Who doesn't love books?
Okay, I realize there are a few but those are just crazy people....lol... actually, I believe those people were just never given the right books! My true passion for books started with this one:
That's how I started my post from last January in which I made a list of the books I wanted to read in 2014- you can see that list here. With the end of the year fast approaching, I wanted to review my list- determine if I still want to read the remaining books that I never got around to reading or finishing, and make a new list for the upcoming year.
All of the books from my 2014 list have been the main photograph of this blog all year. I went through and marked off all the books I actually did read- here they are:
NEWBERRY MEDAL BOOKS:
- When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
- Missing May by Cynthia Rylant
- Rifles For Waite by Harold Keith
And I just finally started reading last year's winner - Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo!
- Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons by Siegfried Englemann - I've read the parts I need to 'read' but we are still using it for the exercises so I don't count it as totally completed yet!
- Exploring America by Ray Notgrass - Book #2 aloud with my son for school
- Laying Down The Rails - Sonya Shafer
- The Early Years - Shafer & Smith
- All Day Charlotte Mason Seminar & The Books and Things Seminar - DVDs and workbooks presented by Simply Charlotte Mason
- A Charlotte Mason Education: A Homeschooling How -To Manual
THE WRITING CRAFT:
- Writing Picture Books: A Hands on Guide From Story to Creation by Ann Whitford Paul (Still Working on this one!)
- 2014 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market
- A Family of Readers - The Book Lover's Guide to Children's and Young Adult Literature (Still Working on This!)
- Honey For A Child's Heart - The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life (Still Working on This One Too!)
- The Orthodox Study Bible - yes, I've already read it 🙂 But the bible is a daily must no matter how many times one has read it
- 2014 Daily Lives, Miracles and Wisdom of the Saints (Fasting Calendar by The Orthodox Calendar Company)- I've used this periodically, but failed, I'm afraid, in reading it daily as intended.
- Dr. Sleep by Stephen King
- Lily's Crossing by Patricia Reilly Giff - a Newberry Honor Book
- The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Glimpse by Kendra Leighton
- The Red Badge of Courage
- The Pearl by John Steinbeck
- The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway
- TOO MANY TO LIST!!
Of Course, I DID stray from the list....
- The Busy Mom's Guide to Romance by Heidi St. John
- Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson
- Clutter Free With Kids by Joshua S. Becker
- Grain Brain by David Perlmutter - I'll be honest- I haven't completely finished this one either- but I do LOVE what I've read thus far and highly recommend this informative read.
- The Emotionally Healthy Woman - I haven't finished this one either - I'm reading it with a wonderful group of women and thoroughly enjoying it.
- Love and Respect - another one I've recently started.
- Unglued - a great book by Lysa TerKeurst that I am actually rereading as I've mentioned in some posts.
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkiabn (a reread for me, a read-aloud with my son)
- A Christmas Carol - Our Current Read-Aloud that we are sure to finish within a few days!
I have truly loved most of them. There was only one or two that wasn't necessarily what I hoped it would be. And I'm eager to finish the ones I'm reading now and move on to more. So I'm thinking of starting a list now for 2015 - not that I think I NEED one to read- I just like having an idea, something to keep me from buying EVERY SINGLE BOOK I SEE that interests me- because if I don't have a list- It's very tempting to do just that.
What Was Your Favorite Book This Year?
Are there any that fall into my categories above? Are there any other books that you would recommend for my To Read list for 2015?