Travels with Charley – A Review

By: Kaycee Grancher

The other day I went to the bookstore in search of a good book. You know the kind of “good” that just makes you feel better? Not necessarily humor, just something to make me smile and to make the day a little brighter. I wanted something different and fun, and since I had a gift card to spend, it felt like the perfect excuse to find some new reading material without spending my own money. As I browsed through the shelves, I stumbled across a smaller little book that immediately grabbed my attention: John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley. I’ve only ever read one book by John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men, and I loved it. Steinbeck has a writing style that is simultaneously simple and complex, something that makes reading his literature very enjoyable. So, I decided to give Travels with Charley a go. Continue reading


Book Review: Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline

By: Kaycee Grancher

Grad school is finally over for me and that means time to read all the fun books! I have a list of over 200 books on my “to be read” list, so I was pretty excited to start in on Every Fifteen Minutes by Lisa Scottoline. I’ve read a few of Scottoline’s mysteries in the past, and they’re always quick, entertaining reads when I’m needing a break from authors like Faulkner. The book is 432 pages and took me three days to read, so if you’re wanting something quick, keep one of Scottoline’s books in mind. Continue reading

An Open Letter to J.K. Rowling

By: Sam Miller

Dear J.K. Rowling,

The world of magic you created came to life twenty years ago, forever impacting the world of muggles. As I’m sure you know, there are entire sites dedicated to the world of Harry Potter, endless quizzes that can tell you which Hogwarts house you belong in (with varying results from each – trust me, I’ve tried a few myself), too many FanFictions to be able to read in one lifetime, many people with tattoos related to the novels, Harry Potter-themed weddings, theme parks that help bring this world to life and make it interactive, and much, much more. Yet, all of this does nothing to show just how much your novels means to people. For that, you need to know their individuals stories. Here’s mine. Continue reading

20 for 20: 20 inspiring quotes from the Harry Potter Series 20 years after it came to be

By: Sam Miller

20 years ago, J.K. Rowling introduced the world to Harry Potter. Her words, like the magic in her stories, filled many muggles with a sense of wonder and happiness. To this day, they remain inspiring as ever, reminding us that, even though her books may have ended, the magic of them never will. Here are 20 of our favorite quotes from the Harry Potter series: Continue reading

The Wishing Tide: A Book Review

By: Sam Miller

The Wishing Tide by Barbara Davis tells the story of three main narrators: Lane Kramer, who moved to the island Starry Point, North Carolina, five years ago after divorcing her husband; Michael Forrester, an English professor on sabbatical in Starry Point who claims to be looking for a quiet place to finish writing a Charles Dickens memoir; and Mary Quinn, a local “bag lady” who appears on the dunes every morning to stare out at the ocean. Continue reading