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What I Will Be Reading #49 – Travel Around the World

I’ve been reading down my TBR list (at least the books that are available electronically through my library). That means there’s room for new books to be added. There’s a couple here that add to my plan to read books set in more varied countries, and a couple that just sounded interesting.

Let’s start with a tour of the world, specifically in Liberia. The Strong Sense of Place blog is a great source for books set outside of the U.S. and Great Britain. They discussed She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore, a bit of historical fiction set in Liberia. It sounded interesting and I haven’t ready anything from Liberia. Bonus, it’s available as an ebook from one of my libraries.

Next up on my tour of the world is New Zealand. This one came from a Big Idea post on John Scalzi’s Whatever blog, where an author has a chance to discuss the big idea that led to a book. In this case, No Man’s Land by A. J. Fitzwater, is about the role of women after WWII with a touch of magic. Bonus, the New Zealand setting is an important part of the story, so it would add to my country journey.

Sticking with books from a Big Idea post, I also came across Critical Point by S. L. Huang. It seems the female protagonist’s superpower is math. If she can calculate it, she can do it. Explosions ensue. Sounds fun to me. It’s the third book in the series, so I should probably start with the first one, Zero Sum Game.

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. I read In an Absent Dream, the novella prequel that’s nominated for a Hugo this year, and loved it so much that I need to read the rest of the series.

And finally, I want to add pretty much any series from a GeekMom post on 20 fantasy books by black authors that I haven’t read yet. I’ve read several (N. K. Jemisin is awesome, and I read the Binti stories), and I want to read more.

And those are the books I’m adding to my list. Anything look good? Anything else I should add?

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What I Will Be Reading #48 – Nonfiction extravaganza

While the libraries are closed during this pandemic, that certainly hasn’t stopped me from finding new books I want to read. For some reason, nonfiction has been appealing to me lately. Here’s my new collection of books for my TBR list:

First up is Vaccinated: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases by Paul A. Offit. The Last Word on Nothing did a post about Maurice Hilleman recently. He was instrumental in developing 40 different vaccines, 14 of which are still in common use today. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of him and the book is all about him. I also find it fitting in our current pandemic. There’s also a short video about Hilleman on Vimeo if you’d rather watch your science than read it.

Shifting gears from science to the city, I would like to read Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time by Jeff Speck from  I also enjoy urban planning books for some odd reason. Anne Bogel has mentioned this book multiple times and each time I want to read it. I’m finally going to record it. I am oddly drawn to urban planning books (I’ve also read A Pattern Language from her list of urban planning books.)

While I’m outside, I might want to create a nature sketchbook, following in the footsteps of Explorers’ Sketchbooks: The Art of Discovery & Adventure by Huw Lewis-Jones and Kari Herbert. I was looking for Margaret Fountaine’s journals in my library system, and this is as close as I can get. It looks like a visual treat, so probably not something I want to read on my black and white Kindle. I was sent into the library catalog after listening to Deanna Raybourne discuss Margaret Fountaine as the inspiration for Veronica Speedwell in her mysteries. She was doing a Stay at Home book tour discussion for her newest Veronica Speedwell book, A Murderous Relation. (Scroll down on that link to the week two interviews to find Raybourne.)

Since I doubt I’ll be doing much traveling this summer with all the Covid-19 floating around and no way to stop it, I’ll have to travel vicariously instead. Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road by Kate Harris promises to fulfill that wish. Bonus, it’s about traveling via bicycle, one of my favorite ways to see the world. We’ve done short trips (three days and 180 miles), and I have dreams of longer trips when the kids are out of the house. It was part of a post on Tor listing books considered unputdownable, which gives me high hopes for readability.

Next up is Falter by Bill McKibbon. I want to read this less for pleasure and more for work. I recently read a webcomic that mentioned Bill McKibbon wrote one of the first climate change books for the general public. I’m always on the lookout for a good climate change book for my basic science classes. This is his latest book, and I’m interested to see what he has to say.

Finally, is a book is a book for sheer pleasure that even Mr. Curiosity thought sounded fascinating: Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color by Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker. Gretchen Rubin mentioned it in her What I Read in April post. Again, I’ll wait until the libraries reopen because it definitely needs to be enjoyed in all its colorful splendor.

And those are my latest additions to my TBR list. Anything look good to you? Anything else I should add?

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What I Will Be Reading #47: Pandemic edition

Time to add some books to my TBR list. It’s not like I can go to the library any time soon, since everything is closed for the pandemic. I might be able to find these on another service or even as an ebook through my library. Regardless, I can add them to my TBR list.

First off are two audiobooks. Modern Mrs. Darcy recommended Quick Service by P. D. Wodehouse in a post about great British audiobooks. As a bonus, it would get me the ever elusive Q for my Alphabet Reading Challenge. Laura Weldon recommended The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher in a retrospective post about 2019. She thought it was the best audiobook she listened to last year. That’s good enough to put it on my “to listen” list. Bonus, it’s available for free on Hoopla.

Sticking with historical fiction set elsewhere, I thought I’d read The Bedlam Stacksby Natasha Pulley. It was recommended by A Strong Sense of Place, a new blog and podcast that recommends books that contain (surprise surprise) a strong sense of place. This one is set in 19th century Peru. As I’m trying to read books set in different countries, I realized Peru isn’t a common setting. Besides, their description of the book sounded fascinating.

One more from Modern Mrs. Darcy. She did a post about short, feel good books. I was most intrigued by The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman. It’s spring and my plants are sprouting, and I’m in the mood to read about gardening.

Finally, I’m going to include Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente. Wandering Scientist described it as Eurovision plus Douglas Adams. I could definitely use a bit of humor in my life.

And those are the books I want to read. See anything you like? Have any to suggest?

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What I Will Be Reading #46 – For me and my kids

It’s a new year, so time to add some new books to my TBR list. Let me start with my recommendations from The Modern Mrs. Darcy, my go-to source.

To keep up my reading around the world, I’m going to read The Dry by Jane Harper. It’s set in Australia in a drought (hence the name). It’s a mystery, but I’ve read a couple good ones recently so I have high hopes.

Next up is The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix Harrow. I’ve seen this book discussed a couple of places. Modern Mrs. Darcy talked about it twice. I put it on my radar because the author’s name. It’s also a book about books, which is one of my favorite subgenres.

I think the Mr. Curiosity might enjoy The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood. Modern Mrs. Darcy described it as a middle grade version of Shakespeare in Love. He was part of a local production of Shakespeare in Love, so it might be fun to read a version of it.

If I’m giving Mr. Adventure a new book, I should do the same for Miss Adventure. I’ve got Pages & Co.: The Bookwanderers by Anna James for her. This one came from a GeekMom post about books. I thought Miss Adventure might enjoy it because it’s about being able to travel in and out of books. It kind of reminded me of the Land of Stories series she likes so much.

And that’s what I’m adding to my (and my kids’) reading list. Anything else I should add?

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What I Will Be Reading #44: Read Alouds

The main reason I read The Read-Aloud Handbook was to get suggestions to read aloud to the kids. The book didn’t disappoint. All of these books were suggestions from The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease, seventh edition. I went through the treasury of read-alouds that ends the book and found quite a few I was interested in. I’m collecting them all here so I don’t forget about them, along with a brief description. Follow the link to an Amazon page if you’re interested in purchasing the book for yourself, and thanks for supporting my blog.

Stone Fox by John Gardiner – based on a Rocky Mountain legend about a boy who tries to save his grandfather’s farm by winning a local bobsled race

The Call of the Wild by Jack London – another dog story, but this one set in the 1903 Klondike gold rush

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose – a Civil Rights era story that Miss Adventure could read on her own

The Girl with the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts – a paranormal suspense story

The Great Turkey Walk by Kathleen Karr – a humorous story about herding turkeys in the Kansas Territory in the 1860s

The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis – this sounds like a companion to Bud, Not Buddy, which I enjoyed reading to the kids years ago. It’s the story of a black family during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Trelease recommends watching the PBS special Riding the Rails to go along with the book.

My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier – an American Revolutionary War story set in Connecticut

Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle – a classic written in 1888 set in warring medieval German tribes – I’m sure this one is available via gutenberg.org

Sarah Bishop by Scott O’Dell – another American Revolutionary War story, but this time focusing on a girl who runs away from the conflict to live in the wilderness

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi – about a girl on a merchant ship sailing from England to the U.S. in 1932

Read All About It!: Great Read-Aloud Stories, Poems, and Newspaper Pieces for Preteens and Teens by Jim Trelease – a collection of short fiction and nonfiction work that is appropriate for teens and tweens

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What I Will Be Reading #43: Mysterious and Fantastical

I’m currently splitting my time between reading Don Quixote and something else, which definitely slows down my completion rate for books. So, what better time to add to my To Be Read list, right?

First up are a couple of book from The Modern Mrs. Darcy’s podcast What Should I Read Next? I got two from episode 193, who sounded like my book twin, so I figured her recommendations would work for me as well – The City of Brass by A. S. Chakraborty which is fantasy set in Egypt (I’m really enjoying reading fantasy or scifi from a different culture), and Recursion by Blake Crouch, a time travel book.

And coming back to Earth for the next book is A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn. I can’t remember where I saw this. It’s the first Veronica Speedwell mystery. I’m not a huge fan of mysteries, but I’m always on the lookout for an exception to the rule. This is about a female Victorian lepidopterist on adventure. I’m intrigued by the science aspect of it, so I’ll give it a try. We’ll see if I read any more of the trilogy.

I’m going to stick with the mystery theme, but go dystopian with the novel The Last by Hanna Jameson. GeekDad described it Station Eleven (my review at that link) crossed with The Shining. Sounds intriguing to me.

And those are the newest books I’m adding to my TBR list. Anything sound good to you? Anything I should add?

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What I Will Be Reading #42: Nonfiction variety pack

I’ve managed to collect several nonfiction books from a variety of sources to add to my TBR list. They include two science books, a book about your money, and a memoir. (As a side note, what’s with the super long titles for nonfiction books lately? Titles tends to be quite descriptive, and yet there’s always a giant subtitle to go along.) Here’s what I’ve found lately:

First off is The Fate of Food: What We’ll Eat in a Bigger, Hotter, Smarter World by Amanda Little. Gretchen Rubin interviewed Little about happiness, habits and productivity, and a bit about her new book. The book is all about how our food resources will have to change with climate change. That fits into two of my interests – where our food comes from and climate change.

I also picked up an economics book from Gretchen Rubin. She interviewed Jill Schlesinger about her newest book, The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs. I consider myself a smart person, but I don’t really know what to do with my money, besides put it in the bank and maybe a 401k plan. The book sounded like a good place to start to learn about some better long-term options.

The memoir is Rowing to Latitude: Journeys Along the Arctic’s Edge by Jill Fredston. I saw this on a Wandering Scientist summer reading post. It seems to be a memoir about a woman leading the life she wants to live. I’m at the age where I’m taking stock of my life and trying to decide what to do next. Do I continue in my current path, which I’m enjoying, or make changes? Reading about someone else who’s gone through that self-examination is helpful.

I’ll end on another science book. In this case, it’s The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization by Vince Beiser from a 99% Invisible interview with author. I wouldn’t think a book about the importance of sand would be interesting, but the interview certainly made it sound that way. Did you know that people are being killed for sand? It’s a limited resource in some areas and necessary for construction (it’s used in making cement). There are sand mafias! I need to read more.

And those are the newest books I’m adding to my TBR list. Anything sound good to you? Anything I should add?

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What I Will Be Reading #41: Scifi and Fantasy

I’ve managed to acquire a number of new books that looked interesting, so I thought I’d share my new additions to my TBR list.

First up is an option for a read aloud (once we start school back up full time): The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone by Jaclyn Moriarty. I read a GeekMom post that reviewed books they had read recently, and this one stood out to me. It’s a middle grade book that promises lots of magical adventures and travels. Bronte’s parents have been killed by pirates, and now she must deliver a series of packages to her aunts, or her hometown will be destroyed. Might be the perfect way to start the school year off.

Keeping with the pirate theme, Tor had a post of their favorite fantasy pirate books. I’ve read a couple of them (like Stardust and Kushiel Legacy series), but many of the others sound like they’d be worth reading. Wired had a list of new fiction out this summer that had some excellent books on it. I’m most excited about Neal Stephenson’s new book, Fall; or, Dodge in Hell.

Finally, I’ve got The Emissary by Yoko Tawada. I heard about this one from a What Should I Read Next podcast (where I hear about lots of great books), episode 187. It’s a post-apocalyptic Japanese book. I’m not sure I’ve had the chance to read Japanese post-apocalyptic fiction. I’m trying to read more books set outside the U.S., so this is an easy add to my TBR.

And those are the books for this time. Anything else I should add?

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What I Will Be Reading #40: Not from The Modern Mrs. Darcy

I’ve been reading down my TBR list fairly quickly, which means I get to add new books to my list. Isn’t that how it works? Just to show that I can do get book recommendations from a variety of sources, none of these come from Modern Mrs. Darcy. Seriously, if you haven’t checked out her blog or podcast, you totally should. She’s a great source for a variety of books.

Let’s start with a recommendation from a friend – I was talking books with another homeschooling mom, and she recommended anything by Elly Griffiths. The Ruth Galloway series is about an archeologist who solves mysteries. I’m not huge into mysteries, but I do like a strong female protagonist and I like scientists. I’m willing to try it. The first book in the series is The Crossing Places.

The next addition is Barbara Kingsolver’s newest book – Unsheltered. I will read it without knowing anything about it, just because it’s by Kingsolver. But, if you need more information, the book is about two families who live in the same house, a century apart. We read about the troubles the families have. As a bonus, it will give me a U in my alphabet reading challenge.

Then, I’ll finish with two nonfiction books. First, I found a book on breast cancer called Flat: Reclaiming My Body from Breast Cancer by Catherine Guthrie from a Last Word on Nothing post. Having been diagnosed with breast cancer, I’m always interested in how other people have dealt with the diagnosis. Guthrie was also diagnosed before age 40, so she has a similar experience to me. Finally, a homeschooling book to finish things off. I’d like to read The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life Julie Bogart. I saw this on a Simple Homeschool post about new books. Bogart shares her experiences graduating five homeschooled kids. My kids are into middle school and high school, and I like to read success stories for reinforcement.

And those are the books I’m adding to my reading list. Anything else I should add?

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What I Will Be Reading #39: The Modern Mrs. Darcy Additions

I’ve been working hard at reducing my TBR list, which means it’s time to add some new books to it. Today, I’m going to put together all the books that have caught my eye (or ear) either reading the Modern Mrs. Darcy or listening to What Should I Read Next, her podcast.

For my Q author this year, Anne Bogel gave me a new option. Instead of reading Amanda Quick, I’m going to switch things up and read something by Anna Quindlen. Anne Bogel mentioned Quindlen on episode 151 of What Should I Read Next.

Beartown is another book I’m adding from the podcast. Anne has mentioned it multiple times. I’m adding it because it’s about playing hockey in a small town. I play hockey in an adult beer league, but I’m not sure I’ve read a book about hockey. This book sounds interesting enough to fill that gap.

The latest episode I listened two gave me two books. The The Bookshop on the Corner, by Jenny Colgan because it’s a book about books, one of my favorite subgenre. The second book is Secondborn, by Amy A. BartolThis is the first book in a series based around the premise that the first-born child gets everything. The second born child goes into service for the government. This book is told from the point of view of the second child.

Finally, a book from the website. It’s another book about books, but this time it’s a nonfiction book. The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell is all about a Scottish bookseller who lives in Wigtown, selling books to anyone who stops by.

And those are my new books this week. Anything else I should add to my reading list?

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