Press Here by Herve Tullet

Press Here starts with a yellow dot on a white page and the instruction to “Press here and turn the page.” Page two has 2 yellow dots, and another set of instructions.  Each page unfolds a little bit of magic as you shake the dots, make them bigger, turn out the lights, turn on the…

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

If I ever get around to writing my dream novel, I hope it turns out even half as brilliant as this book. It was whimsical without being trite. It was magical, without being stereotypical. It was poetic, without sounding pretentious. It’s no wonder it won the 2017 Newbery Medal. This is one of those books…

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli

Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist who is clearly passionate about his study of the physical world. Here he has compiled a series of short chapters on some of the fundamentals of modern physics. Rovelli guides us through basic explanations of relativity, quantum mechanics, the structure of the universe, the Standard Model, loop quantum…

12 Religious Books

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there is a serious lack of decent Christmas books in the world.  Every December I want to curl up with a book that puts me in a holiday mood.  Something that reminds me of the peace and joy found in the world this time of year….

The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis

The intriguing premise of this book: what if souls living in hell could visit heaven for a day? And if given a chance to stay, would they want to? If you’ve read other books by C. S. Lewis, you’ll recognize his unique brand of wit and philosophizing right away. Like The Chronicles of Narnia series,…

Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon

Every year at the end of November I think to myself, “I want to read something Christmas-y.” And almost every year it takes me 5 minutes before I realize that I have nothing on my to-read list that falls in the Christmas genre, mostly because there are a lot of sappy Christmas books out there…

March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Congressman John Lewis was heavily involved in the civil rights movement.  He helped organize sit-ins at segregated lunch counters as a student in Nashville.  He participated in the Freedom Rides of 1961.  He was chairman of the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), which he helped found, and one of the “Big Six” (along with Martin…

9 Books for the Littlest Readers

Perhaps you’ve noticed, perhaps you haven’t, but Kim has been MIA on Bookburger the past few weeks. She’s on maternity leave! In honor of her sweet new arrival, I’ve decided to put together a list of my favorite books for babies. These are books we owned and loved when we had little ones, and I…

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

In anticipation of the movie coming out this November, I thought it was time to re-read Murder on the Orient Express.  I actually had this thought way back in July, but what with moving and then having to wait for the book to come on hold for me at the library (apparently 38 people had…

Running Barefoot by Amy Harmon

Running Barefoot came highly recommended to me, but I was a little nervous to read it simply because it was shelved in the Romance section.  I am always wary of romance novels, in part because I like a clean read (meaning I’m a prude [and I’m proud of it]), and in part because they have…

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

On her 21st birthday, Nell’s father, Hugh, finally discloses the truth about her origins: she was found at 4 years old, waiting at the Australian port where Hugh worked, with no memory of who she was waiting for or where she came from, only carrying a small suitcase which contained a beautifully illustrated book of…