2018 Books, Reading Challenge, Reading Tips

12 Months of Books: September Suggestions

September means school, football, and the promise of cooler temperatures. And even though here in Georgia we've been back in school for almost a month, in many places the school year is just beginning. That's why the September theme for our reading challenge this year is "Back to School." In honor of the kids everywhere… Continue reading 12 Months of Books: September Suggestions

2017 Books, Book Reviews

Romeo and Juliet…Again

My apologies in advance for the length of this post! I started writing my thoughts and just couldn't stop. On the bright side, I've included pictures to break up that dreaded text wall! 🙂  When I started this post, I tried to count up the number of times I’ve read Romeo and Juliet--I read it… Continue reading Romeo and Juliet…Again

2017 Books, Book Lists, Book Reviews

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… Continue reading The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

Reading Tips

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… Continue reading Tips for Fighting Book-timidation 

9 Classic Halloween Stories
Book Lists

Nine Classic Stories for Halloween

We are about a week away from Halloween, so I thought I'd share with you some great classic books that fit all of the requirements for a good October read. I'm not much of a scary movie person, but every now and then it's nice to curl up with a suspenseful read. In case you're… Continue reading Nine Classic Stories for Halloween

2016 Books, Book Lists, Book Reviews, Uncategorized

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… Continue reading In Defense of Difficult Books