The mysteries of the world and of people in “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”

It was the title of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe that drew me to the book. I’m a massive fan of Dante, the major Italian poet of the Late Middle Ages, and of Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher and scientist. So everything about the title appealed to me — the names Dante, … More The mysteries of the world and of people in “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe”

The real and overlooked message in “IT” by Stephen King

Only Stephen King could write an eleven hundred page novel about the innocence and wonder of childhood, and kick it off with a six-year-old boy getting his arm ripped off by a clown. Much like the titular monster that lurks within its pages, It is many things – it’s terrifying, it’s sweet, it’s disturbing, it’s sad. … More The real and overlooked message in “IT” by Stephen King

Learning not to judge in Brigid Kemmerer’s “Letters to the Lost”

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer is a wonderful, thought-provoking and hopeful story. But it was also dark, philosophical and upsetting. It is nothing like what the blurb might initially lead you to believe — Juliet is writing letters to her dead mother, but the story isn’t about that. This is the story of how … More Learning not to judge in Brigid Kemmerer’s “Letters to the Lost”

Kait Nolan’s “To Get Me To You” teaches us how to be brave

Kait Nolan gives us raw, bold and inspiring novels that empower us, teach us to be brave and remind us that it doesn’t make us weak to ask for help. Her books provide sweet romances and friendships whilst showing the difficulties in finding yourself and how to overcome these difficulties in order to be yourself. … More Kait Nolan’s “To Get Me To You” teaches us how to be brave

What it takes to be a hero in Cassandra Clare’s “City of Heavenly Fire”

City of Heavenly Fire is the sixth and final instalment in Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instrument series, and readers will not be left disappointed. Rather, City of Heavenly Fire is just one of those books that you hold in your heart long after finishing. The novel picks up after the events of the fifth book … More What it takes to be a hero in Cassandra Clare’s “City of Heavenly Fire”

Cassandra Clare makes us re-think what it means to be either good or evil in “Lady Midnight”

Calling all Shadowhunter fans: are you ready for Cassandra Clare’s next big Shadowhunter trilogy? Are you ready for more demon hunting, amazing plot twists, fighting the causes of evil, beautifully complex characters bleeding all over the pages, wild humor and forbidden love? If you are, then Lady Midnight has arrived – the first book in … More Cassandra Clare makes us re-think what it means to be either good or evil in “Lady Midnight”

Dreams, love and living in Lara Avery’s “The Memory Book”

Think The Fault in Our Stars blended with All the Bright Places – that’s exactly what you get in Lara Avery’s heart-breaking, life-affirming and dazzling novel, The Memory Book. Published last July, it is one of the most underrated books of the year and is a remarkable heart-felt story that will have you laughing and … More Dreams, love and living in Lara Avery’s “The Memory Book”

Technology vs humanity in Ray Bradbury’s “The Illustrated Man”

Ray Bradbury is one of the best writers of our time, our parents’ time, and our grandparents’ time. His works, which included Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles, influenced generations of readers who became fans who became epic storytellers themselves. Epic storytellers — like Steven Spielberg, the director of films like Close Encounters of the Third … More Technology vs humanity in Ray Bradbury’s “The Illustrated Man”

What it means to go through the hard things with someone who loves you in Rachel Schurig’s “Ransom”

USA Today bestselling author Rachel Schurig‘s first novel in her 6-part series, Ransom, is a beautiful new adult contemporary romance story that leaves us with a heart full of hope and a head full of dreams. Where we sometimes feel afraid to open up to the people we love, Schurig reminds us that something good will … More What it means to go through the hard things with someone who loves you in Rachel Schurig’s “Ransom”

The important message in Nicola Yoon’s “Everything, Everything”

I think, as human beings, the thing that stops us the most is fear. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection. It’s not love, heartbreak, or disappointment that does us damage in the end, but rather the fear of being hurt that stops us from doing anything at all. But even though living in … More The important message in Nicola Yoon’s “Everything, Everything”