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Spinning by Tillie Walden

I went through a list of First Second graphic novels and found one we hadn’t read that our library had. And yes, this actually came from the library. They’ve opened up for curbside delivery at least. As long as we know what we want, we can get books.

Published: 2017

Genre: graphic novel YA memoir

Length: 392 pages

Setting: Mostly Austin, TX, 2000s

Summary: Short version: Tillie’s life growing up gay and a competitive figure skater Continue reading

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Agent Running in the Field by John le Carre

I heard this book discussed on a podcast and decided, since I haven’t read many spy thrillers lately, to add it to my TBR. I read this as an audio book.

Published: 2019

Genre: spy thriller

Length: 282 pages

Setting: present day London, England

Summary: Short version: Nat’s badminton partner tries to give state secrets to the Russians Continue reading

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Head On by John Scalzi

This is the sequel to Lock In and was available to read on my phone while we were on vacation and I didn’t have my Kindle or any other books with me (the horror!).

Subtitle: A Novel of the Near Future

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction mystery

Length: 335 pages

Setting: Northeast U.S., near future, a bit after the events of Lock In

Summary: Short version: Shane investigates the death of a Haden Hilketa player Continue reading

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Check Please Book 1: #Hockey by Ngozi Ukazu

The back of Bloom had several other graphic novels published by First Second with quick blurbs about each one. I picked this one as our next read, mainly because it was about hockey (which I play) and baking pies. Sounds like an interesting combination.

Published: 2018

Genre: YA fiction graphic novel

Length: 288 pages

Setting: Samwell College (near Boston), 2013-2015

Summary: Short version: Bittie’s first two years on Samwell’s hockey team Continue reading

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Curses by Jim Butcher

I’m slowly making my way through Jim Butcher’s collection of short stories, Brief Cases. This is the fifth story in that collection.

Published: first in Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy in 2011

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 28 pages

Setting: Chicago, between Small Favor and Turn Coat

Summary: Short version: Dresden is hired to look into the Cubs’ Billy Goat Curse Continue reading

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Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee

I saw the book discussed on a YALSA post back when it was first published. I was in the mood for some science fiction and finally found a copy to read. Plus, it gives me an elusive Z title.

Published: 2015

Genre: science fiction

Length: 360 pages

Setting: space stations near the moon and Mars, near future

Summary: Short version: Carr Luka is a zeroboxer champion but only because his genes were illegally edited Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #39: The Modern Mrs. Darcy Additions

I’ve been working hard at reducing my TBR list, which means it’s time to add some new books to it. Today, I’m going to put together all the books that have caught my eye (or ear) either reading the Modern Mrs. Darcy or listening to What Should I Read Next, her podcast.

For my Q author this year, Anne Bogel gave me a new option. Instead of reading Amanda Quick, I’m going to switch things up and read something by Anna Quindlen. Anne Bogel mentioned Quindlen on episode 151 of What Should I Read Next.

Beartown is another book I’m adding from the podcast. Anne has mentioned it multiple times. I’m adding it because it’s about playing hockey in a small town. I play hockey in an adult beer league, but I’m not sure I’ve read a book about hockey. This book sounds interesting enough to fill that gap.

The latest episode I listened two gave me two books. The The Bookshop on the Corner, by Jenny Colgan because it’s a book about books, one of my favorite subgenre. The second book is Secondborn, by Amy A. BartolThis is the first book in a series based around the premise that the first-born child gets everything. The second born child goes into service for the government. This book is told from the point of view of the second child.

Finally, a book from the website. It’s another book about books, but this time it’s a nonfiction book. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell is all about a Scottish bookseller who lives in Wigtown, selling books to anyone who stops by.

And those are my new books this week. Anything else I should add to my reading list?

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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This was our book club choice for November. I had heard many people talk about it and thought it might be a good choice for us to read.

Subtitle: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Published: 2013

Genre: nonfiction historical sports

Length: 370 pages of story, 404 pages total

Setting: mostly 1899-1936, near Seattle, and 1936, Berlin

Summary: Short version: The background to the amazing men’s crew win in the Berlin Olympics Continue reading

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One Summer: America 1927 by Bill Bryson

This was our January book club choice. Our book club is run through the library, so we only choose books if there are enough of them in the library system to get everyone a book. This was from a list of “book in a bag” books the library keeps just for book clubs. We chose it based solely on the name – thought we might like to read about some summer weather in the middle of winter.

Published: 2013

Genre: nonfiction history

Length: 456 pages of story, 509 pages total

Setting: primarily the U.S. in 1927 Continue reading

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Booked by Kwame Alexander

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade fiction in verse

Length: 314 pages

Setting: somewhere near Dallas, Texas, present day

Interest: We loved The Crossover so much that when we saw Booked sitting on a shelf at the library as we returned The Crossover, the kids made me get it and read it next. It helps that Mr. Curiosity is a big soccer fan, and this book focuses on soccer. Continue reading


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