homeschool rules
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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

historical fiction

Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

Reviewed by Nadia Benjelloun Bombs, beards, and belly-dancing. Rather than just a fun alliteration to say, this phrase would summarize what would come to mind upon hearing the word Arab. This is the epitome of orientalism. It’s all due to narrative, but just as there are misconstrued Arab and Muslim representations from sources that range… Continue reading Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

Suspense, Thriller

The Slayer: Hell Awakens by Meg Sechrest

Human or vampire, no one can escape their fate. Born and raised in the small town of Grundy Hill, West Virginia, Abigail Taylor knew that her life was anything but normal. Everyone in town knew her father was weird and knew better than to date his estranged daughter. On her 21st birthday, Abbi awakens a… Continue reading The Slayer: Hell Awakens by Meg Sechrest

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

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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

Fantasy, memoir, non-fiction, poetry, Science Fiction, young adult

Blogs and Books You’ll Want to Put on Your Reading List!

We asked on Twitter for blogs and books to read and had a wonderful response. All of these authors have worked hard to publish articles, short stories, and books. We're happy for all of them and their success. Want to know what all the buzz is about? Then you'll want to check out these blogs… Continue reading Blogs and Books You’ll Want to Put on Your Reading List!

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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

Chick Lit, contemporary, Ficton

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Everyone needs some way to relax and unwind, but not everyone knows exactly how to do it. Introducing the Tranquillum House. People who are burnt out, dealing with marital problems, or need help with weight loss all attribute their success to Masha and the staff at the Tranquillum House. Curious to find a way to… Continue reading Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty