Friday, June 30, 2017

June Reflections

Favorite picture book published in 2017:  A Good Day for A Hat. T. Nat Fuller. Illustrated by Rob
Hodgson. 2017. Abrams. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Favorite new-to-me picture book:  Matilda's Cat. Emily Gravett. 2012. 26 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite early reader:  The Case of the Poached Egg. (Wilcox and Griswold #2) Robin Newman. Illustrated by Deborah Zemke. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite poetry book:  One Last Word. Nikki Grimes. 2017. Bloomsbury. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite YA novel:  The Button Girl. Sally Apokedak. 2017. 394 pages. [Source: Review copy provided by author]
Favorite to share: Snoopy Contact! Charles M. Schultz. 2015. 176 pages. [Source: Library]
Favorite nonfiction:  Hidden Figures. Margo Lee Shetterly. 2016. 349 pages. [Source: Borrowed from Friend]
Favorite Christian nonfiction:  The Cross: God's Way of Salvation. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. 1986. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]

Board books and picture books:

  1. Matilda's Cat. Emily Gravett. 2012. 26 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Welcome: A Mo Willems Guide for New Arrivals. Mo Willems. 2017. 30 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Buy My Hats. Dave Horowitz. 2010. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Hat. Paul Hoppe. 2009. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. A Good Day for A Hat. T. Nat Fuller. Illustrated by Rob Hodgson. 2017. Abrams. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. How This Book Was Made. Mac Barnett. Illustrated by Adam Rex. 2016. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. Lily Brown's Paintings. Angela Johnson. 2007. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History. Walter Dean Myers. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. 2017. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. So Many Feet. Nichole Mara. Illustrated by Alexander Vidal. 2017. Abrams. 34 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Early readers and early chapter books:
  1. The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. (Wilcox and Griswold #1). Robin Newman. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. The Case of the Poached Egg. (Wilcox and Griswold #2) Robin Newman. Illustrated by Deborah Zemke. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. Piggy's Pancake Parlor. David McPhail. 2002. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
  4. Princess Cora and the Crocodile. Laura Amy Schlitz. Illustrated by Brian Floca. 2017. Candlewick. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  5. Nate the Great. Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Illustrated by Marc Simont. 1972. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
Contemporary (general/realistic) fiction, all ages:
  1. One Last Word. Nikki Grimes. 2017. Bloomsbury. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, etc.) all ages:
  1. The Button Girl. Sally Apokedak. 2017. 394 pages. [Source: Review copy provided by author] 
  2. The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. (Wilcox and Griswold #1). Robin Newman. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Case of the Poached Egg. (Wilcox and Griswold #2) Robin Newman. Illustrated by Deborah Zemke. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Piggy's Pancake Parlor. David McPhail. 2002. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
  5. Princess Cora and the Crocodile. Laura Amy Schlitz. Illustrated by Brian Floca. 2017. Candlewick. 80 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. The Foretelling of Georgie Spider. Ambelin Kwaymullina. 2015/2017. Candlewick Press. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Historical fiction, all ages:
  1. Alex and Eliza. Melissa de la Cruz. 2017. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. Dawn's Early Light. Elswyth Thane. 1934/2017. Chicago Review Press. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Return to the Secret Garden. Holly Webb. 2016 (November). 240 pages. [Source: Library]
Mysteries, all ages:
  1. The Case of the Missing Carrot Cake. (Wilcox and Griswold #1). Robin Newman. 2015. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  2. The Case of the Poached Egg. (Wilcox and Griswold #2) Robin Newman. Illustrated by Deborah Zemke. 2017. 48 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Nate the Great. Marjorie Weinman Sharmat. Illustrated by Marc Simont. 1972. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Prisoner's Base. (Nero Wolfe #21) Rex Stout. 1952. 209 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Champagne for One. Rex Stout. 1958. 205 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. Death of a Gossip. M.C. Beaton. 1985. 179 pages. [Source: Library]

Classics, all ages:
  1. Portrait of a Lady. Henry James. 1881. 656 pages. [Source: Bought]
  2. Snoopy Contact! Charles M. Schultz. 2015. 176 pages. [Source: Library]
  3. The Bertrams. Anthony Trollope. 1859. 496 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. Champagne for One. Rex Stout. 1958. 205 pages. [Source: Bought]
  5. Prisoner's Base. (Nero Wolfe #21) Rex Stout. 1952. 209 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  6. Dawn's Early Light. Elswyth Thane. 1934/2017. Chicago Review Press. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Nonfiction, all ages:
  1. Hidden Figures. Margo Lee Shetterly. 2016. 349 pages. [Source: Borrowed from Friend]
  2. The Pianist. Wladyslaw Szpilman. Translated by Anthea Bell. 1946/1999. 222 pages. [Source: Library] 
  3. Frederick Douglass: The Lion Who Wrote History. Walter Dean Myers. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. 2017. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  4. Why We Get Fat. Gary Taubes. 2010. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
  5. The Case Against Sugar. Gary Taubes. 2016. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
  6. One Last Word. Nikki Grimes. 2017. Bloomsbury. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
  7. All Our Yesterdays. Jason Quinn. 2017. 150 pages. [Source: Library]
Christian fiction:
  1. The Button Girl. Sally Apokedak. 2017. 394 pages. [Source: Review copy provided by author]
Christian nonfiction:
  1. 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]
  2. The Cross: God's Way of Salvation. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. 1986. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]
  3. Conversion: How God Creates a People. Michael Lawrence. 2017. Crossway. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  4. Knowledge of the Holy. A.W. Tozer. 1961/1978. HarperCollins. 128 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]
  5. Fearless Living in Troubled Times: Finding Hope in the Promise of Christ's Return. Michael Youssef. 2017. [August] Harvest House. 240 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  6. Meditations on the Trinity. A.W. Tozer. 2017. Moody. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  7. How To Read and Understand The Biblical Prophets. Peter J. Gentry. 2017. Crossway. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  8. New Testament Words for Today. Warren Wiersbe. 2013. 207 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  9. Sins We Accept. Jerry Bridges. 2013. NavPress. 59 pages. [Source: Bought]
  10. The Will of God is the Word of God. James MacDonald. 2017. B&H Books. 216 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia. John Dunlop, MD. 2017. Crossway. 208 pages.  [Source: Review copy]
  12. Basic Christianity. John Stott. 1958. 179 pages. [Source: Bought]
  13. DVD: The English Reformation and the Puritans. Michael Reeves. 2014. Ligonier Ministries. Twelve 23 minute messages. [Source: Gift] 
  14. DVD Luther and the Reformation. R.C. Sproul. 2011. Ten 23 minute messages. [Source: Gift]

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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.

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  • 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
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  • fantasy
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  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
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  • 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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