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Mutineer’s Moon by David Weber

For my last book of the year, I decided I was in the mood for some science fiction. I picked a random Baen book off my Kindle based on a title I was pretty sure would be scifi instead of fantasy.

Published: 1991

Genre: science fiction

Length: 320 pages

Setting: the Earth, near future Continue reading

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I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author (for one last book in my reading the alphabet challenge) and came upon this book. I chose it because Zusak also wrote The Book Thief, which I enjoyed.

Published: 2002

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 357 pages

Setting: I’m guessing England based on some of the nouns (like fish and chips or crisps), present day Continue reading

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Someone from book club was offering this book to anyone who wanted it. I took it because it was an O author, but knew absolutely nothing about the book when I started it.

Published: 2014

Genre: fiction

Length: 316 pages

Setting: Flax Hill, Massachusetts, 1953-1960s Continue reading

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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

This is a classic kid’s book that I decided to read to the kids before Christmas as a change of pace from The Golden Compass.

Published: 1972

Genre: children’s chapter fiction

Length: 120 pages

Setting: NYC, early 1970s Continue reading

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World on the Edge by Lester Brown

I’m looking for a book that was published relatively recently that discusses many of the world’s environmental issues for my Environmental Science class. This was an option I found at the library.

Subtitle: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse

Published: 2011

Genre: nonfiction environmental science

Length: 202 pages of text, 240 pages total Continue reading

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2017: Year in Review

I haven’t quite finished reviewing all the books from 2017, but I’d still like to look back and see how I did with my reading life this past year. Let’s start with my Goodreads totals. I read 98 novels, and 128 books total, when you factor in all the graphic novels and novellas. That stacked up to 39,744 pages, slightly less than last year but still respectable.

Rereading Challenge: I got four books reread in the Outlander series. I’ve previously read six of the eight currently published books in the series so I’ve still got some work to do. I think I’ll try to finish the series this year.

Finish the Series Challenge: I finished five series, and put a dent in several others that have been lingering for a while. I’ll count that as a success.

Reading the Alphabet Challenge: I missed four categories this year, which is probably the worst I’ve done in this challenge in a while. I did manage to get at least one book in each letter, but I’m disappointed I didn’t finish the alphabet this year.

Overall, I am happy with the reading challenges I set for myself and plan to repeat them in 2018. I’ve still got a lot of series that I’d like to finish, and I didn’t finish rereading the Outlander series yet, so I’m just keeping last year’s challenges for 2018.


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The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu

I got this book from a Lifehacker post on getting boys to read books with female protagonists. I thought it sounded interesting because it had several elements of Greek mythology in it. I read it now because it gave me a U author. I tried to get the kids to read it, but neither was interested.

Published: 2006

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 424 pages

Font: Hoefler Text

Setting: London and St. Paul, MN, present day Continue reading

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