Thursday, January 31, 2019

January Reflections

The year has gotten off to a GREAT start. I know that some people hate January, but not me...I love it. It has a tendency to make me GIDDY. I love the fresh starts and new possibilities.

January Totals

I have reviewed 74 books.
32 reviewed at Becky's Book Reviews.
23 reviewed at Young Readers
19 reviewed at Operation Actually Read Bible.

The total number of pages read is 14,571.

9,514 pages for books reviewed at Becky's Book Reviews.
1,472 pages for books reviewed at Young Readers.
3,585 pages for books reviewed at Operation Actually Read Bible.

New-to-me highlights
  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. Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster. Jonathan Auxier. 2018. 368 pages. [Source: Library]  
  4. Odd and the Frost Giants. Neil Gaiman. Illustrated by Brett Helquist. 2008. 117 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  5. Winnie's Great War. Lindsay Mattick and Josh Greenhut. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. 2018. Little, Brown. 244 pages. [Source: Library] 
  6. Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness. As told to Robert Specht. 1976. 342 pages. [Source: Bought]
  7. Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
  8. 84, Charing Cross Road. Helene Hanff. 1970. 97 pages. [Source: Library]
  9. Lost in the Antarctic: The Voyage of the Endurance. Tod Olson.  2019. Scholastic. 224 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  10. The Murder of Patience Brooke. (Charles Dickens Investigations #1)  J.C. Briggs. 2018. Sapere Books. 290 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  11. Express Train to Trouble (Miss Mallard Mystery) Robert M. Quackenbush. 1981/2018. 80 pages. [Source: Library] 
  12. The Purr-fect Scoop (Sprinkle Sundays #3) Coco Simon. 2018. 160 pages. [Source: Library] 
  13. Love to Everyone. Hilary McKay. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
  14. The Christmas Tree Who Loved Trains. Annie Silvestro. Illustrated by Paola Zakimi. 2018. HarperCollins. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  15. Meet Miss Fancy. Irene Latham. Illustrated by John Holyfield. 2019. Penguin. 32 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  16. Santa Bruce. Ryan T. Higgins. 2018. Disney-Hyperion. 40 pages. [Source: Library]
  17. What Is Given From the Heart. Patricia C. McKissack. Illustrated by April Harrison. 2019 [January]. 32 pages. [Source: Library]
  18. Board book: The Giant Jam Sandwich. Janet Burroway. Story and Pictures by John Vernon Lord. 1972/2018. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 28 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Re-reads highlights
  1. Grave Mercy. Robin LaFevers. 2012/2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 560 pages. [Source: Review copy]  
  2. Winnie the Pooh. A.A. Milne. Illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard. 1926. 163 pages. [Source: Review copy]
  3. Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083. Andrea White. 2005. 448 pages. [Source: Bought]
  4. The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
  5. Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]
  6. 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]  
  7. 4:50 From Paddington. (Miss Marple #8) Agatha Christie. 1957/2007. 288 pages. [Source: Bought] 
  8. Death in the Stocks. Inspectors Hannasyde & Hemingway #1) Georgette Heyer. 1935/2019. Sourcebooks. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
  9. Ballet Shoes. (Shoes #1) Noel Streatfeild. 1936/2018. Random House. 256 pages. [Source: Library] 
  

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3 comments:

fredamans 10:31 AM  

Happy February!

Angela 5:30 PM  

Oh wow, you had a really productive reading month. My reading month wasn't as productive as yours, but I did read more than I did in December and I read several books that I really loved. I was stuck in a reading rut before that where every book I read was okay, not awful but not great either. So it felt really good to finally read a few books that were really good!

Becky 5:39 PM  

Angela, my November and December were like that--I just was not enjoying what I was reading or enough of what I was reading. I love it when I "rediscover" reading in a passionate way ;) I probably can't keep up with that many books per month. But it's nice when it happens. I hope you have a great month in February.

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