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Oxygen by Carol Cassella

Mr. Curiosity came across this book as he was looking for something for himself and thought it sounded like a book I would enjoy. I was thrilled to put one of his recommendations on my TBR. I was looking for something non-fantasy to read, and thought this would fit the bill.

Published: 2008

Genre: medical thriller

Length: 288 pages

Setting: Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, present day

Summary: Short version: A child dies under Marie’s care and she is devastated Continue reading

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Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop

This is the second book in the Dark Jewels trilogy. I’m trying to finish series within a reasonably short time of starting them, so here’s the second book already.

Published: 1999

Genre: fantasy

Length: 482 pages

Setting: soon after the events of Daughter of the Blood, various locations within the Realms

Summary: Short version: Jaenelle heals and draws friends into her official Court 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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The Star Tree by Jon Lasser

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I had a lovely trip to San Salvador – I noticed several new organisms and no one got hurt. Lots of sun, sand, and coral reefs (one of which is posted above) but now I’m back to mud and cold. I’m also back to reviewing stories. 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: May, 2016 in Writers of the Future Vol 32

Genre: science fiction short story

Setting: an exoplanet, far future

Summary: Short version: A family comes to terms with the loss of their mother Continue reading

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My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

I needed a book to read and saw this in the new book section of the library. I’ve heard it mentioned on the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s podcast and decided to give it a try.

Published: 2017 in Nigeria, 2018 in the U.S.

Genre: fiction

Length: 223 pages

Setting: Lagos, Nigeria, present day

Summary: Short version: The relationship of two sisters in Lagos Continue reading

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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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If X Is a Real Number by Sofie Bird

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: May, 2016 in Fireside Magazine

Genre: science fiction

Setting: on a spaceship, far future

Summary: Short version: Maybe someone will survive this spaceship collision Continue reading

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