What I’m Reading This Advent

Advent started on Sunday and as I looked at my stack of current reads, I realized that they are all stories that are preparing me for this season of hopeful anticipation. I'm reading an actual Advent-focused devotional but my fiction and bedtime reads are pointing me toward reconciliation, as well. I'm in the midst of … Continue reading What I’m Reading This Advent

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

The Beginning of Social Justice Awareness

Yesterday, I mentioned a librarian who made space for me to dig deeper into the books we were reading as a class. Another influential person was her assistant (whose name, twenty-some years later I can't remember!) This paraprofessional was always recommending young adult books grounded in social justice. I read about Kurdish sisters fleeing to … Continue reading The Beginning of Social Justice Awareness

The Courage to Expand Horizons

I had to round out this week of childhood favorites with one I read over and over again, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. Set at the turn of the twentieth century, the story follows Francie Nolan through childhood and adolescence. Even though this book starts around the same time period and the protagonist … Continue reading The Courage to Expand Horizons

A Literary Life

If you've been around here any length of time, you know I'm an avid reader. Books, learning, and expanding my perspective are among the numerous reasons I value and carve out time for good books. Plus, there's nothing like getting lost in an incredible story, is there? I debated participating in the Write 31 Days … Continue reading A Literary Life

Review: I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Books and reading have always defined my personality. I was that nerdy kid who would scan my friends' bookshelves when we were meant to be playing, itching to read new titles and get lost in the story. After grad school, my friends and I started a "Books and Beer" book club, meeting at bars in … Continue reading Review: I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Environmental Print

Every Tuesday I volunteer in Bea's class for Writer's Workshop. It's been so fun watching the kindergarteners progress in their confidence as readers and writers, even in these first few months of school. A couple weeks ago, the class learned about "environmental print," or words they already know because they see them daily. Mrs. M … Continue reading Environmental Print

The Power of Stories to Enlarge Our World

If you've been around here for even a day or two, you know I can talk books and books all the time. I truly believe reading and engaging in perspectives outside our usual thinking can help change the world. Today, I'm over at SheLoves Magazine sharing some of my journey of reading diversity. Here's an excerpt, … Continue reading The Power of Stories to Enlarge Our World

Abandoning Books

In January, I quickly put the book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship of Muhammed Ali and Malcolm X on hold at the library. It's one that I'm writing the discussion post for with the Red Couch Book Club and I was eager to get started. When the book came in, I dove in but quickly … Continue reading Abandoning Books