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Genghis: Birth of a Nation by Conn Iggulden

I was looking through the library’s shelves for an author whose last name started with I for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge and this title caught my eye. I was in the mood for some historical fiction in a non-Western setting and decided to try it.

Published: 2007

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 383 pages

Setting: what is now Mongolia, 1200s Continue reading

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Queen of Sorcery by David Eddings

It’s the second book in the Belgariad series, but I read it so quickly after the first book mainly because it gets me a Q in my Title Reading the Alphabet Challenge. Now I don’t have to scour the library shelves for Q books!

Published: 1982

Genre: sword and sorcery fantasy

Length: 326 pages

Setting: Arednia, Tolnedra, and Nyissa, immediately following the events of Pawn of Prophecy Continue reading

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

It’s a book written by a favorite author on a topic I enjoy. Of course I was going to read it! And maybe pass it on to the kids as well.

Published: 2017

Genre: mythology

Length: 283 pages of story, 297 pages with glossary

Setting: Mostly Midgard, before the start of history Continue reading

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We Have No Idea by Jorge Chan and Daniel Whiteson

Chan writes the webcomic PHD Comics that I follow. As he was writing this book, Chan provided regular updates, so I knew when it came out. I thought Mr. Curiosity might enjoy the light-hearted, yet scientific tone I expected based on the comics.

Subtitle: A Guide to the Unknown Universe

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 340 pages of text, 354 pages total Continue reading

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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

This is the third book in the Outlander series I’m rereading this year, following A Dragonfly in Amber.

Published: 1994

Genre: time travel/historical fiction

Length: 921 pages (so close to the coveted 1000+ pages tag!)

Setting: Inverness, 1968, and Scotland to France to the West Indies, 1746 Continue reading

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The Physics of Everyday Things by James Kakalios

I must have seen this reviewed somewhere recently (it is a new book) and thought it would be interesting. I was in the mood for a science book and requested this.

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 206 pages of text, 245 pages total Continue reading

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Fire in the Mist by Holly Lisle

I picked a random book off my Kindle to read during our family bike trip. I checked to make sure this was at least the first book in a series, but knew nothing else about it when I started.

Published: 1992

Genre: fantasy

Length: 291 pages Continue reading

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