Posted in Books, Random babblings, update

New Changes…

Changes...

 

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 Books, Random babblings, update

June Recap

I have a hard time believing it is already July, but so it is. Crazy. June was a very busy month life-wise and book-wise for me, but please forgive me if I don’t go into too much detail as I’m a bit drained and can’t remember a lot of details at the moment. :)

 

Oh, my blog here (and I) was interviewed recently on Inkwell Inspirations! You can check that out here, if you’d like:

 

And shall we continue on with this post with books?

 

I read a total of 9 books, I believe. Which is a great many for me. Those books were:

The Destiny of a Few by Sarah Holman  The Sweet Smell of Magnolias and Memories by Celeste Fletcher McHale   Infinite Tuesday by Michael Nesmith   Courage and Corruption by Sarah Holman   High As the Heavens by Kate Breslin   Dreams and Devotion by Sarah Holman   The Destiny of a Galaxy by Sarah Holman   Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson   If Ever I Would Leave You by Susan May Warren

If I’ve posted my review of the book, clicking on the image will lead you to that review.

Which was my favourite, you might ask? Hmm… Probably “High as The Heavens” by Kate Breslin and “Dreams and Devotion” by Sarah Holman. :)

 

As for books I got over the month:

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These are my current review books. As you can see from the top list, I’ve already read “Under a Summer Sky” and will be posting my review within the next day or so. This month will be filled with more book reviews, so prepare yourselves. ;)

 

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Yes, that is a Chik-Fil-A calander in the background. No, I have not had the pleasure of eating there yet, but my dearest darling friend was so kind to share this calander with me because she didn’t need it! And I love calanders. And cows. Really love cows.

 

So yes, more Susan May Warren books this month. :D I mean, she’s a Minnesotan author. Of course I need her books! ;)

Most of these books I got online, and I won the book “Arise to Fall” and the little tan book beside it that is related to this book, so that’s fun. So many good things to read!

 

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And this is just a pretty picture, because I’m excited about finally buying this book, and I love bottles. Those are not the only ones in my collection, but I shan’t be sharing a picture of that here. ^.^

 

As for life…we’ve been very busy. My nephews have spent a lot of time here, which keeps us well-occupied. :) We’ve also been dealing with a predator problem again. Night after night whatever it is was getting chicken after chicken till we went from 12 to 8. And they weren’t easy catches either – we lock our chickens up every night. Whatever it was tunneled under or found a way through the top. We’re not actually entirely sure…

Dad put a trap out and we did get a skunk, and the trail camera we set out has captured plenty of raccoons, and then we also found a dead small weasle in the barn one morning – the cats must’ve gotten it.  One night after 10pm we had a run in with whatever creature had returned, but it ran off into the darkness behind the barn before Dad could get it. Not a good situation! But we did recently get 13 more layers, and so far we haven’t lost anymore. Praying it stays that way!

June was also filled with several bad storms, one leaving us without power for a whole day. But we “weathered” that out. :)

 

And if you’ve made it this far in this long post, here’s a reward picture of my baby kitty having to sit by my record player. She placed herself there…

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How has your June been? Have you read any of the same books as I did in June? :)

Posted in Books, Chuck Black, Heather Day Gilbert, Tessa Afshar

The Big Ol’ Wrap Up

It’s that time of year….where we wrap up this previous year and prepare for the new. On my blog, that mainly means: Books. ^.^
And because I am doing this post, I won’t be doing the Monthly-Wrap up of books like I often do. I did aquire some good books in December, but I didn’t actually read many at all. In fact, all I read was a short story (“Last Wish: a Short story” by Valerie Howard) –  I started “Wives and Daughters” by Elizabeth Gaskell at the beginning of the month, and am just finishing it now, so I’ll count it for 2016 but I’m afraid I may finish it on the first. XD. It’s a 600 page book, heavy English. But very good! :)
Anyway…
I read quite a few books during 2016; not quite as many as I was hoping for, but still a good amount, rounding out at a total of 63 books, and a total of 15,048 pages, according to Goodreads.
I won’t list them all, because that’d take time I don’t really have, and some people (most?!) probably won’t care. XD If you *want* to see what all books I’ve read, you can check out my Goodreads page here: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2016
In this post what I *will* be doing, is listing some of my favourites. I read quite a few good ones, so narowing it down is always hard. I’ll try to just list 5.  So, shall we?
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Family Lies, Deadly Ties by J.A. Marx. This was a 5 star book for sure. I loved it.
Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar – Mrs.Afshar does it again, writing a brilliant, heart-touching, encouraging read!
Forest Child by Heather Day Gilbert – This is an easy one for “Best of 2016” for sure. Absolutely magnificent!
The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall – My first Dawn Crandall book and it was amazing. So sweet!
Light of the Last by Chuck Black. – A fantastic ending to a great series!
But I can’t forget these other amazing books that I thoroughly enjoyed:
Like Never Before, Keep Holding On, and One Enchanted Christmas, all by Melissa Tagg – all of these were SO good! So cute.
Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin  – one simply cannot go wrong with a Sarah Sundin book! Her WWII fiction is fantastic.
…and so many more books. ^.^
NonFiction: I only read a few, but two of my favourites were these:
“I, Isaac, take thee, Rebekah” by Ravi Zacharias and “I Dare You” by Isabella D. Morganthal.
Honourable Fiction Mentions:
“If He Lives” by Sarah Holman
“Counted with the Stars” by Connilyn Cosette
“Long Way Gone” by Charles Martin
“Miriam” by Mesu Andrews
“The Flaming Sword” by Heather FitzGerald
Augh, do you know how hard it is to narrow down great books?! I realize a lot of you do. ^.^
So, what do I plan to read in 2017? Um…well…I’d like to get through my TBR bookshelves! XD That’s a lofty goal. But realisitcally, I really would like to check off a couple on my shelf that have long been waiting to be read. I also want to reread the first book and novella in the Ilyon Chronicles, and continue on with that series, and also reread The Time of Grace Series by Alicia Ruggieri, finally getting to read the third one! I have many other “To Read”s though. We’ll see what get’s done! What is on your 2017 Read List? Did you have a favourite book of 2016?
Here’s to a year of pleasurable reading!