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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

This is the fourth book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2016

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 350 pages

Setting: Akhia, a Middle Eastern equivalent country, soon after the events of Voyage of the Basilisk

Summary: Short version: Off to the desert to study dragon rearing Continue reading


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Armada by Ernest Cline

I enjoyed Cline’s first book (Ready Player One) and decided I was in the mood for some science fiction. This fit the bill.

Published: 2015 (just shows you how long books stay on my TBR list before they get read sometimes)

Genre: science fiction

Length: 349 pages

Setting: Beavertown, Oregon, present day

Summary: Short version: All those alien fighting video games were secret training for the real thing Continue reading

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

This was my book club’s choice for October. I’d heard good things about it recently and was happy for the excuse to read it.

Published: 1943

Genre: fiction

Length: 493 pages

Setting: Brooklyn, 1900s-1920s

Summary: Short version: An unapologetic view of growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Continue reading

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Miss Adventure suggested this book to me. I’d recently realized I haven’t read any of her book suggestions lately, so I took advantage of the recommendation. Besides, I love a book about books.

Published: 2013

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 289 pages

Setting: Alexandriaville, OH, present day

Summary: Short version: Teamwork is the way to succeed Continue reading

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The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

This was one of the School Library Journal’s top 25 chapter books that we haven’t read. I finally got around to it, two years after adding it to my reading list.

Published: 1996

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 219 pages

Setting: medieval countries of Sounis, Attolia, and Eddis that felt like Greece

Summary: Short version: Gen really is good enough to steal Hamiathes’s Gift Continue reading

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The Fifth Quarter by Tanya Huff

This is the second book in the Quarters series. I enjoyed the first book so much, I thought I’d jump right into the second.

Published: 1995

Genre: fantasy

Length: 416 pages

Setting: the Havakeen Empire, a bit after the events of Sing the Four Quarters

Summary: Short version: A body-jumper messes with the wrong assassins Continue reading

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Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin

I’m not sure how this came to my attention in the first place (it’s been on my TBR list too long). I read it now because it gives me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.

Subtitle: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Published: 2008

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 201 pages of text, 229 pages total

Font: Ehrhardt

Summary: Short version: Read the subtitle Continue reading

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