Genre: mystery/historical fiction
Length: 484 pages
Setting: Suffolk and 2011 and London in 1941
Summary: Short version: Lauren tries to figure out her mother’s history, being told in flashbacks Continue reading
Subtitle: Alan Turing Decoded
Illustrator: Leland Purvis
Genre: nonfiction graphic novel biography
Length: 234 pages
Setting: England, early to mid-1900s
Summary: Short version: A biography of Alan Turing’s life Continue reading
Genre: war fiction
Length: 384 pages
Setting: various small island in the South Pacific during WWII
Summary: Short version: Military life in the South Pacific during WWII Continue reading
First off, I’m adding Children of Blood and Bone by Toni Adeyemi to my list, the first book in a new YA series. I like the interesting magic and West African setting. I’m trying to read more books set outside the U.S. and this would definitely fit the bill. It was reviewed on a books episode of Pop Culture Happy Hour.
The next three books came from a friend who is a school librarian. We traded book recommendations at a gymnastics meet (our daughters compete together). She recommended The Book of Boy by Catherine Gilbert Murdock as a middle grade book set in the Middle Ages. The main character is a bit different from the other in the village, which sets him apart. He gets taken around Europe, looking for relics of St. Peter, which makes it a bit of a treasure hunt.
She also recommended Front Desk by Kelly Yang. The book is set in a motel and touches on immigration issues. That’s a tricky issue to discuss with kids, but the setting makes it a more natural fit.
Finally, there’s Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. This is a WWII book told from the perspective of four characters whose stories slowly intertwine.
Anything sound good to you?
Genre: nonfiction historical sports
Length: 370 pages of story, 404 pages total
Setting: mostly 1899-1936, near Seattle, and 1936, Berlin
Summary: Short version: The background to the amazing men’s crew win in the Berlin Olympics Continue reading
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 400 pages
Setting: 1936-1939, New York City and Berlin
Summary: Short version: The rise of the Nazis alongside a hard-boiled detective story Continue reading
I needed a book to read and didn’t have my TBR list with me. So, I decided to wander the library. Sometimes I can’t find anything that looks appealing, but this book happened to catch my eye. I knew it had a lot of good buzz around it, but didn’t know much beyond it was a WWII story. I decided to take a chance and go in otherwise blind to the plot.
Genre: historical fiction
Length: 531 pages
Setting: Germany and France, 1934-1945 with an epilogue Continue reading