Category Book Reviews

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 […]

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Back in November of last year I attended NCTE’s huge annual conference. If you’re unfamiliar with NCTE, it stands for the National Council of Teachers of English, and their annual conference is a pretty big deal. The first time I went, in 2016, I referred to it as “the big one,” and my friends and family mocked me […]

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 […]

2017 Wrap-Up

In just a few short days, 2017 will be over and we’ll all be venturing into 2018 together! I thought today I’d share my 2017 wrap-up, including my top ten books of the year, my favorite blogging successes, and some other fun moments and memories from the last twelve months. Best Books of 2017 The […]