Category Book Reviews

Don’t Judge a Book…

We’ve all heard the old expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Normally, I’d say that’s pretty good advice, but this year one of the categories on the 2017 Reading Challenge is “A Book you Bought Based Only on the Cover.” I chose Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, knowing nothing about the book, its […]

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, […]

To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck 

Last year I read East of Eden by John Steinbeck, and I liked it so much that it made my list of favorites from 2016. The fact that I loved East of Eden so much is only one of the reasons I picked up To a God Unknown this summer. Another main reason that I picked up this […]

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Have you ever suffered from any type of mental or creative block? If so, Steven Pressfield has some suggestions for you in his book The War of Art. Pressfield, a successful novelist and screenwriter, shares his interesting thoughts about fighting the creative battle in this little book. I originally downloaded this on Audible, but I decided […]

The Radium Girls 

Over the last two weeks I’ve been listening to The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, a fascinating story about a relatively unknown group of women who stood up for their rights in the 1920s and 30s. This book was captivating, and it was a great book to listen to on Audible. For the past few years now, […]

The Alpine Path 

One of the categories on the Book Fifty Reading Challenge this year is a “Book Published in 1917 or before.” When I did some research on books published in 1917, I found The Alpine Path, a very short memoir by Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables and many other lovely books. The Anne books […]

Romeo and Juliet…Again

My apologies in advance for the length of this post! I started writing my thoughts and just couldn’t stop. On the bright side, I’ve included pictures to break up that dreaded text wall! 🙂  When I started this post, I tried to count up the number of times I’ve read Romeo and Juliet–I read it […]

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 […]

We Two: A Royal Love Story

As I’m sure you’re all aware, today is William and Kate’s sixth wedding anniversary. I’m not sure if I’ve shared my Kate Middleton obsession on the blog, but I have spent time writing about the British royals, from Queen Elizabeth II to Netflix’s new drama The Crown to PBS’s show Victoria.  You also might know that I was […]

The Book I Can’t Write About

Over the last few weeks, I’ve tried several times to write a post about Silence by Shusaku Endo, but I haven’t been able to organize my thoughts into any coherent structure. I don’t think any short blog post can do this novel justice, but here we go. If you’ve never heard of this novel before, it was […]