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The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

This book was declared a gateway book for the post-apocalyptic genre by Tor (in this post) . I happen to love post-apocalyptic books, and yet hadn’t read this one, so of course I had to put it on my TBR list. I decided I needed a genre break and read it now.

Published: 2014

Genre: zombie thriller/post-apocalyptic

Length: 403 pages

Setting: near London, England, near future

Summary: Short version: The zombies always win Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #36: Mostly Nonfiction

I’ve been saving up new books for my reading list. I’ve been doing a good job of reading down my TBR list – time to add some new ones.

First up is If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating by Alan Alda. It certainly wins an award for the longest title. I listened to Alan Alda  on the ID10T podcast. The book seems to be all about communicating science to non-science people. That’s basically my teaching job. I’m always on the lookout for ways to improve my teaching, so on the list it goes.

My next addition is Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World–and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling. I learned about this one when doing some research for a new class I’m teaching in the fall about environmental issues and geography. For one of their assignments, I want my students to play around with data on Gapminder. When I went onto the website, I saw they had a book. It sounded interesting, so I’m putting it on my list.

One more nonfiction book for my reading list is Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story by Michael Rosen. I found this one in my library catalog as I was looking for versions of Beowulf that the library had. (I thought there was a graphic novel version of Beowulf, but if there is, my library doesn’t have it.) I love origin stories and learning about the origins of all of the Arabic letters sounds right up my alley.

And one last book, this time some fiction: Black Widow by Daniel Silva from The Modern Mrs. Darcy post on long novels. (I can’t write a post about new books without mentioning The Modern Mrs. Darcy at least once.) I don’t really care that it’s a long novel. I’m interested in it because it’s recommended as a high quality spy thriller (which is a genre I haven’t been reading much lately but do really enjoy) AND it gets me an S author (which I don’t have yet this year).

So, anything look good to you? Anything else I should add to my reading list?

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The Hunter by John Lescroart

I didn’t have a specific book I wanted to read next, so I decided to wander the library, for a thriller that provided a letter in my alphabet challenge. This book seemed to fit the bill. Turns out it’s the third book featuring the main character, but I didn’t feel like I was missing much from the previous books.

Published: 2012

Genre: thriller/mystery (sometimes I have a hard time telling the difference between the two)

Length: 381 pages

Font: ITC Berkley Old Style Std.

Setting: San Fransisco, present day

Summary: Short version: Hunt investigates how his birth mother died Continue reading

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Banker by Dick Francis

I’m in the middle of another 1000+ page book, and trying to keep up with Mr. Curiosity’s reading of Plato’s Republic, so I’m a bit behind on finishing books right now. That means, I’ve just got another old book review for today. This one I picked up at the library’s used book store (back when I was willing to bring more random books into the house). I recognized the author’s name and that was enough for me!

Published: 1982

Genre: thriller/mystery

Length: 341 pages

Setting: England, 1980s Continue reading

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The Killing Game by Iris Johansen

I needed a quick read and have enjoyed her books before so I decided to pick up the first book involving Eve my library had. I managed to find the second book.

Published: 1999

Genre: thriller

Length: 355 pages

Setting: Georgia, present day Continue reading

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What I Will Be Reading #34: Something For Everyone

I’ve got new books to add to all the reading lists this week. Let’s start with my books. Unbound Worlds had two posts about books to read from different decades, the 1980s and the 1990s. I pretty much want to read any series from the lists I haven’t read yet. For the 1980s, I’ve only read Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn (in fact, I happen to own the book). I have started the Belgariad series, starting with Pawn and Prophecy, by David Eddings. I think the same week I saw this post, my friend strongly recommended the book. I’ve read quite a few of the 1990s recommendations, although most of them I haven’t read in over a decade. We’ll see if I revisit any of them for my next reread challenge.

A book for me and Mr, Curiosity is Any Weir’s new book, Artemis. I loved The Martian so much, I’d pretty much read anything by him, but the Penguin Random House newsletter that brought the book to my attention described it as a heist story set on the moon. Yes please! By the way, if you follow that link before October 10th, you can be entered into a sweepstakes to win a bunch of books from NYC Comic Con, including this one.

And for Miss Adventure (but I’m pretty sure Mr. Curiosity and I would enjoy the books as well), I’ve got The Shadow Thieves by Anne Ursu, the first book in the Cronus Chronicles. This is a Greek mythology/Percy Jackson read-alike. With as much as we all enjoy the Percy Jackson series, another book full of Greek mythology is always a safe bet. A post on Lifehacker about how to get boys to read girls’ books brought this to my attention.

So, how do the books look to you? Anything else I should put on my reading list or share with my kids?

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Blue Gold by Clive Cussler and Paul Kemprecos

This week’s been a little crazy, with play practice going until 10pm and a Warm Showers guest visiting last night, so I haven’t been able to get reviews posted as regularly. But, here’s another book review from our vacation.

The family needed a four-hour or so audiobook to finish up our drive home from Baltimore. My husband picked this one out as being safe. This is the second NUMA Files book. I read the seventh one, The Navigator, years ago, so I was familiar with the characters. Even Mr. Curiosity has read some Clive Cussler, so we knew it would be full of adventure and not too many adult situations that would be child-inappropriate.

Published: 2001

Genre: thriller

Length: 416 pages

Setting: various locations in North and South America, 1990s Continue reading

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