December 2017 Recap

For feeling like I was in a lengthy reading slump to end the year my year-end total is a surprising 230 books. Surprising, because that’s my “books read for me” total – it isn’t counting all the kids’ books I read.

This is why Goodreads shows me at 374 books finished for the year, and even that isn’t completely right but I refuse to look into it because I will want to obsess over it and that is a poor use of my time. So. A lot of books, which Yay! Books!

The Month in Stats

Books Read This Month: 13
Books Read This Year: 230

Things That Happened

  • Book club – we did a recap of the year-in-books for my in-person book club and Swear on This Life in the Facebook group.
  • Christmas, which ended up being much more eventful than I wanted. M had a reaction to something (we’re suspecting it was pistachios) and had major face-swelling and several days of woe.
  • Basketball had some games and then took a three-week hiatus.
  • H passed her taekwondo belt testing and is now a senior red belt. Next stop: black belt!
  • We did “holiday school,” which meant more holiday book reading, less official reading from the Instructors Guides. Plus H had a few days where all she did was art.

What I’m Anticipating in January

  • Back to basketball. This is when I really appreciate it – it’s SO COLD here and the kids don’t manage to play outside much. Basketball gets them running around and burning off energy a couple of times a week which is fantastic.
  • Disney on Ice with the girls (and H’s Girl Scout troop).
  • G gets braces. Yes, braces. Phase one, and it will hopefully make for a simpler phase two down the road by getting some more space in his mouth right now.
  • A visit to the allergist, to try and confirm what caused M’s reaction, and possibly to get a prescription to an EpiPen if it turns out to be necessary.
  • Girl Scout cookie sales begin – I hadn’t realized they started right after the new year. H was wanting to go around the neighborhood like G did with his Cub Scout popcorn, but when it’s below freezing here (and below zero with the wind chill) that isn’t going to happen. I’m hoping she can still reach her goal because she has her heart set the reward at a specific level. 🙂
  • Book club – Around the World in 80 Days for my in-person book club and The Gifts of Imperfection in the Facebook group.

Books I Read in December

I shared the list of books I read in a recent post.

Not that many readalouds finished, because I wasn’t counting our Christmas books. I just was reading them.


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Books I Read in December 2017

I had about a two-week stretch in the middle of the month where I read almost nothing, so really, my reading total is surprisingly high. I was pushing the last few days to wrap up a few titles before the end of the year, to avoid carrying them over into 2018.

My local bookclub is doing a read-around-the-world theme for 2018 (and probably 2019 as well) and I’m on the hunt for a great book set in Scotland for us to read and discuss. I’ve tried two mysteries and I’m still looking. 🙂

    Fiction

  1. King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner

    A re-read as I listened to the audio, to get ready to read the next in the series. Also, just because I adore this series.

  2. A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

    I decided to read this one first, and then I’ll listen to it later (I already own the audio). This one features a different main character, so I missed the usual narrator, but it’s still in that fabulous world MWT has created.

  3. Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

    Probably too gory to be the discussion book I was hoping to find, so I’m still looking for the right Scotland book for my local book club.

  4. Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

    I enjoy this series, except for the drawn-out battle scenes. I have so little interest in descriptions of battle tactics. Fortunately, those are easy to either skip ahead and miss and get back to the rest of the story.

  5. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

    A sweet follow-up to Garden Spells. Once I adjusted to Bay as the primary narrator, I enjoyed this as a very light read.

  6. Death of a Gossip by M. C. Beaton

    Too dated and not enough depth to it for it to be a good fit for my book club. The hunt continues for the perfect Scotland book.

  7. Nonfiction

  8. Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall

    LOVED this geopolitical look at the world and history and why some regions are so contentious.
    I listened to it, and the narrator was good, but it’s one where the lack of maps to actually show what they’re describing is a drawback to the audiobook.

  9. The Alpine Path: The Story of My Career by L.M. Montgomery

    I enjoyed the peek into the creation of some of her famous stories, but overall it was such a brief overview it left me wanting more depth and detail.

  10. Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, And 3 RVs On Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure by David Rosenfelt

    Entertaining story behind a move from Southern California to Maine with 25 (large) dogs. Animal lovers should love the book, but it’s not a must-read for anyone else.

  11. Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

    I think my expectations were too high for it, as I was mostly underwhelmed by it. If I hadn’t gone into it remembering all the peole who said it was AMAZING and TRANSFORMATIVE I probably wouldn’t have felt so let-down by it.

  12. Kid Lit

  13. My Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

    Well-written and engaging middle-grade historical fiction. My perspective on Cuba is so skewed from growing up in Florida, knowing many Cuban refugee families with nothing at all good to say about Castro and his government. I appreciated learning about some of what it was like there as he took power, and especially reading about the successful literacy push.

  14. The Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

    The sequel to Book Scavenger, and it was someone more graphic – the secondary plot line involved an arsonist, and there’s more personal risk to the characters. I do enjoy the characters and setting, and as long as I’m in the mood to suspend disbelief over several plot points, it’s a fun read.

  15. I Saw Three Ships by Elizabeth Goudge

    Old-fashioned Christmas story. I was pre-reading it as a possible readaloud for my kids, but quickly realized they would not have enjoyed it.

  16. Never Finished

  17. The Expats by Chris Pavone

    I abandoned it still with hours of reading time left in the book and got an overall plot summary of it from someone else. Nothing I was told about it made me regret not finishing it on my own, as the book isn’t a good match for my reading tastes.

  18. The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

    Too much Jane Eyre in one year left me uninterested in finishing this retelling.


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New on the Stack in December 2017

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Nonfiction

Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: January’s book club selection, and listening to it wasn’t happening.

The Alpine Path coverThe Alpine Path: The Story of My Career by L.M. Montgomery

How did I get it: Bought a Kindle copy.
Why did I get it: January’s book club selection for my LMM group.

Prisoners of Geography coverPrisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics by Tim Marshall

How did I get it: Borrowed it via audio from the library.
Why did I get it: It sounded interesting.

Dogtripping coverDogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, And 3 RVs On Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure by David Rosenfelt

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: My mom told me I had to read it.

Fiction

Emily of New Moon coverEmily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery

How did I get it: Used bookstore find, passed along by a friend.
Why did I get it: 2018 is the year of Lucy Maud Montgomery! I’m part of a group reading thorugh her books this year.

Emily Climbs coverEmily Climbs by Lucy Maud Montgomery

How did I get it: Used bookstore find, passed along by a friend.
Why did I get it: Will be reading in 2018.

Emily's Quest coverEmily’s Quest by Lucy Maud Montgomery

How did I get it: Used bookstore find, passed along by a friend.
Why did I get it: Will be reading in 2018.

Pat of Silver Bush coverPat of Silver Bush by Lucy Maud Montgomery

How did I get it: Used bookstore find, passed along by a friend.
Why did I get it: Will be reading in 2018.

Mistress Pat coverMistress Pat by Lucy Maud Montgomery

How did I get it: Used bookstore find, passed along by a friend.
Why did I get it: Will be reading in 2018.

Further Chronicles of Avonlea coverFurther Chronicles of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery

How did I get it: Used bookstore find, passed along by a friend.
Why did I get it: Will be reading in 2018.

Akin to Anne coverAkin to Anne by Lucy Maud Montgomery

How did I get it: Used bookstore find, passed along by a friend.
Why did I get it: Will be reading in 2018.

A Conspiracy of Kings coverA Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the Queen’s Thief series. I decided I wanted to read it first, and then listen to the audio. Will be reading in 2018.

First Frost coverFirst Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Sequel to Garden Spells

Black Powder War coverBlack Powder War by Naomi Novik

How did I get it: Borrowed it via audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the Temeraire series.

Knots and Crosses coverKnots and Crosses by Ian Rankin

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Looking for a great Scotland book for my local bookclub to discuss.

Death of a Gossip coverDeath of a Gossip by M. C. Beaton

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Looking for a great Scotland book for my local bookclub to discuss.

Crocodile on the Sandbank coverCrocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: My friend Katie really recommends this series, and so I’m giving it another try.


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Introducing January’s Book Club Selection: The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown cover

The Gifts of Imperfection

Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are: Your Guide to a Wholehearted Life by Brené Brown

What’s It About?

(Description from Goodreads)

New York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown offers a powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough.

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we’d no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can’t keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn’t everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, PhD, a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she’s learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living–a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough, and to go to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.

Why Was This Title Selected

I was looking for a discussable nonfiction title, Brown has been on my “To Read” list for ages, and I thought this would be a nice one to begin the new year.

Anything Else to Know About It?

The discussion will begin soon in the Facebook group, and you’re welcome to come and join us.

It’s available in Print, for Kindle or Nook, or on Audible.

What’s Coming Up Next?

The Death of Ivan Ilyich coverThe Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy

What’s it about? “A middle-aged high-court judge who had never thought about his own mortality, Ivan Ilyich must readjust his thinking when he learns he has a terminal illness.”

Find the book: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads

See all the books we’ll be reading in 2018 here.


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2018 Reading Resolutions

2018 Reading Resolutions and GoalsI don’t always make reading resolutions, but next year my goals are:

  1. Finish book club selections the month before the discussion begins. I had one or two months where I was wrapping it up during the first days of the discussion and I prefer being completely ready to go when the discussion begins.

    What will I be reading? My Facebook book club choices have been announced. My in-person book club selections aren’t all finalized, but for 2018 we’re doing an “around the world” theme and reading books set in different countries all year long. I’m super excited about this plan. I’ve also joined a group that’s reading one Lucy Maud Montgomery title a month, and I’m looking forward to reading her beyond her Anne of Green Gables stories.

    Why this goal? It makes it easier when I’m not scrambling to get the book read right before the discussion. Plus, for my own group, I like being able to give everyone else a heads-up about any possible content issues.

  2. Each month, tackle one book off my “learn something new” nonfiction list. I don’t have to finish the book, but I need to at least either read it or know that I’m not going to read it.

    Why this goal? I want to make some progress on reading books on that list, and not just keep endlessly adding to it. Also, getting two books off the list in one month gives me grace for a future month. I need to get 12 off the list for the year. If I get on a roll and take care of 12 super early in the year then it’s yay me. It does not have to truly be one-each-month.)

  3. Clean up my Goodreads “Want to Read” shelf. I’ve been slowly working my way through it (more on this later) and I’d like to get that project completed next year.

    Why this goal? Currently, there are so many books on that list it’s losing its usefulness to me.

These goals were all written in part using ideas from Jon Acuff’s book Finish. So while I want to make ALL THE GOALS! I’m dialing it back, to help ensure I actually FINISH them all. I’m so good at starting projects, and not so good at finishing them. Starting something new is always more fun than finishing up the last bits of an old project.


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November 2017 Recap

The Month in Stats

Books Read This Month: 17
Books Read This Year: 217

Things That Happened

  • Book club – At Home in the World for my in-person book club and Ordinar Grace in the Facebook group.
  • Thanksgiving, with a pie extravaganza.
  • Basketball began. H doesn’t like it as much as soccer, but she’s liking it more every time she plays or practices. G has improved quite a bit, but it’s still not his game. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is his last year playing. Although, it’s such a good time of year to have a scheduled (indoor!) activity for them.
  • G received his 1st degree decided black belt (the one with his name on it). Super exciting!
  • Both big kids started jiu-jitsu. They usually only go once, maybe twice a week, but they seem to enjoy it.

What I’m Anticipating in December

  • Belt testing! H is going for her senior red belt.
  • Our 15th anniversary. We have no special plans.
  • Christmas! I am not ready.
  • Lots of Scout activities – both Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts.
  • Book club – no official title (just enjoying the end-of-the-year party) for my in-person book club and Swear on This Life in the Facebook group.

Books I Read in November

I shared the list of books I read in a recent post.

I feel like I should have finished more readalouds with the kids, but these are all I could remember.


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4 Books Being Made into Movies in 2018

Looking ahead at next year, there are FOUR movies based on books coming out that I’m actually excited about possibly seeing. Any of these on your must-see list?

1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

I can’t decide if I’m incredibly excited about this or terrified.This is one of my favorite books of all time, so the potential is high for me to be bitterly disappointed.

The potential for it to be amazing is also there, and I can’t wait to see the scenery.

Releases April 2018, under the name Guernsey.

2. Ready Player One by Earnest Cline

While reading the book I kept thinking “I’m sure this will be a movie someday” and look! It will be. Fast-paced, with lots of potential to showcase fun special effects, I can see this appealing to many who would never have given the book a try.

Releases March 2018.

3. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

I am *so* curious to see how they end up portraying some of the characters and events from the novel, and if it’s done well, it should be fabulous.

Releases March 2018.

4. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

The potential for beautiful costumes and scenery is high for this one, the only one of the group I haven’t actually read. If I decide I need to see the movie I’ll have to read it first.

Exact release date TBD.

Books Being Turned Into Movies in 2018


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Books I Read in November 2017

November was in many ways a disappointing reading month for me; I felt like I was in a slump most of the month, although the books I finished I mostly enjoyed.

“Having” to read anything I’m not enjoying really does keep me from reading other things instead. I drag myself through the must-read book, but feel too guilty to spend any time reading something I’d prefer.

While I know I don’t truly “have” to read anything now that I’m out of school, when it’s a book club pick that I selected for my own book club, I do feel obligated. Plus, I made it through The Diamond Age; I wasn’t going to let Swear on This Life stump me.

    Fiction

  1. Glass Houses by Louise Penny

    I loved reading this latest in the Armand Gamache series, and did my best to savor it, as now I have to wait until another one releases. I love how she’s developed the characters, and always enjoy spending time with them.

  2. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

    Read for bookclub, as it’s our January selection. We’re kicking off an around-the-world theme, and I’m excited to select books from various countries for us to read all year long.

    We’ve got some good ones lined up already (Burial Rites!), and other strong possibilities we’re still debating.

    I enjoyed this one, especially the excellent narrating job Jim Dale did.

  3. The Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn

    The next in the series, and I didn’t like the setting of this one quite so much – I was fairly confused by the description of what was happening when, as well as the organizational structure (which ended up not mattering at all to the plot).

    I’d probably have liked it more if I’d ever been to the Tower of London, but I had to satisfy myself with some Googling and looking at pictures online to get a better sense of the locale.

  4. Swear on This Life by Renée Carlino

    Book club selection for December, and the only reason I finished it is because it is a book club selection. It was not a good fit for me, and I thought it was poorly written and plotted, even if the style of the book had been a good match for my tastes. Overall I was super disappointed with it, and hope the discussion proves to be better than the book.

  5. Christmas with Anne by L.M. Montgomery

    Another book club selection, and I listened to these stories. They were all very sweet, and very fitting for this time of year; I’m debating keeping an eye out for a print copy of the book to be able to reread it in future years.

  6. The Red Door by Charles Todd

    Continuing on with the Ian Rutledge series, and it’s always fairly disappointing when I figure out the solution. Although I guessed the big secret, and who was behind events, I don’t fully understand the motivation behind the one murder. I probably mised it while listening to the audio with my kids playing nearby; sometimes they get pretty loud and it’s easy to miss details on the audio books.

  7. Nonfiction

  8. Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

    My first Acuff book, and hopefully not my last. I also think I’d like to get this in print, as that’s easier for me to make notes from. This was really good, as much of what he says is what I need to hear (so good at starting; so bad at finishing).

  9. Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain

    Uneven, but when it was good it was so good. I laughed many times, and was very glad I was listening to it via earbuds. Way too much profanity and drug and sex mentions to be comfortable listening when my kids might hear.

  10. The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival by Alexe van Beuren and Dixie Grimes

    I spent the worst two years of my childhood living in Mississippi, and have never once felt any desire to go back there. This book actually made me wish I lived close enough to stop by their grocery, to try some of the delicious-sounding dishes. The contrast between her experiences moving there as an outsider and mine were striking.

  11. The 5 A.M. Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders

    Checked out accidentally, and read more or less randomly. It’s very rah-rah motivational speaker in tone, and the contrast between some of what he advised, and what Acuff advised in the Finish book I’d just completed before reading this one was striking. Spoiler alert: I liked Acuff’s book more, and found it more inspiring in a “I might put this into practice” kind of way.

  12. Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

    Another one kind of randomly checked out, when I was in the mood to peruse a cookbook. The writing style was amusing initially, but I got tired of it before I was even halfway through the book. I’m also not vegan, and very few of the recipes motivated me to want to go to any effort to try their dishes that involved ingredients I don’t already own.

  13. Kid Lit

  14. Love that Dog by Sharon Creech

    Super cute middle-grade novel-in-verse.

  15. Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech

    The sequel, which was just as enjoyable.

  16. Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford

    It’s so hard to follow a book that completely wows me as a reader. This one was good, but it lacked the “THIS IS AWESOME” factor that the first one had. And it couldn’t have it, because it was a follow-up. Still worth reading, and it still makes me wish this was a real location I could visit.

  17. Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

    Probably unrealistically optimistic and happy considering the situation the main character finds herself in, but I loved the main character and so many of the secondary characters.

    This is why I love middle-grade fiction because if this had been a young adult or new adult book, the happy ending wouldn’t have happened. Sorry if that’s a spoiler to you, but there was never any doubt in my mind how things would end up for her; it’s a middle-grade title. 😉

  18. North of Nowhere by Liz Kessler

    Kind of an odd book, and hard to say more about it without running into potential real spoilers (unlike the not-real spoilers I gave able). Overall I liked it, and think most middle-grade fans would.

  19. Wishtree by Katherine Applegate

    Beautiful book (as in, the book itself, and the story too). You’ve got to suspend disbelief quite a bit, but as long as you can manage that, you’re in for a fun read.


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New on the Stack in November 2017

Welcome to New on the Stack, where you can share the latest books you’ve added to your reading pile. I’d love for you to join us and add a link to your own post or Instagram picture sharing your books! It’s a fun way to see what others will soon be reading, and get even more ideas of books to add to my “I want to read that!” list.New on the Stack button

Nonfiction

Hello Mornings coverHello Mornings: How to Build a Grace-Filled, Life-Giving Morning Routine by Kat Lee

How did I get it: I pre-ordered a copy and was then sent a pre-release version.
Why did I get it: I have loved Hello Mornings and wanted to read Kat’s book.

Finish coverFinish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done by Jon Acuff

How did I get it: Borrowed it via audio from the library.
Why did I get it: He’s been on my list to try and when one of his audio books was available immediately I took it as a good chance to try him.

The 5AM Miracle coverThe 5 A.M. Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I was searching for a different title in my library’s online catalog, and mistakenly clicked “borrow” on this one. Note to self: don’t try and scroll the catalog when you’re that tired that you can barely see straight.

Medium Raw coverMedium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook by Anthony Bourdain

How did I get it: Borrowed it via audio from the library.
Why did I get it: He makes me laugh, and I’ve been meaning to try this one for some time.

The B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook coverThe B.T.C. Old-Fashioned Grocery Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Revival by Alexe van Beuren and Dixie Grimes

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It popped up as a recommended title for me via my library website.

Thug Kitchen coverThug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck

How did I get it: Borrowed it from Amazon’s Prime library.
Why did I get it: Why not?

The Daniel Plan coverThe Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life by Rick Warren, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Another “accidental” borrow along the lines of the 5 AM Miracle.

Fiction

Christmas with Anne coverChristmas with Anne by L.M. Montgomery

How did I get it: Borrowed it via audio from the library.
Why did I get it: A book group I joined is reading through many of Montgomery’s titles. This is December’s book.

In a Dry Season coverIn a Dry Season by Peter Robinson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the Alan Banks series.

The Bloody Tower coverThe Bloody Tower by Carola Dunn

How did I get it: Borrowed it via audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the Daisy Dalrymple series.

The Red Door coverThe Red Door by Charles Todd

How did I get it: Borrowed it via audio from the library.
Why did I get it: Next in the Ian Rutledge series.

The Expats coverThe Expats by Chris Pavone

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Considering it as a possibility for my in-person bookclub.

Once Upon a Rose coverOnce Upon a Rose by Laura Florand

How did I get it: Kindle freebie.
Why did I get it: An acquaintance raved over it.

Swear on This Life coverSwear on This Life by Renée Carlino

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: December’s book for my bookclub.

The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites

How did I get it: Kindle Prime selection.
Why did I get it: It sounded the most appealing of all the options.

The Flight of Gemma Hardy coverThe Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Catherine said nice things about it.

Ghosts of Greenglass House coverGhosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Sequel to Greenglass House.

Waiting for Normal coverWaiting for Normal by Leslie Connor

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Someone in my book group recommended it.

Love That Dog coverLove that Dog by Sharon Creech

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Novel in verse!

Hate That Cat coverHate that Cat by Sharon Creech

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Another novel in verse.

North of Nowhere coverNorth of Nowhere by Liz Kessler

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember why this one was on my TBR.

My Brigadista Year coverMy Brigadista Year by Katherine Paterson

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s the newest release by Katherine Paterson – what more reason would I need?

Wishtree coverWishtree by Katherine Applegate

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Someone in my book group recommended it.

The Unbreakable Code coverThe Unbreakable Code by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: Sequel to Book Scavenger.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate coverThe Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: It’s been on my TBR for some time.

Real Friends coverReal Friends by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I love Shannon Hale.

the Vanderbeekers of 141st Street coverThe Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

How did I get it: Borrowed it electronically from the library.
Why did I get it: I don’t remember how I heard about this one!


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New on Your Stack (volume 30)

Some highlights from the books from last month’s linkup:


Renegades coverKate (Opinionated Book Lover) was first on her library holds list for Marissa Meyer’s new book Renegades. I am 15th on my library’s hold list. Sigh.

Why this makes me as sad as it does I’m not sure, since it’s not like I’m lacking in reading material. I’m hoping I love this one as much as I’ve loved her previous books.


Emily of New Moon coverJill (Days at Home) has all of the Emily books by Lucy Maud Montgomery on her reading stack this month. I’ve joined a Facebook group that is going to be reading a different Montgomery book every month next year, so I’ll finally be reading all of the Emily books.

I need to figure out which ones I own, and which ones I still will need to obtain, either by buying copies, or getting them from the library. As much as I try to minimize the books I add to my collection, I’m leaning towards buying the Emily books, justifying it that my kids will hopefully read them someday. Or at least my girls.


How To Ace the National Geographic Bee coverStacie (Sincerely Stacie) always has the most interesting National Geographic books in her monthly lists – this time it’s How To Ace the National Geographic Bee. I love those sorts of books, and so does my son.

I’ll keep this one in mind for future years when I think he’ll appreciate it more.


City of Shadows coverArwen (The Tech Chef) brought Jack Conner to my attention, and I’m curious about his book City of Shadows. I’m not entirely sure he’s the author for me – he describes himself as a “fantasy, horror, and science fiction author,” so it all depends on if the “horror” in that is in every book, or only some of his books that I can then avoid.


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