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Don Quixote of La Mancha adapted by Ilan Stavans

I have the kids reading Don Quixote as their first piece of literature for the school year. I found this graphic novelization version of the book for Miss Adventure.

Illustrator: Roberto Weil

Published: originally in 1605, this version in 2018

Genre: graphic novel of literature

Length: 124 pages

Setting: mostly in the early 1600s Spain

Summary: Short version: Don Quixote has many adventures pretending to be a knight Continue reading


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Utopia by Thomas More

Mr. Curiosity is studying medieval history this year. As part of his work, he’s reading several medieval pieces of literature. This was one of his choices for the year. I read the books alongside him.

Translated by: Robert M. Adams

Published: originally in 1516, this edition in 1975

Genre: classic philosophy

Length: 85 pages

Setting: Utopia, a medieval society

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Now in November by Josephine Johnson

This was a Pulitzer Prize winner I chose to fill in a hole in my published year reading list. Too bad I forgot the Pulitzer is given out for a book published in the previous year.

Published: 1934

Genre: fiction

Length: 164 pages

Setting: a generic farm during the Depression

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Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie

This won the Pulitzer Prize in 1985 and was available as an ebook while I was waiting for some holds to come in.

Published: 1984

Genre: fiction

Length: 291 pages

Setting: London, England, 1980s

Summary: Short version: Two professors have affairs when traveling Continue reading

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The Magus by John Fowles

This was one of Modern Library‚Äôs top 100 novels of the century. It’s also on the BBC’s The Big Read list.

Published: 1965

Genre: fiction

Length: 606 pages

Setting: a small Greek island, 1960s

Summary: Short version: An Englishman gets involved in a fantastical masque in Greece Continue reading

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Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence

I saw this book on a Modern Mrs. Darcy post and immediately put it on my TBR list. It’s a book about books, what’s not to love? I was in the mood for some nonfiction and decided to pick it up in the new year.

Subtitle: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction literature

Length: 243 pages

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

I put this book on my TBR list to perhaps learn how to find the symbolism in literature, because I’m terrible at seeing the underlying meanings. I chose it now because it gave me an F author, the last letter I need for my alphabet challenge.

Subtitle: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

Published: 2003

Genre: nonfiction literature

Length: 281 pages of text, 314 pages total

Summary: Short version: The title pretty much says it all
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