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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I decided to read this book to the kids. I remember enjoying it significantly when it first came out. This is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

Published: 1996

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 399 pages

Setting: it felt like England and northern countries, including Svalbard, 1800s, but it wasn’t really Continue reading


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Artemis by Andy Weir

As soon as I found out Andy Weir had a new book out, I requested it from the library. It wasn’t even in the holdings yet, but I wanted to be high on the hold list. Mr. Curiosity and I were all in after loving The Martian.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 305 pages

Setting: the lunar colony of Artemis, near future Continue reading

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Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

This is the thirteenth book in the Dresden Files series. The last book ended with a major revelation in the last chapter, so I’ve been dying to find out what happens next to Harry Dresden.

Published: 2011

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 477 pages

Font: Janson Text

Setting: Chicago, six months after Changes Continue reading

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Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett

This is the third book in the Century Trilogy, following Winter of the World

Published: 2014

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 1098 pages (should be the longest book I read this year!)

Font: Warnock Pro, Bodoni Svntytwo ITC, Gill Sans Infant

Setting: U.S., Russia, Germany (East and West), Cuba and Poland, 1961-1989 Continue reading

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Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce

This is the second book in the series, following Trickster’s Choice. Miss Curiosity requested it via interlibrary loan, so I had to read it now since it was special order for the library. Pierce had a note at the end of the book commenting on the length of the series. She decided on two long books instead of several shorter books after J. K. Rowling showed that kids are willing to read long books.

Published: 2004

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 444 pages of story, 467 pages total

Setting: Rajmuat, within the Copper Islands, after the events of Trickster’s Choice. Continue reading

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

I’d seen his version of “Space Oddity” performed in space and been a fan ever since. When I found out he wrote a book, I put it on my TBR list and picked it now because it gave me a letter in my reading challenge.

Subtitle: What Going to Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, and Being Prepared for Anything

Published: 2013

Genre: memoir

Length: 284 pages of text, 295 pages total

Setting: various Canadian, U.S. and Russian locations and the International Space Station, 1980s-2000s Continue reading

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Solo by Kwame Alexander

This was reviewed on The Hub in a post about books in verse. We’ve read several other Kwame Alexander books and loved them, so I was happy to hear he had a new book out. I decided to listen to this one as an audiobook for two reasons. First of all, I wanted to hear a book in verse read by someone else to hear if I was doing it correctly. Secondly, there are five original songs included in the audio version of this book, and I wanted to hear them.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction in verse, diverse voices

Length: 320 pages

Setting: Hollywood, California, and Ghana, present day Continue reading

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