My mother-in-law gave me this book after she read it. I read it now because it’s in my house and I haven’t read it before. Those books are few and far between at this point. The good news is the libraries are opening up next week, at least for curbside service. I just have to place holds instead of wandering the stacks.
Subtitle: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President
Genre: nonfiction biography
Length: 308 pages of story, 398 pages total
Setting: Washington, D. C. (mostly), 1876-1885
Summary: Short version: Garfield, a reluctant President, is shot in office and dies of infection Continue reading
It’s the next (and 15th) Discworld book and readily available on my Kindle.
Length: 377 pages
Setting: Ankh-Morpork on Discworld
Summary: Short version: A stolen gun leads to unrest in Ankh-Morpork Continue reading
I had Miss Adventure read this as a piece of literature after she saw the movie. I read it alongside her so we could discuss the book.
Published: Part I in 1868, Part II in 1869, together in 1880
Genre: YA fiction/ semiautobiographical
Length: 449 pages
Setting: New England, during the American Civil War (1861-5) for Part I and a few years later for Part II
Summary: Short version: We follow the lives of the March sisters as they transition to adulthood Continue reading
This is the 14th and next Discworld book, following Small Gods in publication order but Witches Abroad in plot. I needed something I knew I would enjoy that was light and funny and available. Discworld books fit the bill for me.
Length: 400 pages
Setting: Lancre on Discworld, after the events of Witches Abroad
Summary: Short version: Elves try to invade Lancre but the witches stop them Continue reading
I was looking for a book that would fill in a letter on my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I chose this one because it was set in Scandinavia, a part of the world I haven’t read about this year yet.
Published: originally in 1994, in translation in 1998
Length: 299 pages
Setting: on the border between Sweden and Norway, 1871-1990s
Summary: Short version: Descriptions of the lives of three women in successive generations Continue reading
This book was recommended to me by one of my students when I asked for a book recommendation at the beginning of the semester. Plus, it was Rainbow Rowell and therefore needed to be read.
Genre: fiction with a touch of fantasy
Length: 310 pages
Setting: California, present day
Summary: Short version: Georgie saves her marriage with a phone that calls her past Continue reading
This was my book club choice for December.
Length: 466 pages
Setting: a town in Rhode Island, about 2010
Summary: Short version: Infertility problems turn into gay rights issues Continue reading
This is the eighth and currently final book available in the Outlander series. This means I have completed my goal of being up to date on the Outlander series. (I can’t say “finishing” since the series isn’t complete, but I’ve read all the books available.)
Genre: historical fiction with time travel
Length: 825 pages
Setting: near Valley Forge, in 1778, and 1980s and early 1700s, Scotland
Summary: Short version: Outlander characters at the start of the Revolutionary War Continue reading
This is the fifth and final book in The Belgariad. I’m excited to finally finish the series, not only for my reading challenge but because I borrowed the series from a friend over a year ago. I’ll be able to return the books and remove the guilt of having taken so long to finish the series.
Genre: sword and sorcery fantasy
Length: 372 pages
Setting: Gar of Nadrak, Mishrak ac Thull, Mallorea, and the Isle of the Winds, soon after the events of Castle of Wizardry
Summary: Short version: Belgarion finally meets Torak and vanquishes him Continue reading