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Republic by Plato

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

Genre: philosophy

Length: 292 pages of text, 300 pages total

Setting: ancient Greece, although no real setting is described Continue reading


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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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

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Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

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

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Lord of the Flies by William Golding

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.

Published: 1954

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 202 pages

Setting: a desert in the Pacific Ocean, during WWII Continue reading

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Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

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)

Genre: classics

Length: 416 pages

Setting: various locations throughout the world, late 1800s Continue reading

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Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

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.

Published: 1972

Genre: middle grade survival fiction

Length: 170 pages

Setting: northern Alaska, 1960s Continue reading

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The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

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?

Published: 1968

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 212 pages

Setting: a medieval-age world Continue reading

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