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Reading books reshapes our brains. They affect how we think and leave deposits of thought and information. We are different for having read a book. Of course I can't remember what I've read unless I write it down. Even these ideas about reshaping came from an article I read, but I didn't write down where or when...


Thanks to the middle schooler who said, "That should be a blog." Here is my simple journal of books I've read each month. The home page is a list. Each month has my comments on subsequent pages.


January
A Genuine Solution for U.S. Schools by J Franklin Horn
Visitors by Orson Scott Card
The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis
Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Fluttershy and the Fine Furry Friends Fair by G.M. Berrow
The Contract by Derek Jeter
Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger
Strike: The Sylo Chronicles #3 by D. J. MacHale
Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale
Space Case by Stuart Gibbs

FEBRUARY
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. (sequel to Seraphina) (netgalley)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer
Rush for the Gold by John Feinstein
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Beneath by Roland Smith
Black Dove White Raven by Elizabeth Wein (netgalley)
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Nightbird by Alice Hoffman (netgalley)

March

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller
Battle of the Bulge by Rick Atkinson
Travels with Gannon & Wyatt Ireland by Patti Wheeler
The Key that Swallowed Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos
Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
Behind the Gates (Tomorrow Girls) by Eva Gray
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Smek for President by Adam Rex
Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff
The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

APRIL
Dragons at Crumbling Castle and other Tales by Terry Pratchett
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett
Half a World Away by Cynthia Kadohata
Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
The Luck Uglies by Paul Durham
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Sammy Keyes and the Kiss goodbye by Wendelin Van Draanen
Curiosity by Gary Blackwood

MAY
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
all the broken pieces by Ann E Burg
All Fall Down by Ally Carter
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett et al
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
Evil spy school by Stuart Gibbs
Undertow by Michael Buckley (netgalley)
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
everyday angel: New Beginnings by Victoria Schwab

June
a Different me by Deborah Blumenthal
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Pathfinder by Angie Sage
Loot: How to Steal a Fortune by Jude Watson (CCBA)
Revolution by Deborah Wiles
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O'Hara
Mary: The Summoning by Hillary Monahan
Monument 14: Savage Drift (Book 3) by Emmy Laybourne
Tut: the Story of my Immortal Life by PJ Hoover
Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty
The Heir by Kiera Cass
The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken by Doreen Cronin
Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
Echo by Pam Munoz R yan
Masterminds by Gordon Korman
West of the Moon by Margi Preus
Gooseberry Park and the Master Plan by Cynthia Rylant and Arthur Howard
Another Day by David Levithan
The Worst Class Trip Ever by Dave Barry
The Desperado Who Stole Baseball by John Ritter
Jim and Me by Dan Gutman

July
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
The Black Reckoning by John Stephens
Arcady's Goal by Eugene Yelchin
The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pinkney
I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman
P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia
The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn
Dust Lands: Rebel Heart by Moira Young
The Dark Stairs: a Herculeah Jones Mystery by Betsy Byars
Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Snatched by Pete Hautman (Bloodwater Mysteries)
Raging Star (Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
King of Murder by Betsey Byars
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Queen Bee by Chynna Clugston
House of Robots by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

August
The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
Virals by Kathy Reichs
The 39-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
the Human Body by Ken Jennings
Aoleon The Martian Girl by Brent LeVasseur
Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
Seizure by Kathy Reichs
Code by Kathy Reichs
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
Exposure by Kathy Reichs
Sisters by Raina Telgemeir
Walking with the Dead by L.M. Falcone
Solomon Snow and the Silver Spoon by Kaye Umansky

September
Middle School: Just my Rotten Luck by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Lulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
Terminal by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
Cross Bones by Kathy Reichs
The Scam by Janet Evanovich
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Death before Decaf Caroline Fardig
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

October
Heat Wave by Richard Castle
Naked Heat by Richard Castle
Heat Rises by Richard Castle
Frozen Heat by Richard Castle
Need by Joelle Charbonneau
Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Big Game by Stuart Gibbs
Deadly Heat by Richard Castle
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

November
A Brewing Storm by Richard Castle
Raging Storm by Richard Castle
A Bloody Storm by richard Castle
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Winter; the Lunar chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Earth Star by Janet Edwards

December
Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas
The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys
Au Revoir Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
The Marvels by Brian Selznick
Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff
I was Here by Gayle Forman
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer Holm
Steve Jobs: the Man who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal
Curio by Evangeline Denmark
The Glass Castle by Trisha White Priebe and Jerry Jenkins
The Rainmaker by John Grisham
The President has been Shot!" by James L Swanson
Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld
Dead Boy by Laurel Gale
How to Fight a Dragon's Fury by Cressida Cowell (#12)