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Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone

When Samuel Collier was twelve, he came to the brand new James Town colony as a servant to Captain John Smith. Blood on the River is his story. The story covers just before he came to the New World through the Starving Time (though he was at Point Comfort and so did not experience those terrible months the way those who stayed in James Town did). There is a slight bias toward the colonists causing most of the problems with the Natives. I enjoyed this book a lot and recommend it to middle grade age kids interested in the founding of Jamestown.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 80
Pages Read in 2018: 19,033
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Madeleine Takes Command by Ethel C. Brill

With her mother and father away, 14-year-old Madeleine stepped into the commander’s role when a group of Iroquois attacked. Because of her bravery, a statue of her stands on the St. Lawrence River about 20 miles downriver from Montreal. Madeleine Takes Command is her story, based largely on her own written account of that week. The story is fascinating and impressive, though at times the narrative drags. I recommend it to people studying or interested in Canadian history.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 73
Pages Read in 2018: 17,357
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Sound by William C. Robertson

Aimed at people who need to teach someone else, Sound covers waves and instruments and why we hear what we hear. It’s packed full of information, but reads fast and is still easy to understand. There are lots of experiments included to help you really get the science being explained. It’s quite dated, though, particularly the section that talks about how anyone over about 40 will have a record player laying around. I recommend this book for people who want to understand or need to teach the basics about sound.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 69
Pages Read in 2018: 16,572
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Taj Mahal: Passion and Genius at the Heart of the Moghul Empire by Diana Preston

Shah Jahan is the most recognized member of the Moghul Empire because of the Taj Mahal, the incredible mausoleum he built for his favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal covers several generations of the Moghul Empire. It is much more about the people than the Taj Mahal, though it does spend a few chapters on it. I found most of the book to be quite interesting and learned a whole lot. I recommend this book to adults interested in the Taj Mahal or the Moghul Empire.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 62
Pages Read in 2018: 15,578
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling

Goblet of Fire is tied for my least favorite Harry Potter book. I find all the set-up for the rest of the series a bit tedious (although necessary) and Hermione’s S.P.E.W. thing seems like it’s just there to make the book longer. Even with those issues, I still enjoy the book. I just like most of the other books a lot more. I very highly recommend the entire Harry Potter series to absolutely everyone!

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 60
Pages Read in 2018: 15,133
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1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West by Roger Crowley

In 1453, Mehmet led his Ottoman army to Constantinople and began a siege against the city that ultimately ended in the fall of the Roman Empire in the east on May 29, 1453. 1453 briefly covers the centuries leading up to that fateful year and then covers the months leading to the final battle in detail. Parts were quite interesting while other parts dragged a bit. I recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about the decline of the Byzantine Empire and particularly about its very end.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 59
Pages Read in 2018: 14,399
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Around the World in a Hundred Years by Jean Fritz

Covering Prince Henry the Navigator, Bartholomew Diaz, Christopher Columbus, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Alvares Cabral, John Cabot, Amerigo Vespucci, Juan Ponce de Leon, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, and Ferdinand Magellan, Around the World in a Hundred Years tells the story of about one-hundred years of exploration in a way younger readers can understand and find interesting. On occasion it drags a bit, but the majority is quite fascinating. I recommend it to upper elementary to lower middle school age kids.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 54
Pages Read in 2018: 13,298
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