Category 2018 Books

12 Months of Books: August Suggestions

This month’s theme for our 12-month reading challenge is “Lazy Days,” but for me the month of August is anything but lazy! I picked this theme to focus in on one of my new favorite ways of discovering great stories: audiobooks. With school starting back, there’s no way I’ll be able to read as many […]

What I Read This Summer: Rapid Reviews

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James Well, I hate to say it, but there aren’t that many summer afternoons left before the school year rolls around again. And while I’m always excited for a fresh start in August, I do hate […]

Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

I’ve said often on the blog that I’m not always one to jump in on new releases or contemporary fiction trends. I usually prefer to wait until a book’s been around for a while before I decide if I want to read it. But when Circe by Madeline Miller debuted in April, the cover alone caught […]

Review: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

When I started listening to audiobooks a few years ago, I was worried that true book purists might consider listening to a book “cheating.” I’m happy to say that I’ve completely gotten over that fear; in fact, I’m convinced that some books are actually better enjoyed and understood when heard rather than read. Born a Crime […]

12 Months of Books: June Suggestions

It’s finally summer! I can’t believe that we are almost halfway through the year, and halfway through 2018’s reading challenge. Today I have sixteen books to recommend for this month’s theme, On the Road. When I chose this theme, I was thinking about all the great road trip memories I have from my childhood. Since summer […]

12 Months of Books: May Suggestions

Happy Friday! After a long, long delay, I’ve finally gotten around to sharing my suggestions for May’s reading challenge. The month of May has been absolutely crazy for me, and, unfortunately, the blog had to get pushed to the bottom of the list! Now that things have slowed down for the next few months, I’m planning […]

Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy

Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy is a new collection of short stories that all touch in some way upon the journeys of two brothers who are both named after demigods from the ancient text The Mahabharata. These stories, while spanning great distances in geography and time, all feel like parts of a larger work, a […]

Review: Maisie Dobbs

Over Spring Break I picked up the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series at a used bookstore, and I managed to have one of those fun reading days where you get to camp out and read a book from cover to cover beforethe day is over. I love it when I can finish a […]

Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen

I honestly don’t remember the first time I read Persuasion, but it was definitely after I had already read several other novels by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice, as you can imagine, was the first novel of hers I read, followed by Emma and others. I knew from the opening pages of Persuasion, however, that it would be my […]

12 Months of Books: April Suggestions

Of all the themes we’ve been reading together for this year’s Reading Challenge, so far I’ve been most excited about planning April’s–poems and plays. April is national poetry month, and it’s also the birth month of William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright in English literature. That’s why I selected this theme for our 2018 reading journey! […]