Book Nook

About the Book Nook

I love books. I have always loved books, and I imagine that I always will love books. This blog that I love so dearly focuses on a lot of different things that are connected to English and to teaching. What I didn’t have space for, and I really feel the need to have space for, is a place to talk about books. So here in the Book Nook I’ll talk about books I’ve read, what types of books I like, authors I like, and anything else that might be related to books. As always, feel free to share your book thoughts with me.


My Reading Journal

In August I started a reading journal. Keep in mind, that at the beginning of the year I had tried to keep a digital log of the books I was reading, but it failed. At the end of the day there are some things I need pen and paper for, and journals are one of those things. So in August I started my paper reading journal, and I’ve stuck with it ever since. I’ve tracked every book I’ve read cover to cover and all the short stories I’ve read. My journal is also color coded: black for random thoughts, pink for books I’ve read for pleasure, and green for books I’ve read for work. I’ve stuck with it this far (almost 4 months) and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.


A Reflection on my Reading Journal

With 2015 just having ended, I did some reflecting on my reading journal. It’s 4 months old. I read 49 books and 5 short stories between August and the end of December. I read 47 of those books for pleasure. The other 2 and the 5 short stories were read for work. I’m really excited to see what I read in 2016 and where this reading journal takes me. I’ll be sure to share.


Book Reflection #1

I finished an awesome book today. Lately I’ve been enjoying all the books I’ve been reading, but this one I found especially enjoyable.

It’s called The Magician’s Lie, and it’s written by Greer Macallister. There are two parallel story lines throughout the book. One takes place in present day over the course of an evening. The other recounts the previous decade of the magician’s life. Arden, the magician, weaves a magical tale that seems far too outlandish to be true, and will leave readers guessing until the last page.

Go read this book! Seriously. Go read this book. It’s awesome. I read it after finishing The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, and while the two books are vastly different they share many of the same qualities. They’re both magical. They’ll both leave readers guessing throughout the story. They both tell fantastic stories over extended time periods. They’re both books that I immediately fell in love with and want to have on my bookshelves forever and ever.

The only problem I have with both the books is that I can’t read them again for the first time. The next time I read them I’ll know the endings. I’ll know all the surprises. Sometimes I don’t mind that with books. Sometimes knowing the endings is comforting and familiar. But sometimes I wish every time I read a certain book it could be the first time I read it so it would always be magical.

What have you been reading lately? Do you have any book recommendations for me? Let me know!


May Reading Recap

As happens every month, I’ve read a lot of books. Some of them have been for pleasure, and others have been more work based. I want to share with you what I’ve read, and I’d love to hear what you’ve been reading! (Books I read for pleasure are in pink, books for work are in green.)


Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Patillo Beals

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Fairest by Marissa Meyer

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

Yellow Brick War by Danielle Paige

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Scorpion by Walter Dean Meyer

June Reading Recap

June was a light reading month. With the end of the school year, my brother’s high school graduation, a family vacation, and my continued job search, I most definitely dropped the ball on reading. That being said, this is what I managed to read:

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oates

July Reading Recap

July was a better reading month than June but not by much. I’ve been super busy with my job search, but I did get some reading in. And I have high hopes (perhaps ambitiously so) for August and reading.

Masterpieces in Miniature by Agatha Christie

Teaching the Neglected “R” by Thomas Newkirk and Richard Kent

13 at Dinner by Agatha Christie

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen