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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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Posted in Books, Pictures, Random babblings, update

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 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 :)
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November 2017 Wrap-Up

This is really late, and I have no pretty graphic to adorn this post. For which I apologize.

November was a full month. I honestly am not sure I can remember much about the first half, other than that I believe it was good…

Towards the middle of the month, though, things got hard when we found out that the son of my Mum’s best friend had passed away, shortly before Thanksgiving. My Dad had been up north helping my grandparents, but he came home as we all were shocked from the news, and grieving.  I won’t talk much further on it, but it really has affected us all, as we grieve through this on various levels. The funeral was exceedingly hard for everyone, and prayers for their family would be so appreciated.

 

Life has also been busy, and I’m feeling a little drained, so this post probably won’t be much, or long, but I guess I’m happy it’s not a month late. :)

 

 

I read a fair amount of books towards the beginning of the month, but it slowed down at the end, and I’m trying to get caught up now. These are the books I read:

 

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter  Dying for Love by Cara Putman  October by J. Grace Pennington  Where We Belong by Lynn Austin  The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright  Growing Up with Aloha by Kirby Larson  One Enchanted Eve by Melissa Tagg  One Enchanted Noël by Melissa Tagg

 

Most you can click on to go read my review of it, though I haven’t yet posted my reviews for “Where We Belong” and “One Enchanted Noel”, but those will be coming soon, God-willing.

Books I recieved:

 

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Most of these are Review Books, but a couple were gifts, or giveaway wins, and two were swapped books. So I don’t think I actually spent any money on books last month, besides during the Indie Christian Books Sale, but those books haven’t come yet, so I’ll count that in December’s wrap up. :)

 

I hope you all had a good month, a good Thanksgiving, and will have a good December!

Posted in Books, Random babblings, reading

August Wrap Up

Happy {almost} September! It feels like such a treat to be saying that – Fall, at last! :) Though I can’t complain, as August has been a very nice month, weather wise, with plenty of Fall-like temps.

Today’s wrap up post isn’t going to be the usual, because, well, I can’t get a picture of my bookish treasures that I aquired this month. I had the misfortune of slipping on one of our deck stairs almost 3 three weeks ago, and severely injured my ankle. We thought maybe it was just twisted, but as we compared my ankle with the one that didn’t get hurt, we could tell that it didn’t look quite right – seconds after I fell, the ankle was swollen like a balloon and there was a big knob on the side, so we went to the ER.  They took X-rays, and said it wasn’t broken, but I had torn 3 ligaments pretty badly. My ankle and leg looked pretty nasty, all black and blue. They wrapped it up and gave me crutches and a splint to put on after three days of doing NOTHING. But even after that, it was still so swollen and hurt that I couldn’t get the splint on. A week later when it was pretty much the same I went to the doctors and they x-rayed it again, making sure there wasn’t a hairline fracture, and there wasn’t. The doctor showed me some excercises to start doing, and so I started to do those. It is slowly getting stronger now – it’s been a loooong recovery process, and God has had to teach me a lot through it, because it’s hard to just sit still and not be able to do much of anything.

I’ve had 2 physical therapy appointments now, and each week it gets a little stronger. I’m still on crutches, and can’t walk on the ankle, but this week I will start using the splint to work on putting partial pressure on it while walking with crutches still. Looking forward to getting back to normal! But I am so thankful that this is temporary – I won’t be like this forever. It could be so much worse.

But yes, that is why I cannot get a picture. Because I can barely get upstairs to my books, let alone gather them together and take a picture. ^.^ I did get some lovely books in August; mostly review books, but also some nonreview books, like a few Susan May Warrens, a FBI mystery book, a Biblical Fiction book, etc. Looking forward to reading all the goodies. And I have been reading a lot, as you can imagine. ;) The books I’ve read are these:

 

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren  The Road to Paradise by Karen   Barnett  Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh  On Grounds of Honor by Rebekah Colburn  The Case of the Clobbered Cad by Debra E. Marvin  The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling  Canteen Dreams by Cara Putman  Sandhill Dreams by Cara Putman

And if I’ve reviewed them, you can just click on the image and that’ll bring you to the review. “The Promise of Dawn” was a review book, and that review shall be posted very shortly!

So in my reading, the time periods I “lived” in, were:

Present Day, 1920’s, Civil War years, 1956, 1909, and the 1940’s! A nice time-span. ^.^

 

 

Also in August, our little town has its yearly rendezvous/reenactment event, and this year we actually got to ‘work’ there! We love the place and go every year, and it holds lots of memories, but we’ve never gotten to really be apart of it, but this year we ran one of their new “ventures”, that being an “Eatery”. Though it was the weekend just after my fall and so I had to just sit in a wheelchair during it, I had lots of fun and was in charge of the money and token selling. ^.^ We’ll get to run the same shed/booth this Winter and next year too, which we’re looking forward to.

 

How was your August? Are you looking forward to Fall?

 

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And that’s July

July is now just about behind us, and tomorrow we shall welcome in August. Not my favourite month, I admit, but it does bring us one step closer to Fall, so I suppose I shall survive. ;)

July has been hot. Very, very hot. And of course, busy, as per usual of summer. Every year, our town has a sort of ‘summer celebration’ in July, which is a few days long with various activities. We usually only attend the Parade and Book Sale (because…books! And free candy at the parade. ;)), but this year and the year before we also attended the Kiddie Parade because my darling nephews were in it, so we walked with them and enjoyed their adorableness. :D

Other June happenings included more kittens being born, more storms, and just getting things done. I have read a fair amount, though I still feel a tad bit behind on my reading list. It’ll come though!

So, in July, I read the following books:

 

Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren Continuing Destiny by Sarah Holman Father, Forgive Them by Sarah Holman Suit and Suitability by Kelsey Bryant A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White The Captain's Daughter by Jennifer Delamere Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

 

Quite a few good ones there! I reviewed several of them (and just realized that while I posted my review of “Suit and Suitability” on goodreads and amazon, I’m not sure I ever posted it to my blog….I’ll have to check on that one, and amend if need be!).

My review for “A Name Unknown” by Roseanna M. White will be posted on the Third of August – it is an excellent book, one I encourage you not to miss!

 

The books I have added to my shelves:

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  • “Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations” – Giveaway Win
  • “The Genesis Tree” – Gift from the author for being on her team and reviewing an ecopy
  • “Paige Torn” – Tyndale Rewards
  • “Freedom’s Ring” – Tyndale Review Copy
  • “A Name Unknown” – Review Copy
  • “The Lost Loves of World War II Collection” – garage sale find!

 

And then I found a few others of those Barbour Collections like the last one, at our library booksale.  I love the scalloped pages of those books!

 

So, readers, what have you been up to lately? Reading anything good? Spending lots of time outside? Do you like this hot weather?

Posted in Book reviews, Books, Reviews, update, Writing

MAY I do my Recap

Okay, so the title of this post is a little cheesy. (I would very much like some cheese pizza, please). But I get tired of doing the same “(Month) Recap/Wrapup” and since I just got done writing in my snarky story, I can’t help it.

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So yeah, May. ‘Twas full of busy-ness, doings, happenings, and whatnots. When it comes to life-recaps, my mind suddenly goes pretty blank. All I know is that we were busy. I finished my journal (started a new one). Had some kittens. Found a couple of cats a new indoor home. Read what felt like a lot. These are the books I read:

 

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson Shadow of Suspicion by Christy Barritt Admirable by Sarah Holman Befriended by Sarah Holman The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson (Review here), Shadow of Suspicion by Christy Barritt, Admirable by Sarah Holman (review here), Befriended by Sarah Holman (review here), The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman (review here), and Wings of the Wind by Conniln Cossette (review to come).

I received/bought several books this month as well, and some of those are:

 

 

Okay, before I dive into the first picture of books, you see the second one? I won that prize pack! I was so surprised when I got the email, because I’ve never expected to win one of those big prize packs that I so often enter – I mean, there’s always SO many entries. What are the chances?(Totally random, I get it.). But yeah, so that was utterly thrilling!

As for the books on the left. See what they’re sitting on? A record player! Yay! Been wanting one, and my sister and I found this one at a garage sale for extremely cheap and it all works! <3

Anywho, enough random rambling (what am I saying?! This whole post is basically that). In the book picture, the left hand stack are books I purchased. The bottom four were from a CBD sale! And then the next top four I bought through my darling friend in another state, and the top was one I got from the book group I’m apart of for selling/swapping. That book in the middle of the stacks – yeah, that was a surprise from said darling friend!! She got that book for me just because! So sweet! <3

The righthand stack: Bottom three were swapped books from the group, the next four are review books, and the top two (including the audio book) were give-away wins. So, lots and lots of fun. I love books. *Huggles them*. The book by Joanie Bruce I actually won from a short story contest. Dat was fun.

 

And now, a “Pretty Bookish Picture”:

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As for writing, I haven’t been doing a TON of that, but I’m now back to working at it some. Little by little.

 

Music. Listening to some records, and the soundtrack to Tarzan (because it’s pretty much perfection), and of course, The Monkees. They’re amazing, but everyone who knows me knows I think that. ;)

 

Sooooape. I guees that’s it. (“And that’s all!” – quote from a person from a video from the 60’s…*cough*)

June will be full of more book reading/reviews, God-willing. I’ve got a lot of books to review. But I love reading, so it shouldn’t be a problem. We’ve got some of the garden in, so that’s good.

What’s up with yous peoples? Read anything good lately? Have any books you hope to read this month? Do you having any records you enjoy?

 

 

Posted in Books, Random babblings, update

February Wrap-Up

Happy March!

I hope your February was a good month. It was a bit of a short one, eh? ;) Still mostly good, though, aside from more bouts of the stomach bug and then colds. ‘Tis the season for sicknesses.

Highlight of the month was going to an Aquarium for my sister’s birthday – we had great fun, and enjoyed the trip.

These are some of the books I acquired last month:

 

 

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The top two, “Promise Me This” and “Beaded Hope” I got from Tyndale Rewards , “Stones of my Accusers” came from a thriftstore, “With Love, Wherever You Are” was a review book which I will be reviewing shortly, and the three Monkees books came from Thriftbooks. :)  Very much looking forward to reading them!

 

What I read in February:

“Everything’s Coming Up, Josey” by Susan May Warren

“Shadow of the Storm” by Connilyn Cossette

“Emmeline” by Sarah Holman

“Chill Out, Josey” by Susan May Warren

“With Love, Wherever You Are” my Dandi Daley Mackall

 

So, a pretty good reading month!

 

Another highlight of February happened just the other day – one of our outside cats already had kittens. 5 of them. They’re adorable. :)

 

How was your February? Anything you’re particularly looking forward to in March?

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!