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Books 13 - 15 / 75

13. The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way - Bill Bryson
                  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I'm looking forward to reading some of his sources too.  Languages and etymology fascinate me, and I thought this was a good book for a beginner in the history of the English language.  Bryson was amusing as always, and there were so many interesting things I'd never heard before that I found myself wanting to turn to total strangers on the subway and bore them with all the little things I was learning.

14. Graceling - Kristin Cashore
              I felt like I needed a break and so I decided to go with some Young Adult fiction.  This was an all right book.  I didn't love it, but that might just be because I'm getting too old for most YA stuff.  I liked the writing style, the main character was a totally BAMF woman, and the villain was one of the creepiest I've read about in a while. 

15. The Shadow of the Hegemon - Orson Scott Card
                   Another Ender Wiggin book, sequel to Ender's Shadow.  What can I say?  If you like the Ender books, you'll like this one.  I love reading Card's dialogue, because it's so clever and full of one-upping.  I like Bean as much as or more than Ender, and Achilles is wonderfully psychotic. 
Tags: fantasy, history, non-fiction, sci-fi, young adult

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