Friday, December 14, 2018

2019 Reading Challenges: Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks

2019 Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks
Host: Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks (sign up)
January - December 2019
# of books: 52


1. 84, Charing Cross Road. Helene Hanff. 1970. 97 pages. [Source: Library]
2. The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. John Hendrix. 2018. Harry N. Abrams. 176 pages. [Source: Review copy]
3. Winnie's Great War. Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2018. Little, Brown. 244 pages. [Source: Library]
4. Love to Everyone. Hilary McKay. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
5. The Diary of a Young Girl. Anne Frank (The Definitive Edition). Edited by Otto Frank and Mirjam Pressler. Translated by Susan Massotty. 1947/1996. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
6. Journey of the Pale Bear. Susan Fletcher. 2018. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
7. The Princess Bride. William Goldman. 1973/2003. 398 pages. [Source: Bought]
8. Healing Hearts. Sarah M. Eden. 2019. Shadow Mountain. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
9. Hattie Big Sky. Kirby Larson. 2006. 289 pages. [Source: Library]
10. Speak. Laurie Halse Anderson. 1999. 224 pages. [Source: Library]
11. Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation. Adapted by Ari Folman. Original text by Anne Frank. Illustrated by David Polonsky. 2018. 160 pages. [Source: Review copy]
12. Miss Buncle's Book. D.E. Stevenson. 1934. 304 pages. [Source: Bought]
13. Shout. Laurie Halse Anderson. 2019. Penguin. 304 pages. [Source: Library]
14. The Only Woman in the Room. Marie Benedict. 2019. Sourcebooks. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
15. They Found Him Dead. Georgette Heyer. 1937/2019. Sourcebooks. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
16. Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen. 1811. 409 pages. [Source: Bought]
17. Resistance. Jennifer A. Nielsen. 2018. Scholastic. 385 pages. [Source: Review copy]
18. The Tempest. William Shakespeare. 1623. 127 pages. [Source: Bought]
19. Howl's Moving Castle. Diana Wynne Jones. 1986/2001. 329 pages. [Source: Bought]
20. Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of '80s and '90s Teen Fiction. Gabrielle Moss. 2018. Quirk Books. 256 pages. [Source: Library]
21. Ten Cents A Dance. Christine Fletcher. 2008. Bloomsbury. 356 pages. [Source: Review copy]
22. The Convenient Marriage. Georgette Heyer. 1934. 322 pages. [Source: Bought]
23. Beverly, Right Here. Kate DiCamillo. 2019. Candlewick Press. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
24. Queen of the Sea. Dylan Meconis. 2019. Candlewick Press. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
25. From An Idea to Lego: The Building Bricks Behind the World's Largest Toy Company. Lowey Bundy Sichol. 2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 128 pages. [Source: Review copy]
26. The Victory Garden. Rhys Bowen. 2019. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
27. Mistress of the Ritz. Melanie Benjamin. 2019. Random House. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
28. Marie, Dancing. Carolyn Meyer. 2005. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]

29. I Always Loved You. Robin Oliveira. 2014. 343 pages. [Source: Library]
30. Lovely War. Julie Berry. 2019. 480 pages. [Source: Library]
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