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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I desperately needed a book at the airport. We were flying to New Orleans and I had left my Kindle at home accidentally. There was no way I was going to make it that long without a book. Off to the airport bookstore I went. I picked up this book because I had heard The Modern Mrs. Darcy talk about it. I needed to pick something I wouldn’t be disappointed in since it was all I would have for a few hours. Luckily, I made a good choice.

Published: 2017

Genre: fiction

Length: 390 pages

Setting: Glasgow, Scotland, in the last decade

Font: Sabon LT Std and Bulmer

Summary: Short version: Eleanor’s life improves when she becomes friends with Raymond Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #44: Read Alouds

The main reason I read The Read-Aloud Handbook was to get suggestions to read aloud to the kids. The book didn’t disappoint. All of these books were suggestions from The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, seventh edition. I went through the treasury of read-alouds that ends the book and found quite a few I was interested in. I’m collecting them all here so I don’t forget about them, along with a brief description. Follow the link to an Amazon page if you’re interested in purchasing the book for yourself, and thanks for supporting my blog.

Stone Fox by John Gardiner – based on a Rocky Mountain legend about a boy who tries to save his grandfather’s farm by winning a local bobsled race

The Call of the Wild by Jack London – another dog story, but this one set in the 1903 Klondike gold rush

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose – a Civil Rights era story that Miss Adventure could read on her own

The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts – a paranormal suspense story

The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr – a humorous story about herding turkeys in the Kansas Territory in the 1860s

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis – this sounds like a companion to Bud, Not Buddy, which I enjoyed reading to the kids years ago. It’s the story of a black family during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Trelease recommends watching the PBS special Riding the Rails to go along with the book.

My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier – an American Revolutionary War story set in Connecticut

Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle – a classic written in 1888 set in warring medieval German tribes – I’m sure this one is available via gutenberg.org

Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell – another American Revolutionary War story, but this time focusing on a girl who runs away from the conflict to live in the wilderness

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi – about a girl on a merchant ship sailing from England to the U.S. in 1932

Read All About It!: Great Read-Aloud Stories, Poems, and Newspaper Pieces for Preteens and Teens by Jim Trelease – a collection of short fiction and nonfiction work that is appropriate for teens and tweens

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Check Please Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

The back of Bloom had several other graphic novels published by First Second with quick blurbs about each one. I picked this one as our next read, mainly because it was about hockey (which I play) and baking pies. Sounds like an interesting combination.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA fiction graphic novel

Length: 288 pages

Setting: Samwell College (near Boston), 2013-2015

Summary: Short version: Bittie’s first two years on Samwell’s hockey team Continue reading

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Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett

This is the 12th book in the Discworld series. I’ve been reading them on vacation since they’re so light and all on my Kindle. As a bonus, it’s one of the BBC’s The Big Read books.

Published: 2002

Genre: fantasy

Length: 374 pages

Setting: mostly in Genua on Discworld

Summary: Short version: Magrat, Nanny Ogg, and Granny Weatherwax disrupt Lilith’s perfect story Continue reading

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler

I was looking for an audiobook and I wanted something that was enhanced by listening to rather than reading the book. I saw this book was recommended and available.

Published: 2014

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 329 pages

Summary: Short version: A memoir of Amy Poehler’s life Continue reading

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Mr. Curiosity and I had just read Hamlet and I was interested in reading this play. I’d always heard about it and was curious how it related to Hamlet.

Published: 1967

Genre: fiction play

Length: 127 pages

Setting: the story of Hamlet

Summary: Short version: The actions of the characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern outside of what is seen in Hamlet Continue reading


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Clockwork Boys by T. Kingfisher

A saw a brief review raving about this book recently. Kingfisher is the pen name for Ursula Vernon’s adult books. I enjoy her writing style (I’ve reviewed Harriet the Invincible) and was able to get a copy for my Kindle before I left for the Bahamas.

Published: 2017

Genre: fantasy

Length: 230 pages

Setting: mostly on the way to Anuket City in a medieval technology fantasy world

Summary: Short version: Slate puts together a team to go to Anuket City through enemy lines Continue reading

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