Book Club Report: What We Read Last Month (and What’s Coming Up Next)

book club reportEven with one book club on a summer hiatus, my obsession with joining book clubs has kept me in books all summer. One of my favorite things about a good book club is reading something I might not otherwise pick up on my own, and at least one of our books in recent months certainly qualifies: Continue reading


Reading for the First Day of School

It’s time. My friends in Arizona have been back for weeks now, while our neighbors here in North Carolina won’t go back for another fortnight. It’s the first day of school at our house and I’m remembering this episode of The Cosby Show (like I do every first day of school). It’s especially appropriate this year because I have a new Kindergartener sitting at the table waiting to start and a fourth grader trying to sneak in one more hour of summer vacation before breakfast. Whenever the first day of school is for you, starting the year off with books is a great choice. Here are 5 book lists full of ideas for back-to-school reads worth reading again and again: Continue reading

Emily of New Moon by L.M. Montgomery

emilyTrue confession time: I’ve never read Anne of Green Gables or any other of the Anne series by L.M. Montgomery. I grew up watching (and loving) the Megan Fellows version, but I have a weird thing about reading books after I see the movie. It’s not that I won’t do it, it’s just that those books never seem to make it to the top of my list without a push. I decided to dip my toe in the water with Emily of New Moon instead. Continue reading

4 Books I’d Love to See on the Big Screen

4 books I'd love to see on the big screenPerhaps this won’t come as a surprise to you, but I don’t always want my very favorite books to be movies. My nine-year-old said it best when he told me he wasn’t sure he wanted to see the Percy Jackson movies just yet. “Once I see it in a movie,” he said, “it never goes back to the way I used to see it in my mind.” I understand how he feels; my Draco Malfoy looked nothing like Tom Felton, but now he’s stuck in my imagination forever.

That said, there is something magical about seeing a beloved world on the silver screen, especially if the portrayals are just perfect. I don’t hear anyone complaining about Collin Firth as Mr. Darcy or Megan Fellows as Anne. Even Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka made a lot more sense after I read the book and realized how weird the whole thing is. All this talk around my house about the Ready, Player One and The Glass Castle movies has me thinking about the books I’d most like to see turned into films.  Continue reading

Reading on the Road: Free Library of Philidelphia

philidelphiaIt’s amazing what a difference a few years make. Three years ago, I never would have considered taking my children to the library on vacation. That many little hands grabbing books and making messes did not sound relaxing at all. Now that my kids are age 9, 5, and 3, however, we stop in at local libraries on almost every trip we take. Most of the new books are the same as at our library back home, but every children’s section we’ve visited has its own special collection of older and out-of-print books. We go to storytime for a break from the heat or read books together in whatever comfy nook we can find while Josh gets some work done in a quiet hotel room. Earlier this year, we stopped in at the Free Library of Philidelphia while in town visiting my brother. Continue reading