Books and stories have been my companions for as long as I can remember, so it only seemed natural to me to pursue my love of literature when it came to choosing a career. I spent my undergraduate education studying secondary English Education at Auburn University, learning how to pass the stories I love on to my students. During that time I spent a wonderful semester studying British Literature at The University of Oxford–heaven on earth for a bibliophile like me! After graduating from Auburn in 2013, I taught seventh grade ELA in Smiths Station, Alabama, for two years. In 2015 I moved back to my hometown for graduate school, and I started teaching ninth grade English while I worked on my master’s degree. In December of 2017 I graduated with a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University. The next fall I began teaching eleventh and twelfth grade, eventually transitioning to teaching only twelfth grade for the next four years. May of 2022 represented another big turning point in my life, when I left the high school classroom to teach College composition courses at KSU and focus more on my own writing career.
About the Blog
In July of 2015 I started my first serious blogging endeavor at Book Fifty. I posted book reviews and other ramblings there for about four years before my job and the general craziness of life took over. I’m still so proud of the work I did on that site–from the photos to the Instagram account and all of the words and stories I got to share with my followers. But now that I’m focused more on my writing career, I’ve decided to branch out from just posting book reviews and create a space online that’s dedicated to a little bit more–my thoughts, meditations, and attempts at writing poetry, for a start. I still set a fifty book goal for myself each year, but to be honest, it’s been a few years since I’ve achieved that! You’ll still be able to find book reviews on this site, and I’m sure I’ll be linking back to my old content a lot, as well.
I’m so honored that you’ve chosen to stop by and read my blog. Let me just say, however, that not every book I review is appropriate for every age or every audience. We live in a fallen world, which, sadly, means that our literature is a product of that fallen world. I do believe we can find value in most of the books and stories we read, but it’s ultimately up to the reader to set his or her own boundaries. For this reason, you won’t find language or content warnings on many of my reviews, even if the books I’m reviewing contain those elements. I only read a book if I think there’s something to learn from it, but that doesn’t mean that every book I read will be a good fit for you!