Race Report: Zoom Through the Zoo 4 Miler 2015

This was a great way to spend my Thursday night! This race is a part of the M-Town Race Series, but I was unable to sign up for the whole thing due to work. The race was at 6:30 PM, so I headed over after work. The start is pretty close to my apartment (aRead more

Race Report: Memphis in May Sprint Triathlon 2015

Sorry for the late update! This was my third triathlon ever, with a 1/3 mile lake swim, 12 mile bike, and 3 mile run. This is one of the oldest triathlons in the country. It had been held in Tunica for the past few years, but this year it relocated to Edmund Orgill Park inRead more

Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

This is the only book that I read in April, and it was a re-read. Looking for Alaska is my favorite young adult novel, and it is written by my favorite author. I first read this book in my young adult literature class, and it will always hold a special place in my heart. Looking for Alaska is notRead more

Book Review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

It seems as if I am all about female authors this year. I read this book junior year of high school, but I didn’t remember much of it. I decided it was time for a re-read! The Bell Jar tells the story of a woman named Esther who seems well-accomplished but suffers from undiagnosed mental health problems. EstherRead more

Book Review: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

One of my favorite bloggers, Caitlin from Healthy Tipping Point, read this book for her own Book a Week challenge and reviewed it on her blog. I love suspenseful page-turners with plot twists, so this seemed like a great book for me. When I saw it at Costco, I knew I had to read it. I didn’t read itRead more

Book Review: The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

This is the third book in the Shades of London young adult series. Fun fact: I got the second book in the series sent to me for free by Maureen Johnson through a Twitter contest that I won because I said I was going to use that book in my classroom library. And use that book I did—I thinkRead more

Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

To be honest, I’m not sure how I’ve gone so long without reading this book. For some reason I had it in my mind that this book was written several hundred years ago, but I know better now. It was actually published in the mid-1980s. Learning something new all the time. The Handmaid’s Tale is a dystopian text thatRead more

Book Review: The Magicians by Lev Grossman

This book was recommended to me by a student that I work with who knows that I am a fan of the Harry Potter series. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t my favorite, but I am admittedly biased towards my beloved Harry Potter and wary of anything that seems like it’s trying to be too similar. TheRead more

Book Review: Pawnee- The Greatest Town in America by Leslie Knope

In fall of 2013, I fell extremely ill with mono. During this terrible time in life, I found one ray of sunshine to keep my spirits up. That ray of sunshine was the television show Parks and Recreation. While sick, I watched the entire series (or at least everything that had been released). Twice. Yup, I loved it soRead more