Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Reflections

How many books have I read so far for the year? I have read 250 books this year.
How many board books or picture books have I read? I have read 92!!!! So close to 100!
My favorite I read this month was:  
Goodbye Brings Hello. Dianne White. Illustrated by Daniel Wiseman. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 40 pages. [Source: Review copy]
How many early readers or early chapter books have I read? 52!
My favorite I read this month was: 
Who's a Pest? Crosby Newell Bonsall. 1962. Harper & Row. 64 pages. [Source: Bought] 
How many contemporary books have I read? 19
My favorite I read this month was: 
The Penderwicks on Gardam Street. Jeanne Birdsall. 2008. 308 pages. [Source: Library]
How many speculative fiction books have I read? 17
My favorite I read this month was: 
The Explorers: The Door in the Alley. Adrienne Kress. 2017. Random House. 320 pages. [Source: Library] 
How many classics have I read? 25
My favorite I read this month was? 
The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson, by One of the Firm. Anthony Trollope. 1862. 254 pages. [Source: Bought]
How many historical fiction novels have I read? 26
My favorite I read this month was? 
The Orphan Band of Springdale. Anne Nesbet. 2018. Candlewick. 448 pages. [Source: Library.]
How many mysteries? 18
My favorite I read this month was? 
Thirteen at Dinner. Agatha Christie. 1933. 228 pages. [Source: Bought] 
How many nonfiction? 27
My favorite I read this month was?  
How Sweet the Sound: the Story of Amazing Grace. Carole Boston Weatherford. Illustrated by Frank Morrison. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 48 pages. [Source: Library]
How many Christian fiction? 14
My favorite I read this month was? 
The Watcher. Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Bryan Collier. 2017. 42 pages. [Source: Library]
How many Christian nonfiction? 40
My favorite I read this month was? 
In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us To Reflect His Character. Jen Wilkin. 2018. Crossway. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
How many "new" books for the Good Rule challenge? 144
How many "old" books for the Good Rule challenge? 106
How many pages have I read so far for the year? 36,925
Favorite short story or fairy tale of the month: The White Cat
Favorite audio book of the month: The Secret Garden
Favorite Victorian quote:

 If people care more for my clothes than they do for me, I don’t wish to see them. ~ Jo in Little Women


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2 comments:

fredamans 1:28 PM  

250? WOW> Happy June!

Sue Jackson 5:02 PM  

WOW...my mouth is hanging open! 250 books so far this year - that's amazing! Even with almost 100 being picture books, that is STILL a LOT of reading - very impressive. Good for you! Sounds like you read a huge variety, too.

Just wanted to remind you that it is summer again....and time for another Big Book Summer Challenge! I hope you will consider joining the fun again!

Sue

2018 Big Book Summer Challenge

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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.

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  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
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  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

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