I assigned this book to Mr. Curiosity as one of his Great Books of the Ancient World that he’s reading this year. I read the books alongside him so we can discuss the books together.
Translator: G.M.A. Grube, revised by C.D.C. Reeve
Published: originally around 380 BCE; this edition in 1992
Length: 292 pages of text, 300 pages total
Setting: ancient Greece, although no real setting is described Continue reading
The local library started a book club for teens and tweens that reads a book and then watches the movie. For December, this was the chosen book. I decided to read it to the kids. We also watched the The Muppet Christmas Carol as part of the book club experience.
Subtitle: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas
Published: 1843 (so you can get it for free at Gutenberg.org if you want – that’s how we read it)
Genre: a ghost story
Length: 104 pages
Setting: London, 1840s Continue reading
This is a classic science fiction story that is referenced on a regular basis. I had never read it and decided to rectify that hole in my reading list.
Published: 1953 originally. My edition had end notes from 1979 and 1982 as well
Genre: science fiction dystopia
Length: 179 pages
Setting: an American city sometime in an alternate future Continue reading
I picked out this book for Mr. Curiosity and read it to be able to discuss it with him. He recently finished Swiss Family Robinson and thought this book might be a contemporary, contrasting take on the “stranded on a desert island” trope.
Genre: YA fiction
Length: 202 pages
Setting: a desert in the Pacific Ocean, during WWII Continue reading
This is an old review of a book I picked up because it was on the Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels of the century list, and it fulfilled a classics square on the library summer reading challenge that year.
Published: 1900 (since it was published before current copyright law, you can read it for free from gutenberg.org as well)
Length: 416 pages
Setting: various locations throughout the world, late 1800s Continue reading
This is a classic kid’s book. We’ve got the second book in the series on the shelf, which I kept wanting to read. Better read the first in the series before the second. It was a nice change of pace from our last read aloud, The Last Unicorn.
Genre: middle grade survival fiction
Length: 170 pages
Setting: northern Alaska, 1960s Continue reading
This book has popped up a few times recently being described in glowing terms as a classic fantasy novel. I had never read it, so I decided to take care of that lack by reading it to my kids. I’ve never seen the movie, either – should I?
Genre: YA fantasy
Length: 212 pages
Setting: a medieval-age world Continue reading