Author Archives: Sarah

The Consolation of Doubt

Can I tell you a story? It involves a bit of jumping around in time and place, but I think it’s worth telling. Last month I read a book by Frederick Buechner called The Remarkable Ordinary. It wasn’t the first of his books I’ve read–a few years back I read his book Telling the Truth, and I […]

12 Months of Books: February Suggestions

It’s February–can you believe it? Our theme this month is “The Greatest of These is Love,” and I’ve got a great list of titles to share, plus more for you to browse on Amazon!

Weekend Update: Murakami, Polar Bears, and Poirot

One of my goals for 2018 is to stick to a more regular posting schedule here on Book Fifty, and I’ve decided that means two posts each week. I’ve been posting general reading tips on Mondays and book reviews on Thursdays, if you haven’t noticed that pattern yet! But tonight I have a sort of […]

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 […]

Back to Basics: Making Connections

Today we’ve come to the third installment of a new series I’m calling “Back to Basics.” The first post was all about making and/or finding time to read, the second focused on how to make sure you’re making sense of what you read, and today’s post is all about making connections with what you read. […]

Two Spooky Stories

We’re snowed in again, which means I’ve been able to spend more time than normal reading, and I’m not complaining! That’s why today’s book review is actually two in one. I finished both of these books this week, and since they have some similarities, I thought I’d share them with you in one post. The […]

Back to Basics: Making Sense

Picture this: You’re in your coziest pajamas, curled up on the couch with a good book. It’s a book you’ve been waiting to read for a while, and now you’ve finally found time to get started. You open the book up and take a deep breath. You jump in, and the subject matter is interesting. […]

Quiet by Susan Cain

Follow my blog with Bloglovin It might be too early to say this, but 2018 has been a pretty great year for books. I’ve read two so far, and both of them have earned a five star rating. That’s rare–I have to be completely in love with a book for it to earn that type […]

Back to Basics: Making Time

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 […]

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 […]