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Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye

I gave this to Miss Adventure to read while Mr. Curiosity and I were reading Seamus Heaney’s translation of Beowulf. I’m still following many suggestions in The Well-Trained Mind for homeschooling, and Bauer and Wise recommend having middle-schoolers read some of the original literature. They recommended this version of Beowulf for the younger audience. After I talked to Miss Adventure about the book, I realized there were some significant differences between the two versions. I decided to read this version to compare to Heaney’s.

Published: 1968

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 92 pages

Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written

SummaryShort version: Beowulf defeats the monsters Continue reading

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Becoming Native to This Place by Wes Jackson

This book was discussed in The Contrary Farmer and has been sitting on my TBR list for five years. I decided it was finally time to get it off the TBR list and onto the read list.

Published: 1992

Genre: nonfiction agriculture

Length: 136 pages

Summary: Short version: Essays on living with the landscape Continue reading

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Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman

I happened to see this short book in the new books section at the library. I’m a big fan of Neil Gaiman for many reasons, and picked it up just because it had his name on it.

Designer: Chip Kidd

Published: 2013

Genre: graphic design/speech

Length: 80 pages

Summary: Short version: Gaiman’s commencement speech to the University of the Arts in Philadelphia Continue reading

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Intergalactic P.S. 3 by Madeleine L’Engle

I saw this at the local library and just had to scoop it up. It’s an A Wrinkle in Time story that I’ve never read, mostly because I didn’t know it existed. Once I learned about it, I had to read it.

Illustrator: Hope Larson

Published: the story was originally published in 1970; this illustrated edition was published in 2018

Genre: middle grade science fiction

Length: 107 pages

Setting: mostly the Third Planet of the Teachers, after A Wrinkle in Time

Summary: Short version: Meg’s entrance exam into Intergalactic P.S. 3 Continue reading

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Here’s the Deal by Micah Edwards

This is Edwards’ second book. I highly enjoyed his first, Okay, So Look, and was thrilled to see he was continuing his retelling of the Bible with Exodus. I received a free copy of the book to review, but all of my opinions are my own.

Subtitle: A Humorous Retelling of the Book of Exodus (Bible: Faster, Funnier)

Published: 2018 (it comes out officially tomorrow)

Genre: religion novella

Length: 136 pages

Setting: Egypt and its surrounding areas, during the time of the Pharaohs

Summary: Short version: just look at the subtitle Continue reading

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Tattoo by Michelle Rene

I was given a copy of this novella to review (although my views are my own). It’s published by Annorlunda Enterprises, a small-press publisher that focuses on stories that make you think.

Published: 2018 (today is the release day, in fact!)

Genre: maybe post-apocalyptic fiction? It was Judgement Day that happened, not the apocalypse, but it changed everything

Length: 152 pages

Setting: a generic city, near future Continue reading

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My mother-in-law read this book for book club ten years ago and passed it along to me afterwards to read.

Translator: Alan R. Clarke

Published: 1988 in Portuguese; 1993 in English

Genre: inspirational fiction

Length: 167 pages

Setting: starting in Andalusia and traveling to Egypt, present day Continue reading

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