homeschool rules
Ficton

Home School Rules by Michael Honig

Home School Rules is a look at the world of lockdown through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy. If you ever wondered what we adults look like to kids when we’re stressed, caged and on an emotional rollercoaster, wonder no longer! And be prepared to laugh. Nothing is quite so funny as seeing ourselves in… Continue reading Home School Rules by Michael Honig

Jarkata by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano
Ficton, Science Fiction

Jarkata by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano

Reviewed by Desiree Willis Jakarta focuses on the life of an unnamed narrator in a dystopian society where the virus Z-bug has caused nearly the extinction of the human race. Where he resides, his partner Clara holds a strong connection to a glowing stone; which holds powers that allow for the narrator to view past… Continue reading Jarkata by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano

Ficton, Thriller

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Reviewed by Karisma J. Tobin Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream tells the haunting story of a mother’s experience of an unfamiliar town. Vacationing with her young daughter, Nina, Amanda finds herself unsettled. It soon becomes clear that there is something strange about this place.   It’s the worms. You have to be patient and wait. And… Continue reading Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Ficton, historical fiction, Romance

Shakespeare’s Younger Sister by Geoffrey Craig

Author's note: This book is meant for mature audiences When, in the spring of 1592, fictional eighteen-year-old Constance Shakespeare joins her brother, Will, in London, she is in for any number of surprises. Expecting opportunities not available under her father’s domination in Stratford, she finds life in London far more complicated and challenging, yet exhilarating,… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Younger Sister by Geoffrey Craig

Classic, Ficton

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Reviewed by Zhenbang Yu Offred is a victim of a regime that thrives on fear and lies. Since Offred has assumed the role of a handmaiden, she has experienced the horrors of witnessing their utmost cruelty the regime has imposed on her.  This has led her to despise the regime for its oppressiveness towards women who… Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Ficton, Mystery, young adult

The Wanderers By Sarah Barkoff

Reviewed by Aaron Sommers "We pursue that which retreats from us," said the existentialist philosopher Martin Heidegger.  The quote pertains to desires, happiness or knowledge--and it also describes the protagonist's journey in The Wanderers, a fast-paced, eminently readable debut novel by Sarah Barkoff. The novel kicks off in the unsettled world of a post-Hurricane Sandy… Continue reading The Wanderers By Sarah Barkoff

Classic, Ficton, literary fiction

Iris Murdoch, on the Anniversary of Her Birth and Death

Reviewed by S.B. Julian I call them my Irises -- my copies of the novels of Iris Murdoch. They have played such an intimate role in my life that we can't but co-exist on a first-name basis. I found my first “Iris” at age eighteen while back-packing in Europe. Near my hostel in Germany was… Continue reading Iris Murdoch, on the Anniversary of Her Birth and Death

Fantasy, Ficton, young adult

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling

Reviewed by Keegan Greenacre I really enjoyed reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was a great read and I couldn’t put it down once I had started reading it. I noticed that this book went into some dark topics as the story progressed and it really shows how the books are evolving… Continue reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling