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Genghis: Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden

This is the third book in the Conqueror series (following Lords of the Bow) I’m slowly making my way through to get an I author every year.

Published: 2009

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 397 pages of story, 405 pages with historical note

Setting: the Mongolian Empire, ~1220-1227

Summary: Short version: Genghis battles with the Arabs Continue reading


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The Bronze Key by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

This is the third book in the Magisterium series. Miss Adventure is also reading the series so I was inspired to read the next book.

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 249 pages

Setting: the Collegium and Magisterium, just before the start of and first bit of their Bronze Year

Summary: Short version: In his Bronze Year, someone is still targeting Call Continue reading

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Hannah’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson

I was looking for a book that would fill in a letter on my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I chose this one because it was set in Scandinavia, a part of the world I haven’t read about this year yet.

Published: originally in 1994, in translation in 1998

Genre: fiction

Length: 299 pages

Setting: on the border between Sweden and Norway, 1871-1990s

Summary: Short version: Descriptions of the lives of three women in successive generations Continue reading

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The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang

This is the second book in the Tensorate series. I had some digital Amazon credits expiring and used them to buy the next book in the series.

Published: 2017

Genre: fantasy

Length: 213 pages

Setting: the Gusai desert around Bataanar, after the events of The Black Tides of Heaven

Summary: Short version: A naga hunt leads to many changes for Mokoya Continue reading

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The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen and Amy Ellis Nutt

I went to a neuroscience talk and the speaker recommended this book. Since I have two teenagers in my house, I figured it would be appropriate to read.

Subtitle: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults

Published: 2015

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 296 pages of text. 358 pages with glossary, bibliography, and index

Summary: Short version: A discussion of how teenage brains differ from adult brains Continue reading

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Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson

This is Stephenson’s newest book. I loved Seveneves and wanted to read this one as soon as possible, in case it was just as good.

Published: 2019

Genre: science fiction

Length: 883 pages

Setting: mostly around Seattle, present day to near future, and a simulated world

Summary: Short version: Society changes when we can simulate your brain after death Continue reading

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

This was my book club’s choice for August. Someone asked for a mystery and this came up as an option.

Published: 2012

Genre: mystery/historical fiction

Length: 484 pages

Setting: Suffolk and 2011 and London in 1941

Summary: Short version: Lauren tries to figure out her mother’s history, being told in flashbacks Continue reading

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