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Week 11 Reading: “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”

This week we begin our 11th book for the reading challenge (it has gone by pretty fast, huh?!), and the second week of November’s “Month of Travel” theme. I’m finding it hard to believe we’re 10 days into November, and find myself getting anxious about the oncoming holiday season!

This week’s reading is a sci-fi/comedy by Douglas Adams calledĀ The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The book is the first of three in his Hitchhiker’s trilogy, which take readers traveling around the universe (just because I said “travel,” doesn’t mean I only intended to travel around Earth this month!).

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I am really looking forward to this book! It was recommended to me by my friend Shannon (hey, Shannon!!), and I’ve heard nothing but good things about this series from a lot of my friends. Shannon is already 1 for 1 in the “book recommendation” department, having suggested I read “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” in October (which I really enjoyed). I have been told a few times over the last few years by a good friend, Sam, to pick up this book… I should probably have listened a while ago, because everything Sam recommends (or already loves), I have loved (hey hey hey, Sam!!). I have seen theĀ Hitchhiker’s Guide movie, but it’s been years, and I’m looking forward to approaching the book with not much memory of the movie (it’s always better to read the book first… I think we can all agree on that fact).

If you head off to the library or the book store to grab this one, don’t be concerned with the size. I was SUPER intimidated when I went by the library to find this book and found a GIGANTIC volume. Little did I know, later copies of this book is published as a collection, all three novels in the series making up one big book, entitled The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For this week’s challenge we are only reading the first book, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Who knows – we might be inspired to read Book 2 and 3 later on in the book challenge this year!

I hope you’re reading along this week! This should prove to be a good one!

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Week 10 Reading: “Letters From Amelia”

This week kicks off not only our “double digits” of reading, but also starts our November reading! Each month of my year long reading challenge has a theme (see the Themes page), and November’s theme is “Month of Travel” (see the This Month’s Books page to see this month’s selections).

This week’s reading is a book about one of the most famous pilots in American history, and one of the world’s most famous female pilots – Amelia Earhart. Jean L. Backus’s biography Letters from Amelia: An Intimate Portrait of Amelia Earhart uses letters written by Amelia throughout her lifetime to help tell her story.

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I have always wanted to learn more about Amelia, but I’ve never really been one for biographical literature. That’s the pleasure of the book challenge – I’m introduced to books I’d never have picked up before! Amelia was far ahead of her time personally and professionally, and I look forward to learning more about this interesting woman. Amelia’s letters will be a great addition to the biography by allowing us to see Amelia’s life in her own words – introducing us to her personality, her intellect, and her sense of humor.

I hope you’ll be inspired to read along with me, and join me by reading at least one book this month.

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