Category Book Lists

250 Books for Young Readers

It’s hard for me to believe that today is Book Fifty’s second anniversary! I’ve loved getting to share the books I’m reading with you all, and I’m so thankful to you for following along and offering me great feedback. In the spirit of celebration, today I have a huge surprise for you–two huge surprises, actually! I […]

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

I have this little tradition of going to the bookstore on my last day of work to buy summer reading books that I don’t need. Somehow these new books always get catapulted to the top of my “To Be Read” list. I’d seen No Country for Old Men before and even read the first few pages, […]

On My Desk: Books I Can’t Write Without 

Between June and December of this year I’ll be working on my longest, most ambitious writing adventure to date: finishing my capstone project for my master’s degree. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a peek behind the scenes at the books I can’t write without. These are books that live on my desk so I can […]

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

A few months ago, I wrote about overcoming book-timidation, or the strange fear you get from even thinking about reading certain books. Well, tonight I’ve got a review for you of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, and I’ll be honest–it’s a book that still intimidates me, and I’ve already finished it! I read some […]

One-Sitting Books for Spring Break

  If you’re on Spring Break like I am this week, you might be looking for some shorter books or lighter reads that you can finish in one sitting. The ten books I’ve selected below would be perfect beach reads, rainy day reads, or stuck-in-traffic-because-the-interstate-collapsed reads. Most adults read around 300 words per minute, which means […]

Five Unique Love Stories

Happy Valentine’s Day! Last year I shared five uncommon love stories with you, so I thought I’d continue the tradition this year by sharing five uniquely romantic tales! I’ve tried to select some of my favorite books that don’t automatically come to mind when you think about classic love stories. I’m especially excited about this […]

Short Stories

Sometimes in your reading goals it’s nice to have a palate cleanser in between all of the novels, biographies, and works of nonfiction. I think short stories can sometimes have that effect. And since “Short Story Collection” is a category on some of the Book Fifty Reading Challenge lists, I’m sharing six of my favorite […]

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Today I’m excited to share a new review with you–The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. This book is about William’s inspiring journey to bring electricity and running water to his village in Malawi. William used his ingenuity to build a windmill from trash and scraps he found in his village–his windmill generated […]

The Man in the High Castle

Over Christmas break, my dad got our family hooked on Amazon’s latest drama The Man in the High Castle. This dramatic, action-filled show is set in a different  (Alternate? Parallel? We’re still not sure!) universe in which the Axis powers won WWII. The United States has been split between Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, and all sorts […]

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 […]