This is one of Mr. Curiosity’s Great Books of the medieval period he’s reading this year. I like to read along with him so we can discuss the book together. I’m pretty sure I read the book in high school, but I only remembered that Beowulf fights the monster Grendel.
Published: this edition in 2000, originally between the seventh and tenth centuries, CE
Genre: epic poetry
Length: 213 pages, but for each two-page spread, the right page is the original middle English, and the left page is the translation, so you’re most likely only going to read half of that
Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written
Summary: Short version: Beowulf is awesome and defeats all the monsters Continue reading
I’m not exactly sure how this book got put on my “read to the kids” list. I’m sure it had something to do with being a book in verse. It was our first read aloud book for the school year, mainly because it was available as an ebook. I had chosen a different book, but Mr. Curiosity went and read it the weekend before I was going to start reading it aloud, so I needed a quick backup without being able to go to the library.
Genre: middle grade historical fiction book in verse
Length: 272 pages
Setting: Vietnam and Alabama, 1975
Summary: Short version: Immigrant story from the Vietnam War Continue reading
This is the second book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I loved the first one so much I had to get the next one right away.
Genre: science fiction, although this one is more fantastical than the first. I’m considering this a future Earth achieved through science, hence scifi.
Length: 391 pages of text, 407 pages with appendices
Setting: mostly around Castrima and Found Moon, immediately after events in The Fifth Season
Summary: Short version: How to develop a community in catastrophe Continue reading
This came from an Off the Shelf post on books set in bookstores. It’s one of my favorite subgenres, and I’m always up for more books in this genre.
Genre: nonfiction books
Length: 216 pages
Setting: a variety of bookstores on the West Coast, 1980s to the present
Summary: Short version: Bookstores are awesome & always have been Continue reading
I saw this book at the library and picked it up for Mr. Curiosity and myself to read. It’s the first book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I’ve heard good things about the series, including the fact that Jemisin won three Hugos in a row for each of the books in the series (a first!).
Genre: science fiction
Length: 449 pages of text, 468 pages total
Setting: various locations in the Stillness, which I think is a far future Earth
Summary: Short version: Can I just say, “OMG read this book now!!”? No? Then how about: The world only thinks orogenes are controlled. Continue reading
This is the third book in the Trials of Apollo series. I’m committed to finishing the series.
Genre: middle grade urban fantasy
Length: 419 pages of story, 431 pages with glossary
Setting: mostly Southern California, present day
Summary: Short version: Meg, Apollo, and Grover have to rescue an Oracle from the Labyrinth Continue reading