Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Reflections

In March, I read fifty-one books! (If I'd read more picture books, early readers, or board books, my number probably would have been higher, as high as it has been in previous months.) But I am very happy with this number. I'm not sure I'll keep up with the pace I set early on this year. I don't know if I even want to keep up with this pace.

Favorite animal fantasy: A Cat of a Different Color. Steven Bauer.
Favorite early reader: Penny and Her Song. Kevin Henkes.
Favorite Middle Grade: Realistic: Wonder. R. J. Palacio.
Favorite Middle Grade: Fantasy: The Bone Magician. F.E. Higgins.
Favorite Middle Grade: Historical:  May B. Caroline Rose.
Favorite YA Historical: Between Shades of Gray. Ruta Sepetys.
Favorite YA Realistic: The Survival Kit. Donna Freitas.
Favorite YA SportsThe Berlin Boxing Club. Robert Sharenow.
Favorite nonfiction: Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition. Karen Blumenthal.
Favorite Christian Nonfiction: Knowledge of the Holy. A.W. Tozer.

Board Books, Picture Books, and Early Readers:
  1. Penny and Her Song. Kevin Henkes. 2012. HarperCollins. 32 pages.
  2. No Go Sleep. Kate Feiffer. Illustrated by Jules Feiffer. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages.  
  3. Too Princessy! Jean Reidy. Illustrated by Genevieve Leloup. 2012. Bloomsbury. 32 pages.
  4. Animal Masquerade. Marianne Dubac. 2012. Kids Can Press. 120 pages. 
  5. All for Me and None for All. Helen Lester. Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages.  
Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels:
  1. A Cat of a Different Color. Steven Bauer. Illustrated by Tim Raglin. 2000. Random House. 200 pages.
  2. Young Fredle. Cynthia Voigt. Illustrated by Louise Yates. 2011. Random House. 240 pages.
  3. Moon Over Manifest. Clare Vanderpool. 2010. October 2010. Random House. 368 pages.
  4. Wonder. R. J. Palacio. 2012. Random House. 320 pages.
  5. Between Shades of Gray. Ruta Sepetys. 2011. Penguin. 352 pages.
  6. Breaking Stalin's Nose. Eugene Yelchin. 2011. Henry Holt. 160 pages.
  7. The Survival Kit. Donna Freitas. 2011. FSG. 368 pages.
  8. The Running Dream. Wendelin Van Draanen. 2011. Random House. 336 pages.
  9. The Berlin Boxing Club. Robert Sharenow. 2011. HarperCollins. 416 pages.
  10. Black Duck. Janet Taylor Lisle. 2006. Penguin. 252 pages. 
  11. Hattie Big Sky. Kirby Larson. 2006. Random House. 290 pages. 
  12. Fever. (Chemical Garden Series #2). Lauren DeStefano. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 352 pages. 
  13. The Boneshaker. Kate Milford. 2010. May 2010. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 372 pages. 
  14. Over Sea, Under Stone (Dark Is Rising, #1) Susan Cooper. 1965. 208 pages. 
  15. The Bone Magician. F.E. Higgins. 2008. Feiwel and Friends. 274 pages. 
  16. The Eyeball Collector. F.E. Higgins. 2009. Feiwel and Friends. 250 pages. 
  17. Wisdom's Kiss. Catherine Gilbert Murdock. 2011. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 304 pages. 
  18. The Girl of Fire and Thorns. Rae Carson. 2011. HarperCollins. 425 pages. 
  19. Bless This Mouse. Lois Lowry. Illustrated by Eric Rohmann. 2011. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 160 pages.  
  20. Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck. Margarita Engle. 2011. Henry Holt. 160 pages. [VERSE NOVEL] 
  21. May B. Caroline Rose. 2012. Random House. 240 pages. [VERSE NOVEL] 
  22. Inside Out & Back Again. Thanhha Lai. 2011. HarperCollins. 262 pages. [VERSE NOVEL] 
  23. Under the Mesquite. Guadalupe Garcia McCall. 2011. Lee & Low. 225 pages. [VERSE NOVEL] 
  24. Dead End in Norvelt. Jack Gantos. 2011. FSG. 352 pages. 
  25. The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. Uma Krishnaswami. Illustrated by Abigail Halpin. 2011. Simon & Schuster. 272 pages. 
  26. The Dollhouse Magic. Yona Zeldis McDonough. Illustrated by Diane Palmisciano. 2000. Henry Holt. 86 pages.

Adult Books:
  1. 11/22/63. Stephen King. 2011. Scribner. 864 pages. 
Nonfiction Books:
  1. Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition. Karen Blumenthal. 2011. Roaring Brook Press. 155 pages.
  2. Six Days In October: The Stock Market Crash of 1929. Karen Blumenthal. 2002. Simon & Schuster. 160 pages.
  3. Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way). Sue Macy. 2011. National Geographic. 96 pages.
  4. America's Doll House: The Miniature World of Faith Bradford. William L. Bird, Jr. 2010. Princeton Architectural Press. 128 pages.
  5. Faith: Five Religions and What They Share. Dr. Richard Steckel and Michele Steckel. 2012. KidsCan Press. 36 pages.
  6. The Great Awakening. A Brief History With Documents. Thomas S. Kidd. 2007. Bedford. (Bedford Series in History and Culture). 160 pages.
  1. UnBEElievables: Honeybee Poems and Paintings. Douglas Florian. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages.
Christian Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. Knowledge of the Holy. A.W. Tozer. 1961/1978. HarperCollins. 128 pages.
  2. Jesus, Our Man in Glory: 12 Messages from the Book of Hebrews. A.W. Tozer and Gerald B. Smith. 1987. Christian Publications. 136 pages.
  3. The ESV and the English Bible Legacy. Leland Ryken. 2011. Crossway. 183 pages.
  4. Understanding English Bible Translation: The Case for an Essentially Literal Approach. Leland Ryken. 2009. Crossway Books. 208 pages.
  5. 25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to The Essential Spiritual Classics. Renovare*. 2011. HarperCollins. 416 pages.
  6. Lord, Teach Us To Pray. Alexander Whyte. 1922/1998. Regent College Publishing. 292 pages.
  7. Holy Spirit Power. Charles Spurgeon. 1996. Whitaker House. 170 pages.
  8. Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross. Nancy Guthrie, editor. 2009. Crossway. 160 pages.
  9. The Joy of Calvinism. Greg Forster. 2012. Crossway Books. 208 pages.
  10. Gospel Centered Discipleship. Jonathan K. Dodson. Foreword by Matt Chandler. 2012. Crossway Books. 176 pages.
  11. Sarai. Jill Eileen Smith. 2012. Revell. 320 pages.
  12. Head in the Clouds. Karen Witemeyer. 2010. Bethany House. 366 pages.

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


fredamans 7:30 PM  

I'm speechless.
Happy April reading.

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

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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
  • multicultural books and international books

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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