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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 […]

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 […]

A Tribute to Flannery O’Connor

On this day in 1925, Flannery O’Connor was born in Savannah, Georgia. Today, in honor of her life, I’ve decided to try and put down on paper why she has recently become one of the authors I admire most. It’s actually been fairly difficult to pin down why exactly I love her writing so much. […]

Five Unique Love Stories

Happy Valentine’s Day! Last year I shared five uncommon love stories with you, so I thought I’d continue the tradition this year by sharing five uniquely romantic tales! I’ve tried to select some of my favorite books that don’t automatically come to mind when you think about classic love stories. I’m especially excited about this […]

2017 Reading Challenge 

I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Well–they never seem to stick. I even went so far as to look up the definition of a “resolution” to see why I have such a problem with them. According to the dictionary, a resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” […]

How to Read More in 2017

This is a post I wrote about a year ago, but I think these six reading goal ideas stand the test of time. I’m excited about wrapping up my 50 books for 2016 and starting in on some really exciting things for 2017! If you want to read this post as it was published in 2016, […]

#Book50ReadAlong: Week One

Week 1 of Advent is in the books, and as we prepare for the second week of our virtual book club, here are a few passages from the past week that have stood out to me in some way. I hope they encourage or challenge you as you move forward into the second week of Advent! […]

Update: Audible Pros and Cons

A while ago I wrote a post about Audible, Amazon’s audiobook service. It turns out that particular post has been one of my most popular here on the blog, so I thought I would update that to include some more recent opinions. Let’s start by reviewing the basics. Audible is one of the top Audiobook platforms around. […]

Why I Love the Olympics

This past week was the first official week of school, which typically means I’m worn out and in bed by 9:30 pm. So why this week could you find me glued to the television at 11:00 or later? It’s simple: The Olympics. If you know me, you know that every two years when the Olympics […]

The Summer Slump

I’ve always relied on summer break to get a lot of my 50 books read–with no classes to take or teach, I should be able to knock out a majority of the total and be stress-free when December rolls around. Right? Well, it’s not always that simple. Confession time: Every summer that I’ve kept track […]