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The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

I heard this book mentioned on What Should I read Next and immediately put it on my TBR since it’s my favorite subgenre – books about books.

Published: 2016

Genre: fiction

Length: 384 pages

Setting: Birmingham, England and Kirrinfief, Scotland

Summary: Short version: Nina starts a mobile bookshop in a village in Scotland

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Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’Engle

I saw an article recently that L’Engle has a new short story collection coming out, which prompted me to check the library catalogues¬† for any of her books I’d never read. This fit the bill. I was shocked to see it’s in the same series as my favorite book of hers, A Ring of Endless Light, and I hadn’t read it.

Published: 1995

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 296 pages

Setting: New England and traveling to the Antarctic, 1990s, following the events of A Ring of Endless Light

Summary: Short version: Vicky finds a trip to the Antarctic more dangerous than expected Continue reading

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Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Wandering Scientist described as a cross between Douglas Adams and Eurovision so I was in, especially when I found it to listen to on Hoopla.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction

Length: 352 pages

Setting: near future Earth and beyond

Summary: Short version: Humans join the rest of the galaxy in competing in the Metagalactic Grand Prix Continue reading

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Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

It’s the next (and 15th) Discworld book and readily available on my Kindle.

Published: 1993

Genre: fantasy

Length: 377 pages

Setting: Ankh-Morpork on Discworld

Summary: Short version: A stolen gun leads to unrest in Ankh-Morpork Continue reading

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The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr

This was recommended as a read aloud by The Read Aloud Handbook.

Published: 1998

Genre: middle grade historical fiction

Length: 199 pages

Setting: 1860 walk from Missouri to Denver

Summary: Short version: Simon’s adventure as he walks a flock of turkeys from Missouri to Denver Continue reading

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Vaccinated by Paul A. Offit

The Last Word on Nothing did a recent post about Maurice Hilleman. I was so fascinated by the writeup that I put the book they mentioned on my TBR. I thought it was timely reading about the creation of vaccines while in a pandemic, waiting for a vaccine. Bonus, the library had the ebook.

Subtitle: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases

Published: 2007

Genre: nonfiction historical science

Length: 205 pages of text, 254 pages total

Setting: 1919-2005, various locations in the U.S.

Summary: Short version: The history of vaccines, focusing on the work on Maurice Hilleman Continue reading

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Kill Code by Clive Fleury

I was provided a copy of the book to review by the publisher, but my opinions are my own. You can check out the author at his website.

Published: 2019

Genre: dystopian science fiction

Length: 220 pages

Setting: near future West Coast

Summary: Short version: Hogan learns the NSC are rotten at the core Continue reading

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