Code Name Verity | Book Review

Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein, is my first finished WWII book. Because this was already on my reading list, it didn’t take much encouragement to read it. Really fast. Much faster than the histories. Overview: This story follows two girls, one of whom is a special operator (aka spy) and the other a pilot,…

The Perilous Gard | Book Club

I completely forgot about the December book club because, you know, the madness of the holidays. As we did a book exchange instead of reading a book, I’m going to review the book I chose to give in the exchange: The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope. This is one of my all-time favorite books—probably because…

Read the World (January) | Germany

I decided that with the whole World War II thing, Germany should be my first country in my Read the World journey. Because I’m just kind of making this up as I go along with a vague idea of what I want—to explore one country per month—I’m going to read a fictional novel based in Germany…

World War II

I’ve been jotting down World War II books that I want to read and have upwards of 20. I’ve decided to read across genres on this subject as each gives you a new look into that world. At this rate, I’ll have to read several a month to really do the Great War justice. Here’s…

2017 Reading Goals

One of the best parts about a new year are the bright, shiny goals that you set for yourself (not that all those goals come to fruition—they become less bright and shiny around February time when the thrill of trying to change yourself wears thin). However, reading goals are much easier to achieve because it’s…

Top 10 Christmas Books

If you’re like me, you’re thinking, “Hm, Christmas on Sunday equals a long weekend equals plenty of reading time! Score.” If you’re not like me and have kids, you’re thinking, “I can spend post-present opening time sleeping, or I can read a good Christmas book to ensure that the kids don’t burn down the house during…

The Mistletoe Secret: Book Review

I’m a huge, nerdy fan of Richard Paul Evan’s Christmas books. Ironically, it began with the Sunflower, which wasn’t a Christmas book. Maybe it’s that the books always come out around Christmas time or they’re usually Christmas themed or even that they’re super-adorable with the small sizes and rough-edged pages. Whatever it is, I love his books. That…

The Catcher in the Rye: Book Review

Do you ever read a book where your like, “Okay, so…?” while waiting the entire time for the whole point? Like the shining moment of realization or the great tragedy or even the alien invasion. Something to make you say, “Okay. This is why I read the book.” That was like The Catcher in the Rye for me….

A Monster Calls: Book Club

A Monster Calls was the perfect book for an October book club. A little bit supernatural, a little bit strange, and—in the end—100 percent human. Even Lizzy gives it two paws up. Basically, the book follows a boy, Connor, as he struggles with the reality of his mother’s cancer. Yes, there is a monster, a monster who…

The Prayer Box: Book Club

So, ever since I’ve gotten Lizzy, I’ve been a little busy. Who knew one tiny, adorable hedgehog would be so much work? Anyway, The Prayer Box was the September book club book (so I’m  really behind—don’t judge me). Of the three books, this one was by far my favorite. Probably because it had more of a…

The Last Lecture: Book Club

I’m not sure how to define The Last Lecture, except to say that it’s a cross between a nonfiction novel, a memoir, and a self-help book. The author, Randy Pausch, wrote it fully knowing that his days were limited—don’t we all know this in some way?—and he wanted something that his kids could read one…

Same Kind of Different As Me: Book Club

I have to admit that I’m months behind in reviewing books from my book club. The Same Kind of Different As Me was the the July book…so oops… Although it hasn’t been my favorite book club book so far, it’s a good read. The book follows the lives of two men: Denver Moore and Ron Hall….