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Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin

I’m not sure how this came to my attention in the first place (it’s been on my TBR list too long). I read it now because it gives me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.

Subtitle: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body

Published: 2008

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 201 pages of text, 229 pages total

Font: Ehrhardt

Summary: Short version: Read the subtitle Continue reading


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Hour of the Cat by Peter Quinn

It gave me a Q author for my alphabet reading challenge and looked like something I might enjoy.

Published: 2005

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 400 pages

Setting: 1936-1939, New York City and Berlin

Summary: Short version: The rise of the Nazis alongside a hard-boiled detective story Continue reading

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

I saw this sitting out in the new YA books and thought Mr. Curiosity would enjoy it. He read it and said I could probably read it in 30 minutes. I had nothing else in the docket, so I did. I took me a little longer than 30 minutes, but it’s still a quick read because of it’s structure.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fiction novel in verse

Length: 306 pages

Setting: inner city projects, present day

Font: Arno

Summary: Short version: Do you really want to avenge your brother’s death? Continue reading

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Genghis: Lords of the Bow by Conn Iggulden

This is the second book in the Genghis series (following Genghis: Birth of a Nation) I picked up last year because the author gave me an I author. I enjoyed it enough to continue the series.

Published: 2008

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 387 pages

Setting: areas around Xi Xia to Yenking, early 1200s

Summary: Short version: Genghis expands his empire Continue reading

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Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

I’m not exactly sure how this book got put on my “read to the kids” list. I’m sure it had something to do with being a book in verse. It was our first read aloud book for the school year, mainly because it was available as an ebook. I had chosen a different book, but Mr. Curiosity went and read it the weekend before I was going to start reading it aloud, so I needed a quick backup without being able to go to the library.

Published: 2011

Genre: middle grade historical fiction book in verse

Length: 272 pages

Setting: Vietnam and Alabama, 1975

Summary: Short version: Immigrant story from the Vietnam War Continue reading

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The Yellow-Lighted Bookstore by Lewis Buzbee

This came from an Off the Shelf post on books set in bookstores. It’s one of my favorite subgenres, and I’m always up for more books in this genre.

Published: 2006

Genre: nonfiction books

Length: 216 pages

Setting: a variety of bookstores on the West Coast, 1980s to the present

Font: Concorde

Summary: Short version: Bookstores are awesome & always have been Continue reading

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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

I saw this book at the library and picked it up for Mr. Curiosity and myself to read. It’s the first book in the Broken Earth trilogy. I’ve heard good things about the series, including the fact that Jemisin won three Hugos in a row for each of the books in the series (a first!).

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Length: 449 pages of text, 468 pages total

Setting: various locations in the Stillness, which I think is a far future Earth

Summary: Short version: Can I just say, “OMG read this book now!!”? No? Then how about: The world only thinks orogenes are controlled. Continue reading

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