This year I have read many, many books. I’ve reviewed a few here on By Word of Beth, but my varied blogging schedule hasn’t allowed me to review them all, or anywhere close to them all. Even this post is by no means all the books I’ve read this year. I would like to tell you a bit about the best of them, though, and so I’d like to present you with this gift — the gift of reading.
The books I’ve read this year have been fiction and nonfiction, picture books, middle grade, YA, books for adults — a vast and varied treasure. (Did you know that the Greek word that became our word thesaurus means heaped up treasure? This post is a heaped up treasure of words, too, in a way.)
I won’t give a review of each of the books here — that would take too long. I will give you a link where you can read more about each title. Wherever possible the link will be to the author’s website. The books are listed in the order in which I read them, within each category. On a few, I’ve added a comment because I just had to. Note: this list does not include books I’ve posted about over the course of the year.
Are you ready to open up this gift of reading? Here we go…
The Cat with Seven Names by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Christine Davenier
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr ~~ wow
Edgar’s Second Word by Audrey Vernick
Chapter Books/Early Middle Grade:
Junonia by Kevin Henkes ~~ excellent
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
See You at Harry’s by Jo Knowles ~~ heartwrenching, affirming, wonderful
The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo
Ghost Messages by Jacqueline Guest
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Half a Chance by Cynthia Lord
Five, Six, Seven, Nate by Tim Federle
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
The Shakespeare Stealer by Garry Blackwood
A Summer of Sundays by Lindsay Eland
Three Bird Summer by Sara St. Antoine
Jake by Audrey Couloumbis
At the Sign of the Star by Katherine Sturtevant
The Listening Tree by Celia Barker Lottridge
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead ~~ this was a re-read. I’m sure I’ll re-read it many times!
Road to Tater Hill by Edith M. Hemingway
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson ~~ that National Book Award was well deserved! Wow.
Things Hoped For by Andrew Clements ~~ scroll way down!
A True and Faithful Narrative by Katherine Sturtevant
That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay
Chaplin & Company by Mave Fellowes
Seven Lives and One Great Love: memoirs of a cat by Lena Divani
The Summer House by Marcia Willett
The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
A Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
Take Joy by Jane Yolen
I hope you’ll find something in this list to whet your reading appetite!
What is one book that you’ve read this year that you would recommend?
Remember that everyone who comments on a post on By Word of Beth in December is entered into the giveaway for a copy of Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons (or an alternate book if you already own that one).