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

Book Review: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

As you may already know, young adult literature is my “thing.” I have obviously read young adult literature my entire life, but I really started to find a passion for it (and to identify that passion) in college when I took a course in it. I literally have an entire bookshelf in my apartment dedicated solelyRead more

Book Review: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In January, I read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This book was also recommended to me by a co-worker, although it was a different co-worker than who recommended Born to Run. Here is the Amazon summary of Americanah: “Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful,Read more

Book Review: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

As I stated last time, one of my goals this year is to read a book a week (or 52 books total). Although it is now May, I thought it would be nice to write reviews of the books that I’ve read this year so far. In January, I read Born to Run by ChristopherRead more