2018 Books, Book Lists, Book Reviews, Reading Challenge, Reading Tips

Best Books of 2018

I can't believe how fast 2018 has flown by, and even though I say that every year, I really mean it! 2018 has been full of good things and hard things, and I'm so thankful to have a chance over Christmas break to sit down and reflect over the past 365 days. Part of that reflection,… Continue reading Best Books of 2018

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12 Months of Books: August Suggestions

This month's theme for our 12-month reading challenge is "Lazy Days," but for me the month of August is anything but lazy! I picked this theme to focus in on one of my new favorite ways of discovering great stories: audiobooks. With school starting back, there's no way I'll be able to read as many… Continue reading 12 Months of Books: August Suggestions

2018 Books, Book Reviews

Review: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

When I started listening to audiobooks a few years ago, I was worried that true book purists might consider listening to a book "cheating." I'm happy to say that I've completely gotten over that fear; in fact, I'm convinced that some books are actually better enjoyed and understood when heard rather than read. Born a Crime… Continue reading Review: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

2018 Books, Book Reviews

Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy

Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy is a new collection of short stories that all touch in some way upon the journeys of two brothers who are both named after demigods from the ancient text The Mahabharata. These stories, while spanning great distances in geography and time, all feel like parts of a larger work, a… Continue reading Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy

2018 Books, Book Reviews

Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen

I honestly don't remember the first time I read Persuasion, but it was definitely after I had already read several other novels by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice, as you can imagine, was the first novel of hers I read, followed by Emma and others. I knew from the opening pages of Persuasion, however, that it would be my… Continue reading Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen

2018 Books, Book Reviews

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

March is Women's History Month, so already this month I've been seeing lots of posts on social media about great books written by and about important women. The review I have to share with you today is about a woman whose life story is just now being rediscovered as important files from the NSA are… Continue reading The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone