2018 Books, Reading Challenge, Reading Tips

12 Months of Books: September Suggestions

September means school, football, and the promise of cooler temperatures. And even though here in Georgia we've been back in school for almost a month, in many places the school year is just beginning. That's why the September theme for our reading challenge this year is "Back to School." In honor of the kids everywhere… Continue reading 12 Months of Books: September Suggestions

2017 Books, Book Reviews

Romeo and Juliet…Again

My apologies in advance for the length of this post! I started writing my thoughts and just couldn't stop. On the bright side, I've included pictures to break up that dreaded text wall! 🙂  When I started this post, I tried to count up the number of times I’ve read Romeo and Juliet--I read it… Continue reading Romeo and Juliet…Again

2017 Books, Book Lists, Book Reviews

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

A few months ago, I wrote about overcoming book-timidation, or the strange fear you get from even thinking about reading certain books. Well, tonight I've got a review for you of William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, and I'll be honest--it's a book that still intimidates me, and I've already finished it! I read some… Continue reading The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Reading Tips

Tips for Fighting Book-timidation 

If you're following along with the Book Fifty 2017 Reading Challenge, chances are at least one of the categories on the list will push you a little outside of your literary comfort zone. And while I've written posts about reading difficult books, reading Shakespeare, and reading the classics,  I've never written a post about fighting the strange… Continue reading Tips for Fighting Book-timidation 

9 Classic Halloween Stories
Book Lists

Nine Classic Stories for Halloween

We are about a week away from Halloween, so I thought I'd share with you some great classic books that fit all of the requirements for a good October read. I'm not much of a scary movie person, but every now and then it's nice to curl up with a suspenseful read. In case you're… Continue reading Nine Classic Stories for Halloween

2016 Books, Book Lists, Book Reviews, Uncategorized

In Defense of Difficult Books

Tomorrow I’ll start teaching my first novel unit of the semester, Fahrenheit 451. After my students take their Unit 1 Test, we’ll look together at the introduction and first eight pages and try to set a purpose for reading. As I’ve been planning for this unit, I find myself asking “What is the purpose of… Continue reading In Defense of Difficult Books

2016 Books, Book Reviews

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Fall is here, and that means things have been picking up speed for me at work and in my graduate classes. This morning, I made the (probably unwise) decision to let my work and school tasks wait while I finished reading A Room with a View. Sometimes you need to spend Saturday morning in bed with… Continue reading A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

2016 Books, Book Lists, Book Reviews

Animal Farm by George Orwell

A few months ago I wrote a post about reconsidering required reading, and in it I discussed lots of books from school that we usually hate but might be worth a second chance. Well, today I'm sharing with you my review of Animal Farm by George Orwell. This is an incredibly popular required reading book, but, until today,… Continue reading Animal Farm by George Orwell

2016 Books, Book Lists, Reading Tips

Reconsidering Required Reading

It's the end of the school year, which means pool parties, vacation, and...summer reading? If you're like me, you had to complete summer reading projects each year, and often they were just chores to check off the list. I remember plenty of last-minute-reading sessions during the day or two before school started. Well, today I've… Continue reading Reconsidering Required Reading