Monday, November 06, 2017

2018: Contemporary (general/realistic) fiction, all ages


Contemporary (general/realistic) fiction, all ages:
Contemporary (general/realistic) = new is anything published after 2007; goal is 20 (15 new; 5 old)

January

February
1. A Tender Victory. Taylor Caldwell. 1956. 374 pages. [Source: Bought]
2. Check Me Out. Becca Wilhite. 2018. Shadow Mountain. [Source: Review copy]
3. Just Dance. Patricia MacLachlan. 2017. 128 pages. [Source: Library]
4. So Big. Edna Ferber. 1924/2005. Kessinger Publishing. 376 pages. [Source: Library]
5. Long Way Down. Jason Reynolds. 2017. [October 24] 320 pages. [Source: Library]
6. The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola. 1883/2012. Oxford University Press. 438 pages. [Source: Library]
7. Hello, Universe. Erin Entrada Kelly. 2017. 313 pages. [Source: Library]

March
8. Mary Barton. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1848. 437 pages. [Source: Bought]
9. How To Stop Time. Matt Haig. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]

April
10. Find A Stranger, Say Goodbye. Lois Lowry. 1978/2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 192 pages. [Source: Review copy]
 11. Wonder. R. J. Palacio. 2012. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
12. Missing May. Cynthia Rylant. 1992. Scholastic. 89 pages. [Source: Library]
13. Pet War. Allan Woodrow. 2013. Scholastic. 272 pages. [Source: Library]

May
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. Bronx Masquerade. Nikki Grimes. 2001/2017. Penguin. 192 pages. [Source: Library]
17. The Explorers: The Door in the Alley. Adrienne Kress. 2017. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
18. The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson, by One of the Firm. Anthony Trollope. 1862. 254 pages. [Source: Bought]
19, Thin Ice. Jerrold Beim. Illustrated by Louis Darling. 1956. 46 pages. [Source: Bought]

June
20.  Little Women. Louisa May Alcott. 1868. 566 pages. [Source: Bought]
21. The Summer of Broken Things. Margaret Peterson Haddix. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 393 pages. [Source: Review copy]
22. Between the Lines. Nikki Grimes. 2018. 216 pages. [Source: Library]

July
23. Charlie Brown: A Peanuts Collection. Scharles M Schulz. 2018. 96 pages. [Source: Library]
24. Rachel Ray. Anthony Trollope. 1863. 326 pages. [Source: Bought]
25. A Question of Time. Dina Anastasio. 1978. 90 pages. [Source: Bought]
26. Singing in the Shrouds. Ngaio Marsh. 1958. 240 pages. [Source: Bought]
27. Road Trip with Max and His Mom. Linda Urban. Illustrated by Katie Kath. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]

August
28. Family Tree. Katherine Ayres. 1996. 176 pages. [Source: Bought]
29. Property of the Rebel Librarian. Allison Varnes. 2018. Random House. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
30. The Day They Came To Arrest The Book. Nat Hentoff. 1982. 176 pages. [Source: Book I bought]
31. Prophet. Frank E. Peretti. 1992. Crossway. 416 pages. [Source: Bought]

September
32. So B. It. Sarah Weeks. 2004. 288 pages. [Source: Library]
33. Soof. Sarah Weeks. 2018. Scholastic. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy]
34. P.S. I Still Love You. (To All The Boys I've Loved Before #2) Jenny Han. 2015. Simon & Schuster. [Source: Library]
35. The Opposite of Innocent. Sonya Sones. 2018. 272 pages. [Source: Library]

October
36. Little Men. Louisa May Alcott. 1871. 329 pages. [Source: Bought]
37. A Heart in a Body in the World. Deb Caletti. 2018. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
38.  Agnes Grey. Anne Bronte. 1847. 224 pages. [Source: Bought]

November
December

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  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
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