Sunday, January 07, 2018

Week in Review: January 1-January 7

Favorite Book of the Week:
 What I've Read and Reviewed
Board books and Picture Books:
0. Make It Now: Animals. Geraldine Cosneau. 2018. HMH. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy][Novelty]
0. Make It Now: Princesses. Stephanie Rousseau. 2018. HMH. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy] [Novelty]
1. Lola Gets a Cat. Anna McQuinn. Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw. 2017. Charlesbridge. 28 pages. [Source: Library] (2016 in UK)
2. Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story. Sam Lloyd. 2006. 32 pages. [Source: Library] (2006, UK)
3. Mr. Pusskins and Little Whiskers: Another Love Story. Sam Lloyd. 2008. 32 pages. [Source: Library] (2007, UK)

Early Readers and Chapter Books:
1. The Story of Live Dolls. Josephine Scribner Gates. Illustrated by Mabel Rogers. 1901. 1920. 116 pages. [Source: Read online]

 Speculative Fiction:
1. The Story of Live Dolls. Josephine Scribner Gates. Illustrated by Mabel Rogers. 1901. 1920. 116 pages. [Source: Read online]
2. Reign the Earth. (The Elementae #1) A.C. Gaughen. 2018. Bloomsbury. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Historical Fiction:
1. Murder, Magic, and What We Wore. Kelly Jones. 2017. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
2. The Promise of Dawn. Lauraine Snelling. 2017. Bethany House. 386 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Mysteries
1. Murder, Magic, and What We Wore. Kelly Jones. 2017. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
2. Murder Past Due. Miranda James. 2010. 294 pages. [Source: Borrowed]

Classics:
1. The Story of Live Dolls. Josephine Scribner Gates. Illustrated by Mabel Rogers. 1901. 1920. 116 pages. [Source: Read online]

Nonfiction:
1. Fierce: How Competing for Myself Changed Everything. Aly Raisman. 2017. 368 pages. [Source: Library]

Christian Fiction
1. The Promise of Dawn. Lauraine Snelling. 2017. Bethany House. 386 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Christian Nonfiction
1. Kiss the Wave: Embracing God in Your Trials. Dave Furman. 2018. Crossway. 160 pages. [Review copy]
2. Coming Events and Present Duties. J.C. Ryle. 1879. 150 pages. [Source: Bought]
3. Enjoying God: Finding Hope in the Attributes of God. 1987/2017. 242 pages. [Source: Review copy]

What I've Blogged

What I've Watched
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • The King and I
  • Ivanhoe
  • Adventures of Robin Hood
  • The Truman Show
  • Call the Midwife season 1, Christmas episode of season 2
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Memorial Service for R.C. Sproul
  • When Calls the Heart Christmas Special

What I've Drank
  • English Breakfast (7)
  • Green Tea (19)
  • Candy Cane Lane (2)
  • PG Tips (2)
  • Pomegranate Raspberry Green Tea
  • Peppermint/White Tea
  • Sweet Dreams/White Tea
  • Sweet Harvest Pumpkin
  • Salted Caramel 
  • Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland
  • Cozy Chamomile/Buttermint
  • Sleepytime Peach (2)

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1 comments:

Kailana 7:07 AM  

Looks like a great start to the year!

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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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