I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author (for one last book in my reading the alphabet challenge) and came upon this book. I chose it because Zusak also wrote The Book Thief, which I enjoyed.
Genre: YA fiction
Length: 357 pages
Setting: I’m guessing England based on some of the nouns (like fish and chips or crisps), present day Continue reading
Someone from book club was offering this book to anyone who wanted it. I took it because it was an O author, but knew absolutely nothing about the book when I started it.
Length: 316 pages
Setting: Flax Hill, Massachusetts, 1953-1960s Continue reading
I haven’t quite finished reviewing all the books from 2017, but I’d still like to look back and see how I did with my reading life this past year. Let’s start with my Goodreads totals. I read 98 novels, and 128 books total, when you factor in all the graphic novels and novellas. That stacked up to 39,744 pages, slightly less than last year but still respectable.
Rereading Challenge: I got four books reread in the Outlander series. I’ve previously read six of the eight currently published books in the series so I’ve still got some work to do. I think I’ll try to finish the series this year.
Finish the Series Challenge: I finished five series, and put a dent in several others that have been lingering for a while. I’ll count that as a success.
Reading the Alphabet Challenge: I missed four categories this year, which is probably the worst I’ve done in this challenge in a while. I did manage to get at least one book in each letter, but I’m disappointed I didn’t finish the alphabet this year.
Overall, I am happy with the reading challenges I set for myself and plan to repeat them in 2018. I’ve still got a lot of series that I’d like to finish, and I didn’t finish rereading the Outlander series yet, so I’m just keeping last year’s challenges for 2018.
I got this book from a Lifehacker post on getting boys to read books with female protagonists. I thought it sounded interesting because it had several elements of Greek mythology in it. I read it now because it gave me a U author. I tried to get the kids to read it, but neither was interested.
Genre: middle grade urban fantasy
Length: 424 pages
Font: Hoefler Text
Setting: London and St. Paul, MN, present day Continue reading
I chose this as Mr. Curiosity’s next literature book for the school year. I chose this particular edition based on the recommendation from The Well-Educated Mind. To be able to discuss the book, I read it alongside Mr. Curiosity. I’ve never read it, so it’s something new for me as well as Mr. Curiosity.
Translator: Martin Hammond
Published: this edition in 1987; the original in the 12th century BCE
Genre: epic poetry but ours wasn’t in a poetic form so I’m going with literature
Length: 410 pages of text, 464 pages with index
Setting: around the city of Troy during the Trojan War, 13th century BCE Continue reading
I totally chose this book for the Q author. I’ve read a couple of others by Quick and they tend to be amusing, light stories.
Genre: historical paranormal romance
Length: 323 pages
Setting: Victorian London Continue reading
As soon as I found out Andy Weir had a new book out, I requested it from the library. It wasn’t even in the holdings yet, but I wanted to be high on the hold list. Mr. Curiosity and I were all in after loving The Martian.
Genre: science fiction
Length: 305 pages
Setting: the lunar colony of Artemis, near future Continue reading