The summer reading program a few years ago required trying to get bingo on a card full of different book genres. I wanted a history book and saw this book as I was scanning the shelves. I picked it up because it had been made into a movie and because it was about a pianist (I play the piano, so music books are always a plus).
Subtitle: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945
Published: 1999 in the U.S., 1946 in Poland
Genre: nonfiction memoir
Length: 224 pages
Setting: Warsaw, 1939-1945 Continue reading
This was chosen as our next book club reading. I vaguely remember hearing about the series (it’s the first book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series) on What Should I Read Next as being awesome, but that’s all I knew about it going into the book.
Genre: murder mystery
Length: 312 pages
Setting: Three Pines, near Montreal, Quebec, present day Continue reading
I’m slowly making my way through all of the Pulitzer Prize winners. My library happened to have this one on the shelf.
Length: 302 pages
Setting: New Mexico, 1910s Continue reading
This book is mentioned often as a great book for kids and a great read aloud. I’ve never read it, so I decided to introduce myself and the kids to it by turning it into our family read aloud.
Genre: middle grade realistic fantasy/intrusive fantasy
Length: 139 pages
Setting: Treegap, in a Southern state, late 1800s Continue reading
This book has been on my reading list for over two years now, so it’s very satisfying to be able to finally cross it off the list. I put it on my TBR list after reading a “Best sci-fi and fantasy books of all time” post from The Telegraph. Books on lists like that tend to be of higher than average quality, so any I hadn’t read I put on my TBR list. As a bonus, it’s also on the BBC’s The Big Read list. I chose to read it now because it gave me a W author that I’m still lacking.
Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction
Length: 216 pages
Setting: London and its environs, late 1940s Continue reading
This book has popped up a few times recently being described in glowing terms as a classic fantasy novel. I had never read it, so I decided to take care of that lack by reading it to my kids. I’ve never seen the movie, either – should I?
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 212 pages
Setting: a medieval-age world Continue reading
When I was looking for some “literature” books to give to Mr. Curiosity to read this year, The Outsiders was commonly suggested. It seemed age appropriate and well received by many people, so I decided to go for it. I’m reading all the books I’m assigning him to read so we can talk about them. I don’t think I ever read this one in school (or saw the movie). I can’t really remember what books I read in middle school English, but I do know if I’ve read a book before after I start reading it.
Published: 1967 (so it’s not like it was too new for me to have read in middle school, unlike, say, The Giver)
Genre: YA fiction
Length: 180 pages
Setting: outskirts of a big city (for some reason, I thought it was NYC), 1960s Continue reading