Now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.C.S. lewis, the last battle
I have been a lifelong bookdragon, and it started with Narnia. My father read the books aloud to me when I was six, and since then, I have read voraciously every good book I could get my hands on.
My parents soon ran out of books to give me. We exhausted resource after resource. Eventually, I learned not only to love reading for itself, but for the gift it gave me.
I have seen the world through thousands of eyes. I have gone through adventures and lives and experiences far different than my own, and I have discovered the power of story to show me truths in a far more impactful way than by simply being told.
And now, it’s my turn to share this gift with you.
Welcome to a library of wonder.
what is Bibliotheca?
Bibliotheca is a free online resource with book reviews and lists, indexed by title, author, genre, topic, and age range. I’ve only included books which I recommend; you’ll find no negative reviews here.
Bibliotheca is Latin for “library.” The site’s tagline, “a library of wonder,” was chosen because of the life-changing ability of books to show us the world in a different way. To make us see the wonder of things.
who runs Bibliotheca?
I do! My name is Maya JT, and I’m a blogger, writer, reader, dreamer, and daughter of Jesus. You can find my blog (and read more about me) here.
If you want to contribute or help, contact me here.
why should you trust me?
At least, not yet.
Everyone has different tastes in books, so what I like may not necessarily be what you do. We’re all tempted by different things, so a book that doesn’t cause me to sin might lead you to do so. Different people can tolerate different levels of violence, so what I’m comfortable with might disturb you.
Don’t trust me. Learn for yourself what you want in a book, and then read my reviews with that in mind. If you don’t like fantasy, feel free to skip those books. If swearing crosses your line, then avoid books with that content. Draw a clear line between what content you do and don’t want to read, and stick to it.
But if you’re wondering about my credentials to recommend books, here they are. I’ve been reading since I was five, and after Narnia, The Hobbit, and the Little House books were introduced to me, I simply couldn’t stop. I’m the oldest of a large homeschooling family, and I’ve been recommending books to my siblings and friends (with a high satisfaction rate) for years. I read over a hundred books per year, not only for pleasure but also because I enjoy considering their pros and cons and deciding what makes a book worth reading – what makes it a good book, rather than just another mediocre copy.
And I’ve always wanted to share this with others.
age range guide
I’ve categorized books into four age ranges as a general suggestion. Sometimes this is based on reading level; other times, on content and themes.
I don’t want to legislate your morality. So please, use your own judgment when deciding what is right for you and your family. If you disagree with my age range, go ahead and disregard it. I don’t agree with everyone I know. It’s part of what makes life so interesting.
That being said, here are the age ranges I’ve chosen: