To Kill A Mockingbird

to kill a mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Reading Challenges: Read Like Rory


Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird” is assigned reading in most middle schools and high schools. I can still recall sitting in 8th English talking about Scout and Atticus Finch. As I aged, these memories stuck with me and Scout, Atticus, and Boo Radley were recognizable names. Their personalities and stories, however, were replaced by other characters and other memories.

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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

Reading Hole – Sunday Summary

Reading Hole – Sunday Summary

Have you seen that commercial for Amazon Prime that talks about the show hole? It’s the feeling you get when you binge watch a series only for it to end. For those of us who are bookworms, we’re more familiar with the reading hole.

reading holeA great book ends and you don’t know what to do with yourself. You can’t even think of picking up a new book, because it feels like cheating. Starting something so new so soon is inappropriate. Read more

Anthropology of an American Girl

anthropology of an american girl

Anthropology of an American Girl
by Hilary Thayer Hamann


When I first picked up “Anthropology of an American Girl,” I approached it with sarcasm. A friend of mine had joked about developing an American Studies class about the elusive American Girl. My response to him was that Hilary Thayer Hamann’s book could potentially be the textbook. After reading Hamann’s work, though, I am flabbergasted and regret my prior scoffing. Read more

The Writing Spot

writing spotAthletes have their pre-game rituals. Performers have their pre-show regime. Writers have their spot.

The writing spot provides focus and inspiration. It is the writer’s retreat from the world where words move from the imagination to the page.

I think I can say with confidence that every writer has the spot even if it exist only in their mind, because location or money prohibit the imaginative spot from existing. Read more