Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August Reflections

I've read some great books this month! I've read a LOT of E. Nesbit! If you haven't read any of her books, you really should give her a try!!!

I read 22 books this month.

Children's books: 1; Middle Grade: 8; Young Adult: 2; Adult: 5; Christian Fiction: 2; Christian Nonfiction: 1; Nonfiction: 3.

Review copies: 7; Library books: 13; Books I bought: 1; Books I borrowed: 1.

My top five:

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. E. L. Konigsburg.
The Story of the Treasure Seekers. E. Nesbit.
The Railway Children. E. Nesbit.
Into the Parallel. Robin Brande.
The Colonel's Lady. Laura Frantz.

Reviews at Becky's Book Reviews:

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. E. L. Konigsburg. 1967. Simon & Schuster. 162 pages.
The Boxcar Children. Gertrude Chandler Warner. 1942. 155 pages.
The Book of Dragons. E. Nesbit. 1900. 180 pages.
Five Children and It. E. Nesbit. 1902/2004. Puffin Classics. 240 pages.
The Phoenix and the Carpet. E. Nesbit. 1904. 224 pages.
The Story of the Treasure Seekers. E. Nesbit. 1899. Puffin. 250 pages.
The Railway Children. E. Nesbit. 1906/2011. Penguin. 304 pages.
Sarah's Ground. Ann Rinaldi. 2004. Simon & Schuster. 192 pages.
The Twenty-One Balloons. William Pene du Bois. 1947. Viking 180 pages.
Huge. Sasha Paley. 2008. Simon & Schuster. 272 pages.
Into the Parallel. Robin Brande. 2011. Ryer Publishing. 392 pages.
They Do It With Mirrors. (Miss Marple). Agatha Christie. 1952/2011. HarperCollins 224 pages.
Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck. 1939. Penguin. 619 pages.
Further Chronicles of Avonlea. L.M. Montgomery. 1920/1989. Bantam Classics. 200 pages.
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. Jules Verne. 1870. Puffin Classics. 280 pages.
Venetia. Georgette Heyer. 1955/2011. Sourcebooks. 368 pages.
By His Own Hand? The Mysterious Death of Meriwether Lewis. Edited by John D.W. Guice. Contributions by James J. Holmberg, John D.W. Guice, and Jay H. Buckley. Foreword by Elliott West. Introduction by Clay S. Jenkinson. 2006. University of Oklahoma Press. 208 pages.
The Private World of Georgette Heyer. Jane Aiken Hodge. 2011. Sourcebooks. 256 pages.
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared. Alice Ozma. 2011. Hachette. 304 pages.

Reviews at Operation Actually Read Bible:

A Most Unsuitable Match. Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2011. Bethany House. 336 pages.
Let God Change Your Life: How To Know and Follow Jesus. Greg Laurie. 2011. David C. Cook. 288 pages.
The Colonel's Lady. Laura Frantz. 2011. Revell. 412 pages.

© 2011 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


Pam (@iwriteinbooks) 9:25 AM  

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler has been one of my lifetime all time favorites. Love love LOVE that book. Oh, I really do.

fredamans 9:37 AM  

Another great month! Happy September reading!

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I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

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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I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • 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

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

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