Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July Reflections

How many books have I read so far for the year? 342

How many board books or picture books have I read? 139
My favorite I read this month was:
The Great Big Book of Friends. Mary Hoffman. Illustrated by Ros Asquith. 2018. 40 pages. [Source: Library]

How many early readers or early chapter books have I read? 62
My favorite I read this month was:
The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate. (Princess in Black #5) Shannon Hale. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2017. Candlewick Press. 96 pages. [Source: Review copy]

How many contemporary books have I read? 27
My favorite I read this month was:
Road Trip with Max and His Mom. Linda Urban. Illustrated by Katie Kath. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]

How many speculative fiction books have I read? 24
My favorite I read this month was:
Peter & Ernesto: A Tale of Two Sloths. Graham Annable. 2018. First Second. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]

How many classics have I read? 33
My favorite I read this month was?
Barracoon: The story of the Last Black Cargo. Zora Neale Hurston. 1931/2018. HarperCollins. 2018. 256 pages. [Source: Library]

How many historical fiction novels have I read? 32
My favorite I read this month was?
Rudi and the Distelfink. F.N. Monjo. Illustrated by George Kraus. 1972. 32 pages. [Source: Bought]

How many mysteries? 24
My favorite I read this month was?
Singing in the Shrouds. Ngaio Marsh. 1958. 240 pages. [Source: Bought]

How many nonfiction? 42
My favorite I read this month was?
The Storm of the Century. Al Roker. 2015. 320 pages. [Source: Library]

How many Christian fiction? 17
My favorite I read this month was?
More Than Meets the Eye. Karen Witemeyer. 2018. Bethany House. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]

How many Christian nonfiction? 52
My favorite I read this month was?
The Preacher's Catechism. Lewis Allen. 2018. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
How many "new" books for the Good Rule challenge? 212
How many "old" books for the Good Rule challenge? 130
How many pages have I read so far for the year? 51,363
Favorite short story or fairy tale of the month: Three Thanksgivings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Favorite audio book of the month: Dr. Thorne by Anthony Trollope
Favorite Victorian quote:

Don Quixote took windmills for giants and sheep for armies; d'Artagnan took every smile for an insult and every glance for a provocation. (Dumas, Three Musketeers, 8) 

© 2018 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

1 comments:

fredamans 11:43 AM  

I couldn't imagine reading over 300 books in one year... wowsers! Happy August!

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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.

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:

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  • 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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