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Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott

This was our book club choice for April

Published: 2010

Genre: fiction

Length: 278 pages

Setting: southern California, present day

Summary: Short version: Rosie can’t hide her drug use from her parents forever Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #40: Not from The Modern Mrs. Darcy

I’ve been reading down my TBR list fairly quickly, which means I get to add new books to my list. Isn’t that how it works? Just to show that I can do get book recommendations from a variety of sources, none of these come from Modern Mrs. Darcy. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out her blog or podcast, you totally should. She’s a great source for a variety of books.

Let’s start with a recommendation from a friend – I was talking books with another homeschooling mom, and she recommended anything by Elly Griffiths. The Ruth Galloway series is about an archeologist who solves mysteries. I’m not huge into mysteries, but I do like a strong female protagonist and I like scientists. I’m willing to try it. The first book in the series is The Crossing Places.

The next addition is Barbara Kingsolver’s newest book – Unsheltered. I will read it without knowing anything about it, just because it’s by Kingsolver. But, if you need more information, the book is about two families who live in the same house, a century apart. We read about the troubles the families have. As a bonus, it will give me a U in my alphabet reading challenge.

Then, I’ll finish with two nonfiction books. First, I found a book on breast cancer called Flat: Reclaiming My Body from Breast Cancer by Catherine Guthrie from a Last Word on Nothing post. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer, I’m always interested in how other people have dealt with the diagnosis. Guthrie was also diagnosed before age 40, so she has a similar experience to me. Finally, a homeschooling book to finish things off. I’d like to read The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life Julie Bogart. I saw this on a Simple Homeschool post about new books. Bogart shares her experiences graduating five homeschooled kids. My kids are into middle school and high school, and I like to read success stories for reinforcement.

And those are the books I’m adding to my reading list. Anything else I should add?

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The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

This was a random book from the library I picked off the shelf because it mentioned prime numbers. I brought it home because it was an Italian book and I’m actively looking for books set somewhere other than the U.S.

Published: 2008 in Italy, 2009 in the U.S.

Genre: fiction

Length: 271 pages

Font: Adobe Garamond Three

Setting: Italy (although you could never tell from the story), present day

Summary: Short version: Two traumatized kids grow up broken Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #39: The Modern Mrs. Darcy Additions

I’ve been working hard at reducing my TBR list, which means it’s time to add some new books to it. Today, I’m going to put together all the books that have caught my eye (or ear) either reading the Modern Mrs. Darcy or listening to What Should I Read Next, her podcast.

For my Q author this year, Anne Bogel gave me a new option. Instead of reading Amanda Quick, I’m going to switch things up and read something by Anna Quindlen. Anne Bogel mentioned Quindlen on episode 151 of What Should I Read Next.

Beartown is another book I’m adding from the podcast. Anne has mentioned it multiple times. I’m adding it because it’s about playing hockey in a small town. I play hockey in an adult beer league, but I’m not sure I’ve read a book about hockey. This book sounds interesting enough to fill that gap.

The latest episode I listened two have me two books. The The Bookshop on the Corner, by Jenny Colgan because it’s a book about books, one of my favorite subgenre. The second book is Secondborn, by Amy A. BartolThis is the first book in a series based around the premise that the first-born child gets everything. The second born child goes into service for the government. This book is told from the point of view of the second child.

Finally, a book from the website. It’s another book about books, but this time it’s a nonfiction book. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell is all about a Scottish bookseller who lives in Wigtown, selling books to anyone who stops by.

And those are my new books this week. Anything else I should add to my reading list?

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Now in November by Josephine Johnson

This was a Pulitzer Prize winner I chose to fill in a hole in my published year reading list. Too bad I forgot the Pulitzer is given out for a book published in the previous year.

Published: 1934

Genre: fiction

Length: 164 pages

Setting: a generic farm during the Depression

Summary: Short version: Life on a farm during the Depression and Dust Bowl Continue reading

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Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

I’m not sure how this book came to my attention, but it picked it up now because it was available as an audiobook and was a good length for our trip to Philadelphia.

Published: 2015

Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of magic

Length: 587 pages

Setting: Germany, Pennsylvania, and California, late 1930s

Summary: Short version: A harmonica helps three kids overcome discrimination and find happiness Continue reading

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

It’s John Green’s new book that I’ve been meaning to read. A student in my Coastal Biology class recommended it to me when I asked for a book recommendation, and it reminded me I wanted to read the book.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 286 pages

Setting: outside of Indianapolis, present day

Summary: Short version: Aza tries to deal with her OCD and still have a relationship Continue reading

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