Into the Heart of Borneo, By Redmond O’Hanlon

Upon my first cursory inspection this book sounded like manna from heaven. It met all the criteria of a great adventure story.


Shakespeare and Company, A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart

Reading Shakespeare and Company, A History of the Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart, was like spending a wonderfully rainy afternoon in your grandfather’s attic going through dusty old photographs, maps, letters, and journals.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon, By Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon is a timely story that warns against ignorance, the danger of unchecked sorrow, the strength required to walk a path separate from the expected, and above all, the importance of always asking questions. While the author wrote the story with a 5th grade reader in mind, like any truly good children’s book, I think it would be equally enjoyable for adults, even though they may not read the same story between the covers.

The Magicians, By Lev Grossman

If you were the kind of kid that spent your childhood opening every wardrobe you came across hoping to find the entrance to Narnia, or perhaps sat waiting for an owl to arrive on your 11th birthday with your acceptance letter to Hogwarts, then The Magicians by Lev Grossman might be for you.

Queen of Katwe

Queen of Katwe: One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion, By Tim Crothers A Very Brief Summary: Queen of Katwe, is the amazing story of Phiona Mutesi, a young woman from Uganda, who against all odds may have found a way out of the Katwe slum through the most unlikely of avenues: CHESS. Under… Continue reading Queen of Katwe