Book Review: A Million Junes

I read A Million Junes through Penguin Publishing’s First to Read program. The book comes out on May 16. Imagine a Sarah Dessen novel—filled with serious questions and teenage vulnerabilities—paired with a collection of American tall tales. Now mix it all up into the Romeo and Juliet story, and the result is A Million Junes by Emily Henry. Synopsis June O’Donell and her family live on a “thin place” of … Continue reading Book Review: A Million Junes

The Wanderers: Introspective People Who Don’t Go to Mars

I recently joined Penguin Publishing’s program called First To Read, which allows reviewers and bloggers to read books before they come out. The first book I’ve read through the program is The Wanderers, a literary fiction novel by Meg Howrey that comes out on March 14. Here’s my review. Synopsis: The book is about three astronauts who complete a 17-month “test run” of a Mars landing, … Continue reading The Wanderers: Introspective People Who Don’t Go to Mars

5 Contemporary Fiction Books to Read

This is the last installment of the 5×5 series, where I’m exploring five of my favorite books in five different genres. If you missed them, check out my posts on fantasy, literature, historical fiction, and nonfiction. I don’t read contemporary fiction as often as several other genres, but I should. Contemporary fiction deals with real-world problems in a real-world setting, and is a good complement … Continue reading 5 Contemporary Fiction Books to Read

5 Books to Expand Your Mind This Year

In this 5×5 series, I’m sharing five of my favorite books in five different genres. Revisit the posts on Fantasy, Literature, and Historical Fiction if you missed them. I’ve always loved stories, so when it comes to books, most of what I read is fiction. However, I’ve read quite a bit of nonfiction too—mostly philosophy and theology for school, but I  try to continue learning through nonfiction … Continue reading 5 Books to Expand Your Mind This Year

5 Historical Fiction Books to Read This Year

In this 5×5 series, I’m exploring five books in five different genres over five posts. Head back to the posts on fantasy and literature, if you missed them. Books transport you to new worlds, and historical fiction gives you a taste of life in the past. I’ve always enjoyed the genre—when I was in late elementary school, a historical fiction series got me so excited about … Continue reading 5 Historical Fiction Books to Read This Year

5 Classic Books to Read in 2017

In this 5×5 series, I’m exploring 5 books in 5 different genres, over 5 posts. If you missed the first post on fantasy books, you can check it out here. The first literary classic I read was Heidi in second grade. I found it in my school library, and while my friends were reading The Boxcar Children and The Magic Treehouse, I was pouring over … Continue reading 5 Classic Books to Read in 2017

5 Fantasy Books You Should Read

Welcome to the 5×5 post series—five posts that explore five books in five different genres. Over half of the 80 books I’ve read this year have been fantasy, so we’ll start there. I’m going to skip over some of my favorite series such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings because most people already know about them. These are books you might not know about, but … Continue reading 5 Fantasy Books You Should Read