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12 Months of Books: July Suggestions

Hello, friends! Can you believe that it is July already? We are halfway through with 2018, which mean's we're also halfway through with the 2018 reading challenge. I've been fighting through some mental/creative blocks this summer, but I have been reading! I managed to finish seven books in June, which is a huge win for… Continue reading 12 Months of Books: July 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, Reading Challenge, Reading Tips

12 Months of Books: June Suggestions

It's finally summer! I can't believe that we are almost halfway through the year, and halfway through 2018's reading challenge. Today I have sixteen books to recommend for this month's theme, On the Road. When I chose this theme, I was thinking about all the great road trip memories I have from my childhood. Since summer… Continue reading 12 Months of Books: June Suggestions

2018 Books, Reading Challenge

12 Months of Books: May Suggestions

Happy Friday! After a long, long delay, I've finally gotten around to sharing my suggestions for May's reading challenge. The month of May has been absolutely crazy for me, and, unfortunately, the blog had to get pushed to the bottom of the list! Now that things have slowed down for the next few months, I'm planning… Continue reading 12 Months of Books: May Suggestions

Author Spotlight, Insipration, Reading Challenge, Reading Tips

Back to Basics: How to Read Shakespeare

Today is Shakespeare's birthday, so to celebrate I thought I'd share another post in my Back to Basics series. Last time our focus was on reading and understanding poetry, and today we're taking things one step farther by focusing on the man, the myth, the legend: William Shakespeare. Today's post starts with some overall tips… Continue reading Back to Basics: How to Read Shakespeare

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

Reading Tips

Back to Basics: How to Read a Poem

In January I started a series called "Back to Basics" where I broke down some common reading issues we all face. The series started with a post on finding time to read, and then I also wrote about reading comprehension and making connections with other texts. Today, in honor of National Poetry Month and this… Continue reading Back to Basics: How to Read a Poem