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Jude by Kate Morgenroth

I chose it because it was a J title and I’m trying to finish the alphabet for the year. This is the last letter I need to get all the titles covered.

Published: 2004

Genre: fiction

Length: 277 pages

Setting: Hartford, Connecticut, present day

Summary: Short version: Jude is wrongly convicted and needs to clear his name Continue reading


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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

They made a movie out of the book that was up for an Oscar when I picked up the book. Plus, I enjoy McCarthy’s writing style and decided to read the book.

Published: 2005

Genre: fiction

Length: 309 pages

Setting: near the U.S.-Mexico border in 1980

Summary: Short version: A drug deal gone bad and its deadly consequences Continue reading

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Dancing After Hours by Andre Dubus

A friend gave this short story collection to me to enjoy. I read a story in between books.

Published: 1996

Genre: fiction short stories

Length: 234 pages for the collection, 2-40 pages for the short stories

Setting: various generic American (it felt like) locations, present day

Summary: Short version: A collection of melancholy stories 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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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

I’m not exactly sure how this book got put on my “read to the kids” list. I’m sure it had something to do with being a book in verse. It was our first read aloud book for the school year, mainly because it was available as an ebook. I had chosen a different book, but Mr. Curiosity went and read it the weekend before I was going to start reading it aloud, so I needed a quick backup without being able to go to the library.

Published: 2011

Genre: middle grade historical fiction book in verse

Length: 272 pages

Setting: Vietnam and Alabama, 1975

Summary: Short version: Immigrant story from the Vietnam War 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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In Real Life by Cory Doctorow

I read part of this graphic novel when it came out. We were on vacation and chilling at a library one day. It took me this long to actually finish the book (I reread the whole thing since it had been so long). Besides, I find Doctorow’s writing challenging and it always makes me think.

Artist: Jen Wang

Published: 2014

Genre: fiction graphic novel

Length: 174 pages

Setting: a generic town and the MMORPG Coarsegold Online

Summary: Short version: A quick lesson in in-game economics Continue reading

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