Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, By Robin McKinley

Just as in the classic version of Beauty in the Beast, this story is about a young woman who is imprisoned by a beast in an enchanted castle in her father’s stead. However, unlike every other version of this story I have read, in this story Beauty is not beautiful. Instead, she is a tall… Continue reading Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast, By Robin McKinley

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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.