Category Reading Tips

Three Reasons to Reread

Recently I reread two books. The very act of rereading these books got me thinking about what it means to really reread something, and why that might be a beneficial exercise.

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250 Books for Young Readers

It’s hard for me to believe that today is Book Fifty’s second anniversary! I’ve loved getting to share the books I’m reading with you all, and I’m so thankful to you for following along and offering me great feedback. In the spirit of celebration, today I have a huge surprise for you–two huge surprises, actually! I […]

The Magic of Audible

The most popular post I’ve ever shared here on the blog is called Audible Pros and Cons. I’ve updated the piece at least once since I started the blog almost two years ago, and I’ve written about how to make sure you find the best audiobooks. One reason I think these posts are so popular […]

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. […]