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Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard

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

Published: 2011

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

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Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

It’s the next (and 15th) Discworld book and readily available on my Kindle.

Published: 1993

Genre: fantasy

Length: 377 pages

Setting: Ankh-Morpork on Discworld

Summary: Short version: A stolen gun leads to unrest in Ankh-Morpork Continue reading

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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

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Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

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.

Published: 1992

Genre: fantasy

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

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Hannah’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson

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

Genre: fiction

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

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Landline by Rainbow Rowell

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.

Published: 2014

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

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Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

This was my book club choice for December.

Published: 2011

Genre: fiction

Length: 466 pages

Setting: a town in Rhode Island, about 2010

Summary: Short version: Infertility problems turn into gay rights issues Continue reading

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Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

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.)

Published: 2014

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

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Enchanter’s End Game by David Eddings

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.

Published: 1984

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

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