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This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

This is another Hugo-nominated novella.

Published: 2020

Genre: science fiction novella

Length: 224 pages

Setting: multiple strands of the multiverse

Summary: Red and Blue are agents fighting on opposite sides in a time war. They are the best at what they do, which makes each aware of the other. They start to leave each other ephemeral messages, coded into the reality of the different timelines. Slowly, they fall in love with each other, never having met. In order to survive, they must take on characteristics of the other. Continue reading

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The Bookwoman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Robinson

I heard this book discussed on What Should I Read Next and then saw it available on Hoopla and picked it up as an audiobook. I was interested in the story of mobile libraries.

Published: 2019

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 308 pages

Setting: 1936 Kentucky hill country near Troublesome Creek

Summary: Short version: Cussy’s life as a blue-skinned pack horse librarian Continue reading

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The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan

I heard this book mentioned on What Should I read Next and immediately put it on my TBR since it’s my favorite subgenre – books about books.

Published: 2016

Genre: fiction

Length: 384 pages

Setting: Birmingham, England and Kirrinfief, Scotland

Summary: Short version: Nina starts a mobile bookshop in a village in Scotland

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Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

It’s the next (and 15th) Discworld book and readily available on my Kindle.

Published: 1993

Genre: fantasy

Length: 377 pages

Setting: Ankh-Morpork on Discworld

Summary: Short version: A stolen gun leads to unrest in Ankh-Morpork Continue reading

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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

Mr. Curiosity had gotten this from the library (before they were all closed due to the pandemic) because he enjoys the author. I read it because it is a book in the house I haven’t read, and I have a fondness for Hank (and John) Green.

Published: 2018

Genre: science fiction

Length: 338 pages

Setting: mostly New York City with a bit in California, present day

Font: LT Pro Roman and Digi Grotesk LT

Summary: Short version: April May tells her story of solving the puzzle of the extraterrestrial robot Carls Continue reading

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Prague Spring by Simon Mawer

I found a new blog that recommends books with a strong sense of place (it’s called – surprisingly enough – Strong Sense of Place). They also do a podcast. The first episode of their podcast was all about books with a strong sense of Prague. My family had plans to visit Prague and several other places in Europe before travel and gathering in public was halted because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This was one of their suggestions that my library actually had.

Published: 2018

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 393 pages

Setting: mostly 1968 Prague, but also some other parts of Europe

Font: Sabon

Summary: Short version: Political events in Prague in the summer of 1968 Continue reading

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After You by Jojo Moyes

This was my February’s book club choice. We read the first book, Me Before You, a few years ago. We decided to see how Moyes finished up the series.

Published: 2015

Genre: fiction

Length: 352 pages

Setting: London, 2010s. a few years after the events of Me Before You

Summary: Short version: Louisa has a hard time moving on from Will’s death Continue reading

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Cress by Marissa Meyer

This is the third book in the Lunar Chronicles.

Published: 2014

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 550 pages

Setting: orbiting Earth, Africa and China, immediately after the events of Scarlet

Summary: Short version: With the help of Cress, Cinder stops the wedding between Kai and Levana Continue reading

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Roar by Cecelia Ahern, Part 4

I’m slowly making my way through the short stories in this collection.

Published: 2018 in the UK, 2019 in the US

“The Woman Who Forgot Her Name”

Length: 11 pages

Setting: a restaurant

Short summary: A woman tries to recall her identity by sitting with strangers at a restaurant

“The Woman Who Had a Ticking Clock”

Length: 8 pages

Setting: a modern city

Short summary: The ticking of a woman’s biological clock drives her day-to-day interactions

“The Woman Who Sowed Seeds of Doubt

Length: 11 pages

Setting: Prairie Rock, a commune

Short summary: A woman doesn’t know what to do with herself when her parents die Continue reading

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The Killer Collective by Barry Eisler

I was looking for an E author to fill a slot in my alphabet reading challenge. This looked like an interesting option from the library shelves.

Published: 2019

Genre: thriller

Length: 393 pages

Setting: the U.S., Japan, and Paris, present day

Summary: Short version: It’s kill or be killed for all the characters Continue reading

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