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Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’Engle

I saw an article recently that L’Engle has a new short story collection coming out, which prompted me to check the library catalogues  for any of her books I’d never read. This fit the bill. I was shocked to see it’s in the same series as my favorite book of hers, A Ring of Endless Light, and I hadn’t read it.

Published: 1995

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 296 pages

Setting: New England and traveling to the Antarctic, 1990s, following the events of A Ring of Endless Light

SummaryShort version: Vicky finds a trip to the Antarctic more dangerous than expected Continue reading

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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

I wanted to read the kids a bit of classic literature before the end of the year. I was trying to decide between this and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This book was longer, but I decided I wanted something written by a woman. Both books are available from The Gutenberg Project.

Published: 1818

Genre: classic science fiction literature

Setting: 19th century Europe

Length: 280 pages

Summary: Short version: Dr. Frankenstein discovers creation of life is more fraught than expected Continue reading


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Vaccinated by Paul A. Offit

The Last Word on Nothing did a recent post about Maurice Hilleman. I was so fascinated by the writeup that I put the book they mentioned on my TBR. I thought it was timely reading about the creation of vaccines while in a pandemic, waiting for a vaccine. Bonus, the library had the ebook.

Subtitle: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases

Published: 2007

Genre: nonfiction historical science

Length: 205 pages of text, 254 pages total

Setting: 1919-2005, various locations in the U.S.

Summary: Short version: The history of vaccines, focusing on the work on Maurice Hilleman Continue reading

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Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

It was a random book on my Kindle I picked because it was a rare N author. It got put on my Kindle as a free Tor book.

Published: 2017

Genre: science fiction

Length: 303 pages

Setting: various locations around the world, often in Canada and Africa, 2144 with flashbacks

Summary: Short version: A drug pirater is targeted when she releases an addictive drug Continue reading

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The Line Tender by Kate Allen

I saw this book reviewed somewhere in my readings and immediately put it on hold. I was drawn in by the marine biologist mother. I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was a child. I decided to get a masters in fisheries because there’s more options with freshwater than saltwater, but I’m still drawn to all things ocean.

Published: 2019

Genre: middle grade fiction

Length: 371 pages

Setting: Cape Cod, Massachusetts, it felt like the 1990s (no cell phones)

Summary: Short version: Lucy looks into her mom’s research to deal with her friend’s death Continue reading

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A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

I can’t remember how this one got on my radar, but it piqued my interest as a female lepidopterist in Victorian England. I love books with scientists as the main character, especially when they’re breaking the mold. I picked it now as the first book to start at the beginning of the year) I’m not counting On Black Sisters Street because I started it last year) based on the title. It’s the beginning of the year, so let’s read a beginning book.

Published: 2015

Genre: historical mystery

Length: 337 pages

Font: Kepler Std

Setting: 1887 London

Summary: Short version: Veronica is in danger over the secret of who her father is Continue reading

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Christmas presents

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, filled with lots of books. There were several books under the Christmas tree at our house.


I got an illustrated version of one of my favorite

A chapter illustration

books, A Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book One, by George R. R. Martin.

A full color illustration

I didn’t actually own a copy of this book, but this is definitely the best one for me. It has a combination of full color and line art sprinkled throughout the book. I reread the whole series in 2015, so I’m due for a reread

Dresden Files books

Mr. Curiosity got two book presents. The first was the next three books in the Dresden Files series, Dead Beat, Proven Guilty, and White Night. He’s slowly collecting the entire series, so he can read it whenever he wants.

Cover of How to

Page from How To…

He also got the latest Randall Monroe book, How To: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real-World Problems. It’s full of instructions on how to do everyday activities in the most complicated, scientific method possible. It’s also full of Monroe’s stick figure drawings seen in xkcd.

Cover of Harry Potter

And finally, Miss Adventure’s books.

Illustrations from Harry Potter

She got the next book in the series she’s been collecting as Christmas presents, the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Luckily, they’ve been coming out once a year for the past five years right around Christmas. She’s got a couple more years of presents lined up.

Here last book came from her brother. While they have a tradition of making presents for each other, he didn’t manage it this year. Instead, he gave her a book so she could make more projects.

Cover of Folded Book Art

The trick was finding something she hadn’t done yet. He found the perfect book in Folded Book Art: 35 beautiful projects to transform your books by Clare Youngs. He also gave her a stack of old books, which she opened first and made her very confused. She couldn’t figure out why she was getting giant Tom Clancy books for Christmas. It made a lot more sense once she opened the folded book art book at the bottom.

So many good books this Christmas! Only Mr. Curiosity has read his already – the How To book at least.

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