Endings and Beginnings
I can’t believe it’s been almost seven years since I first published a post on this site. I’ve loved curating book lists and reviews and writing about my reading life, but it’s time to move on!
Five Years + Best of 2020 (So Far)
It’s hard to believe that I started writing posts here on the blog way back in 2015. Imagine telling your 2015 self where you’d be five years down the road. I don’t think any of us would have predicted this strange pandemic season, and I know none of us would have predicted the murder hornets, […]
A Good Story Well Told: Thoughts for the Class of 2020
The tougher the season, the sweeter the celebration. Here’s what I said to my seniors at their baccalaureate ceremony.
Another year gone, can you believe it? Christmas break has been a great time of reflection and rest, but all the same I feel like I’m limping across the finish line of 2019. The worst part of that feeling is I know the starting line of 2020 is coming quickly–with a whole set of different […]
What I Read in January
With the end of January in sight, I though it was time for me to share the books I’ve been reading this month.
12 Months of Books: August Suggestions
This month’s theme for our 12-month reading challenge is “Lazy Days,” but for me the month of August is anything but lazy! I picked this theme to focus in on one of my new favorite ways of discovering great stories: audiobooks. With school starting back, there’s no way I’ll be able to read as many […]
12 Months of Books: July Suggestions
Hello, friends! Can you believe that it is July already? We are halfway through with 2018, which mean’s we’re also halfway through with the 2018 reading challenge. I’ve been fighting through some mental/creative blocks this summer, but I have been reading! I managed to finish seven books in June, which is a huge win for […]
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 […]
Back to Basics: Making Connections
Today we’ve come to the third installment of a new series I’m calling “Back to Basics.” The first post was all about making and/or finding time to read, the second focused on how to make sure you’re making sense of what you read, and today’s post is all about making connections with what you read. […]