Friday, August 31, 2012

August Reflections-

In August, I read 40 books!

My favorite picture book:  The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. William Joyce.
My favorite early reader:  Cookies: A Mr. and Mrs. Green Adventure. Keith Baker.
My favorite board book:  My Race Car. Ace Landers.
My favorite children's book:  Kindred Souls. Patricia MacLachlan.
My favorite YA: Lucid. Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass.
My favorite YA Historical:  Code Name Verity. Elizabeth Wein.
My favorite short story collection:  The Stories of Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury.
My favorite Austen sequel: The Unexpected Miss Bennet. Patrice Sarath.
Favorite biography:  The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Maria Augusta Trapp.
Favorite Christian contemporary:  Almost Amish. Kathryn Cushman.
Favorite Christian historicalTo Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. Sandra Byrd.

Board Books, Picture Books, Early Readers:
  1. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. William Joyce. Illustrated by Joe Bluhm. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 56 pages.
  2. Camping: A Mr. and Mrs. Green Adventure. Keith Baker. Green Light Readers: Level 2. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2002/2012. 24 pages.
  3. Cookies: A Mr. and Mrs. Green Adventure. Keith Baker. Green Light Readers: Level 2. 2002/2012. 24 pages.
  4. My Turtle and Me. Owen Berstein. Illustrated by Carol Thompson. 2012. Scholastic. 10 pages.
  5. Let's Get Dressed. Caroline Jayne Church. 2012. Scholastic. 10 pages.
  6. Dinosaurs: A Prehistoric Touch-and-feel adventure! Jeffrey Burton. Illustrated by John Bendall-Brunello. 2012. Scholastic. 12 pages.
  7. Jangles. David Shannon. 2012. Scholastic. (October) 32 pages.
  8. Bailey at the Museum. Harry Bliss. 2012. Scholastic. (September) 32 pages.
  9. It's Duffy Time. Audrey and Don Wood. 2012. Scholastic. (October) 40 pages.
  10. Tabby McTat: The Musical Cat. Julia Donaldson. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. 2012. Scholastic. December. 32 pages.
  11. 1, 2, 3 in the Sea (With Big Flaps). Sue DiCicco. 2012. Scholastic. 10 pages.
  12. 1, 2 at the Zoo (With Big Flaps). Sue DiCicco. 2012 Scholastic. 10 pages.
  13. Go! Go! Go! Nicola Bird. Illustrated by Fiona Land. 2012 Scholastic. 10 pages.
  14. My Race Car. Ace Landers. Illustrated by David A. White. 2012. Scholastic. 10 pages.

Middle Grade and Young Adult Books:
  1. Kindred Souls. Patricia MacLachlan. 2012. HarperCollins. 119 pages.
  2. Sadie and Ratz. Sonya Hartnett. Illustrated by Ann James. 2012. Candlewick Press. 64 pages.
  3. Lucid. Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass. 2012. Penguin. 288 pages.
  4. Code Name Verity. Elizabeth Wein. 2012. Hyperion. 352 pages.
  5. Once (Eve #2) Anna Carey. 2012. HarperCollins. 368 pages.  
  6. The Best Night of Your (Pathetic) Life. Tara Altebrando. 2012. Penguin. 304 pages.
  7. Gilt. Katherine Longshore. 2012. Penguin. 416 pages. 
  8. Mothership: Book One of the Ever-Expanding Universe. Martin Leicht and Isla Neal. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 320 pages.
  9. The Forsaken. Lisa M. Stasse. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 375 pages.
  10. For Darkness Shows the Stars. Diana Peterfreund. 2012. HarperCollins. 416 pages.

Adult Books:
  1. The Unexpected Miss Bennet. Patrice Sarath. 2011. Penguin. 304 pages.
  2. Mansfield Park Revisited. Joan Aiken. 1985/2005. Sourcebooks. 201 pages.
  3. Captain Wentworth's Diary. Amanda Grange. 2007. Penguin. 304 pages.
  4. Pride and Pyramids: Mr. Darcy in Egypt. Amanda Grange and Jacqueline Webb. 2012. Sourcebooks. 320 pages.
  5. Edmund Bertram's Diary. Amanda Grange. 2007/2008. Penguin. 304 pages. 
  6. The Stories of Ray Bradbury. Ray Bradbury. 1980/2010. Everyman's Library. 1063 pages. 
  7. Jane Vows Vengeance. Michael Thomas Ford. 2012. Random House. 288 pages.  
  8. Lady Susan. Jane Austen 1794?/1871. 64 pages.
Christian Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. For Such a Time As This. Ginny Aiken. 2012. FaithWords. 384 pages.
  2. To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. Sandra Byrd. 2011. Howard Books. 332 pages.
  3. Putting the Amazing Back Into Grace. Michael Horton. 1994/2011. Baker Books. 272 pages.
  4. God is Good...All the Time. Dr. Margi McCombs. Illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov. 2012. Scholastic. 20 pages.
  5. Disability and the Gospel: How God Uses Our Brokenness to Display His Grace. Michael S. Beates. 2012. Crossway. 192 pages.
  6. The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. Maria Augusta Trapp. 1949/2001. HarperCollins. 320 pages.
  7. Almost Amish. Kathryn Cushman. 2012. Bethany House. 336 pages.
  8. Story: Our Journey of Heartache and Grace fro Eden to Evermore by Steven James. 2006/2012. Revell. 208 pages.

© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


fredamans 10:01 PM  

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