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March wrap-up: Aquarium, life, books

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Hello! And surprise – this post is actually being posted while it’s still March!! I must say, I’m rather impressed with myself. ;) Just kidding.

 

So, March. We had the lovely opportunity of visiting the Aquarium this month, and met up with some friends there too, which was very nice.  We all enjoyed ourselves, and it was a very good time. :)  I’m still sad the Aquarium no longer allows visitors to pet the stingrays as they have in years past, but what can you do?

 

In our spare time, my Mum, younger sister, and I have been watching Season Six of Little House on the Prairie. If you’re familiar with that show, you’ll already know that’s when Almanzo enters the scene. ;) I love watching Laura Ingalls try to prove she’s not a little girl anymore, and fail horribly at doing so… ^.^ Though I will admit there are a couple episodes I am not fond of because of the unrealisticness of them…the writers just want drama (and no, not the original book author, Laura herself. The tv show writers).  But anywho!

 

 

I read quite a bit this month, which was nice:

 

 

The Sea Before Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #1)  Across the Blue  Milligan Mayhem  Blank 111x148  Ghost Quest (A Milligan College Mystery Book 2) A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge, #1)  The Miracle Maker and the Misfits: Two Supernatural Kingdoms and the Clashing of Swords

Clicking on their covers will lead you to my review of the book. (The one without a cover is “Pop Tops and Smiley Faces” by Ann Naedele”). All of them have been reviewed, except for “A Light on the Hill”, which will be posted soon! :)

 

My favourite of the month? It’d be a close tie between “The Sea Before Us” and “A Light on the Hill”. Both so good and highly recommended!!

 

 

I got a few books this month. Unfortunately our camera also decided to stop working this month, so I couldn’t take pictures. But here are the books I got:

 

  • “To The Farthest Shore” by Elizabeth Camden//Thriftstore find (only 50Cents!)
  • “Refiners Fire” by Sylvia Bambola//Goodwill find
  • “Always On My Mind” by Susan May Warren//Giveaway win from author Valerie Howard
  • “An Elegant Facade” by Kristi Ann Hunter// BetterWorldBooks
  • “It Had to Be You” by Susan May Warren//BetterWorldBooks
  • “The Wonder of You” by Susan May Warren//BetterWorldBooks
  • “The Reluctant Duchess” by Roseanna M. White//BetterWorldBooks
  • “Chasing Jupitar” by Rachel Coker//BetterWorldBooks
  • “Troubled Waters” by Susan May Warren//Bought of a facebook group
  • “My Heart Belongs in Superstition Mountains” by Susan Page Davis//FB group buy
  • “All the Tea in China” by Jane Orcutt//FB group Book Swap with a gal.
  • “Stealing Home” by Allison Pittman//FB group Book Swap with the same gal.
  • “Where the Fire Falls” by Karen Barnett//Blogging for Books review copy.

 

 

I requested my last review copy from Blogging for Books (the Karen Barnett book). I’m so sad that BfB is closing its doors. That was one of my top favourite review-programs, and my first – good ol’ Blogging for Books is what started me into my reviewing journey! <3

 

So yes, quite a few…needless to say, I don’t have much book-spending money at the moment. ;) But it was all worth it. BetterWorldBooks has fair prices and free shipping which is amazing. The condition of the books are often a bit rough, but still readable!

Have you read any of these books?

 

 

I also was super pleased to review a Booksleeve this month, and you’ll see it in future pictures too, because it’s just so cute!

 

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As for other blog posts…

 

March 5th//Author Interview with MacKenzie Morganthal

March 12th//Character Introduction – Haley Hampton

March 19th// “Yet” devotional post

March 26th//Booksleeve post

 

 

And there were also some book-reviews posted between the Mondays. :)

 

 

Be on the lookout for a new Author Interview Post this Monday!! It’s a great one too :D

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How was your March, friends? Happy Passover/Resurrection Day :)

 

 

 

 

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Posted in Books, Random babblings, update, Writing

February Wrap-up

Happy March! :)

I confess I wasn’t prepared for this wrap-up post – I suppose I’ve been more concerned about my new blog posting schedule that I nearly forgot to prepare this post! Yikes ;)

I hope you all had a good February.  In the last couple weeks of the month, we finally got some substantial snow-falls – better late than never!! It has been so lovely looking outside and seeing more than just an inch or a dusting of snow. I love snow. :D

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In the blogging aspect of things…I kicked off my new monthly schedule with an author interview with Roseanna M. White. The following Monday showcased character Willa Forsythe, from “A Song Unheard” by Roseanna M. White. And the third Monday I shared what God had shown me about Hope. And let’s not forget the last Monday post where I did the Literary Dinner Tag – I had fun choosing characters to fit each question! And there were a few other posts in between. :)

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As for books, I read:

Same Kind of Different As Me Movie Edition: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together Pit of Ambition, Book II in The Caselli Family Series  Finding the Magic  A Promise to Break  Keturah (The Sugar Baron's Daughters, #1)

So far only two of these have reviews posted, but my review of “Pit of Ambition” will actually be posted tomorrow as apart of its blog tour, and the last two books shall be reviewed shortly. :)

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And the books I acquired were few but good:

 

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The Heart Between Us ~ Review book  (I seriously love this cover!!)

The Sea Before Us ~ Review Book

Picture Perfect ~ Thriftstore find

How To Train Your Dragon book ~ Book Swap

Pit of Ambition ~ Book Review

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Writing-wise, well, perhaps you’ve heard that author, MacKenzie Morganthal and myself are collaborating on a contemporary project! It’s been a blast, and I’m excited for when the time comes to share more about it. Patience will be needed though. ;) If you’d like to contribute to this novel, share your favourite coffee or tea drinks in the comments, or a favourite classic novel! They might just appear in the story.  :)

Also, author Heather FitzGerald is holding a short-story writing contest. And I may have worked on an entry for that this month too. ;)

 

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I think that about sums up this post for now – we’ve been having internet problems so I want to get this posted while I can. ^.^

How was your February? Do you like snow this time of year or not?

Remember to comment with your favourite coffee/tea drink, and classic novel if you have one!

Also: check back on Monday for the next Author Interview! It’s another good one!  :) Thanks for reading!

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And so January has come to an end.

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January is over. And I guess I am kind of sad…I really like January. ^.^ Good thing I like February too. I’ll start crying or panicking when the end of March rolls by….and my precious Winter slips away….

So! How was your January everyone? Did the first month of the new year start out well for you? I hope so. :)

The month found us slowly trying to slip back into a semblance of a routine. As life quiets down some, it takes a little bit of time to really adjust to a routine, but I’m happy we’re finally finding it. I’m not a fan of chaos. :) I know sometimes we can’t avoid it, and we must find God through the chaos, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t thankful for a quiet routine.

Some highlights of the month….well, I adopted a new cat into the house. Yes, yes I did.

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(This is probably true…)

 

Why would I do that, you might ask if you knew our current tally of indoor cats? Well, dearest darling Pirate Kitty (yes, you read that absolutely correctly. I mean, I assume you did. I’m not actually hearing your pronounce it because of the internet and all that, but we’ll go with it) is a blind kitty. She was an outside cat, whom I loved. But her eyesite kept getting worse (it started out with her just not seeing out of one eye. Hence her name), and she could barely see her food bowl and therefore wasn’t eating much. So after prayer and consideration, I decided to use my saved up money and brought her in to the vet, and now she’s inside. She’s a bit….umm…wild. But adorable. And terrified of life and our other cats. Because frankly, two of our other cats are mean to her, poor dear. So our month has been filled with a lot of kitty-issues….but I’m so glad she is inside where it’s warm and she can have food whenever she wants. :)

 

I had a bit of a slow reading month. Only four books. I was really hoping to squeeze more in there, as I’m woefully behind on my review-book-pile, but I’m also learning to give myself grace especially in this aspect. The books will all get read. All reviewed. It just might take a bit of time.

These are the books I enjoyed:

 

Isaiah's Daughter (Prophets and Kings, #1)  Missing Isaac   The Melody of the Soul (Music of Hope #1)   A Song Unheard (Shadows Over England, #2)

Clicking on their covers will bring you to their reviews, if applicable. The first three have been reviewed/posted, but I am still working on finishing the review of the last one. :)

 

As for books I added to my collection….

 

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The three standing up on the left are books I got in a couple swaps, the five lying flat are review books, the three standing on top of those and the one on the right are books from our library-book-sale, except for “Hearts Entwined” which I won in a giveaway. :)

I want to read allllll of them. I just need more time to fit them all in. XD

And I realized I never posted the pictures I took of the books I got LAST month…so I guess I’ll include them here, because I love pictures of books. ^.^

 

So, there we have it. Books, books, books. Plenty of reading to last me till I’m 50! ;)

 

ALSO! Before I leave off… you might remember this post from a few days ago:

Changes...

 

In that post, I mentioned upcoming posts, and I want to announce that I’ve devised a posting schedule which is quite new for this blog! God-willing, I shall post every Monday. These posts will be varied, and most likely not reviews. My review posts will go live during the week as I have them ready to post.

And this coming Monday, February 5th, we start off the new schedule with something very, very exciting!!! An… Author Interview!! Yessiree. So stick around for that, because it’s a good one. :D

This is what you can look forward to from my new posting schedule:

First Monday: Author Interview

Second Monday: Character Post

Third Monday: Devotional 

Fourth Monday: Open-catagory – this is the day where I will post whatever random thing is on my mind. ;)

 

So, February is my trial-run for this schedule, but I do hope to make it a permanant thing. I’m pretty excited about it, and I hope you are too! :)

Comment and tell me about your January!

Posted in Books, Random babblings, update

New Changes…

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Hello!

As you might have noticed, this blog has a new header image! It’s bigger, yes, but it is also more ‘me’. Toothless the love-able dragon has always been a favourite (and why he’s still center-stage!), but I also wanted this blog to show what else it represents. Mainly, book. Words. Books. And the record-player image? That is me too.

This year it is my hope to put more into this blog, to develop it more, to post more. Will I fulfill every goal I have planned for this blog? Probably not. But I’d like to try. I’d like for this to become something more than just a review blog with an occasional “Rae-oddity” post. However, I’m not holding myself to a strict plan, because I also want God’s touch  throughout this blog. My main goal is to glorify Him – be His Peculiar Treasure. And so if He leads me in a new direction, then I will follow.

 

So what does all this mean, you ask? Well, it is my hope to have more bookish posts that are fun, and varied, but also “inspirational”.

Book reviews are great, don’t get me wrong. And this blog will see many more of them because…well, that’s just how it is. I am a Book Reviewer.

I haven’t sorted out a complete schedule yet, but I’ve written down blog post ideas that sound rather fun, so I’m hoping to start up with those soon! So keep your eyes out for that. :)

 

Do you have any recommendations for blog posts you’d like to see here? Any topics or anything? I’m open to more suggestions! What are your favourite things to read on blogs? And if you’re a blogger too, what’s your favourite thing to blog about?

 

Posted in lists, Pinterest, Questions/answers, Random babblings, update

A Belated Holiday Tag

Hello! How has everyone’s New Year been so far? Still dancing in the excitement of a fresh year, or has that worn off a little for you? Regardless of the sparkle and pop of the new year, this time of year is a favourite time for me – I love Winter. After the holidays are over, I know a lot of people feel that Winter can move on, but I love finding the quiet and peace that so often accompanies this time of year. Life (usually) slows down even just a little bit, and the bitter temperatures force one to stay inside their (hopefully) cozy homes. This year, for us, has still been a bit busy, but I am hoping for some quietness to commence before Spring arrives with all its gardening needs… ^.^

So, the reason for this post: Ry over at Life on a Farm With God tagged me for this Holiday ‘Tag’. So, thank you Ry! I am a bit late in finally getting around to it, but hey, better late than never, right? Onward and forward… :)

 

What was your favorite gift you received this year?
That would probably have to be either a pillow I got that says “Save the Texas Prairie Chickens” with a TPC on it (it’s a reference to one of my favourite shows…), or my FABULOUS Michael Nesmith Tshirt that looks like this:
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It’s the cover of one of his album’s made out of the lyrics from one of his songs. I, personally, love it. XD
What was your favorite gift you gave this year?
Hmmm, maybe the sequin-pillow I gave my sister…
What was the craziest or weirdest gift you gave this year?
Hehe, well, probably a container shaped like a lightbulb filled with quotes from the tv show “MacGyver” for my kindred spirit. :)
What is your favorite Christmas scent?
Maybe Pine…though I like that all year round.
What is the one sacred tradition you did to celebrate New Years Eve and how does it make it special?
Umm…well, I don’t really have one of these. I’m not a night owl at all, and with having animal chores to do morning and night, I don’t stay up late, like, ever. I think I’ve stayed up till midnight for New Years Eve once or twice….but it’s not a habit I keep. Sorry. :P
Do you like New Years or Christmas better?  Why?
I’m going to ‘break the mold’ again here I guess…we don’t actually celebrate Christmas (we celebrate Jesus’ birth, but we do that in the Fall, during the Feast of Tabernacles, which is when He came to ‘tabernacle’ with us – live in us. And we celebrate the Winter Feast, The Feast of Dedication.) So, I’m going to alter this question a little, and answer it by saying: The Feast of Dedication is my favourite, but I do like the ‘fresh-ness’ that comes with the New Year. :)
What is one movie you like to watch during Christmastime/ New Years??
“While You Were Sleeping” is a favourite movie of mine, and we almost always watch “Elf” this time of year too. :)
Did you watch the new star wars movie? If so what was your favorite part?
No, I didn’t. I haven’t seen any of the star wars movies….
Lastly, what was your favorite joke you read between Christmas and New Years??
Oh golly….while I might’ve heard a good joke during this time, I can’t call to mind any….so I’ll just share a funny thing from Pinterest:
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Sooooo, I guess that’s it! As for who I tag: You. :)
Posted in Book reviews, reading, Reviews, Tessa Afshar, update

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

It’s always weird to move on into the next year, to get used to writing the new number set, rather than the old. And the realization that time is going fast, and the number creeps up each more every year. 2018 seems so… far away, yet here it is. Crazy :)

And while we are in 2018 now, I am here to also wrap up, book-wise, the year of 2017. To give a last look-back and give a list of my favourite books of the year. Which is going to be hard, because I read a great many good ones!

 

 

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According to Goodreads, I read 20,650 pages spread out over 82 books.

That’s a lot of pages. If you’d like to see the books I read in 2017, you can check out the wrap-up Goodreads gave HERE. I love how Goodreads does that. I keep a Book Notebook throughout the year, but it’s nice not having to type it all up! :)

 

Trying to narrow down my favourite books of the year has been nearly impossible. I read a LOT of good ones, you guys. And I love them all! But by shear force, I made a list of my top TWELVE favourite books. Why twelve instead of 10 or 5? Well first off, 5 is not nearly enough I’ve decided. And Ten is kinda hard to choose too. So I went with twelve because that makes a book a month, and that sounded reasonable to me. :D Sooooo, without further ado, in no particular order, here are my…

 

TOP TWELVE FICTION READS OF 2017:

Clicking on the title/author of the book will bring you to my review of the book :)

 

 

Destiny Defended by J.A. Marx

Destiny Defended by J.A. Marx

 

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Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar

Bread of Angels by Tessa Afshar

 

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Out of the Dark by MacKenzie Morganthal

Out of the Dark by MacKenzie Morganthal

 

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Everything's Coming Up Josey by Susan May Warren

Everything’s Coming Up Josey! By Susan May Warren

 

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Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert

Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert

 

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Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

 

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Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

 

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Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

 

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A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

 

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An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

 

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The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin

The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra Marvin

 

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The Genesis Tree by Heather L.L. FitzGerald

The Genesis Tree by Heather FitzGerald

 

 

 

NON FICTON:

 

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis

 

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Infinite Tuesday by Michael Nesmith

Infinite Tuesday by Michael Nesmith

 

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And because I don’t want to leave the list at just these, I put together some…..

 

Honourable Mentions:

 

 

High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

October by J. Grace Pennington

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Dreams and Devotion by Sarah Holman

Priceless by brothers, Joel and Luke Smallbone

 

 

Life:

So besides reading, 2017 was a full year as most are.  And I have no idea how to sum that up in a post, or even a paragraph…I live life, so it happens, but to sum it up… I don’t really have skill in that one. ^.^  Stuff happened, good and bad, I learned things, I probably met new people, wrote stuff….and I read. That’s good enough for a life segment wrap up, eh?

 

 

So, there’s that! How was your year? Do you have any particular, big or small, hopes/dreams/plans for this new year?

Posted in Book reviews, Books, update

December 2017

Well, December is just about over. One day left! And not only does it bring another month to a close, but it also brings the year to a close.
I will have an upcoming post regarding my favourite reads of 2017, and a brief year-wrap-up, but for now I am going along as normal with my monthly recap.
Oh December; the month of Winter and cheer, holidays and happenings, and supposed-to-have-snow. There were flurries of snow that delighted us with their beauty, but we did not get substantial snow till just the other day, and it still is only about…an inch maybe. But it’s beautiful, and I am thankful. And ready for more! :)
We’ve had plenty of cold weather though. Like negative-zero weather. Today is supposed to be very bitter, dangerous wind-chills, and basically we shall only leave the house to do our chores. XD
In the beginning of the month, my family and I celebrated The Feast of Dedication, which was very nice. It was quieter and less…organized than we had originally hoped for, due to unexpected happenings, but it was still good. :)
We had my grandmother staying with us for a week, which was nice – it’d been 5 years since she had been down to our house, and 14 since she stayed with us, so it was nice having her with us again for a bit.
A week later after our grandma had gone back home, we all went up there to help her and my grandpa move into a slightly bigger apartment (same building, just different floor), and that was….well, it was a lot of work, with very little/poor sleep. Moving is hard, even if you only have to go down a few floors. Though elevator-dizziness is a thing that happened much too often. Sometimes I still feel like I’m on one…
A highlight during that trip was going to see a beautiful light ‘show’ that I love so much. It’s put up every year, thousands of lights, and light creations, music, hot chocolate and cookies. It’s just lovely. We weren’t able to get up there the past couple years, but I’m so thankful we got to go this year! They had set-ups like Noah’s Ark, Thomas the Train, The Nativity set, police/ambulance/fire cars-trucks, dinosaurs, Santa, elves, and one of my favourites…a Viking ship. It was really cool. I got a picture, but it was on the cell phone which I haven’t transferred to the computer just yet…
Because of everything that was going on in December, family-related, I didn’t get a whole lot of reading done, but I did manage these four books:
Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris  Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert  Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering  A Song of Home: A Novel of the Swing Era (Pearl Spence #3)
I actually still have to get my reviews of the last two posted…guess that will happen in the new year! But you can click on the first two to go to my reviews of those. :)
Did you have a good December? A  good holiday season? I hope so! Let me know in the comments :)