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