Tag Archives: Fiction

What I Read This Summer: Rapid Reviews

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” –Henry James Well, I hate to say it, but there aren’t that many summer afternoons left before the school year rolls around again. And while I’m always excited for a fresh start in August, I do hate […]

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 […]

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave 

If you’re a fan of books like Atonement, The Book Thief, All the Light We Cannot See, or The Kite Runner, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It was suspenseful, emotional, and true-to-life, which, if you ask me, are three hallmarks of good historical fiction! 

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell 

One of the many things I love about reading is that magic moment when you fall into a story so captivating that you lose track of time and live inside the pages for a while. As I’ve grown busier and busier, those moments seem few and far between. It’s not often that I have an […]

Gilead and the Gift of Fiction

There is a song by Sara Groves called “Add to the Beauty” that I try to listen to at least once every morning–either while I’m getting ready to leave home or while I’m driving up I-75 to work. Over the years this song has become a daily reminder of some of the things I value […]

Don’t Judge a Book…

We’ve all heard the old expression “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Normally, I’d say that’s pretty good advice, but this year one of the categories on the 2017 Reading Challenge is “A Book you Bought Based Only on the Cover.” I chose Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, knowing nothing about the book, its […]

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

I have this little tradition of going to the bookstore on my last day of work to buy summer reading books that I don’t need. Somehow these new books always get catapulted to the top of my “To Be Read” list. I’d seen No Country for Old Men before and even read the first few pages, […]

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. […]