Tag Archives: Book Reviews

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 […]

Review: Circe by Madeline Miller

I’ve said often on the blog that I’m not always one to jump in on new releases or contemporary fiction trends. I usually prefer to wait until a book’s been around for a while before I decide if I want to read it. But when Circe by Madeline Miller debuted in April, the cover alone caught […]

Review: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

When I started listening to audiobooks a few years ago, I was worried that true book purists might consider listening to a book “cheating.” I’m happy to say that I’ve completely gotten over that fear; in fact, I’m convinced that some books are actually better enjoyed and understood when heard rather than read. Born a Crime […]

12 Months of Books: June Suggestions

It’s finally summer! I can’t believe that we are almost halfway through the year, and halfway through 2018’s reading challenge. Today I have sixteen books to recommend for this month’s theme, On the Road. When I chose this theme, I was thinking about all the great road trip memories I have from my childhood. Since summer […]

12 Months of Books: May Suggestions

Happy Friday! After a long, long delay, I’ve finally gotten around to sharing my suggestions for May’s reading challenge. The month of May has been absolutely crazy for me, and, unfortunately, the blog had to get pushed to the bottom of the list! Now that things have slowed down for the next few months, I’m planning […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]