Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Reflections

I read 42 books in October!!! And some of what I read was just AMAZING. I reread The Giver trilogy in anticipation of her newest book, Son, which was wonderful!!! And I discovered the Wheel In Time series by Robert Jordan!!! I also read some great middle grade fiction!

My favorite picture bookBoy + Bot. Ame Dyckman.
My favorite fairy tale adaptation: Snow in Summer. Jane Yolen.
My favorite MG mystery: Three Times Lucky. Sheila Turnage.
My favorite MG Victorian historical fantasy:  Splendors and Glooms. Laura Amy Schlitz.
My favorite YASon. Lois Lowry.
My favorite new series: Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (#1, #2, #3)
My favorite historical romance: A Promise to Love. Serena B. Miller.

Board Books, Picture Books, Chapter Books:
  1. Boy + Bot. Ame Dyckman. Illustrated by Dan Yaccarino. 2012. Random House. 32 pages.
  2. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. Mo Willems. 2012. HarperCollins. 40 pages.
  3. Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy. Jan Thomas. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.  
  4. Dragons Love Tacos. Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri. 2012. Penguin. 40 pages. 
  5. Monkey and Elephant. Carole Lexa Schaefer. Illustrated by Galia Bernstein. 2012. Candlewick. 48 pages. 
  6. Bramble and Maggie: Horse Meets Girl. Jessie Haas. Illustrated by Alison Friend. 2012. Candlewick. 56 pages.   
  7.  The Big Something. Patricia Reilly Giff. Illustrated by Diane Palmisciano. 2012. Scholastic. 40 pages.
  8. Ballet Stars. Joan Holub. Illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas. 2012. Random House. 24 pages.

Middle Grade and Young Adult Books:
  1. Splendors and Glooms. Laura Amy Schlitz. 2012. Candlewick. 384 pages. 
  2. Three Times Lucky. Sheila Turnage. 2012. Penguin. 256 pages. 
  3. Liar & Spy. Rebecca Stead. 2012. Random House. 192 pages. 
  4. Snow in Summer. Jane Yolen. 2011. Penguin. 256 pages. 
  5. The Giver. Lois Lowry. 1993. Houghton Mifflin. 180 pages. 
  6. Gathering Blue. Lois Lowry. 2000/2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 215 pages. 
  7. Messenger. Lois Lowry. 2004/2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 169 pages.   
  8. Son. Lois Lowry. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 400 pages. 
  9. Vessel. Sarah Beth Durst. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 424 pages. 
  10. Hanging By A Thread. Sophie Littlefield. 2012. Random House. 288 pages. 
  11. The Book of Blood and Shadow. Robin Wasserman. 2012. Random House. 448 pages. 
  12. The Broken Lands. Kate Milford. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 455 pages.  
  13. Yesterday. C.K. Kelly Martin. 2012. Random House. 368 pages. 
  14. Unspoken. Sarah Rees Brennan. 2012. Random House. 384 pages. 
  15. Unwholly. Neal Shusterman. 2012. Simon & Schuster. 416 pages. 
  16. Origin. Jessica Khoury. 2012. Penguin. 372 pages. 
  17. Monument 14. Emmy Laybourne. 2012. Feiwel & Friends. 294 pages. 
  18. Rootless. Chris Howard. 2012. Scholastic. 336 pages. 
  19. The Eleventh Plague. Jeff Hirsch. 2011. Scholastic. 304 pages. 
  20. What Came From the Stars. Gary D. Schmidt. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 304 pages. 
  21. Yesterday's Dead. Pat Bourke. 2012. Second Story Press. 232 pages. 
  22. The Bar Code Tattoo. Suzanne Weyn. 2004/2012. Scholastic. 256 pages.
Adult Books:

  1. The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time #1) Robert Jordan. 1990. Tor. 814 pages. 
  2.  The Great Hunt. (Wheel of Time #2) Robert Jordan. Tor. 600 pages.
  3. The Dragon Reborn. (Wheel of Time #3) Robert Jordan. 1991. Tor. 624 pages.    
  4. Redshirts. John Scalzi. 2012. Tor. 320 pages. 
  5. The Tuesday Club Murders. Agatha Christie. 1932/2007. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. 256 pages. 
  6. The Doorbell Rang. Rex Stout. 1965. 207 pages.
Christian Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. A Promise to Love. Serena B. Miller. 2012. Revell. 332 pages.
  2. Twice Promised. Maggie Brendan. 2012. Revell. 332 pages.
  3. Wondrous Works of God. Starr Meade. 2012. Crossway. 288 pages.
  4. Whispers in the Wind. (Wild West Wind #2) Lauraine Snelling. 2012. Bethany House. 352 pages.
  5. All Things New. Lynn Austin. 2012. Bethany House. 416 pages.
  6. My First Handy Bible: Timeless Bible Stories for Toddlers. Cecilie Olesen. Illustrated by Gustavo Mazali. Scandinavia Publishing House. 64 pages. 
© 2012 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


fredamans 11:01 AM  

Happy November reading!

Anonymous,  6:46 PM  

42 books?? tell me, do you ever sleep??lol
here is my October wrap-up. if you have a mn, I would appreciate your help for some book recommendations:

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