Category Book Reviews

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 […]

Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

Since August I’ve been teaching full time and working on my master’s degree at night, which has sometimes made me feel as if I have one too many things on my to-do list. I’ve been feeling less than productive for the last few weeks, so one night I started to listen to a podcast about being more […]

Great Expectations on Audible

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

On this day 205 years ago, one of our most famous English authors of all time was born: Charles Dickens. It just so happens that I’m teaching his novel Great Expectations to my students this month, so naturally we had a little birthday celebration for Mr. Dickens–the man, the myth, the legend (*cue massive eye roll from […]

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 […]

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. […]

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper 

Do you hear that beautiful sound? It’s Christmas Break calling! Finals for my students began today, and as of 12:15 next Tuesday, I’ll be home free until January. The break couldn’t come at a better time, because I still have a lot of reading to get done if I’m going to meet my fifty book […]