Friday, January 06, 2017

2017 Reading Challenges: Birth Year Reading Challenge

Birth Year Reading Challenge
Host: Hotchpot Cafe (sign up here) (reviews & progress)
Goal: Read books from your birth year (for me, 1978). My goal is to read at least 4 books.
Dates: January 2017-December 2017
Goodreads Most Popular Books of 1978

1) PICTURE BOOK Freight Train. Donald Crews. 1978. 26 pages. [Source: Borrowed]
2) PICTURE BOOK Rain. Robert Kalan. Illustrated by Donald Crews. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]
3) Early Reader Hickory. Palmer Brown. 1978. 42 pages. [Source: Bought]
4) Middle grade R, My Name is Rosie. Barbara Cohen. 1978. 188 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
5)PICTURE BOOK Pancakes for Breakfast. Tomie dePaola. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
6) ADULT Kolyma Tales. Varlam Shalamov. Translated by John Glad. 1978/1994. 508 pages. [Source: Library]
7) PICTURE BOOK Pocket for Corduroy. Don Freeman. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
8) YA Beauty. Robin McKinley. 1978/1993. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
9) PICTURE BOOK Each Peach Pear Plum. Janet and Allan Ahlberg. 1978. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
10) Middle grade Sideways Stories from Wayside School. Louis Sachar. 1978. 144 pages. [Source: Library]
11) Middle grade Skitterbrain. Irene Bennett Brown. 1978. 112 pages. [Source: Bought]


On my definitely thinking about it list:
  • The Stand by Stephen King
  • The Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye
  • Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
  • Beauty by Robin McKinley
  • A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman
  • Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
  • Chesapeake by James A. Michener
  • Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews

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1 comments:

J.G. 11:04 AM  

Good options here, Becky! I'm looking forward to hearing your impressions, and glad you're participating.

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