Sunday, September 30, 2018

September Reflections

How many books have I read so far for the year? 431
How many board books or picture books have I read? 178
My favorite I read this month was:
Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise. David Ezra Stein. 2018. Candlewick. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
How many early readers or early chapter books have I read? 70
My favorite I read this month was:
Good Rosie. Kate DiCamillo. Illustrated by Harry Bliss. 2018. Candlewick Press. 32 pages. [Source: Library] 
How many contemporary books have I read? 35
My favorite I read this month was:
The Opposite of Innocent. Sonya Sones. 2018. 272 pages. [Source: Library]
How many speculative fiction books have I read? 30
My favorite I read this month was:
Bob. Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead. 2018. Feiwel & Friends. 208 pages. [Source: Library]
How many classics have I read? 38
My favorite I read this month was?
Frankenstein (Oxford World's Classics). Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. 1818/1998. 261 pages. [Source: Bought in College.]
How many historical fiction novels have I read? 47
My favorite I read this month was?
Promises and Primroses. Josi S. Kilpack. 2018. Shadow Mountain. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
How many mysteries? 31
My favorite I read this month was?
The Grave's A Fine and Private Place. Flavia de Luce #9. Alan Bradley. 2018. 365 pages. [Source: Library]
How many nonfiction? 50
My favorite I read this month was? 
Mary Shelley: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein's Creator. Catherine Reef. 2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
How many Christian fiction? 26
My favorite I read this month was? 
The Love Knot. Karen Witemeyer. 2018. 140 pages. [Source: Library]
How many Christian nonfiction? 62
My favorite I read this month was?
The Quotable Tozer. A.W. Tozer. Compiled by James L. Snyder. 2018. Bethany House. 369 pages. [Source: Review copy]
How many "new" books for the Good Rule challenge? 275
How many "old" books for the Good Rule challenge? 156
How many pages have I read so far for the year? 65,323 pages
Favorite short story or fairy tale of the month: Goblin Market
Favorite audio book of the month: Bleak House by Charles Dickens
Favorite Victorian quote:

There are deeds which will not bear a gloss, — sins as to which the perpetrator cannot speak otherwise than as a reptile; circumstances which change a man and put upon him the worthlessness of vermin. ~ Anthony Trollope


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1 comments:

fredamans 10:19 AM  

Over 400, wowsers!!! Happy October reading!!

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