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Katherine by Anya Seton

This is a BBC’s The Big Read book. I’m slowly reading myself through the list, and chose this book because it gave me a K title.

Published: 1954

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 640 pages

Setting: medieval England, 1366-1396

Summary: Short version: Katherine’s life as the Duke of Lancaster’s mistress in 14th century England Continue reading

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The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler

I was looking for an E author to fill a slot in my alphabet reading challenge. This looked like an interesting option from the library shelves.

Published: 2019

Genre: thriller

Length: 393 pages

Setting: the U.S., Japan, and Paris, present day

Summary: Short version: It’s kill or be killed for all the characters Continue reading

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The Emissary by Yoko Tawada

I heard about this on episode 187 of What Should I Read Next and was intrigued by the idea of post-apocalyptic Japanese science fiction. Since I’m trying to add more countries to my reading list, and it got me a T author, I decided to read it before the end of the year.

Published: 2014 in Japan, 2018 in the U.S.

Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 138 pages

Setting: a near future Japan

Summary: Short version: Yoshiro is raising his great-grandson in a post-apocalyptic Japan Continue reading

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Educated by Tara Westover

I’m still trying to finish up my book reviews from 2019 before I do an end of the year review.

My mother-in-law read this for book club and shared the book with me after she finished with it. It’s certainly a book that’s been on my radar to read since everyone seems to be talking about it.

Published: 2018

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 334 pages

Setting: a small town in rural Idaho, plus a bit at Harvard and Oxford

Summary: Short version: Westover escapes life with a fundamentalist, prepper Mormon family through education Continue reading

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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

I chose this as the kids’ first piece of literature for the year since it is billed as the first Western novel. Mr. Curiosity read an abridged version of the first part, but I decided I wanted to read the original. It took me a while since I typically read two chapters a day.

Translator: John Ormsby

Published: 1605 for part I, 1615 for part II, 1885 for this translation

Genre: classic fiction

Length: 1189 pages

Setting: Spain, 1600s

Summary: Short version: Don’t Quixote’s adventures as a knight wandering 17th century Spain Continue reading

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A Daughter of No Nation by A. M. Dellamonica

I’m trying to catch up on my book reviews to finish out the year’s reading, so here’s another book review. This is the second book in the Hidden Sea Tales series.

Published: 2015

Genre: fantasy

Length: 352 pages

Setting: back on Stormwrack a few months after the events of Child of the Hidden Sea

Summary: Short version: Sophie tries to win a place on Stormwrack by reconciling with her father Continue reading

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Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

I was looking for a short audiobook for a trip to a gymnastics meet. This came to my attention because we saw the musical version recently. I was curious to read the source material.

Published: 1972

Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of fantasy

Length: 154 pages

Setting: New York City, late 1960s

Summary: Short version: Annabel switches bodies with her mother for a day Continue reading

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