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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

I decided to read this to the kids as our last bit of Renaissance literature instead of Frankenstein.

Published: 1886

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

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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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.

Published: 1818

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


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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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

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Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

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

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Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

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.

Published: 1972

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

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I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

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.

Published: 1954

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


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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

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.

Published: 2009

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

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