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I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

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.

Published: 2002

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

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Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

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.

Published: 2014

Genre: fiction

Length: 316 pages

Setting: Flax Hill, Massachusetts, 1953-1960s Continue reading

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2017: Year in Review

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.


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The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu

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.

Published: 2006

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 424 pages

Font: Hoefler Text

Setting: London and St. Paul, MN, present day Continue reading

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The Iliad by Homer

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


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Don’t Look Back by Amanda Quick

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.

Published: 2002

Genre: historical paranormal romance

Length: 323 pages

Setting: Victorian London Continue reading

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Artemis by Andy Weir

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.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 305 pages

Setting: the lunar colony of Artemis, near future Continue reading

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