About Kelly Wiggains

Kelly Wiggains, a high school English teacher turned homeschool mom, likes to surround herself with good literature, beautiful things, and big ideas, and she wants her home to reflect those things, too. She blogs atkellywiggains.com, where she talks about everything From Literature to Living.

The Nesting Place (A Review)

Fans of the popular blog, The Nesting Place will find the popular mantra of Myquillyn Smith nothing new. She’s been writing about “It doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful,” for years. Yet, with her gorgeous design book that’s more than a design book, Smith explores contentment, battling perfectionism, and facing fears of messing […]

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury (A Review)

Summertime is a time of nostalgia for me. When I see my kids playing in the backyard, drinking from the water hose, eating ice cream on the porch, and creating backyard adventures, I can easily remember these same times from my own childhood. Do you remember racing down the sidewalk in a new pair of […]

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (a Review)

I’m always on the prowl for a good mystery series. To be honest, I’m usually disappointed because the novels start to get formulaic or the premise just doesn’t hold up. However, I can usually look past the weaknesses in a series if, ultimately, I’m in love with the main character. Enter Flavia de Luce. The […]

Memorable Memoirs

The Memoir has become one of the best-selling genres on the book market. It causes a lot of controversy, and it usually generates plenty of hype and press, and then, of course, more memoirs from another perspective. Memoir is not fact, and it’s not fiction either. It’s memory: one person’s reflections on a life or […]

Classic Books for Young Adults

Too often, teenagers label classic novels as “boring,” “irrelevant,” and “too hard to read.” As a teacher, I loved proving those labels wrong. I can distinctly remember a student turn his nose at To Kill a Mockingbird when his class first started reading it, only to scream out “I KNOW WHO IT IS!!!” towards the end […]