Saturday, March 31, 2018

March Reflections

How many books have I read so far for the year? 150

How many board books or picture books have I read? 50
My favorite I read this month was:
Let the Children March. Monica Clark-Robinson. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]

How many early readers or early chapter books have I read? 37
My favorite I read this month was:
Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page. (Mr. Putter & Tabby #23). Cynthia Rylant. Illustrated by Arthur Howard. 2014. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

How many contemporary books have I read? 9
My favorite I read this month was:
How To Stop Time. Matt Haig. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]

How many speculative fiction books have I read? 10
My favorite I read this month was:
Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2) Neal Shusterman. 2018. 5014 pages. [Source: Library]

How many classics have I read? 14
My favorite I read this month was?
Mary Barton. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1848. 437 pages. [Source: Bought]

How many historical fiction novels have I read? 15
My favorite I read this month was?
Ashes on the Moor. Sarah M. Eden. 2018. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]

How many mysteries? 7
My favorite I read this month was?
The Daughter of Time. Josephine Tey. 1951/1995. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]

How many nonfiction? 15
My favorite I read this month was?
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. Susan Hood. Illustrated by Selina Alko, Sophie Blackall, Lisa Brown, Hadley Hooper, Emily Winfield Martin, Oge Mora, Julie Morstad, Sara Palacios, LeUyen Pham, Erin K. Robinson, Isabel Roxas, Shadra Strickland, and Melissa Sweet. 2018. HarperCollins. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

How many Christian fiction? 1
My favorite I read this month was?
Phoebe's Light. (Nantucket Legacy #1) Suzanne Woods Fisher. 2018. Revell. 345 pages. [Source: Review copy]

How many Christian nonfiction? 25
My favorite I read this month was?
The Gospel According to God: Rediscovering the Most Remarkable Chapter in the Old Testament. John F. MacArthur. 2018. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]

How many "new" books for the Good Rule challenge? 90
How many "old" books for the Good Rule challenge? 60

How many pages have I read so far for the year? 23, 321

Favorite short story or fairy tale of the month: There were so many I enjoyed this month. I loved "Charlotte's Ladies." But I think I loved, loved, loved "The Garden of Spices."

Favorite audio book of the month: The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

Favorite Victorian quote:
It's impossible to leap over nature solely by means of logic! Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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fredamans 8:47 AM  

Happy Easter and happy April!

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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.

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