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

Race Report: Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon 2015

This is a little late… but better late than never, I suppose! On April 12, 2015 I competed in my second triathlon ever: the Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon in Oxford, MS. This race consisted of a 440 m pool swim, 22k bike, and 5.5k run. It is a smaller race, with a limit of 400Read more

Race Report: Walt Disney World Half-Marathon

I did it! Completing a half-marathon is on my “40 before 40” list, and on January, 10, 2015 I finished the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon! I arrived in Florida on Thursday. My mom lives in the Orlando area, so I got to stay with her. I had just visited her a week before, so IRead more

Race Report: Memphis Winter Off-Road Race Series 3K 2015

Today I completed the first out of four races in the Memphis Winter Off-Road Race Series! The series consists of a 3k, 5k, 8k, and 10k. Today was the 3k! I don’t have too much experience in trail running, so this is exciting for me. I do have my first half marathon this upcoming Saturday,Read more