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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Borrows

This was our book club choice for October. Many of us had read it already (it’s really hard to find a book that 1/3 of us haven’t read. That’s what you get for having a group of dedicated readers in a book club), but we had never done it as a book club book. The library had enough copies so we decided to read it again.

Published: 2008

Genre: fiction

Length: 274 pages

Setting: London and Guernsey, just after WWII Continue reading

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The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

This book got a lot of buzz when it was translated into English, including winning the Hugo. I was interested because it was Chinese science fiction, and felt like some science fiction next.

Published: 2006 in Chinese, 2014 in English

Genre: science fiction

Length: 399 pages

Setting: China in the late 1960s and present day Continue reading

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

It’s a book written by a favorite author on a topic I enjoy. Of course I was going to read it! And maybe pass it on to the kids as well.

Published: 2017

Genre: mythology

Length: 283 pages of story, 297 pages with glossary

Setting: Mostly Midgard, before the start of history Continue reading

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Mr. Curiosity picked this book up from the library. I was intrigued by the jacket copy and asked if it was worth reading. He said it was, so I did.

Published: 2016

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 435 pages

Setting: mostly MidMerica, nearish future Continue reading

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

I’ve heard good things about this book in various places, but I put it on my TBR list after listening to episode 17 of the What Should I Read Next podcast. I decided it had been a while since I’d read a post-apocalyptic book and it was time to check it off my reading list.

Published: 2014

Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction

Length: 333 pages

Setting: various places in North America, near future Continue reading

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Tuesdays at the Castle by Jessica Day George

I’ve seen this book listed several places as an excellent book for kids. I originally got it for Miss Adventure because it mentioned a Hogwarts feel to the story (and she’s read the entire Harry Potter series multiple times). I decided I wanted to read it as well because of the semi-sentient castle that would remake itself on a regular basis. That sounded like something fun to read about.

Published: 2011

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 225 pages

Setting: Castle Glower in the country of Sleyne, with medieval technology Continue reading

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Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I’ve seen this book in several “best of” lists as a good read aloud or a good book for kids. I decided it would be a good change of pace for our last morning read aloud for the 2016/2017 school year.

Published: 2012

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 316 pages

Setting: NYC, present day Continue reading

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