Books

I love reading. That is the short answer.

And here’s the long answer. I love reading. But there are a lot of books out there in the world with objectionable content in them. Navigating the literary waters can be tricky, and I would like to help you out! You can find a list of books I have read here. Click on a title to learn about the plot and anything inside that you might not like. Something to note is that I am still very cautious in my reading. I read clean books, and therefore this will be a list of clean books.

But “clean” varies from reader to reader. Someone might tell me that a book they read is clean, when I wouldn’t define it as clean. So what do I call clean?

Clean books for me have minimal swearing. Typically I read books with no language to under five words. I also try to read books without blasphemy. Clean books for me have no sexual content. I also try to avoid books with a strong romance plot line. While a romance subplot can be nice, I don’t need to read an entire book about a boy and a girl being in love. Clean books for me do not have excessive violence in them or graphic descriptions. I do realize that this is a harder category to pin down since everyone is affected differently by violence, but I am pretty sure that this is an accurate guideline. Clean books for me are not filled with modern agendas. I don’t read books about trans-gender, LGBT, and the like.

Now, clean books for me can include magic. To be honest, I love magic systems. They can add so much to a book. However, I don’t read dark magic or magic where the lines of good and evil are blurred. For instance, I don’t read Harry Potter books. I know there is a lot of discussion about the magic in them, but that is a discussion for another time. But I do realize that not everyone is comfortable with any magic at all. So, you will find that I note whether or not a book has magic in it.

I said above that navigating the literary waters is tricky. And it gets a lot harder as you get older. And that is why most of the books you will find on here are middle school novels. Despite being a teenager, I read few YA novels because of the content in them. And there are plenty of good middle school books out there too!

So in a book review I will summarize the plot, talk about what I enjoyed or disliked from a literary perspective, and give any cautions about the book since everyone has different “clean” levels.

Now, please keep one thing in mind as you read these reviews: I am human. And that means that I make mistakes. That means that I might forget about a violent scene, or somehow miss reading a swear word. While I will do my best to make these reviews details, I cannot guarantee that I will catch everything.

And that’s it! Happy reading trails!