Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 A Year In Review

Well, it's now official, I now have to remember to write 2017 instead of 2016. My family wrapped up the year nicely by spending time with Bobby's mom.

 By playing board games.

 By practicing Padawan skills.

And by celebrating with family and friends at the Berean Baptist New Years Eve Party.

So now, as is tradition, I will recap my favorite reads of 2016 in no particular order.

1. The Map Trap by Andrew Clement

2. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

3. The Night Gardner by the Fan Brothers

4. It Came In The Mail by Ben Clanton

5. Mary Smith by A. Uren

6. A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts

7.  Memoirs of A Parrot by Devin Scillian

8. Surf's Up by Kwame Alexander

9. Gator Dad by Brian Lies


10. What To Do With A Box by Jane Yolan

And as a bonus, my first read of the New Year__

They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel which is a story about perception. Many animals see Cat. Cat even sees Cat. But how each one perceives Cat is quite different. The text and illustrations work perfectly together to make an interesting read.

Well, that about wraps it up for this week. Join me next week for another exciting episode, same crazy time, same crazy channel. Also be sure to drop by Literacy Musings Mondays for more great blogs as well as my personal website Fun With Aileen where you will find more on reading, writing, and my very own chapter and picture books. And finally, you can find me on twitter @AileenWStewart if you want an extremely brief glimpse into my days. 


  1. I know. Aren't Terry and Eric just awesomely talented. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me some comment love. Wishing you a happy new year full of reading!

  2. It looks like you had some wonderful family memories.
    I haven't heard of any of these books, but they all look like fun to bury our noses in. Thank you for sharing what you liked reading the most.

    1. You are welcome and thanks for stopping by and leaving some comment luv!

  3. Lots of lovely smiles. I need to take a closer look at those books. I think my son would really enjoy some of them.

    Thanks for partying with us on #FridayFrivolity.

    1. My pleasure. Wishing you a Happy New Year full of fabulous reading!

  4. all of those books look like so much fun! We love Andrew Celements!

    1. Thanks for stopping by to leave comment luv. And yes, isn't Andrew Clements an awesome author!

  5. I loved They All Saw Cat as well. Lots of other great recommendations.

    1. Thanks Ms. Bonnie. Wishing you many days of continued happy reading!