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Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

This was one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century.

Published: 1974

Genre: fiction

Length: 320 pages

Setting: mostly New York City, early 1900s

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Persuasion by Jane Austen

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. It’s the highest on the list I’ve never read and I decided to pick it up. Plus, I was in between library books and this was available from Gutenberg for free for my Kindle.

Published: 1818

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 249 pages

Setting: 1800s England, in and around Bath

Summary: Quick version: Class gets in the way of potential husband Continue reading

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The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen

This was #84 in the Modern Library’s top 100 English novels of the 20th century. It’s also one of the Time Top 100 novels. I read my way through both lists about a decade ago.

Published: 1938

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 418 pages

Setting: London, 1930s Continue reading

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The Iliad by Homer

I chose this as Mr. Curiosity’s next literature book for the school year. I chose this particular edition based on the recommendation from The Well-Educated Mind. To be able to discuss the book, I read it alongside Mr. Curiosity. I’ve never read it, so it’s something new for me as well as Mr. Curiosity.

Translator: Martin Hammond

Published: this edition in 1987; the original in the 12th century BCE

Genre: epic poetry but ours wasn’t in a poetic form so I’m going with literature

Length: 410 pages of text, 464 pages with index

Setting: around the city of Troy during the Trojan War, 13th century BCE Continue reading

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Under the Net by Iris Murdoch

This was #95 in the Modern Library’s top 100 English novels of the 20th century. It’s also one of the Time Top 100 novels. I read my way through both lists.

Published: 1954

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 253 pages

Setting: London, early 1900s Continue reading

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Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

This was one of the Modern Library’s top 100 novels of the century.

Published: 1971

Genre: literary fiction

Length: 569 pages

Setting: 1960s and probably early 1800s U.S. Continue reading

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The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise

This book has been on my radar for a while since I’m always looking for inspiration for homeschooling. A recent post on books about books and reading from The Modern Mrs. Darcy pushed it to the top of my reading list.

Subtitle: A Guide to Classical Education at Home

Published: originally in 1999. I read the second edition published in 2004. The newest (the fourth) edition was published in 2016.

Genre: nonfiction education

Length: 710 pages of text (but probably 1/4 of that is book lists), 810 pages total Continue reading

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