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Book Recommendations

May 2018

20th Century Plays

  1. Death Of A Salesman- Arthur Miller
  2. The Glass Menagerie – Tennessee Williams
  3. A Doll’s House- Henrik Ibsen
  4. Waiting For Godot- Samuel Beckett
  5. Buried Child – Sam Shephard
  6. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – Tom Stoppard
  7. Angels in America- Tony Kushner
  8. Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
  9. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
  10. Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
  11. The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein
  12. Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon
  13. The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
  14. Look Back in Anger by John Osborne
  15. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry

April 2018

Coming of Age books

  1. The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  3. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
  4. Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  5. All the Ugly And Wonderful Things – Bryn Greenwood
  6. Twelve – Nick McDonell
  7. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  8. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  9. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë
  10. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
  11. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  12. I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  13. Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
  14. To Kill a Mockingbird- Harper Lee
  15. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith

March 2018

15 Fantasy books to welcome spring.

  1. The Lord of The Rings Trilogy – J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. Elric of Melniboné – Michael Moorcock.
  3. The Compleat Dying Earth – Jack Vance
  4. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
  5. A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
  6. A Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein
  7. Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
  8. Dracula – Bram Stoker
  9. Dune – Frank Herbert
  10. Fablehaven Brandon Mull
  11. Eragon Christopher Paolini
  12. Three Hearts and Three Lions – Poul Anderson
  13. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs
  14. The Princess Bride – William Goldman
  15. A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin

February 2018

15 Romance books for February.

  • The Notebook- Nicholas Sparks
  • Love?Maybe. – Heather Hepler
  • Emma- Jane Austen
  • Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell
  • The Fault In Our Stars- John Green
  • Paper Towns- John Green
  • Once and For All- Sarah Dessen
  • Call Me by Your Name- Andre Aciman
  • Outlander- Diana Gabaldon
  • Looking For Alaska- John Green
  • Alex, Approximately- Jenn Bennett
  • Honesty- Seth KIng
  • The Light We Lost- Jill Santopolo
  • The Sun and Her Flowers- Rupi Kauer
  • Swear On This Life- Renee Carolino

January 2018

Thrillers to enthrall you on a cold winter’s night.

  • The Man With the Golden Gun– Ian Fleming
  • The Da Vinci Code– Dan Brown
  • The Firm– John Grisham
  • Tick-Tock– Dean Koontz
  • The Girl on the Train- Paula Hawkins.
  • The Hunt for Red October– Tom Clancy  
  • The Charm School– Nelson DeMille
  • Gone GirlGillian Flynn
  • Shutter Island –
  • Final Girls

    Riley Sager

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo –

  • In the Woods –

  • The Silence of the Lambs

    Thomas Harris

  • The Bourne Identity



December 2017


Holiday boooks to remind you of childhood.


  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
  • Gift of the Magi – O. Henry
  • A Visit from Saint Nicholas – Clement Clarke Moore
  • The Little Match Girl – Hans Christian Andersen
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss
  • A Christmas Memory – Truman Capote
  • The Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg
  • A Child’s Christmas in Wales – Dylan Thomas
  • The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Barbara Thomas
  • The Father Christmas Letters – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Hanukkah? – Jane Yolen
  • Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins. – Eric Kimmel
  •  The Seven Days of Kwanzaa – Angela Shelf Medearis
  •  How Do Dinosaurs Say Merry Christmas?  – Jane Yolen
  •   Clifford Celebrates Hanukkah. – Norman Bridwell


November 2017

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we wrote a list of books about the thing we’re all the most thankful for: family!


  • Watsons Go to Birmingham– Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Pride and Prejudice– Jane Austen
  • My Sister’s Keeper– Jodi Picoult
  • Little Women– Louisa May Alcott
  • Angela’s Ashes- Frank McCourt
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn– Betty Smith
  • Roots- Alice Haley
  • The Godfather- Mario Puzo
  • My Brother Sam is Dead– James Lincoln and Christopher Collier
  • The Brother Karamazov- Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Glass Castle– Jeannette Walls
  • The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
  • The Man Who Loved Clowns– June Rae Wood
  •  Little House on the Prairie– Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • The Blind Side- Michael L. Lewis


October 2017

In honor of the eerie autumn season, this month’s book recommendations are a compilation of horror, thriller, and classic tales to frighten even the most fearless readers.


  • Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury
  • At the Mountains of Madness – H.P. Lovecraft
  • The Raven – Edgar Allan Poe
  • Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  • The Shining – Stephen King
  • Dracula Bram Stoker
  • Interview With the Vampire   Anne Rice
  • The Portrait of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – Robert Louis
  • The Phantom of The Opera – Gaston Leroux
  • The Phantom Dean Koontz
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving
  • Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
  • The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Jane Goldman


September 2017

This month in recognition of Banned Books Week, Sept. 24-30, all the books listed have been challenged or banned.

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn- Mark Twain

Genre: Folklore, comedy, satire

Reasons for being challenged: alleged racism

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer- Mark Twain

Genre: Folklore, comedy, satire

Reasons for being challenged: alleged racism, alleged anti-capitalist messages.

  • Brave New World- Aldous Huxley

Genre: Sci-Fi, dystopia

Reasons for being challenged: Sexual content, Alleged racism, alleged anti-Christianity, violence

  1. Of Mice and Men– John Steinbeck

Genre: Novella, Tragedy

Reasons for being challenged: violence, profanity

  • Fahrenheit 451– Ray Bradbury

Genre: Sci-Fi, dystopia

Reasons for being challenged: Alleged anti-religious messages, sexual content, violence, drug useage.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian- Sherman Alexie

Genre: YA Fiction

Reasons for being challenged: Sexual content, alleged racism, alleged bullying, profanity.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird– Harper Lee

Genre: Historical Fiction

Reasons for being challenged: Alleged racism, profanity.

  • The Call of the Wild- Jack London

Genre: Adventure Fiction

Reasons for being banned: Violence..

  • A Clockwork Orange– Anthony Burgess

Genre: Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Reasons for being banned: Profanity, alleged racism, alleged sexism, alleged anti-religious messages, sexual content, drug usage, violence.

  • Moby Dick-  Herman Melville

Genre: Adventure Fiction

Violence, alleged whaling advocacy, alleged racism.

  • The Scarlet Letter- Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Reasons for being banned: Sexual content, alleged immorality.

  • A Streetcar Named Desire– Tennessee Williams

Genre: Romance, southern gothic

Reasons for being banned: Sexual content

  • The Canterbury Tales– Geoffrey Chaucer

Genre: Comedy, poetry, satire

Reasons for being banned: Profanity, alleged racism, alleged sexism, sexual content.

  • Looking for Alaska- John Green

Genre: YA fiction

Reasons for being banned: Sexual Content, profanity, unsuitable religious viewpoints.

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower– Stephen Chbosky

Genre: YA fiction

Reasons for being banned: Profanity, drugs, smoking, alcohol, homosexuality.




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