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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

I chose this as the kids’ first piece of literature for the year since it is billed as the first Western novel. Mr. Curiosity read an abridged version of the first part, but I decided I wanted to read the original. It took me a while since I typically read two chapters a day.

Translator: John Ormsby

Published: 1605 for part I, 1615 for part II, 1885 for this translation

Genre: classic fiction

Length: 1189 pages

Setting: Spain, 1600s

Summary: Short version: Don’t Quixote’s adventures as a knight wandering 17th century Spain Continue reading

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Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

I was looking for a short audiobook for a trip to a gymnastics meet. This came to my attention because we saw the musical version recently. I was curious to read the source material.

Published: 1972

Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of fantasy

Length: 154 pages

Setting: New York City, late 1960s

Summary: Short version: Annabel switches bodies with her mother for a day Continue reading

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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

I wanted to read this book after watching the Will Smith movie. My husband had listened to the book and recommended the audio book to me.

Published: 1954

Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction

Length: 324 pages

Setting: Los Angeles, near future

Summary: Short version: The only human survivor of a vampire plague tries to survive Continue reading


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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Our family watched the movie recently. I’ve been intrigued by the series for a while and took the movie as a push to read the book. Bonus, it was available as an audiobook.

Published: 2009

Genre: YA scifi/post-apocalyptic

Length: 384 pages

Setting: a constructed maze, near future

Summary: Short version: The boys in the Glade need to figure out how to get out of the Maze Continue reading

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The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester

I was looking for an audiobook to listen to while I work outside since I’m burning through my podcasts. This came highly recommended by the Modern Mrs. Darcy and was available.

Subtitle: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary

Published: 1998

Genre: nonfiction history

Length: 242 pages

Setting: mostly England, around Oxford, 1850s-1910s

Summary: Short version: Check out the subtitle Continue reading


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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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