Tag Archives: 2019 books

Swing by Kwame Alexander

This was one of the first week’s offerings from the 2019 Sync Audiobooks for teens. (There are two new free audiobooks offered each week.) I love Kwame Alexander and wanted to listen to his latest, especially since he was reading it himself.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA book in verse fiction

Length: 448 pages of text, 4:12 hours of audio

Setting: an American city, present day

Summary: Short version: The life of two teenage black boys in the city Continue reading

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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare fits in the medieval time period we’re covering this year in homeschooling. This was the play Mr. Curiosity chose to read. I read it along with him. I think this is my first time experiencing Hamlet.

Published: 1600

Genre: classic play

Length: I have a book that contains all of Shakespeare’s works. This took up 41 pages of double-columned text in that book

Setting: Denmark, late 1500s

Summary: Short version: Death, betrayal, and madness in the high courts of Denmark Continue reading

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Page by Tamora Pierce

This is the second book in the Protector of the Small series. Miss Adventure has been bugging me to read more in the series. I was reading a collection of stories and fit this book in between some chapters.

Published: 2000

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 245 pages of story, 257 pages total

Setting: Corus, the capital of Tortall, 453-6, months after First Test

Summary: Short version: Kel’s second-fourth years as a page Continue reading

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Greenglass House by Kate Milford

I think I saw this book in a list of good read alouds. I picked it up from a new bookstore in town to read to the kids.

Published: 2014

Genre: middle grade mystery

Length: 376 pages

Setting: Greenglass House in Nagspeake (which felt like a New England town), present day-ish

Summary: Short version: We find out why everyone came to Greenglass House Continue reading

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Queen of Darkness by Anne Bishop

This is the third and final book in the Black Jewels trilogy.

Published: 2000

Genre: fantasy

Length: 430 pages

Setting: mostly Kaeleer, after the events of Heir to the Shadows

Summary: Short version: The final confrontation between Jaenelle and Dorothea Continue reading

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War of the Cards by Colleen Oakes

This is the third and final book in the Queen of Hearts trilogy. I happened to see it on the library shelf and picked it up to finish the series.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 342 pages

Setting: the capital of Wonderland, soon after the events of Blood of Wonderland

Summary: Short version: Dinah is crowned Queen, although it is not without heartbreak Continue reading

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Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

I saw the book discussed on a YALSA post back when it was first published. I was in the mood for some science fiction and finally found a copy to read. Plus, it gives me an elusive Z title.

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Length: 360 pages

Setting: space stations near the moon and Mars, near future

Summary: Short version: Carr Luka is a zeroboxer champion but only because his genes were illegally edited Continue reading

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