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Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack Chalker

Published: 2002

Genre: science fiction

Length: 448 pages

Setting: mostly the planet containing the Well of Souls, far future

Interest: It was a recent free Baen book and I needed a book on my Kindle to read while in Japan. Continue reading

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2015: Year in Review

Both kids are sleeping after staying up late on New Year’s Eve. We all stayed up until midnight, and then my husband and I went to bed and told the kids they could stay up as long as they wanted (but no TV or electronics). I’m not sure how long they stayed up (Mr. Curiosity said until 12:30, Miss Adventure said until 3:00 – I’m leaning towards Mr. Curiosity’s estimate), but they are both tired. While they’re resting, I thought I’d take advantage of the quiet to look at my reading for the past year.

I didn’t do as many reading challenges this year because I found it cumbersome to keep up with them the year before. Let’s see how I did on the abbreviated challenge list:

Award Winning Challenge: I knocked this one out of the park, with 17 books read that have won a major award. It helps when I’m reading Newbery Award winners either to the kids or for American History Club. I only managed eight Pulitzer Prize winners, which is holding pretty steady. I’ll keep it up this year, but probably not make it a reading challenge. This is two years in a row that I’ve completed the challenge, and I’m reading the books for personal pleasure anyways.

Alphabet Challenge: The last book of the year finished this challenge! I’m very excited about that fact. It helped that we decided to combine X, Y, and Z into a single category. I’m still enjoying this challenge, and like how it stretches me to read some books I might otherwise not, so I’ll be doing it again this year.

Finally to 100 Challenge: The official total was 94. If I had been a bit more consistent about counting graphic novels (I read eight this past year) or allowing audio books (at 11 – I’m not sure why I didn’t count them, but I’m changing that fact this year) I would have made it for sure. I’ll be a bit more generous in the counting of books this year I think. I think the 13 500+ page books made up for the plethora of shorter middle-grade books I read. It all balances in the end, right?

Overall, I’m pleased with the books I read and I’m going to do some new reading challenges this year. Anyone want to join me? I’ll have a post about what challenges I’ll make for myself (or what challenges other people have come up with that sound interesting) soon!

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The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor

A review of the last book I read of the year, posted on the last day of the year. How appropriate!

Published: 1961

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 460 pages

Setting: New England, 1960s

Interest: It was a Pulitzer Prize winner and an O author – the last I needed for my alphabet challenge Continue reading

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The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce

Sorry I didn’t get a book review out yesterday. We had some high winds that knocked out our power. We lose power pretty regularly, but it makes it difficult to post anything! They were saying it might take two days to get the power back on, but it only took one. Hurray for heat and light! And, on to the review as I’m trying to finish up the books I’ve read this year to get started on the next.

Published: 1986

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 228 pages

Setting: mostly in the Southern Desert of Tortall, soon after the events of the second book, In the Hand of the Goddess

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Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Published: 1990

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 184 pages

Setting: Pennsylvania, recent past (maybe the ’60s or ’70s)

Interest: It was recommended somewhere as a good read aloud. Continue reading

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The Shadow of Albion by Andre Norton and Rosemary Edgehill

Published: 1999

Genre: alternate history/fantasy

Length: 350 pages

Setting: England and France, early 1800s

Interest: I was looking for an N author and for my reading challenge and came across an Andre Norton book. I read a lot of her stuff as a kid and enjoyed it, so it seemed a safe and enjoyable bet. Continue reading

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Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress

I think this will be my last post before Christmas. I haven’t even started wrapping presents or sent the Christmas cards out. Time to focus on Christmas things. But, one more review before a bit of a break. Don’t worry, I’ll have more before the year is out!

Published: 1991

Genre: science fiction

Length: 53 pages

Setting: near future in the U.S.

Interest: I probably put it on my reading list because the novella won both the Hugo and the Nebula, but it’s been on there so long I can’t quite remember. I’m trying to cross off a few books that have been hanging out on my list for a while. Continue reading

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Play by Stuart Brown and Christopher Vaughan

It’s Christmas, which means things are busy. Posts may be a bit sporadic, but I’m still reading (and trying to finish up some reading challenges) so I’ll try to post when I can.

Subtitle: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Published: 2009

Genre: nonfiction psychology

Length: 218 pages of text, 229 total

Interest: It’s been on my reading list so long, I can’t remember how it got there. Perhaps it was recommended reading from The Power of Play. For whatever reason I put it there, I read it now because it had a V author for my alphabet reading challenge. Continue reading

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Published: 1903 (so its available free from Project Gutenberg)

Genre: adventure fiction

Length: 231 pages

Setting: 1890s in the Yukon

Interest: I read it for American History Club. As soon as I knew we were doing westward expansion as a topic, I knew I wanted the boys to read some Jack London – the only question was should it be The Call of the Wild or White Fang. Continue reading

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The Explorers Guild by Jon Baird and Kevin Costner

I had to give a final exam last night from 8-10pm which cut into my blogging time, so I’m getting this blog up this morning instead.

Subtitle: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala.

Published: 2015

Genre: adventure fiction

Length: 763

Setting: various locations around the world, 1912-1918

Interest: I had seen the book reviewed on a GeekDad post as a cross between Rudyard Kipling and Tintin – old-fashioned adventure fiction at it’s best. It sounded interesting. I read it sooner rather than later because it gave me an “X, Y, or Z” title for my alphabet challenge. Continue reading

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