Tuesday, July 31, 2012

July Reflections

In July, I read 42 books!

My favorite picture book: Z is for Moose. Kelly Bingham.
My favorite concept book:  Baby Bear Sees Blue. Ashley Wolff
My favorite verse novel:  The One and Only Ivan. Katherine Applegate.
My favorite children's book:  Love From Your Friend, Hannah. Mindy Warshaw Skolsky.
My favorite children's classic:  Black Beauty. Anna Sewell.
My favorite YA:   Grave Mercy. Robin LaFevers.
My favorite adult novel:  Earth Unaware. Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston.'
My favorite short story collection:  The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories. Edited by Michael Sims. 
My favorite nonfiction:  A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times. Benson Bobrick.
My favorite Christian book: Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots. J.C. Ryle.

Board Books, Picture Books, Early Readers:
  1. Maudie and Bear. Jan Ormerod. Illustrated by Freya Blackwood. 2012. Penguin. 48 pages.
  2. Minette's Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat. Susanna Reich. Illustrated by Amy Bates. 2012. Abrams. 40 pages.
  3. Just Because You're Mine. Sally Lloyd Jones. Illustrated by Frank Endersby. 2012. HarperCollins. 32 pages. 
  4. Z is for Moose. Kelly Bingham. Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinksy. 2012. HarperCollins. 32 pages.  
  5. And Then It's Spring. Julie Fogliano. Illustrated by Erin E. Stead. 2012. Roaring Brook Press. 32 pages.
  6. Baby Bear Sees Blue. Ashley Wolff. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.
  7. My Dad is the Best Playground. Luciana Navarro Powell. 2012. Random House. 26 pages. [Board Book]
  8. Higher! Higher! Leslie Patricelli. 2010. Candlewick Press. 30 pages. [Board Book] 
  9. Faster! Faster! Leslie Patricelli. 2012. Candlewick Press. [Picture Book]
Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels:
  1. The One and Only Ivan. Katherine Applegate. 2012. HarperCollins. 301 pages.
  2. Gods and Warriors. Michelle Paver. 2012. Penguin. 320 pages.
  3. Black Beauty. Anna Sewell. 1877. 245 pages.
  4. The Gathering Storm. Robin Bridges. 2012. Random House. 386 pages.
  5. Raider's Ransom. Emily Diamand. 2009. Scholastic. 368 pages.
  6. Loss. (Riders of the Apocalypse #3) Jackie Morse Kessler. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 272 pages.
  7. Love From Your Friend, Hannah. Mindy Warshaw Skolsky. 1998. DK. 246 pages.
  8. The Princess and Curdie. George MacDonald. 1883. 272 pages. 
  9. The Wicked and The Just. J. Anderson Coats. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 352 pages. 
  10.  Grave Mercy. Robin LaFevers. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 560 pages.

Adult Books:
  1. Earth Unaware. Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston. The First Formic War. 2012. Tor. 368 pages.
  2. The Age of Miracles. Karen Thompson Walker. 2012. Random House. 288 pages.
  3. The Far Side of the Sky. Daniel Kalla. 2012. Tom Doherty Associates. 464 pages.
  4. Poirot Investigates. Agatha Christie. 1924/2011. HarperCollins. 256 pages.
  5. After Dark. Wilkie Collins. 1856. 404 pages.
  6. Lady Audley's Secret. Mary Elizabeth Braddon. 1862/1998. Oxford World's Classic. 496 pages.
  7. Lorna Doone. R.D. Blackmore. 1869. 658 pages.
  8. Clocks. Jerome K. Jerome. 1891. 10 pages.
  9. The Yard. Alex Grecian. 2012. Penguin. 432 pages.
  10. The Dead Witness: A Connoisseur's Collection of Victorian Detective Stories. Edited by Michael Sims. 2011. Walker & Company. (Late December 2011). 608 pages.
  11. Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow. Jerome K. Jerome. 1889. 112 pages.
Nonfiction Books:
  1. Mrs. Robinson's Disgrace: The Private Diary of A Victorian Lady. Kate Summerscale. 2012. Bloomsbury. 304 pages. 
  2. Wild Romance: The True Story of a Victorian Scandal. Chloe Schama. 2010. Walker & Company. 249 pages. 
  3. The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective. Kate Summerscale. 2008. Walker. 360 pages.
  4. A Passion for Victory: The Story of the Olympics in Ancient and Early Modern Times. Benson Bobrick. 2012. Random House. 160 pages.
Christian Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots. J.C. Ryle. (1816-1900). 280 pages.
  2. Finding God When You Need Him Most. Chip Ingram. 2002/2007. Baker Books. 209 pages.
  3. The Kingdom. Bryan Litfin. 2012. Crossway. 448 pages.
  4. Then Sings My Soul. Robert J. Morgan. 2010. Thomas Nelson. 320 pages. 
  5. Charity and Its Fruits: Living In the Light of God's Love. Jonathan Edwards. Edited by Kyle Strobel. 2012. Crossway. 350 pages.
  6. When You Need A Miracle: How To Ask God for The Impossible. Linda Evans Shepherd. 2012. Revell. 207 pages.
  7. The Last Hunger Season. Roger Thurow. 2012. PublicAffairs. 304 pages.
  8. Joy in Christ's Presence. Charles Spurgeon. Whitaker House. 208 pages.

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


wordsandpeace.com 3:44 PM  

42? do you ever sleep? lol! Here is my wrap up, with 14 books!: http://wordsandpeace.com/2012/08/01/july-wrap-up/ I think we only have 1 in common

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