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Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand

I picked up this book because of the title and the picture of a bunch of bare feet in the sand. When I read the book, it was winter and I figured some light beach reading would be just the ticket.

Published: 2007

Genre: fiction

Length: 403 pages

Setting: mostly Nantucket, present day

Summary: Short version: Vicki, Brenda, and Melanie decide to get away from their lives in Nantucket Continue reading

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is our book club choice for the month of January. I’ve read it before, but it’s been a few years so I read it again. I was also in the play with my kids (I was the narrator while Miss Adventure was Scout and Mr. Curiosity was Jem).

Published: 1960

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 376 pages

Setting: Maycomb, Alabama, 1930s

Summary: Short version: Growing up in the 30s in the South Continue reading

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Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

I saw this book on a Modern Mrs. Darcy post and immediately put it on my TBR list. It’s a book about books, what’s not to love? I was in the mood for some nonfiction and decided to pick it up in the new year.

Subtitle: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction literature

Length: 243 pages

Summary: Short version: check out the subtitle Continue reading

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Anabaptist by Daniel Patrick Rosen

Since I caught up on last year’s posts and set up my challenges for this year, it’s time to go back to the regularly scheduled posting. That means it’s short fiction on Monday. I’m still not done reading all the stories included in the Event Horizon 2017 publication. So, here’s the next story in the compilation.

Published: February, 2016 in Apex (free to read at the link)

Genre: science fiction

Setting: feels like Amish country, until you find out it’s a spaceship so far future, outer space

Summary: Short version: A man ventures outside of his home town for the first time Continue reading

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Meet the Austins by Madeleine L’Engle

Mr. Curiosity was looking for some books with strong character development without a romantic storyline. I thought this book might fit the bill and decided to reread it myself.

Published: 1960

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 223 pages

Setting: Connecticut, late 1950s

Summary: Short version: Maggie comes to live with the Austins Continue reading

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The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

It’s the second book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series that I want to finish.

Published: 2008 in China, 2015 in English

Genre: science fiction

Length: 513 pages

Setting: Years 3-208 of the Crisis Era (after discovering the Trisolaran fleet is on its way), mostly in China

Summary: Short version: Earth comes to terms with the approach of the Trisolaran fleet Continue reading

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Apex by Mercedes Lackey

This is the third book in the Hunter series that we’re listening to as a family. We started it over the summer and finally got around to finishing it.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 304 pages

Setting: mostly around Apex City, soon after the events of Elite

Summary: Short version: The monster-fighting ramps up to a final confrontation Continue reading

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