Category 2016 Books

The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson

One of the last books I read in 2016 was The Mother Tongue by Bill Bryson. I’ve written about Bryson on the blog before–I reviewed his One Summer and his two books on British travel, as well as mentioning his hilarious book A Walk in the Woods this past summer. Well, I’m back with another of his books […]

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Three Plays for Bowl Season 

Well, it is with great joy that I announce that I’ve finished my fifty books for 2016! And since this weekend is such a huge football weekend, I thought I’d combine two of my favorite things: Shakespeare and College Football. I’ll admit, it’s an unlikely pairing. Three of my last books of the year were […]

Best Books of 2016

Best Books of 2016

Can you believe the new year is practically here? Today I’m excited to share my top ten books from the past year. It’s so difficult to pick favorites, but surprisingly, the top ten came out to five fiction books and five nonfiction books without any forced arrangement. The order of these ten is incredibly flexible because I’m […]

How to Read More in 2017

This is a post I wrote about a year ago, but I think these six reading goal ideas stand the test of time. I’m excited about wrapping up my 50 books for 2016 and starting in on some really exciting things for 2017! If you want to read this post as it was published in 2016, […]

#Book50ReadAlong: Week Four

Merry Christmas! I’m so thankful for all of you who have followed along with this Advent read along this season. I don’t have a lot to share with you tonight, as I’m sure you’ve heard Christmas message after Christmas message this weekend. I thought I’d share my favorite passages from this week’s reading and call […]

Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith

Elizabeth the Queen 

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of the royal family. I have a Kate Middleton Pinterest board, a tote bag with Will and Kate’s faces on it, and I am always proud to tell people that I was in London in front of Buckingham Palace on the day of their wedding in 2011. […]

The DNF List 

The older I get, the more okay I am with the idea that I don’t have to finish every book I start. If it’s not something I’m going to enjoy, why spend the time reading it? I know this doesn’t sound like something I would normally say, and there are a few exceptions to this–classic […]

#Book50ReadAlong: Week Three

Sorry that this post is coming to you a day late! It’s been a busy week/weekend around here, and I’m sure you’re feeling the Christmas rush as well. Tomorrow is my last (!) half day at work before the break, and I’m so excited to spend time with family, read, and relax. So let’s jump […]

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper 

Do you hear that beautiful sound? It’s Christmas Break calling! Finals for my students began today, and as of 12:15 next Tuesday, I’ll be home free until January. The break couldn’t come at a better time, because I still have a lot of reading to get done if I’m going to meet my fifty book […]

#Book50ReadAlong: Week Two

Can you believe we are halfway through Advent 2016? Only two more weeks until we celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas! I hope you’ve been enjoying reading through Behold the Lamb of God with me this Advent season–let’s jump right in to week two. The Hero of the Story One thing I love about this […]