Monthly Archives: July 2016

Words with Friends: Stephanie Lee

Can you believe July is almost over? We’re headed at full speed towards another school year, and as things get crazier I find that it’s more and more difficult to set aside time to write blog posts. Even if your schedule is getting busier by the minute, I hope you can pause and enjoy today’s […]

Happy Blogiversary!

Today is the one year anniversary of Book Fifty! This is a huge deal for me, because it’s the first time I’ve ever been able to maintain a blog–or any type of writing project–for that long. I thought today I’d take a trip down memory lane and share some of my all time favorite Book […]

Film Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet

In the heat of the summer, there’s nothing better than settling into a cool movie theatre seat with popcorn and a drink. One of my new favorite things is to go see theatre broadcasts at the movie theatre. I saw one last fall–Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet–so I was excited to see that Kenneth Branagh was releasing […]

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 […]

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, […]

What I learned from Alexander Hamilton.

What I Learned from Alexander Hamilton

Happy Fourth of July! As we celebrate American independence today, I thought I’d share my review of Ron Chernow’s biography Alexander Hamilton. The hardcover version of Chernow’s book is about 818 pages long. And those are about 818 reasons why I opted for the audiobook version–which clocks in at a whopping 36 hours and 2 minutes […]