Tag Archives: Reading Tips

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 […]

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. […]

2017 Reading Challenge 

I’ve never been one for New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Well–they never seem to stick. I even went so far as to look up the definition of a “resolution” to see why I have such a problem with them. According to the dictionary, a resolution is “a firm decision to do or not to do something.” […]

How to Read More in 2017

This is a post I wrote about a year ago, but I think these six reading goal ideas stand the test of time. I’m excited about wrapping up my 50 books for 2016 and starting in on some really exciting things for 2017! If you want to read this post as it was published in 2016, […]

The DNF List 

The older I get, the more okay I am with the idea that I don’t have to finish every book I start. If it’s not something I’m going to enjoy, why spend the time reading it? I know this doesn’t sound like something I would normally say, and there are a few exceptions to this–classic […]

Poetry for Everyone!

Poetry is kind of an intimidating thing. Often the poems we read are too abstract or convoluted to carry much meaning. And in our day-to-day, outside-of-the-classroom lives, we don’t have a lot of time to sit around and annotate a poem to try and figure it out. So today I thought I’d share a few […]