Tomorrow is our last meeting of American History Club for the school year. We’re doing a second session on the space program. It’s surprisingly difficult to find a YA level book about astronauts/the space program/space race. I ended up choosing a nonfiction book instead of our usual fiction or narrative-driven nonfiction book because that’s all I could find in our library system.
Subtitle: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon
Genre: nonfiction history
Length: 105 pages of text, 114 pages total Continue reading
This is my husband’s favorite movie, and he got an audiobook of the story. I decided to listen to it as well, since I enjoy Stephen King when he isn’t being scary.
Length: 181 pages
Setting: Maine, it felt like the 1950s Continue reading
I was given an ARC of this book to review (but all my opinions are my own). It was published by a small press (Annorlunda Books) that focuses on books that help you “learn something you’ll feel good about knowing.” I’ve been an advance reader for several other books and novellas she’s published (see Unspotted, Lilies of the Dawn, Okay, So Look, and Academaze) and thought I’d do the same for the newest book.
Published: 2017 (it comes out today in ebook form)
Genre: speculative fiction
Length: 86 pages
Setting: mostly England and Cape Town, present day Continue reading
When I was looking for some “literature” books to give to Mr. Curiosity to read this year, The Outsiders was commonly suggested. It seemed age appropriate and well received by many people, so I decided to go for it. I’m reading all the books I’m assigning him to read so we can talk about them. I don’t think I ever read this one in school (or saw the movie). I can’t really remember what books I read in middle school English, but I do know if I’ve read a book before after I start reading it.
Published: 1967 (so it’s not like it was too new for me to have read in middle school, unlike, say, The Giver)
Genre: YA fiction
Length: 180 pages
Setting: outskirts of a big city (for some reason, I thought it was NYC), 1960s Continue reading
We had our second session of American History Club on immigration. I decided to change our focus a bit. The first meeting discussed Irish immigration. This time we focused on Chinese immigration through Angel Island in California.
Subtitle: A Story of Angel Island
Genre: middle grade historical fiction
Length: 106 pages of story, 133 pages with the extra resources
Setting: China and Angel Island, 1922 Continue reading
I was excited to see that John Scalzi had a new story coming out. I read his blog religiously (it’s one of the few places I enjoy the political writing, even in this horrible election cycle), and I try to get to all his new books. Everything I’ve read so far, I’ve enjoyed. So, when he announced he had a novella coming out that you could listen to for free off Audible, I was in, even if it wasn’t his typical genre. And, if you hurry, you can still get the audiobook for free through November 5th (I think). Just click on the cover to follow a link to the site!
Length: 75 pages
Setting: Chicago, near future Continue reading