2019 Year in Review

 

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As we draw near to the end of 2019, we reflect on this past year of reading. From favorite books to reading goals to bookish items on our Christmas lists, we cover a lot of ground! Special thanks to everyone who commented or wrote us a message. We love our listeners, and it was so much fun to include you all in this episode! Grab some Peanut Butter M&M’s and a cup of tea and listen in to our 2019 Year in Review!

Favorite Books of 2019 (2:50)

The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Educated by Tara Westover

The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, Book 1) by John Flanagan

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib

Side by Side by Edward T. Welch

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Cuckoo’s Calling (A Cormoran Strike Novel) by Robert Gailbraith

The Power by Naomi Alderman

Circe by Madeline Miller

In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Least Favorite Books of 2019 (21:29)

Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz

The Train to Impossible Places by P.G. Bell

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Favorite Newbery Book of 2019 (29:25)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Roll of Thunder, Hear by Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Least Favorite Newbery Book of 2019 (32:24)

The Grey King by Susan Cooper

The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

How Close Are You to Meeting Your 2019 Reading Goal? (38:19)

What Books or Bookish Items Are on Your Christmas Wishlist? (47:16)

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker, PhD

8 Great Smarts by Kathy Koch, PhD and John Stonestreet (Kathy Koch’s last name is pronounced “cook” not “coe” as Lauren says it in the episode)

The Raymie Nightingale Three-Book Collection by Kate DiCamillo

The Great Brain Robbery by P.G. Bell

His Dark Materials 3-Book Set by Philip Pullman

The Chronicles of Narnia (Barnes and Noble Collectible Edition) by C.S. Lewis

The Jane Austen Collection (Macmillan Collector’s Library)

Book Bands

Help Books of Wonder Relocate Auction

Was there anything different about you reading life this year? (1:01:06)

Ask Us Anything! (1:07:53)

Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

A Newbery Christmas edited by Charles G. Waugh

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess

The Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner and Mark Buehner

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

All Is Well by Frank Peretti

The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

Great Joy by Kate DiCamillo

Episode 7: The Tale of Despereaux

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Other Books mentioned in this episode:

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois

Our Next Book (1:24:23)

Holes by Louis Sachar

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List of Newbery Medal Books


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30: Merci Suárez Changes Gears

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In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2019 Newbery Medal, Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina! We also share some book news and listener feedback! So grab a cup of tea and get cozy as you listen to our discussion of this heartwarming book!

Book News (1:23)

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

The Crossover Graphic Novel by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile 

Beverly, Right Here by Kate DiCamillo 

Raymie Nightingale Three-Book Collection (October 22)

Quiz! Are You a Raymie, a Louisiana, or a Beverly? 

Just in Case You Want to Fly by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson

The Queen Bee and Me by Gillian McDunn (March 2020)

Friend or Fiction by Abby Cooper

Charlotte’s Web audio book coming October 29, 2019!

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum by Dr. Seuss and Andrew Joyner

Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival

The Vanderbeekers to the Rescue by Karina Yan Glaser

Anderson’s Bookshop

National Novel Writing Month!

Social Media Questions (21:23)

If you could meet any living author in person, who would it be? 

What do you do if you come across a word you don’t know while you’re reading? Do you look it up or just carry on? 

Book Discussion (26:10)

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Meg Medina Wiki

https://megmedina.com/

http://theauthorvillage.com/presenters/meg-medina/

Hispanic Heritage Month

2019 Newbery Honor Books (45:03)

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

Our Next book! (45:48)

Lauren’s Pick

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Number the Stars

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In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. We share some book news as well as some listener feedback. So grab some jelly beans and listen in to our discussion!

Book News (1:56)

I Am C-3PO by Anthony Daniels

The Night Library by David Zeltser and Raul Colon

Sulwé by Lupita Nyong’o

Kwame Alexander to write new book with James Patterson?

Social Media Question: Do you need a room to be silent when you read, or do you prefer background noise? (7:30)

Book Discussion (13:00)

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Our Next Book! (48:47)

Lauren’s Pick

Goodreads Description

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23: Kira-Kira

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In this episode of Reading the Newberys, we discuss the winner of the 2005 Newbery Medal, Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata. We had some mixed reviews on this one, but before we get to our book discussion we share our book love, book news, and our favorite Christmas time books! Grab a cup of tea and get cozy as you listen in to this month’s episode! (Stay tuned-in after the end of the episode to hear our debate about cheesy, Christmas movies!)

For the Love of Books! (2:02)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Becoming by Michelle Obama

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Blended by Sharon M. Draper

Book News (11:16)

Superman: Dawnbreaker by Matt de la Pena

A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo

D&D Children’s Books Teach ABCs and 123s through the world of role-playing

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

Favorite Christmastime Books (16:26)

The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman

The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

If You’re Missing Baby Jesus by Jean Gietzen

All Is Well by Frank Peretti

Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston

Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie Macomber

Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan

A Newbery Christmas: Fourteen Stories of Christmas by Newbery Award-winning Authors edited by Martin H. Greenberg and Charles G. Waugh

Book Discussion of Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (25:53)

Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

CynthiaKadohata.com

Notable Biographies: Cynthia Kadohata

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Newbery Honor Books in 2005 (57:06)

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko

The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marion Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman

Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy by Gary D. Schmidt

Our Plans for Next Month (59:35)

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