I surprised myself with the number of books I read considering I was doing my write-every-single day challenge that I wrote about here. By the way, I still haven't broken my writing string. Am I trying it for another year? Maybe. We'll see.
In November, I had a goal to read five middle grade books instead of participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month. I made my goal and even completed one of the books the morning before Thanksgiving Day. I don't think I've ever read one book in one setting unless it was "The Little Red Hen" or some other childhood text.
My favorite book on the list below was number 10. I bawled during various parts of book 1. I cried with books 3, 7, 10, 12. I enjoyed the nostalgia in book 2, so I will read more of Stan Crader. And I am hooked on the author of books 21 and 22, Jenny B. Jones. I have a couple more of her books cued up on my Kindle right now. I would love to meet her some day. I've linked the authors to their websites, Twitterfeeds, or blogs.
Books I have read from June 6, 2014 until May 30, 2015
- Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (for book club)
- The Bridge by Stan Crader
- Crazy by Han Nolan
- The Christian Writer's Coach: How to Get the Most out of a Writer's Conference by various authors
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 1 by Jeff Kinney
- Series of Unfortunate Events #1: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
- Almost April by Deborah Ferguson (debut author)
- Millicent Marie is Not My Name by Karen Pokraz Toz
- Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo
- Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi (for book club)
- The Bare Naked Truth: Dating, Waiting, and God's Purity Plan by Bekah Hamrick Martin
- Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt (for book club)
- Writing Habit Mastery - How to Write 2,000 Words a Day and Forever Cure Writer's Block by S. J. Scott
- The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic by Mark Levin (for book club)
- Writing in Obedience: A Writing Skill Reference Guide: A Primer for Christian Fiction Writers by Terry Burns
- 31 Devotions for Writers by various authors, edited Susette Williams
- Rodrick Rules, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 2 by Jeff Kinney
- Christmas Hotel: Book 1 by Saundra Staats McLemore
- Let's Write a Short Story by Joe Bunting
- Writer's Doubt: The #1 Enemy of Writing (and what you Can Do About It) by Bryan Hutchinson
- In Between: A Katie Parker Production, Book 1 by Jenny B. Jones
- On the Loose: A Katie Parker Production, Book 2 by Jenny B. Jones
- Old Shack Mystery by LeAnn Campbell
- Dakota Christmas by Joseph Bottum (a Kindle single)
- Emotional Thesaurus A Writer's Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglist
- Mystery on Maple Hill by Debra L. Butterfield
- Write Your Novel from the Middle: A New Approach for Plotters, Pantsers, and Everyone in Between by James Scott Bell
Have you read any of those books or other works by those authors? What was your favorite book to read this past year? What's on your summer reading list?