I read nearly 60 books this last year. Yay! Some were pretty short, but I managed to get a good deal of loooong ones in, too.
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
This was such an amazing book. It is in my top five favorite books. It was so beautiful and well written and sad. There’s not question why it has remained a classic over a century and a half later.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
Magic for Marigold by L. M. Montgomery
This was such a rotten book! I was so sad, I thought it would be terrific because of the author, but I hated it.
Puddin’head Wilson by Mark Twain
Heart of the Wilderness by Janette Oke
A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke
First Test by Tamora Pierce
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
I loved Inkheart! It was just as good as the movie (although the movie’s a bit lame, I love it) and I was glad to not be disappointed. The way Cornelia makes books even more magical then they are, and she does so much with a simple concept!
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
This book used to be a favorite, but as I read it this time, it didn’t have the same wonderfulness. Still a good book, and interesting, but not quite what it used to be. “We shall either live by believing one another, or, by not believing, die.”
War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Danger at the Zoo by Kathleen Ernst
The Secret of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit
Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West
Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
Peter Pan can seem like a very sad book. Because it is. It’s also a truly magical book, but it was depressing this time around. I still love it though, because, how can you not?
Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy
Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
How can you not love it? I had read the book once before (in addition to reading an abridged version millions of times) but this read I liked it even more!
Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
This was my year of Jane Austen. Several of these are gems, but after the fourth book, you might find yourself a little tired of the same plot lines, romances, and even characters being in every book. Still, it is obvious to me why she is such a renowned author.
Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Pattillo Beals
Super human Habits by Tynan
The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution by Dr. Phil
Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket books 1-8
Sigh… these books are… unfortunate. And wonderful.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
Set Apart Feminity by Leslie Ludy
Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird
When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy
No Flying in the House by Betty Brock
Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson
The Queen’s Own Fool by Jane Yolen
The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Willoughbys took me back to my childhood. It’s an awesome book perfect for children like I was.
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
This book was rather boring, but wow, it was interesting in that it was so, so different than the movie. It was sad. That’s a fact.
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
The Passing Throng by Edgar A. Guest
Ballet Shoes, Theater Shoes, and Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield
I can’t even describe how much I love the Shoe books.
Once: Six Historically Inspiried Fairytales by Various authors books 1-3
Of Knights and Fair Maidens by Jeff and Danielle Myers
All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket books 1 and 2
I love these books, it pulls together so much of Snicket’s life, and, while asking all the wrong questions, answers some at the same time. A must read for all Lemony Snicket fans.
So those are most of the books I read last year. There’s a few others I read that I didn’t record, and I can’t recall what they are, but that’s most of them.
Thank you for skimming this long-winded post.
Have you read any of these? Have you ever kept a book log?