Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Salon: Week In Review #5

What I Reviewed This Week:

From Becky's Book Reviews


Pathfinder. Orson Scott Card. 2010. November 2010. Simon & Schuster. 662 pages.
Heart of a Samurai. Margi Preus. 2010. [August 2010] Harry N. Abrams. 320 pages.
Clockwork Angel. (Internal Devices #1) Cassandra Clare. 2010. Simon & Schuster. 479 pages. 
The Body in the Library. (Miss Marple) Agatha Christie. 1941/2006. Black Dog & Leventhal. 192 pages.
The Rock & Roll Queen of Bedlam. A Wise-Cracking Tale of Secrets, Peril, and Murder! Marilee Brothers. 2009. Medallion Press. 300 pages.
Five Little Pigs. (Hercule Poirot) Agatha Christie. 1941/2006. Black Dog & Leventhal. 256 pages. 
Everybody Kills Somebody Sometime. Robert J. Randisi. 2006. St. Martin's Press. 288 pages.
A Study in Scarlet. Arthur Conan Doyle. 1887/2003. Random House. 160 pages.

From Young Readers


For the Love of Music: The Remarkable Story of Maria Anna Mozart. Elizabeth Rusch. Illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. 2011. February 2011. Random House. 32 pages.
I'm Not. Pam Smallcomb. Illustrated by Robert Weinstock. 2011. Random House. 32 pages.
A Dazzling Display of Dogs. Betsy Franco. Illustrated by Michael Wertz. 2011. Random House. 40 pages.

From Operation Actually Read Bible


Stars Collide. Janice Thompson. 2011. [January 2011] Revell. 324 pages.
A Million Ways To Die: The Only Way to Live. Rick James. 2010. October 2010. David C. Cook. 336 pages.

© 2011 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

2 comments:

S. Leighanne 3:26 PM  

Looks like you had a great week! Happy reading!

Tinkerbell 4:03 PM  

hi becky i need your help and everbody help with facebook accounts!

a portuguese editor is offering books to the best picture with a book they release!
at first i thought the winner was going to be chosen by the editor but its a LIKE contest...the person with more likes win!

So if someone wants to help me win books :)
how to vote:

acess the page of the editor and click like:

...http://www.facebook.com/pages/Noites-Brancas/130663093661514

after put a like on my photo:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=185228841507940&set=o.130663093661514

follow the link or my photo is on "just others"...i'm the girl with the balloons :D

thanks!

have a happy week! full of books :)

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