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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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Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

This was one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century.

Published: 1974

Genre: fiction

Length: 320 pages

Setting: mostly New York City, early 1900s

Summary: Short version: Family life in early 1900s New York City Continue reading

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Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Miss Adventure picked this one up from the library. I’m pretty sure she recognized the author (we’ve previously read Ghosts and Smile) and was interested in the topic as well.

Published: 2012

Genre: middle grade fiction graphic novel

Length: 232 pages

Setting: a middle school in a big enough city in America that they have a bubble tea shop

Summary: Short version: Callie deals with boys and a musical production Continue reading

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The Bookstore by Deborah Meyler

This book was brought to my attention on a blog post that provided a list of books set in bookstores. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book about books, so I decided to finally read it.

Published: 2013

Genre: fiction

Length: 334 pages

Setting: New York City, present day

Summary: Short version: Esme’s life doesn’t go quite as planned. Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #36: It’s Been a While

It’s been a while since I’ve had a What I Will Be Reading post. Trying to homeschool on top of teaching a 70+ person class AND a lab (even if it only has 11 students in it) has been a bit too much for my brain. But, I don’t have much grading to do today so I thought I’d add some books to my reading list.

Let’s start with a couple of suggestions from The Modern Mrs. Darcy. Let’s face it, I could basically populate my reading list with books she writes about, but I’m going to try to branch out a bit.

Miss Adventure is nearly a teenager, which makes Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood by Lisa Damour highly appropriate. This book came from a post about books to help you navigate the tween and teen years. As an extra added bonus, it provides that elusive “U” for my Title Alphabet Challenge.

My second book from The Modern Mrs. Darcy is another nonfiction book. This time, though, it’s a book about books – my favorite. The book is called Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life by Annie Spence.

My next book is a suggestion from my mother-in-law. She reads quite a bit and besides having a stronger taste for mysteries than I do, has a similar taste in books. If she suggests a book, I’m likely to enjoy it. She’s suggested I read The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. A major thread of the story is about growing and picking tea. I’m a tea drinker, not a coffee drinker, so I think this will be interesting to read.

Finally, a science fiction book to round out my books for the day: Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty. I’m a long time fan of Mur, ever since she started her Heaven series (which is still available to listen to on Scribl for free). Six Wakes is her new novel and it is nominated for a Hugo Award this year. It’s a murder mystery in space. Who has killed the entire crew? The clones don’t know, since they’ve just been woken and everyone is dead.

So, any books look good to you? What else should I add to my book list?

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The Magic Misfits by Neil Patrick Harris

I picked this off the new book shelf because it’s written by NPH. Bonus, it was about magic to get Miss Adventure interested.

Published: 2017

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 253 pages

Setting: mostly the small town of Mineral Wells, present day

Summary: In seven words or less: Magician kids foil the bad guy
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