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Genghis: Bones of the Hills by Conn Iggulden

This is the third book in the Conqueror series (following Lords of the Bow) I’m slowly making my way through to get an I author every year.

Published: 2009

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 397 pages of story, 405 pages with historical note

Setting: the Mongolian Empire, ~1220-1227

Summary: Short version: Genghis battles with the Arabs Continue reading


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Hannah’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson

I was looking for a book that would fill in a letter on my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I chose this one because it was set in Scandinavia, a part of the world I haven’t read about this year yet.

Published: originally in 1994, in translation in 1998

Genre: fiction

Length: 299 pages

Setting: on the border between Sweden and Norway, 1871-1990s

Summary: Short version: Descriptions of the lives of three women in successive generations Continue reading

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

This year, Mr. Curiosity added a “starts with a number” category to our Reading the Alphabet Challenge. I decided to read this one to fulfill that category since it’s a non-horror Stephen King. I enjoy his writing, but I find horror too scary. So, I have to pick and choose which of King’s books I can read.

Published: 2011

Genre: time travel fantasy

Length: 849 pages

Setting: Derry, Maine, and parts of Texas, 1958-1963 and present day

Summary: Short version: Jake goes back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination Continue reading

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How Long ’til Black History Month by N. K. Jemisin

I had picked up this collection to read two Locus Award nominee for short stories. I enjoyed them so much I got sucked into reading the rest of the collection.

Published: 2018 for the collection, 2004-2017 for the individual stories

Genre: science fiction and fantasy

Length: 397 pages

SummaryShort version: A collection of Jemisin’s short stories. I’ll summarize each one briefly Continue reading

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Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

I’ve enjoyed Wendell Berry’s nonfiction writing and decided I wanted to read some of his fiction. I decided on this book because Modern Mrs. Darcy has rhapsodized about it. Plus, it gives me the elusive “J” for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge

Published: 2000

Genre: fiction

Length: 363 pages

Setting: mostly Port William, Kentucky, 1910s-1970s

Summary: Short version: Jayber Crow’s life in small town Kentucky Continue reading

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Three Kingdoms by Lo Kuan-chung

Mr. Curiosity read several medieval classics this year, based on recommendations from The Well-Trained Mind. While I like their recommendations, it focuses on Western literature. I wanted Mr. Curiosity to read one of the great Asian classics. I have him a choice between this one (a Chinese classic) and The Tale of Genji (a Japanese classic). I chose this edition (there are many) because our library had it.

Translated and edited by: Moss Roberts

Published: this edition in 1976; originally in the 15th century

Genre: medieval classic historical fiction

Length: 304 pages of text, 318 pages total

Setting: third century China

Summary: Short version: A long-ranging fight over who will control China Continue reading

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The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

This was my book club’s choice for May.

Published: 2011

Genre: fiction

Length: 308 pages of story, 322 pages total

Setting: San Francisco, present day

Summary: Short version: Victoria needs to figure out her life now that she’s an adult Continue reading

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