Best Books of 2019

This year was a slower year of reading. Part of this is that my time has shifted, as it does every year with school and seasons. Partly it's that I read longer and deeper books, which I needed. I still finished 66 total and of those, 20 were 5-star reads. I won't share all of … Continue reading Best Books of 2019

The Case for Rereading Novels: A Guest Post

Rereading novels is one of my favorite memories of childhood. Curled up with an old friend, each time I got lost in a story, I'd learn new things about life through the characters. From classics like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to easy reads like Peanut Butter and Jelly, rereading was a rhythm of my reading life. It's … Continue reading The Case for Rereading Novels: A Guest Post

Favorite Fiction for Fall

My goal this year was to read more fiction. (I feel like this is a perpetual goal...) I love reading good fiction because it expands my worldview, makes me think about people and places I don't normally interact with, and can dig into topics and issues in creative ways that is often difficult for an essay … Continue reading Favorite Fiction for Fall

What Are You Reading This Summer?

Even though we still have a month until the summer equinox, we are in summertime mode around here. School is out, the pool is open, Memorial Day barbecues have happened. I have a stack of library books I'm working through (and have put all my holds on suspension until I get through these!) I was … Continue reading What Are You Reading This Summer?

The Art of Essay

Frank and I were sipping rosĂ© with a friend this weekend and talking about genres of writing and reading. I was saying how much I love reading essays and that a goal of mine is to get better at writing longer essays. I think there's something powerful in saying something in limited space but that … Continue reading The Art of Essay

Favorite Books of 2015

It's time for the annual summary of my favorite books. After a book-filled year last year, I again set the goal to read 52 books this year. Unlike last year, when I exceeded the goal by 30 books, I just barely made it this year. (I blame Elle...) Even though I read fewer books this … Continue reading Favorite Books of 2015

Five-Star Books of 2013

This year, I read a record of 36 books. (And am hoping to finish a couple more before the year is over.) Of those 36 books, 13 received a 5-star rating. Some are classics; some were published this year. Most were new, though a couple were rereads. I thought I'd list some of my top … Continue reading Five-Star Books of 2013