**Shameless plug before I give my list. We are having a Fall Festival of Children's Books this week, so if you like picture books for all ages and of all types, check it out. We have about 10 giveaways in all!
And now, on to my list. As a reviewer, I don't really know what I'm going to be reading in the middle of December, because I want to be open to accept a book and read and review it. However, there are some books that I have on my personal shelf that I've been meaning to get to. There are also some advance copies that I've had standing by that I need to get to, and I have a super secret project for which I will be reading a lot of children's literature over the next few months -- okay it's not super-secret anymore. I'm a Round 1 judge for the Cybils Middle Grade Fiction category. BIG WORK ahead!
Review titles I would like to finish by the end of the challenge:
- Out of the Shadows -- by Joanne Rendell. I enjoyed her first two books. I got this a week ago and am chomping to get started on it!
- Falling Home by Karen White
- You're Grounded Forever...But First, Let's Go Shopping: The Challenges Mothers Face with Their Daughters and Ten Timely Solutions
- Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard -- I've heard of Liz Murray, but know nothing about her story. Can't wait to read this one.
- Katie Up and Down the Hall: The True Story of How One Dog Turned Five Neighbors into a Family -- A dog story? Set in a NYC apartment building? I'm sold.
- Delcroix Academy, Book One: The Candidates by Inara Scott
- Extraordinary by Nancy Werlin -- I must read this next so that I can get the review and giveaway up at 5 Minutes for Books next week, but it looks like a great YA fairy novel.
- Pies and Prejudice (Mother Daughter Book Club) -- I love this series -- love, love! It's a long book, and Amanda (12) and I reading it aloud, but we should finish in the next month or so, and then I'd honestly like to get started right away on another with her.
- The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter -- I just started this last night, and it's living up to the delightfully quirky expectation I had for it!
- The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan
Personal titles that I want to finally read (I would like to get to at least 4 out of these 5)
- The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri
- Her Mother's Hope by Francine Rivers
- Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
- Sun Stand Still: What Happens When You Dare to Ask God for the Impossible -- Anything that smacks of "name it, claim it" philosophy scares me, but I don't think that's where Steven Furtick is going with this. And my prayer life could use some inspiration for sure!
- Discipline: The Glad Surrender by Elizabeth Elliot
- and maybe this one: Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make A Difference by Max Lucado
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