Category Book Lists

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 […]

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 […]

2017 Reading Challenge 

I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Well–they never seem to stick. I even went so far as to look up the definition of a “resolution” to see why I have such a problem with them. According to the dictionary, a resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” […]

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. […]