I almost don't need to ask this question, because I probably know the answer, but here it goes. Are you busy? Do you have about a million tasks, objectives, and action items standing between you and the goals you want to accomplish in 2018? Me too! So I thought to start off the year I'd… Continue reading Back to Basics: Making Time
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
If you're a fan of books like Atonement, The Book Thief, All the Light We Cannot See, or The Kite Runner, I can't recommend this book highly enough. It was suspenseful, emotional, and true-to-life, which, if you ask me, are three hallmarks of good historical fiction!
A few weeks ago I shared some science books that were perfect summertime reads, and one that I listed was The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. Well, I've finished reading it, and it's time to share my review! First, a little background on the author. Oliver Sacks, born in 1933,… Continue reading The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks
We've all heard the old expression "Don't judge a book by its cover." Normally, I'd say that's pretty good advice, but this year one of the categories on the 2017 Reading Challenge is "A Book you Bought Based Only on the Cover." I chose Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, knowing nothing about the book, its… Continue reading Don’t Judge a Book…
Here on the blog, it's one of my goals to help you find new and interesting things to read. And now that it's officially summer, I know many of you will be looking for great books to take with you on vacation--whether it's to the beach, the mountains, or anywhere in between. Last year, I… Continue reading The Science of Summer
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
I've never been one for New Year's Resolutions. Why? Well--they never seem to stick. I even went so far as to look up the definition of a "resolution" to see why I have such a problem with them. According to the dictionary, a resolution is "a firm decision to do or not to do something."… Continue reading 2017 Reading Challenge