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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

This was my book club’s choice for October. I’d heard good things about it recently and was happy for the excuse to read it.

Published: 1943

Genre: fiction

Length: 493 pages

Setting: Brooklyn, 1900s-1920s

Summary: Short version: An unapologetic view of growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Continue reading

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The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

This book was declared a gateway book for the post-apocalyptic genre by Tor (in this post) . I happen to love post-apocalyptic books, and yet hadn’t read this one, so of course I had to put it on my TBR list. I decided I needed a genre break and read it now.

Published: 2014

Genre: zombie thriller/post-apocalyptic

Length: 403 pages

Setting: near London, England, near future

Summary: Short version: The zombies always win Continue reading

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The BFG by Roald Dahl

This is one of the BBC’s The Big Read books. Surprisingly, I’ve never read it. It was time to change that fact.

Published: 1982

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 208 pages

Setting: England, it felt like the mid-1900s

Summary: Short version: Sophie befriends a good giant and they stop the evil giants Continue reading

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The Girl With the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

My mother recommended this book as a potential book club book, but there weren’t enough in the library system for that to work. There was an ebook, though, that I could read on vacation.

Published: 1999

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 233 pages

Setting: Delft, 1664-1676

Summary: Short version: It’s the women who suffer because of a genius in their lives Continue reading

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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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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The local library started a book club for teens and tweens that reads a book and then watches the movie. For December, this was the chosen book. I decided to read it to the kids. We also watched the The Muppet Christmas Carol as part of the book club experience.

Subtitle: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

Published: 1843 (so you can get it for free at Gutenberg.org if you want – that’s how we read it)

Genre: a ghost story

Length: 104 pages

Setting: London, 1840s Continue reading

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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I decided to read this book to the kids. I remember enjoying it significantly when it first came out. This is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy.

Published: 1996

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 399 pages

Setting: it felt like England and northern countries, including Svalbard, 1800s, but it wasn’t really Continue reading

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