Going too far

I just read two books, both of which I would probably categorize as “relationship” fiction. I enjoyed both, but one receives a higher rating because the author knew when to stop. It wasn’t a total surprise that I… Read More

Home run

When I teach Young Adult Literature, one of the things we discuss at the beginning of the class is the concept of the “home run book.” Dr. Stephen Krashen is a leader in the field of reading, and… Read More

Reasons to re-read

On impulse, after finishing Once Upon A River, I picked up and re-read Jenny Colgan’s The Bookshop on the Shore, which I reviewed here when I first discovered it. Since I thoroughly covered all aspects of the book… Read More

Discussing appeals

Speaking of best opening paragraphs—or lines—I just rediscovered one of them: “I have been afraid of putting air in a tire ever since I saw a tractor tire blow up and throw Newt Hardbine’s father over the top… Read More