2017 Books, Book Reviews, Reading Challenge

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Have you ever suffered from any type of mental or creative block? If so, Steven Pressfield has some suggestions for you in his book The War of Art. Pressfield, a successful novelist and screenwriter, shares his interesting thoughts about fighting the creative battle in this little book. I originally downloaded this on Audible, but I decided… Continue reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

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, Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Ella Minnow Pea

Happy first day of Fall! I can't wait for cooler temperatures, scarves, and boots. Today I thought I’d start a new series here on the blog featuring some books that I love but haven’t read recently. Mostly my book reviews tend to focus on what I’m reading while I work through my fifty book goal,… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: Ella Minnow Pea

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, Uncategorized

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I know what you're thinking--Why is this Jane Austen-loving, Downton Abbey-watching girl reviewing a sci-fi novel that is based on 80s pop culture and classic video games? Well, sometimes reading outside of your wheelhouse pays off. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is not my normal type of book, but I've been seeing it everywhere, so I… Continue reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Insipration, Reading Tips

Great Books for Young Readers

There's something really special about finding the perfect book for a young reader and watching them fall in love with books and stories. When my seventh grade students would tell me they didn't like to read, I would always say "You just haven't found the right book." Well, today I'm doing my part to help young… Continue reading Great Books for Young Readers