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An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon

It’s the seventh book in the Outlander series that I’m trying to finish this year. There’s only one left so I think I can do it. They’re all starting to blur together so I’m going to wait a bit so I’ll appreciate that book more.

Published: 2009

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 1149 pages

Setting: 1778 America and Lallybroch, 1988 Lallybroch

Summary: Short version: The fighting starts to heat up and the Frasers are involved Continue reading

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The Aeneid by Virgil

I chose this as a book for Mr. Curiosity to read for his study of Ancient History this year. I read it alongside him so we could discuss it together.

Translator: Robert Fagles

Published: originally around 30 BCE; this edition in 2006

Genre: classic historical fiction epic poetry

Length: 386 pages of text, 484 pages total

Setting: various locations within the Mediterranean Sea, after the Trojan War

Summary: Short version: Aeneas and his men travel the Mediterranean to found Rome Continue reading

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On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson

I saw this book listed somewhere as a good kid’s book and was excited to see it was available as an audiobook. It was a perfect length for our 7-hour trip to Philadelphia. It’s also the first book in a four book series, so we should have more books to listen to!

Published: 2008

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 290 pages

Setting: on the continent of Skree in the world of Aerwiar, early industrial society Continue reading

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Cold Days by Jim Butcher

This is the fourteenth book in the Dresden Files series that I’m trying to finish this year. There’s only fifteen published so far (although I think the next one is due to come out soon) so I think I can actually finish the series this year.

Published: 2012

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 515 pages

Setting: Chicago and nearby Lake Michigan, a few weeks after the events of Ghost Story Continue reading

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I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author (for one last book in my reading the alphabet challenge) and came upon this book. I chose it because Zusak also wrote The Book Thief, which I enjoyed.

Published: 2002

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 357 pages

Setting: I’m guessing England based on some of the nouns (like fish and chips or crisps), present day Continue reading

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Tenth of December by George Saunders

A friend gave me a copy of this book to read. I don’t usually read short story collections, but he seemed so passionate about the author and the stories that I was willing to try it. Since it is a short story collection, I’ll summarize each story and then give my overall impressions.

Published: 2013

Genre: fiction short stories, with occasional science fictional elements

Length: 251 pages

Font: Sabon

Setting: various present day settings in the U.S. Continue reading

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Genghis: Birth of a Nation by Conn Iggulden

I was looking through the library’s shelves for an author whose last name started with I for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge and this title caught my eye. I was in the mood for some historical fiction in a non-Western setting and decided to try it.

Published: 2007

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 383 pages

Setting: what is now Mongolia, 1200s Continue reading

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