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Within the Sanctuary of Wings by Marie Brennan

This is the fifth and final book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series. Sadly, the Erie County library system didn’t have it so I had to request it via interlibrary loan. I didn’t feel bad about it, though, since it was the last book in a series.

Published: 2017

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 333 pages

Setting: mostly the Mrtyahaima Mountains (a Himalayan equivalent), a bit after the events of In the Labyrinth of Drakes

Summary: Short version: Lady Trent discovers a living Draconean society Continue reading


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The Beautiful Bird Sits No Longer Singing in the Nest by Kate Lechler

This is the next short story in the Event Horizon 2017 collection of short stories highlighting authors who are eligible for the 2017 Campbell award for best new writer.

Published: September, 2016 at PodCastle, where you can listen to or read the story for free

Genre: fantastical historical fiction

Setting: 19th century England

Summary: Short version: We hear Mr. Rochester’s first wife’s story Continue reading

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The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“The Princess Bride” is one of my favorite movies. I enjoy the book as well and decided it was time to read it to my kids.

Published: 1973

Genre: historical fiction/fantasy

Length: 283 pages

Setting: Guilder, medieval technology and 1970s New York City

Summary: Short version: True love conquers all Continue reading


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What I Will be Reading #38: For the Younger Audiences

First off, I’m adding Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi to my list, the first book in a new YA series. I like the interesting magic and West African setting. I’m trying to read more books set outside the U.S. and this would definitely fit the bill. It was reviewed on a books episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour.

The next three books came from a friend who is a school librarian. We traded book recommendations at a gymnastics meet (our daughters compete together). She recommended The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock as a middle grade book set in the Middle Ages. The main character is a bit different from the other in the village, which sets him apart. He gets taken around Europe, looking for relics of St. Peter, which makes it a bit of a treasure hunt.

She also recommended Front Desk by Kelly Yang. The book is set in a motel and touches on immigration issues. That’s a tricky issue to discuss with kids, but the setting makes it a more natural fit.

Finally, there’s Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This is a WWII book told from the perspective of four characters whose stories slowly intertwine.

Anything sound good to you?

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is our book club choice for the month of January. I’ve read it before, but it’s been a few years so I read it again. I was also in the play with my kids (I was the narrator while Miss Adventure was Scout and Mr. Curiosity was Jem).

Published: 1960

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 376 pages

Setting: Maycomb, Alabama, 1930s

Summary: Short version: Growing up in the 30s in the South Continue reading

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Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? by Eleanor Updale

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, if that’s your winter holiday of preference. I got the kids of couple of books, including a Kindle for Mr. Curiosity. I’ll provide some reviews later, but I haven’t taken any photos and I need to catch up on the books I’ve read so I can get at least most of the 2018 books I’ve read reviewed in 2018.

Up next is a book I chose solely by perusing the library shelves because it gave me a U author in my Author Reading the Alphabet Challenge. I’m so close to finishing!

Published: 2003

Genre: YA historical fiction

Length: 233 pages

Setting: 19th century London

Font: Aqualine

Summary: Short version: Montmorency leads a double life as a thief and a society man Continue reading

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Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

This is the eighth and currently final book available in the Outlander series. This means I have completed my goal of being up to date on the Outlander series. (I can’t say “finishing” since the series isn’t complete, but I’ve read all the books available.)

Published: 2014

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 825 pages

Setting: near Valley Forge, in 1778, and 1980s and early 1700s, Scotland

Summary: Short version: Outlander characters at the start of the Revolutionary War Continue reading

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