September: Beach Reads, Dystopia, and Living Up to the Hype

I know September feels like ages ago, especially to those of us in the Northern Plains who are suddenly back in the bleakest dark of mid-winter again (which is thoroughly UNFAIR, Universe! *shakes fist*). Perhaps it’s all the more reason to think back on those golden late-summer days when the afternoon sun on your bare…

August: Arson, mass extinction, and Joe Biden dangling from a train

My summer reading came to an end with a strange mix of political potboiler, modernist melodrama, the science of extinction, and a shocking lack of young adult fiction, something I will most definitely correct in the coming months. For the time being, here are my reviews for August. 55. Hope Never Dies By Andrew Shaffer (Crime/Mystery) …

July: Somehow it begins and ends with executions

At about this time every summer, I reflect on how I spent June and July, wondering sadly how the time passes so quickly and wishing I’d done more to really savor it. Truly, summer is an annual lesson in living in the moment. I regret to say that I didn’t accomplish half of the items…

May: A Bouquet of Nonfiction

Hello from sunny Tampa! I’m here all week for the annual A.P. English Language and Composition Exam Reading, along with 1,600 of my colleagues, tasked with scoring more than 1.75 million essays written by 11th graders all across the nation. It’s very intense but I really do love reading all this student writing and partly…

April: Cruelest month, can confirm

I’m a bit late with this month’s update but I have two very good excuses. 1.) For the past month, I’ve been burning it at both ends trying to prepare my A.P. Language and Composition students for the AP Exam (which they all took yesterday and reported that they felt prepared, thank god) and 2.)…

March: So many great books, downright MADNESS

I feel like I really hit my stride in March. I was a little nervous because I knew I had to read an extra book to make up for falling short of my quota in February, but my picks this month were so good, I just inhaled them. I hope you find something here you…