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Marco Polo: Dangers and Visions by Marco Tabilio

Miss Adventure wants to learn about Marco Polo this month. When I searched the library catalog for books on Marco Polo she might enjoy, this one came up. We’re always up for a graphic novelization of a subject.

Published: originally in 2015, in English in 2017

Genre: nonfiction graphic novel biography

Length: 207 pages

Setting: from Venice to China, mid 1200s-1300s

Summary: Short version: A reflection on Marco Polo’s journeys while he’s in a Genoese jail Continue reading

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Hannah’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson

I was looking for a book that would fill in a letter on my Reading the Alphabet challenge. I chose this one because it was set in Scandinavia, a part of the world I haven’t read about this year yet.

Published: originally in 1994, in translation in 1998

Genre: fiction

Length: 299 pages

Setting: on the border between Sweden and Norway, 1871-1990s

Summary: Short version: Descriptions of the lives of three women in successive generations Continue reading

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Three Kingdoms by Lo Kuan-chung

Mr. Curiosity read several medieval classics this year, based on recommendations from The Well-Trained Mind. While I like their recommendations, it focuses on Western literature. I wanted Mr. Curiosity to read one of the great Asian classics. I have him a choice between this one (a Chinese classic) and The Tale of Genji (a Japanese classic). I chose this edition (there are many) because our library had it.

Translated and edited by: Moss Roberts

Published: this edition in 1976; originally in the 15th century

Genre: medieval classic historical fiction

Length: 304 pages of text, 318 pages total

Setting: third century China

Summary: Short version: A long-ranging fight over who will control China Continue reading

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The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano

This was a random book from the library I picked off the shelf because it mentioned prime numbers. I brought it home because it was an Italian book and I’m actively looking for books set somewhere other than the U.S.

Published: 2008 in Italy, 2009 in the U.S.

Genre: fiction

Length: 271 pages

Font: Adobe Garamond Three

Setting: Italy (although you could never tell from the story), present day

Summary: Short version: Two traumatized kids grow up broken Continue reading


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The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

It’s the second book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series that I want to finish.

Published: 2008 in China, 2015 in English

Genre: science fiction

Length: 513 pages

Setting: Years 3-208 of the Crisis Era (after discovering the Trisolaran fleet is on its way), mostly in China

Summary: Short version: Earth comes to terms with the approach of the Trisolaran fleet Continue reading

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Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney

This is one of Mr. Curiosity’s Great Books of the medieval period he’s reading this year. I like to read along with him so we can discuss the book together. I’m pretty sure I read the book in high school, but I only remembered that Beowulf fights the monster Grendel.

Published: this edition in 2000, originally between the seventh and tenth centuries, CE

Genre: epic poetry

Length: 213 pages, but for each two-page spread, the right page is the original middle English, and the left page is the translation, so you’re most likely only going to read half of that

Setting: Scandinavia, some time before it was written

Summary: Short version: Beowulf is awesome and defeats all the monsters Continue reading

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

My mother-in-law read this book for book club ten years ago and passed it along to me afterwards to read.

Translator: Alan R. Clarke

Published: 1988 in Portuguese; 1993 in English

Genre: inspirational fiction

Length: 167 pages

Setting: starting in Andalusia and traveling to Egypt, present day Continue reading

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