The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll,  wishes to explore the nature of Man, and through a potion he concocts he is able to transform himself from a man who is knowledgeable and conscientious, able to consciously steer himself away from evil, into a man who personifies all the dark and deviant things that man holds locked away in his … Continue reading

A Study in Scarlet By Arthur Conan Doyle

The first published story of one of the most famous literary detectives of all time, Sherlock Holmes. Here Dr. Watson, who has just returned from a war in Afghanistan, meets Sherlock Holmes for the first time when they become flat-mates at the famous 221 B Baker Street.  Sherlock Holmes investigates a murder at Lauriston Gardens … Continue reading

The Bad Beginning By Lemony Snicket

Dear Reader, I’m sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the … Continue reading

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

Anna was only nine years old in 1933, too busy to take much notice of Adolf Hitler’s face glaring out of political posters all over Berlin. But then one day her father who was a famous author and Jewish descent was unaccountably, frighteningly missing. Soon after, she and her brother, Max, were hurried out of … Continue reading

Rutka’s Notebook: A Voice from the Holocaust

Rutka Laskier, a 14-year-old Jewish girl, died in Auschwitz in 1943, but she left behind a notebook in which she recorded her thoughts and dreams. Knowing of my interest in Holocaust memoirs a friend got me this in a book gathering.  This diary is a short read only 60 pages and that amount of pages … Continue reading

All My Friends Are Dead – Avery Monsen and Jory John

I’m not really sure if this is book is geared towards children; well it doesn’t have to be necessarily for children, right?. The format of the book looks to be more suited to children but this book would be a hit with adults as well. So, occasionally you pick up a book that unexpectedly makes … Continue reading

George’s Secret Key to the Universe – Lucy & Stephen Hawking

The story begins with a young boy named George whose pet pig runs through the fence into his neighbor’s overgrown backyard. He learns that his neighbors are Eric and Annie, and that Eric is a scientist. Eric owns Cosmos, the most powerful computer in the world that can open up real portals to outer space. … Continue reading

The Madman – Khalil Gibran

“You ask me how I became a madman. It happened thus: One day, long before many gods were born, I woke from a deep sleep and found all my masks were stolen, the seven masks I have fashioned an worn in seven lives, I ran maskless through the crowded streets shouting, “Thieves, thieves, the cursed … Continue reading

The Golden Compass – Philip Pullman

The story follows Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon; Lyra is a young orphan who was raised by scholars at Oxford.  She ends up leaving Oxford, however, not long after rumors spread of a group known as the “Gobblers” who are stealing children and their daemons for experimentation.  Lyra begins a journey which ends up taking … Continue reading

Kaddish For An Unborn Child – Imre Kertész

The first word of this haunting novel is ‘no’. It is how the narrator, a middle-aged Hungarian Jewish writer, answers an acquaintance who asks if he has a child and it is how he answered his, now ex-, wife when she told him she wanted a baby. The loss, longing, and regret that haunt the … Continue reading