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Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

My husband picked this up as an audiobook for the family because Peter Jackson turned it into a movie.

Published: 2001

Genre: science fiction

Length: 373 pages

Setting: a post-apocalyptic, barely recognizable future Asia

Summary: Short version: London’s attempts to gain power causes many deaths 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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Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare fits in the medieval time period we’re covering this year in homeschooling. This was the play Mr. Curiosity chose to read. I read it along with him. I think this is my first time experiencing Hamlet.

Published: 1600

Genre: classic play

Length: I have a book that contains all of Shakespeare’s works. This took up 41 pages of double-columned text in that book

Setting: Denmark, late 1500s

Summary: Short version: Death, betrayal, and madness in the high courts of Denmark Continue reading

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84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

I saw this book discussed on a Modern Mrs. Darcy post as a book about books, one of my favorite subgenres. I picked it up now to attempt to fill my number row for my Alphabet Reading Challenge (it’s a new category Mr. Curiosity created this year). Sadly, it was much too quick a read for me (I read it in an afternoon) to feel good about counting. I’ll have to find another number book.

Published: 1970

Genre: nonfiction correspondence

Length: 97 pages

Setting: New York City and London, 1949-1969

Summary: Short version: Correspondence about books and life Continue reading

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Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

When the new movie version of the book came out, I thought perhaps I could read the book to the kids and then we could watch the movie and compare.

Published: 1934

Genre: murder mystery

Length: 212 pages

Setting: a train car in the Orient Express, 1930s

Summary: Short version: A closed room mystery of who killed Ratchett Continue reading

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

It’s John Green’s new book that I’ve been meaning to read. A student in my Coastal Biology class recommended it to me when I asked for a book recommendation, and it reminded me I wanted to read the book.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 286 pages

Setting: outside of Indianapolis, present day

Summary: Short version: Aza tries to deal with her OCD and still have a relationship Continue reading

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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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