson. 2009. October 2009. Scholastic. 336 pages.

Number of YA: 14

The Princess and the Bear. Mette Ivie Harrison. 2009. 336 pages.
Some Girls Are. Courtney Summers. 2010. January 2010. St. Martins Press. 256 pages.
Fifteen by Beverly Cleary. 1956. HarperCollins. 208 pages.
Runaway. Meg Cabot. 2010. April 2010. Scholastic. 320 pages.
This World We Live In. Susan Beth Pfeffer. 2010. April 2010. Narrated by Emily Bauer. Listening Library. 6 hours, 53 minutes.
The House of Dead Maids by Clare B. Dunkle. 2010. September 2010. Henry Holt. 160 pages.
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner. 2010. March 2010. HarperCollins. 316 pages.
Swoon at Your Own Risk. Sydney Salter. 2010. April 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 356 pages.
The Wager. Donna Jo Napoli. 2010. April 2010. Henry Holt. 272 pages.
Fever Crumb. Philip Reeve. 2010. April 2010. Scholastic. 336 pages.
Living Hell. Catherine Jinks. 2010. April 2010. Harcourt. 256 pages.
Ship Breaker. Paolo Bacigalupi. 2010. May 2010. Little Brown. 326 pages.
Diary of Pelly D. by L.J. Adlington. 2005. HarperCollins. 288 pages.
Grace. Elizabeth Scott. 2010. September 2010. Penguin. 208 pages.

Number of Adult: 5

Scarlet Letter. Nathaniel Hawthorne. 1850. 237 pages.
North and South. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1854-1855.* 452 pages.
No Will But His. A Novel of Kathryn Howard. Sarah A. Hoyt. 2010. April 2010. Penguin. 352 pages.
Doctor Thorne. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 639 pages. (Oxford World's Classic, 1981)
Hester. Paula Reed. 2010. February 2010. St. Martin's Press. 308 pages.

Number of Christian: 8

The Bookends of the Christian Life
. Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington. 2009. March 2009. Crossway Publishers. 160 pages.
Rise and Shine. Illustrated by Tim Warnes. (Song is in the public domain.) 2010. February 2010. Board Book. Simon & Schuster. 26 pages.
Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes. 2010. April 2010. Tyndale. 384 pages.
Mighty Acts of God: A Family Bible Story Book. Written by Starr Meade. Illustrated by Tim O'Connor. 2010. Crossway. 288 pages.
Jesus. Illustrated by Gennady Spirin. 2010. March 2010. Marshall Cavendish. 32 pages.
Life, In Spite of Me: Extraordinary Hope After A Fatal Choice. Kristen Jane Anderson. Tricia Goyer. 2010. May 2010. Multnomah. 224 pages.
The Last Christian. David Gregory. 2010. Waterbrook Press. 416 pages
A Matter of Character. Robin Lee Hatcher. 2010. May 2010. Zondervan. 352 pages.

Number of Nonfiction: 5

Mission to the Moon. Alan Dyer. 2009. May 2009. Simon & Schuster. 80 pages.
Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story. Vicki Myron and Bret Witter. 2010. May 2010. Little Brown. 214 pages.
Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya. Donna Jo Napoli. Illustrated by Kadir Nelson. 2010. January 2010. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.
Country Road ABC: An Illustrated Journey Through America's Farmland. Arthur Geisert. 2010. May 2010. 64 pages.
Christian Encounters: Jane Austen. Peter Leithart. 2010. March 2010. Thomas Nelson. 175 pages.

Number of Graphic Novels: 2

Olympians: Zeus: King of the Gods. George O'Connor. First Second. (Graphic Novel) 80 pages.
Olympians: Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess. George O'Connor. First Second. (Graphic Novel) 80 pages.

Number of Poetry: 3

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse. Marilyn Singer. Illustrated by Josee Masse. 2010. Penguin. March 2010. 32 pages.
The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano. By Margarita Engle. Art by Sean Qualls. 2006. Henry Holt. 192 pages.
Borrowed Names: Poems About Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madam C.J. Walker, Marie Curie. Jeannine Atkins. 2010. March 2010. Henry Holt. 224 pages.

Number of Short Story Collections/Anthologies: 0

© Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


~Niki~ 2:15 PM  

that sure is a lot of reading! :)
I'll have to check some of these out. thanks!

Julie P 3:31 PM  

Wow! I am so impressed with the sheer number of books you managed to get through this month.

Josette 10:05 PM  

Hi Becky, that was a great reading month! I wish I could read as many books as you do. :) Gonna check out some of the titles in your lists.

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