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When We Were Worthy by Mary Beth Mayhew Whalen

This is the SheReads network book for September. I received a free copy of the book but all my opinions are my own.

Published: 2017

Genre: fiction

Length: 278 pages

Setting: Worthy, a small town in Texas, present day Continue reading


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Two-Part Invention by Madeleine L’Engle

This is the fourth and final of L’Engle’s Crosswick Journals. I skipped the third one (The Irrational Season) because it focuses on L’Engle’s relationship to Christianity, and I’m just not interested in that topic, even if it is L’Engle writing.

Published: 1988

Genre: nonfiction memoir

Length: 232 pages

Setting: Crosswicks in 1987, NYC in the 1960s Continue reading

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Giant Days, Volume 2 by John Allison

This is the second Giant Days compilation. The kids enjoyed the first one so much, it was pretty obvious I would get the second book.

Artist: Lissa Treiman and Max Sarin (it changed halfway though the book. While the art was noticeably different, it wasn’t distracting.)

Published: 2016

Genre: graphic novel, fiction

Length: 128 pages

Setting: Sheffield, and Northampton, England, soon after the events of Volume One Continue reading

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Emergency Management Protocol by C.C.S. Ryan

This is the next story in the Events Horizon 2017 Anthology.

Published: September 2016 in Fireside Magazine

Genre: science fiction

Setting: a newly colonized planet, far future Continue reading

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

I’ve heard good things about this book, but have been reluctant to read it because I knew it was about a kid dying of cancer. I’m still a bit sensitive to a plot revolving around dying of cancer, having been diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. However, I convinced Mr. Curiosity to read it (after he loved Eleanor and Park). As soon as he finished, he plopped the book in my lap and told me he’d found my next book. I try to respect his suggestions and read it on his recommendation.

Published: 2012

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 313 pages

Setting: generic U.S. city, present day Continue reading


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Fangirl: A Novel by Rainbow Rowell

I had no intention of reading this book right now, even though I loved Eleanor and Park. I’m trying to focus on finishing up my reading challenges, and Fangirl doesn’t help any of them. However, Mr. Curiosity got the book out of the library and read it in two days. When he finished, he gave it to me and told me I should read it because it was really good. I figure if I am going to recommend books to him that I hope he reads, I should read a book that he recommends to me. Plus, I had finished all my library books and had nothing on the docket, so it’s not like it was keeping me from something else I wanted to be reading.

Published: 2013

Genre: YA college fiction

Length: 438 pages

Setting: Nebraska, present day Continue reading


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The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Published: 2012

Genre: fiction with a science fiction premise

Length: 269 pages

Setting: Southern California, near future

Font: Transitional 521

Interest: It was recommended by the Modern Mrs. Darcy, based on some books I said I enjoyed. I posted the details in this What I Will Be Reading post.

Summary: Julia is a typical middle schooler, trying to fit in with the more popular kids at school. One day, the Earth mysteriously slows its spin and the days start lengthening. At first, everyone tries to adjust to the longer days, but the added minutes aren’t consistent and continue to lengthen the day. The world governments decide to revert to “clocktime”, while some people decide to go off the grid and live on “real time”. Everyone has to adjust to days lived in the dark and sleeping during white nights. Some people, including Julia’s mom, start to manifest symptoms of a disorder. Throughout all these physical disruptions, Julia’s trying to figure out a budding relationship with her crush, Seth, and the fact her old best friend has moved on.

Final thoughts: I was a bit disappointed with the book. I think the reason for my disappointment was I wanted to know more about the why of the science of the slowing, whereas the author focused more on the impact of the slowing on relationships and growing up. I wanted a science fiction book, but it was really a fiction book.

The story was told as a reminiscence about the initial time after the slowing. I kept forgetting how young Julia was in the story, because her voice was much older. There was lots of foreboding foreshadowing (“We didn’t know how good we had it” or “I didn’t know this was the last time…”), but very little payout on the foreshadowing.

Title comes from: At one point, Julia referred to middle school as the age of miracles, when kids grow into their potential.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 53/100 in my 100 Book Challenge.

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