The first week of June means a new post in my What I’ve Been Reading series! (You can find last month’s installment here.) Below is a rundown of the books (and music) I encountered in May and what I thought of each.
In last year’s poll, many of you expressed interest in hearing more book recommendations, and my April post about What I’d Been Reading for the first three months of 2019 was received well. So, I’ve decided tentatively to install a regular post where I’ll share with you my thoughts on the books I’ve read each month (and the music I’ve listened to—keep reading!).
I think spring just sprang. (Finally!) I love my cardigans and fuzzy socks, but at the moment I’m all in for this change of season. Bring on the warm afternoons, the green rains, and all the breezes, blooms, and birdsongs! Now that April has arrived, I’ve come to the reluctant realization that a quarter of […]
I’m in the thick of multiple writing projects this week, so instead of doing a proper blogpost myself today, I thought I’d share with you some blogs (and books) that I read. Some of these I first encountered years ago, others within the last few months. But each of these websites, curricula, or writing craft […]
When I first read The Lord of the Rings in junior high, Faramir was probably my favorite character. I admired his quiet faithfulness, humility, courage, and care for others. Moreover, I felt I could relate to him as a younger sibling with an extraordinary, high-achieving older sibling, especially since, at that time, I was battling feelings of insecurity and […]
Writer and teacher Jonathan Rogers shared a perceptive, persuasive short post on his blog at the close of 2018, encouraging his readers to approach the new year with a new mindset—one that prioritizes “process” over “results.” Though his post was chiefly aimed at writers, I think his insight applies to us all. I recommend his […]
Lately I’ve been rereading Hamlet and freshly remembering the play’s challenges, questions, and lessons. It’s Shakespeare’s longest drama and probably his most famous, understandably. I studied Hamlet my senior year of high school and in four different classes during my time at Hillsdale College—and the play never gets old. I guess that makes this my fifth reread, […]
Ever heard of National Author’s Day? Me neither, until recently. About a week ago, I learned that November 1st is a national holiday set aside to honor authors, and right away I knew I wanted to celebrate it here on the blog. Put simply, the stories I read as I grew up shaped my soul. […]