Category Book Lists

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 […]

12 Months of Books: February Suggestions

It’s February–can you believe it? Our theme this month is “The Greatest of These is Love,” and I’ve got a great list of titles to share, plus more for you to browse on Amazon!

12 Months of Books: January Suggestions

I know it’s still technically 2017, but let me be the first to say “Happy New Year!” You’ve almost made it to 2018!! As you know, this year I’m hosting a reading challenge that’s theme-based. You can read all about why that’s the case here. The theme for January is “A New Chapter,” and I’ve […]

2018 Reading Challenge

Happy Wednesday! The 2018 Reading Challenge is here, and I’m so excited to share it with you! Last year’s challenge was a lot of fun, and I grew as a reader by following the 50-book checklist I made and shared with y’all. I’ve also heard from friends and family that the lists were a great […]

Advent for Everyone!

Did you hear that? It’s the magical sound of every radio station around switching their songs to Christmas music. I love it! Christmas is my absolute favorite time of the year, and a huge part of that is Advent. There’s nothing like really preparing for Christmas by focusing on the real reason we celebrate. So […]

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 […]