Monthly Archives: May 2016

Six Books for Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are all having a nice holiday–complete with burgers and barbecue and sunshine. I think it’s important to stop on this holiday and think about those who have given their lives for our country, so today I’ve chosen six books about our troops to give you a chance to learn more about […]

Words with Friends: Laura McCoy

Today I am excited to introduce a new series of guest posts! Each month, I’ll be asking one of my friends to share with you a book that has been meaningful to them in some way. It might be their favorite book, a book they never expected to love, or a book that shaped them […]

Poetry for Everyone!

Poetry is kind of an intimidating thing. Often the poems we read are too abstract or convoluted to carry much meaning. And in our day-to-day, outside-of-the-classroom lives, we don’t have a lot of time to sit around and annotate a poem to try and figure it out. So today I thought I’d share a few […]

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 […]

Author Spotlight: Kate DiCamillo 

This week, I’ll be posting a lot about children’s books. It’s summer time, and if your kids are home from school you might be looking for something to keep them entertained. On a rainy day like today, there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book. My goal for the next few posts is to share […]

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 […]

Everlasting is the Past by Walt Wangerin

I received Everlasting is the Past in my Rabbit Room Christmas box back in December, and I’ve finally made my way around to reading it. This book is a memoir written by Walter Wangerin, Jr., who is a very successful writer. The book doesn’t really discuss his writing, life; it focuses on his journey of faith […]

Textbooks Spring 2016

At midnight tonight my last project of the semester is due and I will be finished with my first year of grad school! It’s always nice to add my textbooks to my book list at the end of the semester. Here’s a quick look at the books I’ve been reading since January. Advanced Fiction Writing […]