Reading Challenge, Reading Tips, Uncategorized

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, Uncategorized

Caroline by Sarah Miller

One of my favorite movies is You've Got Mail, the classic Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan romantic comedy. I love it for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is that Meg Ryan's character, Kathleen Kelly, is a book lover. So much so, in fact, that she runs a children's bookshop. In the movie she says When… Continue reading Caroline by Sarah Miller

2017 Books, Book Reviews, Uncategorized

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Back in November of last year I attended NCTE's huge annual conference. If you're unfamiliar with NCTE, it stands for the National Council of Teachers of English, and their annual conference is a pretty big deal. The first time I went, in 2016, I referred to it as "the big one," and my friends and family mocked me… Continue reading Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
2017 Books, Book Reviews

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell 

One of the many things I love about reading is that magic moment when you fall into a story so captivating that you lose track of time and live inside the pages for a while. As I've grown busier and busier, those moments seem few and far between. It's not often that I have an… Continue reading The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell 

2017 Books, Book Reviews, Uncategorized

What is it About the Tudors?

When I was a kid, I read a lot of historical fiction geared towards young readers. One subject I remember reading about a lot was the Tudor dynasty--Henry VIII and his six wives. There was one book written from Elizabeth I's perspective, one from Mary Tudor's perspective, even one, I believe about Lady Jane Grey.… Continue reading What is it About the Tudors?

2017 Books, Book Lists, Book Reviews

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

I have this little tradition of going to the bookstore on my last day of work to buy summer reading books that I don't need. Somehow these new books always get catapulted to the top of my "To Be Read" list. I'd seen No Country for Old Men before and even read the first few pages,… Continue reading No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy