Category Book Reviews

Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy

Half Gods by Akil Kumarasamy is a new collection of short stories that all touch in some way upon the journeys of two brothers who are both named after demigods from the ancient text The Mahabharata. These stories, while spanning great distances in geography and time, all feel like parts of a larger work, a […]

Review: Maisie Dobbs

Over Spring Break I picked up the first book in the Maisie Dobbs series at a used bookstore, and I managed to have one of those fun reading days where you get to camp out and read a book from cover to cover beforethe day is over. I love it when I can finish a […]

Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen

I honestly don’t remember the first time I read Persuasion, but it was definitely after I had already read several other novels by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice, as you can imagine, was the first novel of hers I read, followed by Emma and others. I knew from the opening pages of Persuasion, however, that it would be my […]

The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

March is Women’s History Month, so already this month I’ve been seeing lots of posts on social media about great books written by and about important women. The review I have to share with you today is about a woman whose life story is just now being rediscovered as important files from the NSA are […]

Anne’s House of Dreams

It’s late on a school night as I write this post, but I feel somehow that I’d be remiss in letting February pass by without sharing at least one book review for our #12MonthsofBooks theme. This month the goal was to read books based around the idea that “The Greatest of these is Love.” And […]

The Consolation of Doubt

Can I tell you a story? It involves a bit of jumping around in time and place, but I think it’s worth telling. Last month I read a book by Frederick Buechner called The Remarkable Ordinary. It wasn’t the first of his books I’ve read–a few years back I read his book Telling the Truth, and I […]

Weekend Update: Murakami, Polar Bears, and Poirot

One of my goals for 2018 is to stick to a more regular posting schedule here on Book Fifty, and I’ve decided that means two posts each week. I’ve been posting general reading tips on Mondays and book reviews on Thursdays, if you haven’t noticed that pattern yet! But tonight I have a sort of […]

Caroline by Sarah Miller

One of my favorite movies is You’ve Got Mail, the classic Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan romantic comedy. I love it for many reasons, but one of the main reasons is that Meg Ryan’s character, Kathleen Kelly, is a book lover. So much so, in fact, that she runs a children’s bookshop. In the movie she says When […]

Two Spooky Stories

We’re snowed in again, which means I’ve been able to spend more time than normal reading, and I’m not complaining! That’s why today’s book review is actually two in one. I finished both of these books this week, and since they have some similarities, I thought I’d share them with you in one post. The […]

Quiet by Susan Cain

Follow my blog with Bloglovin It might be too early to say this, but 2018 has been a pretty great year for books. I’ve read two so far, and both of them have earned a five star rating. That’s rare–I have to be completely in love with a book for it to earn that type […]