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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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