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
This was a book on my Kindle. I’m sure I put it there because of my enjoyment of Little Brother. I needed something other than Discworld to read on vacation.
Genre: science fiction
Length: 384 pages
Setting: mostly Canada, near future
Summary: Short version: A new society develop by walking away from the economic rat race Continue reading
This year, Mr. Curiosity added a “starts with a number” category to our Reading the Alphabet Challenge. I decided to read this one to fulfill that category since it’s a non-horror Stephen King. I enjoy his writing, but I find horror too scary. So, I have to pick and choose which of King’s books I can read.
Genre: time travel fantasy
Length: 849 pages
Setting: Derry, Maine, and parts of Texas, 1958-1963 and present day
Summary: Short version: Jake goes back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination Continue reading
I’ve enjoyed Wendell Berry’s nonfiction writing and decided I wanted to read some of his fiction. I decided on this book because Modern Mrs. Darcy has rhapsodized about it. Plus, it gives me the elusive “J” for my Reading the Alphabet Challenge
Length: 363 pages
Setting: mostly Port William, Kentucky, 1910s-1970s
Summary: Short version: Jayber Crow’s life in small town Kentucky Continue reading
I needed one last read aloud for the school year and went to peruse the Newbery Award winners shelves at our local library. I chose this one because it was set in a country other than the U.S. and fir out medieval time period we’ve been studying.
Genre: middle grade historical fiction
Length: 180 pages
Setting: Spain and Italy, ~1610-1670
Summary: Short version: We follow the life of Juan, slave to the Spanish painter Diego Valezquez Continue reading
I saw this book discussed on a Modern Mrs. Darcy post as a book about books, one of my favorite subgenres. I picked it up now to attempt to fill my number row for my Alphabet Reading Challenge (it’s a new category Mr. Curiosity created this year). Sadly, it was much too quick a read for me (I read it in an afternoon) to feel good about counting. I’ll have to find another number book.
Genre: nonfiction correspondence
Length: 97 pages
Setting: New York City and London, 1949-1969
Summary: Short version: Correspondence about books and life Continue reading