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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

My husband picked this up as an audiobook for the family because Peter Jackson turned it into a movie.

Published: 2001

Genre: science fiction

Length: 373 pages

Setting: a post-apocalyptic, barely recognizable future Asia

Summary: Short version: London’s attempts to gain power causes many deaths Continue reading


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The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

This was recommended to me by a friend. In addition, it won a Newbery Honor Award in 2019. I also made Miss Adventure read it since it’s historical fiction set in medieval times (which we’ve been studying all year).

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade historical fantasy

Length: 278 pages

Setting: medieval France and Italy

Font: Hoefler Text

Summary: Short version: Boy’s journey to gather six relics of St. Peter Continue reading

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

This book was recommended to me by one of my students when I asked for a book recommendation at the beginning of the semester. Plus, it was Rainbow Rowell and therefore needed to be read.

Published: 2014

Genre: fiction with a touch of fantasy

Length: 310 pages

Setting: California, present day

Summary: Short version: Georgie saves her marriage with a phone that calls her past Continue reading

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A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies by Alix E. Harrow

Green sea turtle in Graham’s Harbor

This is my next review of a nominee for the 2019 Short Story Locus Award. This story was also nominated for the Nebula and Hugo Short Story awards.

Published: February, 2018 in Apex Magazine (read for free online at that link)

Genre: fantasy

Setting: a rural South library, present day

Summary: Short version: A librarian has to decide if she will give a boy the locked away book he needs. Continue reading

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Mr. Curiosity and I had just read Hamlet and I was interested in reading this play. I’d always heard about it and was curious how it related to Hamlet.

Published: 1967

Genre: fiction play

Length: 127 pages

Setting: the story of Hamlet

Summary: Short version: The actions of the characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern outside of what is seen in Hamlet Continue reading


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If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face? by Alan Alda

I listened to Alan Alda’s interview on the ID10T podcast where he was promoting this book. It’s all about improving your communication, particularly focusing on scientists speaking to non-scientists. Considering that’s my teaching job, I thought it would be useful and interesting to read.

Subtitle: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction science communication

Length: 197 pages of text, 213 pages with index

Font: Sabon

Summary: Short version: Read the subtitle Continue reading

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Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce

I was looking for a collection of Pierce’s short stories ever since I found out she wrote a darking short story. (Darkings are my favorite, mainly because of the voice used on the audiobooks I’ve listened to.) Shomehow I found out the title and discovered our library had a copy. Miss Adventure was just as happy to get the stories as I was.

Published: 2011 as a collection, 1986-2009 as stories

Genre: short story collection, mostly fantasy but one fiction

Length: 369 pages

Setting: mostly Tortall, but some in New York City

Summary: Short version: A short story collection. See below for a short description of each. Continue reading

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