Book Classifications

The Discerning Parent's Guide to Books

The Psychopath Text – Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson, Pan Macmillan, United Kingdom, 2011 Rating: M+ (Infrequent, moderate coarse language; discussion of nudity and faecal matter in the context of treatment of mentally unwell patients; … Continue reading

October 24, 2016

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr, Scribner, United States, 2014 Rating: M+ (Infrequent, moderate coarse language; Mature War Themes including: War (aggression, brutality and severe injury, murder), Mental Illness, … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen

Girl, Interrupted – Susanna Kaysen, Virago Press, United States, 1995 Rating: M+ (Semi-frequent strong coarse language; Mature Themes (mental illness and incarceration including references to suicide, shock therapy), mild violence, moderate references … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Love in the time of Cholera- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Penguin, 1989 Originally in Spanish: El amor en los tiempos del colera Rating: M+ (Moderate Sexual References including reference to prostitution and … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Eleven Hours – Paulinna Simons

Eleven Hours – Paullina Simons, St Martin’s Press, New York, 1999 Rating: M+ (Infrequent moderate coarse language; Infrequent moderate violence; One scene of explicit sexual violence towards the end; Moderate Themes: kidnapping, … Continue reading

October 5, 2015

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

On the Road – Jack Kerouac Rating: M+ (Mild coarse language; moderate drug references; infrequent violence; moderate sexual references; a couple of implicit sex scenes; one brothel scene including some glorified description … Continue reading

October 5, 2015

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling– Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling). Little Brown. United Kingdom, 2013 Rating: M+ (Frequent Very Strong Coarse Language; Moderate Sexual References; One Implicit Sex Scene; Infrequent Descriptive Nudity; Strong Violence; … Continue reading

May 25, 2015

The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Editorial Planeta. Spain, 2001 Rating: M+ (Frequent Course Language; Infrequent Descriptive Nudity; Multiple Implicit Sex Scenes; Moderate Violence; Infrequent Moderate Sexual References; Mild … Continue reading

February 18, 2015

Tuscan Rose – Belinda Alexandra

Tuscan Rose– Belinda Alexandra, Harper Collins, Australia, 2010 Rating: M+ (Infrequent moderate coarse language; a couple of described sex scenes; one described rape scene; multiple rape references; infrequent moderate war … Continue reading

June 25, 2014

An Infinity of Mirrors – Richard Condon

An Infinity of Mirrors– Richard Condon. William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1964. Rating: M+ (Descriptive, infrequent sex scenes, Adult themes: rape, genocide, Frequent, moderate violence) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) … Continue reading

May 29, 2014

The Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

The Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare. Simon&Schuster. United States, 2013 Rating: M+ (Frequent moderate violence; Supernatural themes; infrequent moderate sexual references – one moderate sex scene; infrequent low level coarse language) Difficulty: 1 … Continue reading

May 16, 2014

Damned – Chuck Palahniuk

Damned- Chuck Palahniuk, Vintage, United States, 2011. Rating: M+ (Infrequent coarse language, Frequent strong sexual references, Infrequent graphic sex scenes, Frequent drug and alcohol references, Graphic violence, Strong adult themes: … Continue reading

May 14, 2014

Camp David – David Walliams

Camp David– David Walliams, Michael Joseph, United Kingdom, 2012 Rating: M+ (Strong Coarse Language; Moderate Sexual References; Some described nudity; Mild Drug Use; Moderate Homosexual References; Moderate Adult Themes: Depression … Continue reading

May 10, 2014

A Farewell to Arms – Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms- Ernest Hemingway. Jonathan Cape Ltd, UK, 1929. Rating: M+ (Infrequent, moderate violence, Adult themes: war, Infrequent coarse language, Frequent drug and alcohol references) Difficulty: 1 2 … Continue reading

May 8, 2014

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