Friday, November 17, 2017

2018 Challenges: Read It Again, Sam

Read It Again, Sam
Host: My Reader's Block (sign up here)
Dates: January - December 2018
# of books: A Trip Down Memory Lane: Reread 12 books

1. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll. Illustrated by John Tenniel. 1865/1871. 247 pages. [Source: Bought]
2. Framley Parsonage. Anthony Trollope. 1861. 573 pages. [Source: Bought]
3. The Man in the Queue (Inspector Alan Grant #1) Josephine Tey. 1929. 255 pages. [Source: Bought]
4. The Gorilla Did It. Barbara Shook Hazen. Illustrated by Ray Cruz. 1974. 32 pages. [Source: Childhood copy]
5. Mary Barton. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1848. 437 pages. [Source: Bought]
6. The Daughter of Time. Josephine Tey. 1951/1995. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
7. Too Many Lollipops. Robert M. Quackenbush. 1975. 32 pages. [Source: Book from my childhood]
8. Mustache Baby Meets His Match (Board Book) Bridget Heos. Illustrated by Joy Ang. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 36 pages. [Source: Review copy]
9. The City of Ember. Jeanne DuPrau. 2003. 270 pages. [Source: Bought]
10. Zucchini. Barbara Dana. 1982. 160 pages. [Source: Childhood Copy]
11. Wonder. R. J. Palacio. 2012. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
12. Amanda. (Sunfire #1) Candice Ransom. 1984. Scholastic. 368 pages. [Source: Library book sale]
13. The Relatives Came. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Stephen Gammell. 1985. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
14.  The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy. Jeanne Birdsall. 2005. Random House. 262 pages. [Source: Library]
15. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. Jeanne Birdsall. 2008. 308 pages. [Source: Library]
16. Thirteen at Dinner. Agatha Christie. 1933. 228 pages. [Source: Bought]


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I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

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  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
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