Book Classifications

The Discerning Parent's Guide to Books

Monster Love – Carol Topolski

Monster Love – Carol Topolski, Fig Tree, United Kingdom, 2008 Rating: R  (Infrequent very strong coarse language, frequent mild-moderate coarse language; Strong themes of child abuse including neglect and murder; fairly … Continue reading

November 28, 2016

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway, Charles Scribner’s Sons, United States, 1952 Rating: G  Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) Country of Origin / Focus: Cuba, United States Reviewed by: S … Continue reading

November 28, 2016

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins, Doubleday, United Kingdom, 2015 Rating: M  (Moderate violence, Moderate sexual references, moderate coarse language. Moderate themes including domestic violence and alcoholism) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 … Continue reading

November 28, 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

Sapphire Skies – Belinda Alexandra

Sapphire Skies – Belinda Alexandra, Harper Collins, Australia, 2014 Rating: M (War: Dictatorship, brainwashing, political murder, deception, concentration camps including abuse of human rights and violence. Mild sexual references including one mild … 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

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton, Viking Press, United States, 1967 Rating: PG (Moderate violence including beatings, gang fights, murder, knives, broken glass and references to domestic abuse; Very mild, infrequent coarse language; … Continue reading

October 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy, United Kingdom, 1874 Rating: PG (Mild themes: Death, mental illness, relationships, infidelity; tasteful description of a corpse, description of suffering and death) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 … 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

Golden Earrings – Belinda Alexandra

Golden Earrings – Belinda Alexandra, Harper Collins, Australia, 2011 Rating: M (Moderate War Violence, Some gory references to injuries; Infrequent, moderate sexual references, including implicit and described sex scenes; mild … Continue reading

June 29, 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

Tully – Paullina Simons

Tully – Paullina Simons, Flamingo, London, 1994 (this edition 1995) Rating: R (Moderate coarse language; multiple explicit and described sex scenes; multiple implicit sex scenes; strong sexual references; described nudity; moderate drug … Continue reading

May 1, 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

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