Sunday, January 28, 2018

Week in Review: January 21-27

Favorite Book of the Week:
What I've Read and Reviewed

Board books and picture books:

10. Dear Girl. Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Paris Rosenthal. Illustrated by Holly Hatam. 2017. [December 2017] HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
11. Board book: Portly Pig. Axel Scheffler. 2018. Candlewick. 12 pages. [Source: Review copy]
12. Be A King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream and You. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by James E. Ransome. 2018. Bloomsbury. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
13.Snow. Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Lauren Stringer. 2008. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
14. I Don't Draw, I Color! Adam Lehrhaupt. Illustrated by Felicita Sala. 2017. Simon & Schuster. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Early readers and chapter books:

7. The Diary of a Killer Cat. Anne Fine. Illustrated by Steve Cox. 1994. FSG. 64 pages.
8. Mr. Putter and Tabby Paint the Porch. (Mr. Putter and Tabby #9) Cynthia Rylant. 2000. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
9. Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish (Mr. Putter and Tabby #10) Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. 2001. 44 pages. [Source: Library]
10. Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold. (Mr. Putter and Tabby #11) Cynthia Rylant. Arthur Howard, illustrator. 2002. 44 pages. [Source: Library]


7. Emily of New Moon. L.M. Montgomery. 1923. Bantam. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]

Historical Fiction:

8. Emily of New Moon. L.M. Montgomery. 1923. Bantam. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
9. The Chapel Car Bride. Judith Miller. 2017. Bethany House. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Christian Fiction:

4. The Chapel Car Bride. Judith Miller. 2017. Bethany House. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]

Christian Nonfiction:

9. Five English Reformers. J.C. Ryle. 1890. 150 pages. [Source: Bought]
10. Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification. Sinclair B. Ferguson. 2016. Banner of Truth. 296 pages. [Source: Library]

What I've Blogged

My Victorian Year #4 (Becky's Book Reviews)
My Victorian Year #4 (Operation Actually Read Bible)
Keep It Short #4
Me? Listen to Audio #3
Currently Reading #4
True or False with the Victorians #1

What I've Watched
  • History of Britain, disc 2
  • Call the Midwife, Christmas special and the first half of series 3
  • Victoria and Abdul (2x)  
  • Mrs. Brown
What I've Drank 
  • English Breakfast (7)
  • Green tea (15)
  • Fusion Green and White Tea (4)
  • Madagascar Vanilla (3)
  • Candy Cane Lane (2)
  • PG Tips (2) 
  • Cozy Chamomile (2)
  • White Tea
  • Earl Grey 
  • Orange Spice

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I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

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.

I am especially fond of:

  • 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
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • 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.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

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1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
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