Thursday, January 31, 2013

January Reflections

In January, I read 45 books.

My top five:

Prisoner B-3087. Alan Gratz. 2013. [March 2013] Scholastic. 260 pages.
Kizzy Ann Stamps. Jeri Watt.
Going Vintage. Lindsey Leavitt. 
The Masqueraders. Georgette Heyer. 1928. Arrow. 290 pages.
Pollyanna. Eleanor H. Porter.

Though it may vary by month, my top five--at least this month--excludes books that I reread. 

Board Books, Picture Books:
  1. Over the Moon: Goodnight Moon, The Runaway Bunny, and My World. Margaret Wise Brown. Illustrations by Clement Hurd. 1947, 1942, 1949, 2006. HarperCollins. 108 pages.
  2. Five Little Monkeys Jump in the Bath. Eileen Christelow. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 20 pages.
  3. Trains Go. Steve Light. 2012. Chronicle Books.16 pages.
  4. Clifford Collection: The Six Original Stories. Norman Bridwell. 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1975, 1977. 2012. Scholastic. 182 pages.
  5. Thomas The Tank Engine Story Collection. The Reverend W. Awdry. (The Railway Series Since 1945). Based On the Railway Series by the Reverend W. Awdry. 2005. Random House. 512 pages.
Children's Books:
  1. The Real Mother Goose. Blanche Fisher Wright. 1916. Scholastic. 128 pages.
  2. The Racketty-Packetty House. Frances Hodgson Burnett. Illustrated by Wendy Anderson Halperin. 1906/2006. Simon & Schuster. 96 pages. 
  3. Star Wars Phonics. Quinlan B. Lee. 2012. (September 2012). Scholastic.
MG and YA Fiction:
  1. Prisoner B-3087. Alan Gratz. 2013. [March 2013] Scholastic. 260 pages.
  2. Anne of Green Gables. L.M. Montgomery. 1908. 308 pages. 
  3. Kizzy Ann Stamps. Jeri Watt. 2012. Candlewick. 192 pages. 
  4. Gingersnap. Patricia Reilly Giff. 2013. (January 2013) Random House. 160 pages. 
  5. Heidi. Johanna Spyri. 1880/2009. Puffin Classics/Penguin.  320 pages.
  6. Pollyanna. Eleanor H. Porter. 1913. 304 pages. 
  7. Going Vintage. Lindsey Leavitt. 2013. [March 2013] Bloomsbury USA. 320 pages.
  8. The Secret Garden. Frances Hodgson Burnett. 1911. 302 pages.
  9. Party Shoes. Noel Streatfeild. 1946. Oxford Children's Classics. 320 pages.
  10. Skating Shoes. Noel Streatfeild. 1951. 224 pages.
Adult Fiction:
  1. The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages.
  2. Powder and Patch. Georgette Heyer. 1930. 284 pages. (Originally published as THE TRANSFORMATION OF PHILIP JETTAN in 1923.)
  3. These Old Shades. Georgette Heyer. 1926/2008. Harlequin. 384 pages.
  4. The Masqueraders. Georgette Heyer. 1928. Arrow. 290 pages.
  5. Beauvallet. Georgette Heyer. 1929. Arrow Books. 264 pages.
  6. Whose Body? Dorothy L. Sayers. 1923/1995. HarperCollins. 224 pages.  
  7. The Case of the Worried Waitress: A Perry Mason mystery. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1966. 151 pages.
  8. Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death. James Runcie. 2012. Bloomsbury. 400 pages. (Grantchester Mysteries Series #1)
  1. Miss Moore Thought Otherwise: How Anne Carroll Moore Created Libraries for Children. Jan Pinborough. Illustrated by Debby Atwell. 2013. [March 2013] Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  40 pages.
  2. Noah Webster & His Words. Jeri Chase Ferris. Illustrated by Vincent X. Kirsch. 2012. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages.
  3. Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure. Jim Murphy and Alison Blank. 2012.  150 pages.
  4. The Giant and How He Humbugged America. Jim Murphy. 2012. Scholastic. 112 pages.
Short Story Collections:
  1. L.M. Montgomery Short Stories, 1896-1901. L.M. Montgomery. 142 pages.
  2. Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902-1903. L.M. Montgomery. 216 pages
  3. .L.M. Montgomery Short Stories, 1904. L.M. Montgomery. Dodo Press. 144 pages.
Christian Books:
  1. Brentwood. Grace Livingstone Hill. 1937. 315 pages.
  2. God on the Streets of Gotham. Paul Asay. 2012. Tyndale. 240 pages.
  3. The Man Christ Jesus: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ. Bruce A. Ware. 2012. Crossway. 156 pages.
  4. Spring for Susannah. Catherine Richmond. 2011. Thomas Nelson. 352 pages.
  5. Love Comes Softly. Janette Oke. 1979. 240 pages.
  6. Preparing for Jesus' Return. A.W. Tozer, James Snyder, ed. 2012. Regal. 211 pages.
  7. The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow. Olivia Newport. 2013. Revell. 320 pages.
  8. To Win Her Heart. Karen Witemeyer. 2011. Bethany House. 347 pages.
  9. How You Can Be Sure That You Will Spend Eternity with God. Erwin Lutzer. 1996. Moody. 159 pages.
  10. Found God's Will: Find the Direction and Purpose God Wants for Your Life. John MacArthur. David C. Cook. 80 pages.
  11. And the Lamb Wins: Why The End of the World Is Really Good News. Simon Ponsonby. 2008. David C. Cook. 322 pages.
  12. Becoming Lucy (Winds Across the Prairie #1) Martha Rogers. 2009. 304 pages.
© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


fredamans 9:34 PM  

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite childhood reads!!
Happy February reading!

Anonymous,  8:46 PM  

wow, I only read 11, including 4 picture books! But my average pages/day is 87. So I am curious really: what was your average pages/day in January? And when you say, read, you really read all these books from A to Z, word after word? Is reading part of your job if I may ask? Just to know if I could get some ideas from you to increase my hours of reading. NB: I don't have TV, so my leisure hours are about all dedicated to reading. Here is my wrap-up:

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