I decided to read this to the kids as our last bit of Renaissance literature instead of Frankenstein.
Genre: 19th century literature with a dash of science fiction (it’s so old you can read it for free from Gutenberg
Length: 98 pages
Setting: London, mid 1800s
Summary: Short version: Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that liberates the evil elements of his personality Continue reading
I wanted to read the kids a bit of classic literature before the end of the year. I was trying to decide between this and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. This book was longer, but I decided I wanted something written by a woman. Both books are available from The Gutenberg Project.
Genre: classic science fiction literature
Setting: 19th century Europe
Length: 280 pages
Summary: Short version: Dr. Frankenstein discovers creation of life is more fraught than expected Continue reading
I had Miss Adventure read this as a piece of literature after she saw the movie. I read it alongside her so we could discuss the book.
Published: Part I in 1868, Part II in 1869, together in 1880
Genre: YA fiction/ semiautobiographical
Length: 449 pages
Setting: New England, during the American Civil War (1861-5) for Part I and a few years later for Part II
Summary: Short version: We follow the lives of the March sisters as they transition to adulthood Continue reading
I chose this as the kids’ first piece of literature for the year since it is billed as the first Western novel. Mr. Curiosity read an abridged version of the first part, but I decided I wanted to read the original. It took me a while since I typically read two chapters a day.
Translator: John Ormsby
Published: 1605 for part I, 1615 for part II, 1885 for this translation
Genre: classic fiction
Length: 1189 pages
Setting: Spain, 1600s
Summary: Short version: Don’t Quixote’s adventures as a knight wandering 17th century Spain Continue reading
I was looking for a short audiobook for a trip to a gymnastics meet. This came to my attention because we saw the musical version recently. I was curious to read the source material.
Genre: middle grade fiction with a touch of fantasy
Length: 154 pages
Setting: New York City, late 1960s
Summary: Short version: Annabel switches bodies with her mother for a day Continue reading
I wanted to read this book after watching the Will Smith movie. My husband had listened to the book and recommended the audio book to me.
Genre: post-apocalyptic science fiction
Length: 324 pages
Setting: Los Angeles, near future
Summary: Short version: The only human survivor of a vampire plague tries to survive Continue reading
Our family watched the movie recently. I’ve been intrigued by the series for a while and took the movie as a push to read the book. Bonus, it was available as an audiobook.
Genre: YA scifi/post-apocalyptic
Length: 384 pages
Setting: a constructed maze, near future
Summary: Short version: The boys in the Glade need to figure out how to get out of the Maze Continue reading