Tag Archives: Reviews

Artemis by Andy Weir

In 2015 I read Andy Weir’s bestselling debut novel, The Martian, and later that year the film starring Matt Damon came out. I loved the novel and the movie, so I was excited when Weir’s second novel, Artemis, came out in November. I used an Audible credit to download the audio performed by Rosario Dawson. What I loved […]

Poems by C.S. Lewis

Poems by C. S. Lewis

If you’ve been following along on the blog recently, you’ll know that I’ve been trying my best to keep up with the Writer’s Digest poem-a-day challenge for the month of November. I enjoy reading and writing poetry, and every now and then I even review books of poetry for you–in case you suddenly discover a […]

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

I’m 85% sure that I have read this novel in the past (I went through a pretty major Agatha Christie phase in middle school), but there’s this 15% of me that keeps thinking If I’d really read this book in the past, wouldn’t I have remembered the amazing ending?

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! 

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 […]

What is it About the Tudors?

When I was a kid, I read a lot of historical fiction geared towards young readers. One subject I remember reading about a lot was the Tudor dynasty–Henry VIII and his six wives. There was one book written from Elizabeth I’s perspective, one from Mary Tudor’s perspective, even one, I believe about Lady Jane Grey. […]

The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks 

A few weeks ago I shared some science books that were perfect summertime reads, and one that I listed was The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat by Oliver Sacks. Well, I’ve finished reading it, and it’s time to share my review! First, a little background on the author. Oliver Sacks, born in 1933, […]

Upstream by Mary Oliver

Happy Friday! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything on the blog, mainly because I’ve been out of town for almost two weeks on a wonderful family vacation. But now that we’re back and it seems that we’re (sadly) on the downhill side of Summer, I thought I’d share a new book review and […]

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, […]