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Hannah’s Daughters by Marianne Fredriksson

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

Genre: fiction

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


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Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

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.

Published: 2017

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

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11/22/63 by Stephen King

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.

Published: 2011

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

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

This was our book club choice for June

Published: 2014

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 359 pages of story, 373 pages total

Setting: mostly Charleston, SC, but also Philadelphia, PA, 1803-1838

Summary: Short version: The life of Sarah and her slave, Handful, in 1800s Charleston Continue reading

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Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

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

Published: 2000

Genre: fiction

Length: 363 pages

Setting: mostly Port William, Kentucky, 1910s-1970s

Summary: Short version: Jayber Crow’s life in small town Kentucky Continue reading

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I, Juan de Pareja by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino

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.

Published: 1965

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

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84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

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.

Published: 1970

Genre: nonfiction correspondence

Length: 97 pages

Setting: New York City and London, 1949-1969

Summary: Short version: Correspondence about books and life Continue reading

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