Friday, November 30, 2018

November Reflections

How many books have I read so far for the year? 528 or 530.
How many board books or picture books have I read? 223
My favorite I read this month was:
Board book: Where's Ellie? A Hide and Seek Book. Salina Yoon. 2012. Random House. 18 pages. [Source: Review copy]
How many early readers or early chapter books have I read? 79
My favorite I read this month was:
Mr. Monkey Bakes a Cake. Jeff Mack. 2018. Simon and Schuster. 64 pages. [Source: Library]
How many contemporary books have I read? 42
My favorite I read this month was:
Echo's Sister. Paul Mosier. 2018. HarperCollins. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
How many speculative fiction books have I read? 34
My favorite I read this month was:
Whiskerella (Hamster Princess #5) Ursula Vernon. 2018. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
How many classics have I read? 47
My favorite I read this month was?
Wives and Daughters. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1866. 649 pages. [Source: Bought]
How many historical fiction novels have I read? 57
My favorite I read this month was?
River to Redemption. Ann H. Gabhart. 2018. Revell. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
How many mysteries? 33
My favorite I read this month was? didn't read any this month
How many nonfiction? 59
My favorite I read this month was? 
Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein. Lita Judge. 2018. 320 pages. [Source: Library]
How many Christian fiction? 31
My favorite I read this month was? 
Season of Grace. (Under Northern Skies #3) Lauraine Snelling. 2018. Bethany House. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
How many Christian nonfiction? 78
My favorite I read this month was?
Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of Matthew. J.C. Ryle. 1856. 432 pages. [Source: Bought]
How many "new" books for the Good Rule challenge? 342
How many "old" books for the Good Rule challenge? 186
How many pages have I read so far for the year? 85, 614
Favorite short story or fairy tale of the month: none
Favorite audio book of the month:
The Shadow of A Doubt. (A Play) Edith Wharton. 1901.  Introduced by Laura Rattray. Adapted for radio by Melissa Murray. Directed by Emma Harding. BBC Radio 3. Aired October 2018. 1 hour and a half.
Favorite Victorian quote:

  • Babbling may be a weakness, but to my thinking mystery is a vice. ~ Anthony Trollope

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Board book: I Love Classical Music

I Love Classical Music: My First Sound Book. Marion Billet. 2019. Scholastic. [Source: Review copy]

First sentence: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Turkish March. Watch the tigers move to the rhythm. Antonio Vivaldi. Spring from the Four Seasons. Look at the flowers and bugs spring to life!

Premise/plot: This board book "introduces" little ones to six selections of classical music from famous composers. The songs and artists included are as follows: Mozart's The Turkish March, Vivaldi's Spring, Strauss' The Radetzky March,  Schubert's The Trout Quintet, Tchaikovsky's Dance of the Mirlitons, and Paganini's The Campanella.

My thoughts: One of my favorite things about this one is that there is an off/on switch. Board books with batteries are tricky. On the one hand, they are usually fun. On the other hand, the batteries won't last all that long. The more beloved a book is, the quicker the battery dies. Then it is just SAD, SAD, super-sad. Little fingers can touch the 'buttons' on each spread to start and stop the music. Each song lasts under a minute.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

2019 Challenges: Charity Challenge

Charity Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up here)
Duration: January-December 2019
# of books: You decide
1. Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness. As told to Robert Specht. 1976. 342 pages. [Source: Bought]
2. Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. 2005. 448 pages. [Source: Bought]
3. 4:50 From Paddington. (Miss Marple #8) Agatha Christie. 1957/2007. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
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2019 Reading Challenges: Share-a-Tea

Host: Becky's Book Reviews
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Duration: January - December 2019
# of books: minimum of 4

I plan on posting a check-in post on the FOURTH SATURDAY of every month. The check-in posts for 2019 will be January 26, February 23, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, September 28, October 26, November 23, December 28.

1. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers. Illustrated by Luke Flowers. 2019. [March] Quirk. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli. Katherine Rundell. Illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams. 2018. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
3. Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness. As told to Robert Specht. 1976. 342 pages. [Source: Bought]
4.  A Garden in Paris. Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2005. 285 pages. [Source: Bought]
5. Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
6. The Murder of Patience Brooke. (Charles Dickens Investigations #1)  J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
7. Together Forever (Orphan Train #2) Jody Hedlund. 2018. Bethany House. 343 pages. [Source: Library]
8. The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
9. Not God Enough: Why Your Small God Leads to Big Problems. J.D. Greear. 2018. Zondervan. 237 pages. [Source: Review copy]10.
11. Winnie's Great War. Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2018. Little, Brown. 244 pages. [Source: Library]
12. The Plot Against America. Philip Roth. 2004. 391 pages. [Source: Library]
13. Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]
14. When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne. 1924. 100 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
15. Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927. 102 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
16. Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1926. 163 pages. [Source: Review copy] 


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2019 Reading Challenges: Victorian

Victorian Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews
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Duration: January - December 2019
Goal: Read a minimum of 4 Victorian books
Option A:  2019 Bingo CARD. Make a bingo by reading five books. Vertical. Horizontal. Diagonal.
I am challenging myself to get as many bingos as I can.

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The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling. 1893/1894. 138 pages. [Source: Bought]
A Book of Comfort for Those In Sickness. Philip Bennett Power. 1876/2018. Banner of Truth. 97 pages. [Source: Bought]

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2019 Reading Challenges: Georgian Reading Challenge

Georgian Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up here)
Duration: December 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019
# of books: minimum four

There will be seven check-in posts. February 16, 2019; April 6, 2019; May 18, 2019; July 6, 2019; September 7, 2019; November 2, 2019. December 28, 2019.
1. A Bound Heart. Laura Frantz. 2019. Revell. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
3. The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
4. Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]
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2019 Reading Challenges: Alphabet Soup (Authors)

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge (2019)
Host: Escape with Dollycas (sign up here)
January 2019 - December 2019
# of books: 26+  I'm aiming for three mostly-complete bowls. (Mostly complete means for me 20-22 letters per bowl.)

Bowl One: Board books, picture books, early readers, chapter books

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D This Is MY Fort! (Monkey and Cake #2) Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Olivier Tallec. 2019. [February] 56 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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H 1 Grumpy Bruce: A Counting Board Book. Ryan T. Higgins. 2018. Disney-Hyperion. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
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L Will Giraffe Laugh? Hilary Leung. 2019. [January 29] Scholastic. 38 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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Q Stairway to Doom (Miss Mallard Mysteries) Robert M. Quackenbush. 1983/2018. 80 pages. Source: Library]
R A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers. Fred Rogers. Illustrated by Luke Flowers. 2019. [March] Quirk. 144 pages. [Source: Review copy]
S Cracks in the Cone (Sprinkle Sundays #2) Coco Simon. 2018. 161 pages. [Source: Library]
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X Can You Find Pup? Vincent X. Kirsch. 2018. [October 23] Holiday House 32 pages. [Source: Library] and Jungle Animals. Xavier Deneux. 2018. Twirl. 20 pages. [Source: Library]
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Bowl Two: Middle grade/young adult

A Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. Jonathan Auxier. 2018. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
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G Odd and the Frost Giants. Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. 2008. 117 pages. [Source: Review copy]
H Very Rich. Polly Horvath. 2018. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
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K The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling. 1893/1894. 138 pages. [Source: Bought]
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M Seven Alone. Honore Willsie Morrow. 1926/1977. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Own]
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O Lost in the Antarctic: The Voyage of the Endurance. Tod Olson.  2019. Scholastic. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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R Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli. Katherine Rundell. Illustrated by Kristjana S. Williams. 2018. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
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W Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. 2005. 448 pages. [Source: Bought]
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Bowl Three: Adult 

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B The Murder of Patience Brooke. (Charles Dickens Investigations #1)  J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
C 4:50 From Paddington. (Miss Marple #8) Agatha Christie. 1957/2007. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
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H 84, Charing Cross Road. Helene Hanff. 1970. 97 pages. [Source: Library]
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R The Plot Against America. Philip Roth. 2004. 391 pages. [Source: Library]
S Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
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A Garden in Paris. Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2005. 285 pages. [Source: Bought]
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2019 Reading Challenges: Alphabet Soup

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge (2019)
Host: Escape with Dollycas (sign up here)
January 2019 - December 2019
# of books: 26+ I am going to try for six mostly complete bowls of soup (Mostly complete means for me 20-22 letters per bowl.)

Bowl One: picture books

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F Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Lindsay Mattick. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2015. Little, Brown. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
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M Meet Miss Fancy. Irene Latham. Illustrated by John Holyfield. 2019. Penguin. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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Bowl Two: board books, early readers, early chapter books

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J Jungle Animals. Xavier Deneux. 2018. Twirl. 20 pages. [Source: Library]
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O 1 Grumpy Bruce: A Counting Board Book. Ryan T. Higgins. 2018. Disney-Hyperion. 24 pages. [Source: Library]
P The Purr-fect Scoop (Sprinkle Sundays #3) Coco Simon. 2018. 160 pages. [Source: Library]
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T This Is MY Fort! (Monkey and Cake #2) Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Olivier Tallec. 2019. [February] 56 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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W Will Giraffe Laugh? Hilary Leung. 2019. [January 29] Scholastic. 38 pages. [Source: Review copy]
X Express Train to Trouble (Miss Mallard Mystery) Robert M. Quackenbush. 1981/2018. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
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Bowl Three: middle grade

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C Children of Jubilee. (Children of Exile #3) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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I I Survived The Children's Blizzard, 1888 (I Survived #16). Lauren Tarshis. 2018. 144 pages. [Source: Library]
J The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling. 1893/1894. 138 pages. [Source: Bought]
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O Odd and the Frost Giants. Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. 2008. 117 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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S Seven Alone. Honore Willsie Morrow. 1926/1977. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Own]
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V Very Rich. Polly Horvath. 2018. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
W Winnie's Great War. Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2018. Little, Brown. 244 pages. [Source: Library]
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Bowl Four: Young Adult


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S Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. 2005. 448 pages. [Source: Bought]
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V Veronica. (Sunfire #18) Jane Claypool Miner. 1986. Scholastic. 220 pages. [Source: Bought]
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Bowl Five: Adult

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B The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
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E Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]
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A Garden in Paris. Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2005. 285 pages. [Source: Bought]
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I Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
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M The Murder of Patience Brooke. (Charles Dickens Investigations #1)  J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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P The Plot Against America. Philip Roth. 2004. 391 pages. [Source: Library]
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T Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness. As told to Robert Specht. 1976. 342 pages. [Source: Bought]
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With You Always. (Orphan Train #1) Jody Hedlund. 2017. Bethany House. 359 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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Bowl Six: Nonfiction (all ages)

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F The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. 2018. Harry N. Abrams. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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I The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride. Daniel James Brown. 2009.  352 pages. [Source: Library]
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L Lost in the Antarctic: The Voyage of the Endurance. Tod Olson.  2019. Scholastic. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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2019 Reading Challenges: World at War Reading Challenge

World At War Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews
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Duration: January - December 2019
Goal: Get at least one bingo! (more are welcome, of course!)
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The categories:

_ Any book published 1914-1918
_ Any book published 1918-1924
_ Any book published 1925-1930
_ Any book published 1931-1938
_ Any book published 1939-1945
_ A nonfiction book about World War I
_ A nonfiction book about 1910s and 20s
_ A nonfiction book about 1920s and 30s
_ A nonfiction book about 1930s
_ A nonfiction book about World War II
_ A fiction book set during World War I
_ A fiction book set 1918-1924
_ A fiction book set in the 1920s
_ A fiction book set in the 1930s
_ A fiction book set during World War II
_ A book set in the United States or Canada
_ A book set in England, Ireland, or Scotland
_ A book set in Europe
_ A book set in Asia or Middle East
_ A book set elsewhere (a country/continent not already read for the challenge)
_ A book focused on "the war"
_ A book focused on "the homefront"
_ Watch any movie released in 1940s
_ Watch any movie released in the 1930s
_ Watch any movie about either war 

The rules:

  • Books, audio-books, e-books--all qualify
  • Books for any age group qualify--children's books/middle grade, young adult, adult
  • Rereads are allowed
  • Reviews are not required but if you do get the chance to review, please leave a link! 
  • You can create a reading list if you want, but it's not a requirement
  • If you do make a list, consider adding a list of five books you'd recommend to others
  • "Nonfiction" includes biography, autobiography, memoirs, diaries, letters, etc. Also "general" nonfiction--focus on a subject instead of one individual. For the 1920s and 1930s, you might for example read about the Depression, FDR, the Dust Bowl, Prohibition, jazz, harlem renaissance, early film-making, organized crime, Scopes Trial, Hindenburg, 1936 Olympics, etc. Any subject will do essentially.
  • Fiction can be "general" fiction, or, from a genre. For example, the "any book published..." could be fiction or nonfiction for any age group and from any genre. And fiction set during the specified times could be historical fiction, historical romance, historical mystery, historical fantasy, historical science fiction. For example, Connie Willis has two books where characters from the future time-travel back to World War II. These would qualify. 
For your convenience:

World War I

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Between World Wars

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World War II

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2019 Reading Challenges: Blogger Shame

Blogger Shame Challenge
Host: Herding Cats and Burning Soup (sign up here)
Duration: January - December 2019
# of books: I'm aiming for 42

I'll be trying to stick to this list I created on GoodReads. But there are hundreds of other books that qualify as well. So I may read other books and count them as well towards this one.

1. With You Always. (Orphan Train #1) Jody Hedlund. 2017. Bethany House. 359 pages. [Source: Review copy] *came out in June 2017
2. Nanea, Real Stories From My Time: Pearl Harbor (American Girl) Jennifer Swanson. 2018. Scholastic. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy] *came out in June 2018
3. The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. 2018. Harry N. Abrams. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4. The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
5. When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne. 1924. 100 pages. [Source: Review copy]
6. Odd and the Frost Giants. Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. 2008. 117 pages. [Source: Review copy]
7. Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927. 102 pages. [Source: Review copy]
8. Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1926. 163 pages. [Source: Review copy]
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2019 Reading Challenges: Read It Again, Sam

Read It Again, Sam
Host: My Reader's Block (sign up here)
Duration: January - December 2019
# of books: my goal is 48

January
1. Found: God's Will. John F. MacArthur Jr. 1972. 60 pages. [Source: Bought]
2. Veronica. (Sunfire #18) Jane Claypool Miner. 1986. Scholastic. 220 pages. [Source: Bought]
3. The Practice of the Presence of God. Brother Lawrence. 1691/1982. 96 pages. [Source: Bought]
4. The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
5. Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Lindsay Mattick. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2015. Little, Brown. 56 pages. [Source: Library]
6.  Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. 2005. 448 pages. [Source: Bought]
7. 4:50 From Paddington. (Miss Marple #8) Agatha Christie. 1957/2007. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
8. Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]
9.  When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne. 1924. 100 pages. [Source: Review copy]
10. Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927. 102 pages. [Source: Review copy]
11.  Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1926. 163 pages. [Source: Review copy]

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2019 Challenges Mount TBR

Mount TBR Reading Challenge
Host: My Reader's Block (sign up here)
Duration: January - December 2019
# of books: 36 -- Mt. Vancouver

January
1.  With You Always. (Orphan Train #1) Jody Hedlund. 2017. Bethany House. 359 pages. [Source: Review copy]
2. Nanea, Real Stories From My Time: Pearl Harbor (American Girl) Jennifer Swanson. 2018. Scholastic. 112 pages. [Source: Review copy]
3. Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness. As told to Robert Specht. 1976. 342 pages. [Source: Bought]
4. Children of Jubilee. (Children of Exile #3) Margaret Peterson Haddix. 320 pages. [Source: Review copy]
5.  A Garden in Paris. Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2005. 285 pages. [Source: Bought]
6.  The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. 2018. Harry N. Abrams. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
7. Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
8. The Murder of Patience Brooke. (Charles Dickens Investigations #1)  J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
9. The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
10. The Jungle Book. Rudyard Kipling. 1893/1894. 138 pages. [Source: Bought]
11.  Seven Alone. Honore Willsie Morrow. 1926/1977. Scholastic. 240 pages. [Source: Own]
12.  Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. 2005. 448 pages. [Source: Bought]
13. Searching for You (Orphan Train #3) Jody Hedlund. 2018. Bethany House. 341 pages. [Source: Review copy]
14. 4:50 From Paddington. (Miss Marple #8) Agatha Christie. 1957/2007. 288 pages. [Source: Bought]
15. Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]
16. When We Were Very Young. A.A. Milne. 1924. 100 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
17. Odd and the Frost Giants. Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. 2008. 117 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
18. Now We Are Six. A.A. Milne. 1927. 102 pages. [Source: Review copy]
19. Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1926. 163 pages. [Source: Review copy] 

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2019 Reading Challenges: Just the Facts, Ma'am (Vintage)

Just the Facts, Ma'am (Vintage Mystery Challenge)
Host: My Reader's Block (sign up here)
Duration: January - December 2019
# of books: at least 6; one from each category in the detective notebook; GOLDEN, PRE-1960

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2019 Reading Challenges: Calendar of Crime

Calendar of Crime
Host: My Reader's Block (sign up here)
Duration: January - December 2019
# of books: 12 mysteries


1) 4:50 From Paddington. (Miss Marple #8) Agatha Christie. 1957/2007. 288 pages. [Source: Bought] *investigation takes place in January
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1) The Murder of Patience Brooke. (Charles Dickens Investigations #1)  J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy] *crosses on the cover, as well as an angel; it is a cemetery but a cross is a cross is a cross.
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1) Stairway to Doom (Miss Mallard Mysteries) Robert M. Quackenbush. 1983/2018. 80 pages. Source: Library] Robert Quackenbush was born July 23, 1929.
2) Express Train to Trouble (Miss Mallard Mystery) Robert M. Quackenbush. 1981/2018. 80 pages. [Source: Library]
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Monday, November 26, 2018

My Victorian Year #49

I am currently reading RUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell and CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? by Anthony Trollope. I am enjoying both of these books very much. Both are rereads.

Quotes from Can You Forgive Her?
  • “And have I been too liberal, Mrs Greenow? What is a young turkey and a stick of celery when a man is willing to give everything that he has in the world?”
  • “There is nothing on earth, Mrs Greenow, I desire so much, as permission to dry those tears.” “Time alone can do that, Captain Bellfield; — time alone.”
  • “But cannot time be aided by love and friendship and affection?” “By friendship, yes. What would life be worth without the solace of friendship?”
  • “And how much better is the warm glow of love?” Captain Bellfield, as he asked this question, deliberately got up, and moved his chair over to the widow’s side.
  • “You shouldn’t think about handsome men, child,” said Mrs Greenow. “And I’m sure I don’t,” said Jeannette. “Not no more than anybody else; but if a man is handsome, ma’am, why it stands to reason that he is handsome.”    
Quotes from Ruth
  • I want to know how I am to keep remembering how old I am, so as to prevent myself from feeling so young?

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Currently #47

Something Old

Show Boat. Edna Ferber. 1926. 398 pages. [Source: Bought]

Ruth. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1853. 432 pages. [Source: Bought]

Can You Forgive Her? (Palliser #1) Anthony Trollope. 1865. 847 pages. [Source: Bought]

Christy. Catherine Marshall. 1967. 512 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Something New
The Bride of Ivy Green. Julie Klassen. 2018. Bethany House. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]
The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and the Peoples Temple. Jeff Guinn. 2017. 454 pages. [Source: Review copy]


How To Be A Perfect Christian. The Babylon Bee. 2018. 203 pages. [Source: Library]

Something Borrowed
Dry. Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman. 2018. Simon & Schuster. 390 pages. [Source: Library]
The Light Between Worlds. Laura E. Weymouth. 2018. HarperCollins. 320 pages. [Source: Library]

Something True 
ESV Systematic Theology Study Bible. 2017. Crossway. 1904 pages. [Source: Gift]

KJV Single Column. 2010. Thomas Nelson. 1632 pages. [Source: Bought]
Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense. Paul David Tripp. 2018. Crossway. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Numbers. (Thru the Bible #8) J. Vernon McGee. 1975. 204 pages. [Source: Bought]

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Friday, November 23, 2018

2018 Challenge Completed: Back to Classics

Back to the Classics 2018
Host: Books and Chocolate (sign up)
January - December 2018
# of books: 6 - 12

✔ 19th century classic
Mary Barton. Elizabeth Gaskell. 1848. 437 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔  20th century classic
East of Eden. John Steinbeck. 1952. 601 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ classic by a woman author
So Big. Edna Ferber. 1924/2005. Kessinger Publishing. 376 pages. [Source: Library]  
✔ classic in translation
The Ladies' Paradise by Emile Zola. 1883/2012. Oxford University Press. 438 pages. [Source: Library] 
✔  children's classic
Dream Life for Children. Mattie K. Foster. 1918. 178 pages. [Source: Read online]
✔ classic crime story
The Daughter of Time. Josephine Tey. 1951/1995. Simon & Schuster. 208 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔classic travel or journey narrative
Barracoon: The story of the Last Black Cargo. Zora Neale Hurston. Written in 1931. 2018. HarperCollins. 2018. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ classic with a single-word title
Herland. Charlotte Perkins Gilman. 1915/1979. 147 pages. [Source: Bought]
✔ classic with a color in the title
Agnes Grey. Anne Bronte. 1847. 224 pages. [Source: Bought] 
✔ classic by a new-to-you author
My Antonia. Willa Cather. 1918. 336 pages. [Source: LIBRARY]
✔ a classic that scares you
Crime and Punishment. Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Translated by David McDuff. 1866/2002. 671 pages. [Source: Library]
✔ re-read a favorite classic
Framley Parsonage. Anthony Trollope. 1861. 573 pages. [Source: Bought]

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Bah! Humbug!

Bah! Humbug! Michael Rosen. Illustrated by Tony Ross. 2017/2018. 192 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: "Your Scrooge mask?" Ray Gruber yelled as the family climbed into the car.

Premise/plot:  Harry Gruber is playing Scrooge in his school's production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. His father, Ray, a real-life Scrooge himself, is not pleased that he "has" to stop everything and attend the performance. Will Ray stop working long enough to watch his son shine as Scrooge? Will he tune in to the needs of his family? Or is he a lost cause?

My thoughts: This one was predictable. I won't lie. But it's predictable in a good way. It juxtaposes several stories. First, we have Rosen's adaptation of A Christmas Carol--the script Harry's performing. Second, we get a behind-the-scenes perspective as Harry is performing--on stage, off stage, in the audience. Third, we get to follow Ray as he undergoes a transformation not unlike Scrooge's.

I enjoyed this one and would recommend it.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever

P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever. Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter. Illustrated by Maria Tina Beddia. 2018. 32 pages. [Source: Library]

First sentence: A is for Aisle. The bread aisle has not been cleaned in aeons, and nine tiny beasts meet to have a feast.

Premise/plot: This book is not your traditional alphabet book. It is choosing to highlight words that "misbehave" in one way or another. Usually misbehaving words start with silent letters or break phonic rules in some way. Some letters are trickier to find examples for than others. Some choices make total sense--others not so much. There is a glossary and word pronunciation guide at the back of the book.

More examples:
  • C is for Czar. Shhh! The fascinating czar is secretly part Czech.
  • E is for Ewe. Eileen the ewe was so euphoric the wolves were eaten, she even gave the eulogy.
  • G is for Gnocchi. The gnome yells, "Waiter! There's a bright white gnat nibbling on my gnocchi!"
  • I is not for Eye. We asked the pirate if he has two eyes, and he said, "aye, aye!"
  • K is for Knight. The noble knight's knife nicked the knave's knee.
  • N is not for Knot. N is for naughty children who will sing a solemn hymn when autumn comes to an end. 
  • P is for Pterodactyl. Ptolemy the psychic pterodactyl struggles with psoriasis. 
  • T is for Tsunami. The charging tsunami washed away all of Tchaikovsky's tchotchkes. 
My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. I did. Granted, I am an adult. I'm not sure this is a picture book for actual children. As in children who are just beginning to read and sound out words. I'm not sure how it would work as a read aloud for a group. Perhaps it has some potential there! If you are planning to read it aloud, I'd recommend practice. (It's always a great idea to pre-read a book before reading it aloud anyway.)

Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Total: 7 out of 10

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Echo's Sister

Echo's Sister. Paul Mosier. 2018. HarperCollins. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
First sentence: Today is the first day of school, and it's gonna be fantastic. I think this as I sit on the toilet in the second-floor bathroom of the Village Arts Academy in New York City, looking at a page in my tiny journal with a list of things to say to all my new classmates.

Premise/plot: "El" is the narrator of Paul Mosier's second novel, Echo's Sister. (She hates her given name, LAUGHTER.) She's twelve and having a bit of a rough time--starting a new school, trying to make new friends, to find her place to fit and belong. But this isn't really that novel. Her perspective changes quite a bit after she learns her younger sister, Echo, has cancer. Talk about a BEFORE and AFTER. Will life ever be the same again? Would she really want it to?

My thoughts: I loved, loved, loved his first book, Train I Ride. I loved this one too. I loved spending time with El's family. I loved the focus on family and friends. I loved how El's new friend was really there for her. I loved the hope. This isn't a happy-happy carefree book. It has substance. But it isn't a sad sob story either. Like life itself--it's balanced.



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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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  • fantasy
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