Two years ago, I met Aaron Hartzler at YALLFest and just fell in love with him and his writing. He’s hilarious, super-friendly, and insightful. Even though we don’t agree on all things political or faith-based, I respect his point of view and couldn’t wait to get my hands on his debut fiction novel, What We Saw. And after reading it, I think you should read it, too! Here’s why.
Ahhh, Spring. We’re finally starting to feel some consistent warm weather in Indiana, and my family can’t get outside enough. We’re walking, driving, and playing every chance we get just so we can soak up the sun!
And this is the season for road trips. Whether it’s a planned Spring Break trip or something spontaneous, a road trip can be an amazing adventure. So if you’re feeling all the Spring feels, check out these road trip books to keep you in the mood!
Reading slumps–they happen to all of us. Yes, even to those of us who love love love to read. So if you find yourself feeling like you should be reading but just don’t have a lot of inspiration or energy, here are some go-to books that will help you over that hump. Get through that reading slump-hump!
I LOVE coffee table books. They tell a lot about a person–these are the books a person specifically chooses for the home as décor and browse reading. They show off a person’s interests, tastes, and even dreams.
But when I look at home tours online, I often see the same design books stacked on everyone’s coffee table. So I have made a list of six types of books that are perfect for the coffee table–especially when mixed together! And you better believe these are the books that you’ll find on my coffee tables!
Do you ever read a book and think to yourself “I think this is just like such-and-such book” or “isn’t this a copycat of ____”? Well, this isn’t one of those books. Noggin by John Corey Whaley is so uniquely its own that it can’t even be compared to anything else.
The book follows Travis Coates, a 16-year-old who is going to die soon. His cancer has continued to grow despite every treatment available. And honestly, Travis is tired of fighting it. But when a scientist/doctor shows up and offers Travis’s life back, he’s all ears. But to live out the rest of his life, Travis will need to have his head transferred to another body (a head transplant? a body transplant?) and be willing to live the rest of his life in someone else’s body. When Travis agrees to this crazy procedure, he wakes up five years later with a new body and friends who have grown up without him.
You need to read it. Here are three reasons why.
I never hear anyone talk about the book Starbird Murphy and the World Outside by Karen Finneyfrock. But I finished it before New Year’s Day and really enjoyed it! In this YouTube video I share all my feelings about it. Let me know if you pick it up, too!
Yes, friends, it’s really over. Although the final season for Downton Abbey was released awhile ago in England, it just ended here in the U.S. and I am feeling it. No more Mary, Tom, Edith, Anna, and dear old Mr. Bates. We’ve watched Daisy mature, Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes fall in love, and Granny get in all her digs.
It’s no secret that I am obsessed with Ruta Sepetys’ books. I talk about her on my YouTube channel a lot and I pretty much gush to all my students about her work. Why do I love her so much? Because I don’t read historical fiction very much. Don’t get me wrong–I LOVE learning about history and would’ve majored in it in college if my high school counselor hadn’t told me that I’d never get a job with a Social Studies degree. But I often find historical fiction to be a little cheesy for my taste–the dialogue can seem overdone while the plot often looks forced. But Ruta’s historical fiction books have just blown me away.
You love historical fiction? You need to read Ruta Sepetys.
You don’t love historical fiction? You need to read Ruta Sepetys.
You want to learn something you didn’t know about before? You need to read Ruta Sepetys.
It’s no secret that I love Ruta Sepetys’ books and tomorrow I’m giving you 5 reasons why you should definitely read her books. Today I’m sharing my recent review of Ruta’s latest book, Salt to the Sea. Spoiler alert–I LOVED it!
Let me know what you think if you pick it up!