Saturday, December 17, 2016

2017 Reading Challenges: Share-a-Tea

Share-a-Tea
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
dates: January - December 2017
# of books: aiming for 6

1) Three Treatises. Martin Luther. 1970. Fortress Press. 316 pages. [Source: Gift]
2) The Silent Gondoliers. William Goldman. 1983/2001. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
3) Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. Jean Lee Latham. 1955. 251 pages. [Source: Bought]
4) The Karamazov Brothers. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Translated by Ignat Avsey. 1880/2008. 1054 pages. [Source: Library]
5) Mandy. Julie Andrews Edwards. 1971. 320 pages. [Source: Bought]
6)The Newcomer. Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2017. Revell. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
7)  Hiroshima. John Hersey. 1946/1989. 152 pages. [Source: Bought]
8)The Adolescent. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. 1875/2004. 647 pages. [Source: Library]
9) Bobbs Merril Third Reader. Edited by Clara Belle Baker and Edna Dean Baker. 1924/30/39. 293 pages. [Source: Bought]
10) Washington Square. Henry James. 1880. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
11) Steppin' Out: Jaunty Rhymes for Playful Times. Lin Oliver. Illustrated by Tomie DePaola. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
12) The Dream Keeper and Other Poems. Langston Hughes. 1996. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
13) The Three Clerks. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 648 pages. [Source: Bought]
14) Wish. Barbara O'Connor. 2016. FSG. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
15) Unveiled Hope: Eternal Encouragement from the Book of Revelation. 1997. 244 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
16) Here I Stand. A Life of Martin Luther. Roland H. Bainton. 1950. 336 pages. [Source: Bought] 
17) Pursuit of God Bible -- NIV. 2013. 1587 pages. [Source: Gift]
18) The Magician's Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia #6) C.S. Lewis. 1955. 221 pages. [Source: Bought]
19) Joni: An Unforgettable Story. Joni Eareckson Tada. 1976. 205 pages. [Source: Bought]
20) The Best Short Stories. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by David Magarshack. 2001. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
21) Oliver Twist. Charles Dickens. 1838/1839. 608 pages. [Source: Bought]
22) Doctor Thorne. Anthony Trollope. 1858. 639 pages. [Source: Bought]
23) Squirrel in the House. Vivian Vande Velde. Illustrated by Steve Bjorkman. 2016. Holiday House. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
24) We're All Wonders. R.J. Palacio. 2017. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
25) The Bertrams. Anthony Trollope. 1859. 496 pages. [Source: Bought]
26) Anne of Green Gables Treasury. Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson. 1991. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]

27) Hidden Figures. Margo Lee Shetterly. 2016. 349 pages. [Source: Borrowed from Friend]
28) Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia. John Dunlop, MD. 2017. Crossway. 208 pages.  [Source: Review copy]
29) Reformation Heritage Study Bible--KJV. Edited by  Joel R. Beeke, Gerald Bilkes, and Michael Barrett. 2014. Reformation Heritage Books. 2218 pages. [Source: Birthday Gift in 2014]
30) Sins We Accept. Jerry Bridges. 2013. NavPress. 59 pages. [Source: Bought]
31) New Testament Words for Today. Warren Wiersbe. 2013. 207 pages. [Source: Bought]
32) The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. (Wilcox and Griswold #1). Robin Newman. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
33) Conversion: How God Creates a People. Michael Lawrence. 2017. Crossway. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
34) Hat. Paul Hoppe. 2009. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
35) Buy My Hats. Dave Horowitz. 2010. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
36) Piggy's Pancake Parlor. David McPhail. 2002. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
37) Princess Cora and the Crocodile. Laura Amy Schlitz. Illustrated by Brian Floca. 2017. Candlewick. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]
38) How This Book Was Made. Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Adam Rex. 2016. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
39) Portrait of a Lady. Henry James. 1881. 656 pages. [Source: Bought]
40) Return to the Secret Garden. Holly Webb. 2016 (November). 240 pages. [Source: Library]
41) RSV Bible. 1977. Oxford University Press. 1904 pages. [Source: Gift]
42)  Books! Books! Books! Explore the Amazing Collection of the British Library. Mick Manning. Illustrated by Brita Granstrom. 2017.
43) Hide and Seek. Wilkie Collins. 1854. 384 pages. [Source: Bought]
44) The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old. Henrik Groen. Translated by Hester Velmans. 2017. 384 pages. [Source: Library]
45) Great Expectations. Charles Dickens. 1860. 640 pages. [Source: Library] 
46) Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible. Matthew S. Harmon. 2017. Crossway. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
47) Reformation Sketches: Insights Into Luther, Calvin, and the Confessions. W. Robert Godfrey. 2003. 151 pages. [Source: Library]
48) The Bruised Reed. Richard Sibbes. 1630. [Source: Bought]
49) The Return. (Amish Beginnings #3) Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2017. Revell. 330 pages. [Source: Review copy]
50) Bird, Balloon, Bear. Il Sung Na. 2017. Random House. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
51) The Case of the Gilded Lily. (Perry Mason #50) Erle Stanley Gardner. 1956. 188 pages. [Source: Bought]
52) The Case of the Daring Decoy. (Perry Mason #54) Erle Stanley Gardner. 1957. 198 pages. [Source: Bought]
53) The Case of the Fiery Fingers. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1951. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
54) The Case of the Lucky Loser. Erle Stanley Gardner. 1957. 192 pages. [Source: Bought]
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