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Vaccinated by Paul A. Offit

The Last Word on Nothing did a recent post about Maurice Hilleman. I was so fascinated by the writeup that I put the book they mentioned on my TBR. I thought it was timely reading about the creation of vaccines while in a pandemic, waiting for a vaccine. Bonus, the library had the ebook.

Subtitle: One Man’s Quest to Defeat the World’s Deadliest Diseases

Published: 2007

Genre: nonfiction historical science

Length: 205 pages of text, 254 pages total

Setting: 1919-2005, various locations in the U.S.

Summary: Short version: The history of vaccines, focusing on the work on Maurice Hilleman Continue reading

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The Highland Witch by Susan Fletcher

Laura Wheldon recommended this audiobook in an end-of-the-year blog post. She thought it was the best audiobook she listened to last year. I’m always on the lookout for books that are great in audio. Bonus, it’s available on Hoopla, so I was able to listen to it easily.

Published: 2010

Genre: historical fiction

Length: 368 pages

Setting: Scotland, 1680s-90s

Summary: Short version: Corrag tells her life story to a preacher seeking evidence against King William Continue reading

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I had Miss Adventure read this as a piece of literature after she saw the movie. I read it alongside her so we could discuss the book.

Published: Part I in 1868, Part II in 1869, together in 1880

Genre: YA fiction/ semiautobiographical

Length: 449 pages

Setting: New England, during the American Civil War (1861-5) for Part I and a few years later for Part II

Summary: Short version: We follow the lives of the March sisters as they transition to adulthood Continue reading

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The Toll by Neal Shusterman

This is the third book in the Arc of the Scythe series. We specifically had to ask our local library to order the book since the county system only had the first two books in the series. That is unacceptable! We had to finish the series!

Published: 2019

Genre: YA science fiction

Length: 625 pages

Setting: various places around the world, a year or two after the events of Thunderhead

Summary: Short version: Various factions try to enable the future they think is best Continue reading

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

I chose it for book club off the NPR book concierge. I looked for a book from 2018 that the library had multiple copies of.

Published: 2018

Genre: fiction

Length: 343 pages

Setting: 1969-2010, NYC, San Francisco, Las Vegas, and a few other places in the U.S.

Summary: Short version: Four siblings’ lives are affected when a fortune teller gives each their death date Continue reading

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If At First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again by Zen Cho

This won the Hugo Award for Best Novelette in 2019. I finished all the 2019 short story nominees for the Hugo and Nebula, and am looking for other short stories to read.

Published: November, 2018 at the B&N Sci-fi and Fantasy blog

Genre: fantasy

Setting: China, the ocean, and America, thousands of years before the present to today

Summary: Short version: Byam, an imugi, can’t ascend to dragonhood until he has a relationship with a woman Continue reading

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Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis

I was in the mood to read another Pulitzer Prize winner. I picked this one because it got me a letter in my Reading the Alphabet Challenge.

Published: 1924

Genre: literature

Length: 430 pages

Setting: various locations (some fictional) in the Midwest and Northeast U.S. and a Caribbean island, early to mid 1900s

Summary: Short version: Dr. Arrowsmith tries to find a medical career he enjoys Continue reading

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