To Read / Summer


     Hi there! I set a summer goal to read at least five books, and so far it's going well! I've finished The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, and The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. All three were excellent, and currently, I'm reading American Gods by Neil Gaiman and The Secret Life of Plants by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird. 

      My interests vary when it comes to books, so if these picks seem like a strange melange of choices, they aren't. I just happen to like multiple kinds of books! American Gods is actually a new TV show, and I haven't checked it out yet, but if it's anything like the book, I'm sure it's good! The Secret Life of Plants is nonfiction, but abstract enough in ideology that some may not view it that way.  

       Plants have always had a connection to humans, since we've been around at least. We couldn't survive without them, and I think that's a relationship worth delving into! 

       Thanks for reading, and let me know what your favorite summer reads are! See you back here on Monday!

To Read / May


      Good morning! In April, I had the chance to go hear Salman Rushdie speak at Mizzou, and it was basically a once in a lifetime opportunity. When will such a notorious Booker Prize winner ever come speak at Mizzou in my time spent here again, and for free? The chances of that are slim, so I jumped on the general admission tickets to reserve a seat, and picked a book to read of his. I found The Enchantress of Florence in a second-hand book shop at home in Arkansas, and chose it for this month's book!

      The talk was amazing, and he even read a short story he's working on, that had yet to be heard by the public, anywhere. It was quite good, and I loved that I got to hear his story-telling voice, because now reading this book, I can hear him reading it in my head. I'm almost half-way through, and can't wait to finish it! Let's get to reading!

For Reading / April


     Good morning and happy April! It's the start of a new month, and with that comes a new book to read. This month's selection is Outliers by Malcom Gladwell. It's an analysis on what makes specific people successful, and brings about the idea that luck, circumstances, and background do contribute to extreme success.

     I've previously read one of Gladwell's other books (David + Goliath) and find his writing style one of the easiest to follow, so this will probably be a short read. He's one of the best at making accurate observations, and I can't wait to jump in! Thanks for reading, and have a fun Monday!

Book of the Month / November


     Hi there! For Novembers book of the month, we've got a fairly simple read. Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) is technically a children's book, but it's themes and nuances can be appreciated by all ages. I received the book in its original language from my parents for my birthday (thanks again mom and dad!) because I've been taking French lessons since January, and wanted to test my skills. Obviously, if you are reading along this month, feel free to read the English version. It's a short read, which is perfect for the busy season we are about to enter. I hope you like the story as much as I do! Let get reading!