Everything we read reshapes our brains, just like each of the people we meet! I read a lot and quickly. Unfortunately that means I often forget specifics about the books I've read. So I write down a short summary, my impressions and who I think would enjoy the book.

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
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights? by Lemony Snicket
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
The Talented Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Clementine's Letter (Clementine #3) by Sara Pennypacker
Tricky Twenty-Two by Janet Evanovich
The Odds of Getting Even (Tupelo Landing #3) by Sheila Turnage
Cloud Shifters by Katie Pottle
Wipeout of the Wireless Weenies by David Lubar
Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
Newsgirl by Liza KetchumThe Lightning Queen by Laura ResauUnleashed: a Swindle Mystery by Gordon Korman (#7)Bad Magic by Pseudonymous bosch
Gone Crazy in Alabama (Gaither Sisters #3) by Rita Williams-Garcia
Switch by Ingrid Law
Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics (Mr. Lemoncello's Library #2) by Chris Grabenstein

FEBRUARY

I.Q. Alcatraz (Book 6) by Roland Smith and Michael Spradlin
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate
From Norvelt to Nowhere by Jack Gantos
The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Bradley
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley
The Edge by Roland Smith
Bad Luck by Pseudonymous Bosch
Flawed by Cecelia Ahern
The Astounding Broccoli Boy by Frank Cottrell Bruce
The Key to Extraordinary by Natalie Lloyd
Masterminds: Criminal Destiny by Gordon Korman'

MARCH

Off the Page by Jodi Picault and Samantha van Leer
See How They Run by Ally Carter
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (book One)
School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
The Story of Diva and Flea by Mo Willems and Tony Diterlizzi
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood
Kate Walden Directs: Night of the Zombie Chickens by Julie Mata
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Diary of a Mad Brownie by Bruce Coville

APRIL
The Tumbling Turner Sisters by Juliette Faye
The Thing about Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt
Parched by Melanie Crowder
Booked by Kwame Alexander
Mosquitoland by David Arnold
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

May

The 52-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Woof by Spencer Quinn
eleven by Tom Rogers
The Hidden Oracle: Trials of Apollo #1 by Rick Riordan
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
If You Find This by Matthew Baker
Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
The Only Thing to Fear by Caroline Tung Richmond
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
Courage and Defiance by Deborah Hopkinson

Rebel Spring by Morgan Rhodes
Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
Genius: the Game by Leopoldo Gout

JUNE

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
A Drowned Maiden's Hairby Laura Amy Schlitz
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Lantern Sam and the Blue Streak Bandits by Michael D Bell
as brave as you by Jason Reynolds
Confessions: Murder of an Angel by James Paterson
Dork Diaries: Not-so-perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renee Russell
This Side of Home by Renee Watson
Raging Sea by michael Buckley
spaced out by Stuart Gibbs
Arf by Spencer Quinn
Runaway Jury by John Grisham

JULY
The Partner by John Grisham
The Summons by John Grisham
The Testament by John Grisham
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Adam and Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld
Fuzzy by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger
The Client by John Grisham
The Brethren by John Grisham
Nooks & crannies by Jessica Lawson
The Art of Secrets by James Klise
The Chamber by John Grisham
Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

August
The Street Lawyer John Grisham
A Year in the Life of a Total and Complete Genius by Stacey Matson
The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase by Wendy Mass
The Broker by John Grisham
The Dip by Seth Godin
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling et al
She is not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
Stand There! She Shouted by Susan Goldman Rubin
Serafina and the Twisted Staff by Robert Beatty
The Mischievians by William Joyce
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Ellie's Story by W Bruce Cameron
The Family Romanov by Candace Fleming
All My Patients Have Tales by Jeff Wells
Give Me Wings: How a Choir of Former Slaves Took on the World by Kathy Lowinger
Travels with Gannon and Wyatt: Hawaii by Patti Wheeler
SeptemberThe Island of Dr. Libris by Chris GrabensteinThe Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra ClareThe Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra ClareMost Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War. by Steve SheinkinGhosts by Raina TelgemeierOff the Grid (book 16) by CJ BoxThe Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchettout of range (book 5) by CJ BoxIn Plain Sight (Joe Pickett book 6) CJ BoxSavage Run (Joe Pickett book 2) by CJ BoxThe Amateurs book 1 by Sara ShepardThe Book Club Murders by Leslie Nagel

October
The Racketeer by John GrishamMagnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick RiordanThe Trouble in Me by Jack GantosGray Mountain by John GrishamBelow Zero by CJ BoxGrade A Stupid by A J LapeFree Fire by C J BoxPoison is not polite by Robin StevensThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Shannon Hale and Dean HaleWinterkill by CJ Box
NovemberTrophy Hunt by CJ BoxOpen Season by CJ Box book 1
Wishing World by Todd Fahnestock
Drowned City: Hurrican Katrina & New Orleans by don Brown
All Stand for the Honorable Perry T Cook by Leslie Connor
Ink and Ashes by Valynne E Maetani
Full of Beans by Jennifer Holm
Nowhere to Run C J Box Book 10
Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes Book 4
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down book11 by Jeff Kinney
Summerlost by Ally Condie
A Clatter of Jars by Lisa Graff
Tomorrow Code by Grian Falkner
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

December
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
Blood Trail by CJ Box Book 8
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Force of Nature by CJ Box Book 12
Cold Wind by CJ Box Book 11
Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat by Gary Paulsen
Breaking Point by CJ Box Book 13
The Girl is Trouble by Katherine Miller Haines
Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper
Stone Cold by CJ Box Book 14
Middle School: Dog's Best Friend by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts
Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes (book 5)
Dog Man by Dav Pilkey book 1
Endangered by CJ Box book 15
Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in Americaby Susan Campbell BartolettiTrouble the Water by Francis O'Roark Dowell