Tag Archives: Novels

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Have you ever suffered from any type of mental or creative block? If so, Steven Pressfield has some suggestions for you in his book The War of Art. Pressfield, a successful novelist and screenwriter, shares his interesting thoughts about fighting the creative battle in this little book. I originally downloaded this on Audible, but I decided […]


The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

A few months ago, I wrote about overcoming book-timidation, or the strange fear you get from even thinking about reading certain books. Well, tonight I’ve got a review for you of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, and I’ll be honest–it’s a book that still intimidates me, and I’ve already finished it! I read some […]

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, […]

In Defense of Difficult Books

Tomorrow I’ll start teaching my first novel unit of the semester, Fahrenheit 451. After my students take their Unit 1 Test, we’ll look together at the introduction and first eight pages and try to set a purpose for reading. As I’ve been planning for this unit, I find myself asking “What is the purpose of […]

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Fall is here, and that means things have been picking up speed for me at work and in my graduate classes. This morning, I made the (probably unwise) decision to let my work and school tasks wait while I finished reading A Room with a View. Sometimes you need to spend Saturday morning in bed with […]

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

I know what you’re thinking–Why is this Jane Austen-loving, Downton Abbey-watching girl reviewing a sci-fi novel that is based on 80s pop culture and classic video games? Well, sometimes reading outside of your wheelhouse pays off. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline is not my normal type of book, but I’ve been seeing it everywhere, so I […]

The Summer Slump

I’ve always relied on summer break to get a lot of my 50 books read–with no classes to take or teach, I should be able to knock out a majority of the total and be stress-free when December rolls around. Right? Well, it’s not always that simple. Confession time: Every summer that I’ve kept track […]

Little Bee by Chris Cleave

Every once in a while I have a free day that I can dedicate to reading a book cover to cover. It’s becoming a rare occurrence, but it does happen sometimes. Yesterday was one of those days. I spent most of the day reading Chris Cleave’s novel Little Bee.  I don’t really want to say too much […]

Words with Friends: Laura McCoy

Today I am excited to introduce a new series of guest posts! Each month, I’ll be asking one of my friends to share with you a book that has been meaningful to them in some way. It might be their favorite book, a book they never expected to love, or a book that shaped them […]

Great Books for Young Readers

There’s something really special about finding the perfect book for a young reader and watching them fall in love with books and stories. When my seventh grade students would tell me they didn’t like to read, I would always say “You just haven’t found the right book.” Well, today I’m doing my part to help young […]