This is #75 of the BBC’s The Big Read books, compiled in 2003. Every once in a while I choose a book of the list for some British literature.
Length: 267 pages
Setting: London, England, 1990s Continue reading
I’ve heard good things about this book, but have been reluctant to read it because I knew it was about a kid dying of cancer. I’m still a bit sensitive to a plot revolving around dying of cancer, having been diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. However, I convinced Mr. Curiosity to read it (after he loved Eleanor and Park). As soon as he finished, he plopped the book in my lap and told me he’d found my next book. I try to respect his suggestions and read it on his recommendation.
Genre: YA fiction
Length: 313 pages
Setting: generic U.S. city, present day Continue reading
Length: 181 pages
Setting: Maine, it felt like the 1950s Continue reading
I saw (and loved) the movie and wanted to read the book it was based on. When there was a Kindle sale of the book, I bought it. I read it now to see if it would work for our next American History Club meeting about the space race.
Genre: nonfiction science biography
Length: 267 pages of text, 368 pages total
Setting: In and around Langley, Virginia, 1940s-1960s Continue reading
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).
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