The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett
I was looking at some book online at the library and it recommended this book to me and I was like “Terry Pratchett writes children’s books?!”. My boyfriend likes Terry Pratchett but I’ve not read any of his book before this so I thought this would be a nice easy introduction.
This is a children’s book set in a semi-magical world where this group of rats and a cat end up being able to think and talk and the story of the town they end up in. Oh also the boy they work with.
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The Secret Rooms by Catherine Bailey
This is a Nonfiction book (Which I didn’t realize when I started it) following the life of the ninth duke of Rutland and the secrets he tried to hide from his life.
Basically the author went to where this duke used to live and discovered that he had removed documents from certain periods in his life and she went about trying to figure out why this might have been.
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The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
So this was another book club book and this I guess this author created Moomins.
Basically this book tells short snippets of the story of grandmother and her granddaughter and time they spend together on the island (also the father is there but we don’t follow him).
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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick
In another saga of “old man deals with grief of losing wife” we follow Arthur Pepper whose wife has died. When he finally decides to go through this wife’s old things he finds a charm bracelet that leads him on a journey to discover there was much more to his wife than he ever imagined.
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Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire
This is technically the third book in this series (idk what the series is called). The first book was Every Heart a Doorway (which I highly recommend) but I wasn’t super interested in the second book (which I think is kind of a prequel) so I went ahead and read the third book (which was totally fine btw, they’re interrelated but all stand alone as far as I can tell).
So this book follows the daughter of someone who died in Every Heart a Doorway. Only she died way too young to have a daughter so her daughter is rapidly disappearing (kind of back to the future style) and needs her mother to not die.
Thus this is a quest to bring her mother back but not just back from the dead (that’s the easy part).
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Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
This book! OMG this book! It was so unique.
So we follow Nancy who has come back from the land of the dead to the human world and gets sent to a school to supposedly become ‘normal’ again but really she is there to meet other people who have also gone to magical worlds and everyone wants to go back to those worlds instead of being in the ‘real’ one. (I know that is a run-on so sue me.)
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When We Collided by Emery Lord
I read The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord and really enjoyed it so I wanted to read her other books. I was guessing that this book would also be hard hitting and I was right.
In this book we follow Vivi and Jonah and the summer they get to spend together. But this is not just a teen romance. This is also the story of each of their struggles to deal with what life is throwing at them.
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Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
This is the third book in the Farseer Trilogy (the first one being… Assassin’s Apprentice I think) and honestly I’m glad the series is over.
So in this book Fitz comes back to life and has to be human again and tries to figure out what to do with his life while also saving the world.
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Hotel Silence by Auour Ava Olafsdottir translated by Brian FitzGibbon
This is another European book (this time Icelandic) about an old man. I suddenly seem to be reading quite a few of these. In this book we follow Jonas who is about to turn 50 and decides that in order to kill himself while causing the least amount of inconvenience to those around him he books a one way flight to a country ravished by war and stays at Hotel Silence.
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Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
This was another book I read because of my book club.
So this is a nonfiction book telling the story of Paul Farmer (yes, that is his name) and how he started what has now become Partners in Health, a worldwide organization.
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