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Yearly Book Review #4

I read 27 books in the first year (deleted that entry though long ago, whoops), 36 books two years ago, and 51 books last year. My goal for this year was 52 books (which is a book a week) To keep updated on what I’m reading throughout the year, add me on GoodReads (read my fuller reviews there)!
Let’s see if I made my goal! Anything rated between 4 and 5 stars are in bold.

2011 Reads
1. Farmer Boy (Little House on the Prairie #2) by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 4 stars
2. Little House on the Prairie (Little House on the Prairie #3) by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 3 stars
3. On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House on the Prairie #4) by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 4 stars
4. By the Shores of Silver Lake (Little House on the Prairie #5)by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 3 stars
5. The Long Winter (Little House on the Prairie #6) by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 3.25 stars
6. Little Town on the Prairie (Little House on the Prairie #7) by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 3 stars
7. These Happy Golden Years (Little House on the Prairie #8) by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 4 stars
8. The First Four Years (Little House on the Prairie #9) by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 2.75 stars
9. Tortured For Christ by Richard Wurmbrand – 4 stars
10. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins -4 stars
11. Hearts West: True Stories of Mail-Order Brides on the Frontier by Chris Enss – 3 stars
12. Enslaved: True Stories of Modern Day Slavery by Jesse Sage – 3 stars
13. Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart – 3 stars
14. Religio-cide: A Primer on Deconstructing the Current Religious Structure For the Sake of True Relationship by Tommy Green III – 3.75 stars
15. Nobodies: Modern American Slave Labor and the Dark Side of the New Global Economy by John Bowe – 1.75 stars
16. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren – 3 stars
17. Selling Olga: Stories of Human Trafficking and Resistance by Louisa Waugh – 3 stars
18. Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins – 3 stars
19. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins – 5 stars!!!
20. The Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life: How to Sew a Sampler Quilt & 49 Other Projects for the Modern Girl by Jennifer Worick – 3.75 stars
21. Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie – 4 stars
22. So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood, and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids by Diane E. Levine – 3 stars
23. Beyond the Soiled Curtain: Project Rescue’s Fight for the Victims of the Sex-Slave Industry by David & Beth Grant – 4.25 stars
24. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle – 3 stars
25. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #2) by Rick Riordan – 2.75  stars
26. Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God’s Will by Kevin DeYoung – 3 stars
27. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by David Platt – 5 stars!!!
28. The Christian Athiest by Craig Groeshel – 3.5 stars
29. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis – 2.5 stars
30. Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe by Mark Driscoll – 4 stars
31. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – 4 stars
32. From Congress to the Brothel by Linda Smith – 3 stars
33. Renting Lacy by Linda Smith – 3.75 stars
34. More Than Rice: A Journey Through the Underworld of Human Trafficking by Pamala Chestnut – 3 stars
35. This Immoral Trade: Slavery in the 21st Centurey by Caroline Cox – 3.25 stars
36. Escaping the Devil’s Bedroom: Sex Trafficking, Global Prostitution and the Gospel’s Transforming Power by Dawn Herzog Jewel – 3 stars
37. Bringing Up Boys by Dr. James C. Dobson – 3.25 stars
38. The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan – 3 stars
39. Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God by David Platt – 3.75 stars
40. Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working by Craig Groeshel – 4 stars
41. Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media by Susan J. Douglas – 2 stars
42. Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Connor Grennan – 3 stars
43. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #4) by Rick Riordan – 3.5 stars
44. Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin – 4.25 stars
45. The Ballet Companion: A Dancer’s Guide to Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet by Eliza Gaynor Minden – 3 stars
46. Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not For Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Lloyd – 4 stars
47. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & The Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan – 3 stars
48. Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noel – 2 Stars
49. Blue Moon (The Immortals #2) by Alyson Noel – 2 stars
50. The Joffrey’s Ballet School’s Ballet-Fit by Allison Kyle Leopold – 3 stars
51. Every Heart Restored: A Wife’s Guide to Healing in the Wake of a Husband’s Sexual Sin by Fred & Brenda Stoeker  – 3.75 stars
52. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry – 2.5 stars
53. Passport Through Darkness: A True Story of Adventure, Danger, and Second Chances by Kimberly Smith – 4 Stars
54. The Love Dare Day by Day: A Year of Devotions for Couples by Stephen Kendrick – 2.5 stars

55. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt – 3 stars
56. Shadowland (The Immortals #3) by Alyson Noel – 1 star
57. Bruchko by Bruce Olsen – 5 stars!!!
58. Dark Flame (The Immortals #4) by Alyson Noel – 1 star
59. Night Star (The Immortals #5) by Alyson Noel – 1 star
60. Everlasting (The Immortals #6) by Alyson Noel – 2.5 stars
61. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf – 3 stars
62. Knowing God by J.I. Packer – 3 stars
63. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells – 3 stars
64. Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien – 3 stars
65. West From Home: Letters from Laura Ingalls Wilder , San Francisco, 1915 by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 2.75 stars
66. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom – 4.25 stars
67. Crossed (Matched #2) by Ally Condie – 3.25 stars
68. Vicki and the Black Horse by Sam Savitt – 2.75 stars
69. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables #1) – 4.5 stars
70. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables #2) – 3 stars
71. One Year Book of Devotions for Preschoolers by Crystal Bowman
72. A Log Cabin Christmas: 9 Romances of American Pioneer Christmases by Various authors – 3 stars
73. Quest Study Bible (NIV) by Various authors – 5 stars!!!

Wow. Looks like I exceeded my goal quite a bit.
Covers of the best (I read) of the year



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27 thoughts on “Yearly Book Review #4

  1. I read your review for Anne of Avonlea and I agree that it wasn't as "addicting" as the previous. I made the unintelligent idea of skipping that book and going to Anne of the Island which was absolutely hilarious. Then I watched the movies and read the 2nd book and was slightly disappointed. The 2nd movie has 50% of Anne of the Island but the other half is different. For example, I was really confused when Morgan Harris appeared because in the books, he doesn't even exist. 

  2. I haven't read Anne of the Island yet, but I guess that is the Anne of Avonlea movie/miniseries? . . the one where she teaches at an all-girls' school, right? Anyway, Thanks for reading my review! I'll be reading Anne of the Island very soon (probably within the next two weeks) and then I'll be reading all the others afterwards.

  3. great post!i really enjoyed the huger games. i am trying to make robert read it before the movie comes out. :)i also need to re-read the laura ingalls wilder book's.. i loved them so much when i was little. i am pretty sure i will enjoy them even more now that i am older and can read a wee bit better. ;P

  4. yes yes! have him read them! My Rob read them all right after I read each one. We're looking forward to the movie and hope it is done well! yey! I think it is a series many guys would enjoy but I guess a lot of guys aren't into trying when they hear women like it.

  5. wow, i just did a post on the boook reviews i did in 2011. I read 29 and i'm so glad i documanted them on my log as i had fun looking back and remembering them. I think i looked at Good reads but got a bit confused by it….must go back to it!

  6. I'm dying to read Mao's Last Dancer!!!  Sounds like such a good story ,esp for a former ballet dancer to read.  Now that you've said you love it, it's a clincher…went right to the top of my list.<3 Cambriajupefashion.blogspot.com

  7. And I thought I read a ton of books this past year, Victoria! I have loved so many of the books you list here:16. Pippi Longstocking – When I read it as a kid I wanted to be able to live like she did. When I re-read it as an adult, I still wanted to be able to live like she did!29. The Screwtape Letters – Love the book, and I've read it a few times through. One of the most powerful parts is the introduction where Lewis talks about the danger of trying to put ourselves in the mindset of Satan, even if it is for the purpose of edifying believers as he did. We saw the stage production with Max McLean. That was powerful!66. The Hiding Place – Betsie's death hit me in the gut like a pile driver. (Can you believe I'm starting to get misty eyed just writing that sentence?) It really is a wonderful story of complete reliance on God, and his faithfulness even when we resist his leading.Plus you've got a couple that have been on my to-be-read list for a while: 62. Knowing God and 63. The Invisible Man. I started KG years ago and might have finished the first chapter, but just last night I mentioned to my wife that I am planning to read it next. IM is one I keep hearing recommended, and I figure it's time I found out what the fuss is all about.Can I recommend one to you? I finished Andrew Farley's The Naked Gospel over the Christmas break and I think it's safe to say that it is the most iomportant book I read in 2011. He exegetically explores biblical grace and the life we live in Christ through the Holy Spirit to the Father's glory. I'm not giving it justice in this little blurb, but if you ever read it I think you'll find it intriguing and captivating.Tim

  8. When I was a child I thought I WAS Pippi Longstocking. My mom HATED her because of it. I didn't really like Screwtape Letters. Making demons so civilized just was too odd to me. I suffered through the book, sadly. I'm sorry. :(The Invisible Man was so odd. It started out so boring and was slow paced and then it became crazy and terror-filled and strange and interesting! Knowing God. . .I had a hard time getting through it as well (it bored me sometimes because it was just informational) but there were great things in it that stuck out to me that I enjoyed, so let me know how you like it when you finish it!  Thanks for the recommendation. I'll add it to my goodreads to-read list now.  You already know I adored The Hiding Place by the one thing I wrote about Betsie in one of my blog entries (don't remember which blog).  You mentioned about how you loved the book too in a comment.  I read a lot. Yes. I've only been reading books for about 5 years now too (because I have dyslexia and believe I've defeated it about 80%).

  9. I cannot believe how many books you read! Good for you! And thank you for sharing that statistic about Christians that read the Bible. It breaks my heart, but it just shows how much we need to be praying for God's people and how much we need to be on guard. We fight a spiritual battle, not an earthly one. Thanks for the reminder!

  10. I am reading Anne of Green Gables to my children right now! Love your blog! Appreciate your modesty and good clean recommendations for movies & books. 

  11. There is violence throughout the books, especially the first two.  It is about battle royale where people are told they have to kill others off (though I don't believe it is too graphic, but they're still out hunting each other). For that factor, I don't think it is good for a 13 year old, maybe 16 or 17. The whole story is a bit of a romance surrounding it. In the second book there is a character who is naked here and there. Nothing is explained of how she looks other than that she walks around naked. I don't remember there being any language in it and there is only kissing and at one point because of memories of the battles, the girl has a hard time sleeping alone and deals a bit with some PTSD so a guy sleeps with her but they are modest and clothed, but still. . .they are sleeping in the same bed even if innocent. 

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