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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is our book club choice for the month of January. I’ve read it before, but it’s been a few years so I read it again. I was also in the play with my kids (I was the narrator while Miss Adventure was Scout and Mr. Curiosity was Jem).

Published: 1960

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 376 pages

Setting: Maycomb, Alabama, 1930s

Summary: Short version: Growing up in the 30s in the South Continue reading

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We Who Are About To… by Joanna Russ

This book has been on my TBR list so long I have no record or memory of why it put it there. I’m sure it has something to do with it being a scifi classic.

Published: 1976

Genre: science fiction

Length: 118 pages

Setting: an exoplanet, far future

Summary: Short version: What to do when marooned on an inhospitable planet Continue reading

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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

This was my book club’s choice for October. I’d heard good things about it recently and was happy for the excuse to read it.

Published: 1943

Genre: fiction

Length: 493 pages

Setting: Brooklyn, 1900s-1920s

Summary: Short version: An unapologetic view of growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Continue reading

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Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye

I gave this to Miss Adventure to read while Mr. Curiosity and I were reading Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. I’m still following many suggestions in The Well-Trained Mind for homeschooling, and Bauer and Wise recommend having middle-schoolers read some of the original literature. They recommended this version of Beowulf for the younger audience. After I talked to Miss Adventure about the book, I realized there were some significant differences between the two versions. I decided to read this version to compare to Heaney’s.

Published: 1968

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 92 pages

Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written

SummaryShort version: Beowulf defeats the monsters Continue reading

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Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

This is one of Mr. Curiosity’s Great Books of the medieval period he’s reading this year. I like to read along with him so we can discuss the book together. I’m pretty sure I read the book in high school, but I only remembered that Beowulf fights the monster Grendel.

Published: this edition in 2000, originally between the seventh and tenth centuries, CE

Genre: epic poetry

Length: 213 pages, but for each two-page spread, the right page is the original middle English, and the left page is the translation, so you’re most likely only going to read half of that

Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written

Summary: Short version: Beowulf is awesome and defeats all the monsters Continue reading

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Anne of Green Gables: A Graphic Novel adapted by Mariah Mardsen

When I saw somewhere there was a graphic novel version of Anne of Green Gables, I had to get it immediately from my library. It’s one of my favorites, and I’m happy to consume it in different versions.

Illustrator: Brenna Thummler

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel

Length: 230 pages

Setting: the town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, Canada, early 1900s

Summary: Short version: Orphan Anne growing up in Avonlea Continue reading

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The Aeneid by Virgil

I chose this as a book for Mr. Curiosity to read for his study of Ancient History this year. I read it alongside him so we could discuss it together.

Translator: Robert Fagles

Published: originally around 30 BCE; this edition in 2006

Genre: classic historical fiction epic poetry

Length: 386 pages of text, 484 pages total

Setting: various locations within the Mediterranean Sea, after the Trojan War

Summary: Short version: Aeneas and his men travel the Mediterranean to found Rome Continue reading

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