Category 2016 Books

Book 50 Read Along: Advent 2016

Can you believe the holidays are upon us? With Thanksgiving this week and the start of Advent next Sunday, it will be Christmas before we know it. While I’d be happy to start listening to Christmas music in August, I know some people don’t want to even think about gift-buying and tree-decorating until after Thanksgiving. […]

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Bird by Bird

Happy Saturday! It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a new book review to post, but I’m thrilled to share today’s review of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. Let’s not talk about HOW BEHIND I am on my 50 books for the year–this will be book 37, so I’m about six books behind. Anyways, let’s […]

The Year of Lear by James Shapiro 

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to write a new book review, so today I’m excited to share The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro. In case you haven’t been reading the blog long, I’m a bit of a Shakespeare-a-holic, just to warn you. I’ve written a bit about why I […]

In Defense of Difficult Books

Tomorrow I’ll start teaching my first novel unit of the semester, Fahrenheit 451. After my students take their Unit 1 Test, we’ll look together at the introduction and first eight pages and try to set a purpose for reading. As I’ve been planning for this unit, I find myself asking “What is the purpose of […]

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Fall is here, and that means things have been picking up speed for me at work and in my graduate classes. This morning, I made the (probably unwise) decision to let my work and school tasks wait while I finished reading A Room with a View. Sometimes you need to spend Saturday morning in bed with […]

The Journalist and the Murderer by Janet Malcolm

If you’d asked me about my reading tastes a few years ago, I would probably not have mentioned nonfiction as one of my favorite genres. Over the last few years, however, I find myself drawn more and more to true accounts, biographies, and memoirs. I think the change in taste is partly because of my […]

All Things Potter

It’s Saturday, and I’ve been away on a retreat with my students, so today was filled with a lot of napping. Tonight I’ll have to buckle down and work on some of my grad school assignments, but first I thought I’d catch up on the blog! This evening I have two Harry Potter-related items to […]

Young Adult Medley 

I’m excited to share a few young adult picks with you all tonight. These three books might seem like a random assortment, but they all have one thing in common: They were the summer reading choices for my students this year. I really enjoyed throwing some Young Adult lit into my reading selection for the […]

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, […]