Category Reading Tips

The Science of Summer

Here on the blog, it’s one of my goals to help you find new and interesting things to read. And now that it’s officially summer, I  know many of you will be looking for great books to take with you on vacation–whether it’s to the beach, the mountains, or anywhere in between. Last year, I […]

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 […]

Happy Birthday, Shakey!

Last year on Shakespeare’s birthday I wrote at length about why I love Shakespeare, and I gave you several good reasons why he’s still worth reading. Not much has changed about my opinion over the last 365 days, so I’ll just direct you to that post if you’re questioning the Bard’s relevance. Today’s post is more of a reflection […]

One-Sitting Books for Spring Break

  If you’re on Spring Break like I am this week, you might be looking for some shorter books or lighter reads that you can finish in one sitting. The ten books I’ve selected below would be perfect beach reads, rainy day reads, or stuck-in-traffic-because-the-interstate-collapsed reads. Most adults read around 300 words per minute, which means […]

Tips for Fighting Book-timidation 

If you’re following along with the Book Fifty 2017 Reading Challenge, chances are at least one of the categories on the list will push you a little outside of your literary comfort zone. And while I’ve written posts about reading difficult books, reading Shakespeare, and reading the classics,  I’ve never written a post about fighting the strange […]

Short Stories

Sometimes in your reading goals it’s nice to have a palate cleanser in between all of the novels, biographies, and works of nonfiction. I think short stories can sometimes have that effect. And since “Short Story Collection” is a category on some of the Book Fifty Reading Challenge lists, I’m sharing six of my favorite […]

Finding Good Books: Social Media

Finding Good Books: Social Media

Happy Thursday! Today I’m bringing you the final installment of my “Finding Good Books” series. Part one of this series was about finding good books from booksellers. Part two dealt mainly with Audible and audiobooks. For this last post, I’ll be writing about how to use social media to help you discover your next literary excursion. […]

Finding Good Books: Booksellers

Finding Good Books: Booksellers

Many book bloggers out there will advise you to make an official “To Be Read” (TBR) list for the month/year and stick to it like a schedule. I’ve tried to plan out which books I’ll read when, but to me that takes all of the fun out of choosing my next book. Discovering a new, unexpected […]

Book 50 Read Along: Advent 2016

Can you believe the holidays are upon us? With Thanksgiving this week and the start of Advent next Sunday, it will be Christmas before we know it. While I’d be happy to start listening to Christmas music in August, I know some people don’t want to even think about gift-buying and tree-decorating until after Thanksgiving. […]

Throwback Thursday: Ella Minnow Pea

Happy first day of Fall! I can’t wait for cooler temperatures, scarves, and boots. Today I thought I’d start a new series here on the blog featuring some books that I love but haven’t read recently. Mostly my book reviews tend to focus on what I’m reading while I work through my fifty book goal, […]