Saturday, November 30, 2013

November Reflections

This month I read 44 books! 

My top five:

Paperboy. Vince Vawter. 2013. Random House. 240 pages. [Source: Library] 
The Boy on the Porch. Sharon Creech. 2013. HarperCollins. 160 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
Fortunately, The Milk. Neil Gaiman. 2013. HarperCollins. 114 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
Magic Marks the Spot (Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates). Caroline Carlson. 2013. HarperCollins. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Rose Under Fire. Elizabeth Wein. 2013. Hyperion. 368 pages. [Source: Library]

Picture Books:

  1. Olive And The Big Secret. Tor Freeman. 2012. Candlewick Press.  32 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. Olive and the Bad Mood. Tor Freeman. 2013. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
Middle Grade and Young Adult:
  1. Paperboy. Vince Vawter. 2013. Random House. 240 pages. [Source: Library]  
  2. The Boy on the Porch. Sharon Creech. 2013. HarperCollins. 160 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  3. Fortunately, The Milk. Neil Gaiman. 2013. HarperCollins. 114 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
  4. Allegiant. Veronica Roth. (Divergent Series #3) HarperCollins. 544 pages. [Source: Library] 
  5. The String Quartet. Dan Hupalo. 2013. CreateSpace. 292 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  6. The Year of Billy Miller. Kevin Henkes. 2013. HarperCollins. 240 pages. [Source: Library] 
  7. Parallelogram. Robin Brande. 2013. Ryer Publishing. 350 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  8. Rose Under Fire. Elizabeth Wein. 2013. Hyperion. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends. Shannon Hale. 2013. Little, Brown. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. Magic Marks the Spot (Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates). Caroline Carlson. 2013. HarperCollins. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  11. Mandy. Julie Andrews Edwards. 1971. HarperCollins. 320 pages. [Source: Bought Replacement Copy]
  12. Anne of Windy Poplars. L.M. Montgomery. 1936. 288 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  13. The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame. Illustrated by David Roberts. Candlewick. 256 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  14. Heaven is Paved With Oreos. Catherine Gilbert Murdock. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 208 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  15. The Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom. Christopher Healy. 2012. HarperCollins. 448 pages. [Source: Library] 
  16. The Norman Conquest. Janice Hamilton. 2007. Twenty-First Century Books. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
  17. Our Island Story. H.E. Marshall. 1905/? 512 pages. [Source: Bought]  
Adult Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. The Nonesuch. Georgette Heyer. 1962/2009. Sourcebooks. 352 pages. [Source: Library] 
  2. False Colours. Georgette Heyer. 1963/2011. Thorndike. 520 pages. [Source: library]
  3. Black Sheep. Georgette Heyer. 1966/2008. Sourcebooks. 280 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Frederica. Georgette Heyer. 1965/2009. Sourcebooks. 437 pages. [Source: Library] 
  5. The Bastard King. Jean Plaidy. 1974. Fawcett Crest. 320 pages. [Source: Bought]  
  6. The Lion of Justice. Jean Plaidy. 1975. Fawcett. 320 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  7. The Passionate Enemies. Jean Plaidy. 1976. Fawcett. 320 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  8. Alfred the Great. Justin Pollard. 2005. John Murray. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. How The Barbarian Invasions Shaped The Modern World. Thomas J. Craughwell. 2008. Fair Winds Press. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  10. Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright Into the Bard. Jack Lynch. 2007. Walker. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
  11. Cymbeline. William Shakespeare. circa 1611. [Source: Bought]

Christian Fiction and Nonfiction:
  1. Found In Him. Elyse M. Fitzpatrick. 2013. Crossway. 240 pages. [Source: Review Copy]  
  2. The Kind of Preaching God Blesses. Steven J. Lawson. 2013. Harvest House. 128 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
  3. Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry. 2010. Tyndale. 400 pages. [Source: Book I Bought] 
  4. Prodigal Cat. Janette Oke. 1984. Bethany House. 160 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy] 
  5. Spunky's Diary. Janette Oke. 1982/1998. Bethany House. 112 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy] 
  6. When Breaks the Dawn. Janette Oke. 1985. Bethany House. 215 pages. [Source: Library] 
  7. Reliable Truth: The Validity of the Bible in an Age of Skepticism. Richard E. Simmons III. 2012. Union Hill. 192 pages. [Source: Review Copy] 
  8. Perfectly Matched. Maggie Brendan. 2013. Revell. 352 pages. [Source: Library] 
  9. Living for God's Glory. Joel R. Beeke. 2008. Reformation Trust. 414 pages. [Source: Borrowed From Friend]
  10. Ducktails. Janette Oke. 1985. Bethany House. 144 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]  
  11. A Cote of Many Colors. Janette Oke. 1987. Bethany House. 144 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy] 
  12. The Impatient Turtle. Janette Oke. 1986. Bethany House. 112 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]
  13. Made In Our Image. Steven J. Lawson. 2000. Doubleday. 224 pages. [Source: Borrowed From Friend]
  14. Not In The Heart. Chris Fabry. 2012. Tyndale. 432 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews


fredamans 6:03 PM  

Always a decent month for you.
Happy December reading!

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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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