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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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The Princess Bride by William Goldman

“The Princess Bride” is one of my favorite movies. I enjoy the book as well and decided it was time to read it to my kids.

Published: 1973

Genre: historical fiction/fantasy

Length: 283 pages

Setting: Guilder, medieval technology and 1970s New York City

Summary: Short version: True love conquers all 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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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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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

They made a movie out of the book that was up for an Oscar when I picked up the book. Plus, I enjoy McCarthy’s writing style and decided to read the book.

Published: 2005

Genre: fiction

Length: 309 pages

Setting: near the U.S.-Mexico border in 1980

Summary: Short version: A drug deal gone bad and its deadly consequences Continue reading

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