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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

I’m not sure exactly where I heard about this book, but I know I put it on my list because it’s about a bookstore. Books about books or bookstores are one of my favorite subgenres.

Published: 2012

Genre: fiction

Length: 288 pages

Setting: mostly San Fransisco and New York City, present day Continue reading

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Airburst by Steven L. Thompson

It’s another old book review tonight. This one comes from a book I picked up at the library’s used book sale.

Published: 1988

Genre: thriller/action fiction

Length: 230 pages

Setting: various locations around the world, 1980s Continue reading

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Zebrafish by Sharon Emerson

I must have seen this book reviewed somewhere recently, and liked the premise enough to immediately put the book on hold at the library.

Artist: Renee Kurilla

Published: 2010

Genre: children’s realistic fiction graphic novel

Length: 120 pages

Setting: a generic University town, present day Continue reading

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The Twits by Roald Dahl

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books that we happened to have lying around the house. I must have seen it in at a thrift store or something and picked it up because Dahl always makes for a good read aloud. I thought it would be a good start to our year as a read aloud.

Published: 1980

Genre: middle grade fiction (there are talking animals, but they only talk to each other and it doesn’t really feel like fantasy)

Length: 76 pages with lots of illustrations

Setting: England, it felt like the 1940s, but certainly not even the 1980s. Continue reading

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Bone by Bone by Carol O’Connell

It’s my last book of 2016, but it finishes my alphabet challenge! I needed an O author to finish my alphabet challenge. This looked interesting and different from what I’ve been reading lately.

Published: 2008

Genre: thriller/mystery

Length: 340 pages

Setting: Coventry, CA, present day Continue reading

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A Contract With God Trilogy by Will Eisner

A Contract With God, the first book in the trilogy collected in this edition, was the first publicly acclaimed graphic novel. My husband picked it up to read while we were camping several years ago. Since it was around, I read it as well. Eisner is a legend in the comic world (the awards given out to American comics are named after him), and I hadn’t read anything by him, so this book was a chance to remedy that hole in my reading list.

Includes: A Contract With God, A Life Force, and Dropsie Avenue: A Neighborhood

Published: 2005 for the collected trilogy; the individual volumes in 1978, 1983, and 1995, respectively.

Genre: realistic graphic novel

Length: 528 pages

Setting: Dropsie Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, from late 1800s to the near present Continue reading

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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

This is a classic kid’s book. We’ve got the second book in the series on the shelf, which I kept wanting to read. Better read the first in the series before the second. It was a nice change of pace from our last read aloud, The Last Unicorn.

Published: 1972

Genre: middle grade survival fiction

Length: 170 pages

Setting: northern Alaska, 1960s Continue reading

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