Friday, January 18, 2019

Couldn't Ask For Better

This is for a dear friend.

Working all day 
Studying all night 
Gotta make good grades 

Coming home to little sis 
Watching her grow so fast 
Being the best sister possible 

Stepping out and making friends 
When it's easier to stay alone 
Knowing connections are worth it 
Priorities in line 

Taking the time in a busy day 
Calling friends just to say hi 
Making time for them 

Listening to God's call 
Following His word 
Putting Him first 

I couldn't ask for a better friend than you, girl. Happy 20'th birthday!!

Monday, January 14, 2019

20 Questions About Books

I've been trying to do fewer tags, but the lovely Kate tagged me for this, and it had some fun questions. =) 

1. How many books are too many in a series?
I typically get tired of a series after about five to six books. It depends on how interested I am. After six books, I am definitely ready for some things to be wrapped up.

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?
While they can be rather frustrating as a reader, I like them. It makes me anticipate the next book (or chapter) more. 

3. Hardback or paperback?
Paperback. Hardbacks are pretty, but they are way to hard to hold. I much prefer light paperbacks! 

4. Favorite book?
1. Timothy and Dear Mr. Knightly by Katherine Reay. <3 

5. Least favorite book?
Ehh, I don't really keep track of things like that.

6. Love Triangle… yes or no?
Not generally, since it's normally not done well, but I won't turn down a book just cause it's got one in it. 

7. The most recent book you couldn’t finish?
Home Fires of the Great War by Rebekah Morris, but that was because my Kindle Unlimited subscription ran out. I was also slightly bored. *shrugs*

8. A book you’re currently reading?
Your Best Year Ever, and The Lion The Witch, and the Wardrobe. *Grins* 

9. The last book you recommended to someone?
I think it was Kiera by Kate Willis.

10. Oldest book you’ve read (based on publication date)?
The Plymouth Plantation from 1651. A tad on the boring side but packed full of information!

11. Newest book you’ve read (based on publication date)?
Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy

12. Favorite author?
Jessica Grayson and Sarah Holman.

13. Buying books or borrowing them?
I like borrowing books first, making sure I like them and then buying them. 

14. A book you dislike that everyone else loves?
A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes.

15. Bookmarks or dog-ears?
Bookmarks. I've got a bucketload of bookmarks and I love them all. Dogeared pages really bug me...

16. A book you can reread over and over?
Dear Mr. Knightly and Annabeths War. *Happy sigh*

17. Can you read while listening to music?
I can but I prefer not to. 

18. Multiple POVs or one POV?
I much prefer to read only one and first person is my favorite. I don't mind two perspectives, but any more then that and it starts getting a little much for me. 

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days on average?
Depends on the book. I used to read a ton of books in one sitting, but now I do it over a few days, and its fine with me that way. I have more time to relish the book. =) 

20. Who do you tag?
Anyone who wants to. (Seriously though, I don't know many people who still do tags)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Where There was Darkness

I wrote this for a friend a while ago.

What was broken 
Is mending 
Where there was darkness
There is light 
Pouring in 
Over everything 
We used to think 
we were broken 
Without hope of being 
Put back together 
We thought we were too far 
Way too far gone 
But maybe after all 
Those cracks 
Were to let the light in 
And all the broken places 
Were to show me 
God’s perfection 
And His love 
In lifting us out 
Of the darkness 

Friday, January 4, 2019

Top 10 Books of 2018

Happy new year, everyone!! These are my top 10 books of the year. I'm not great at mini-reviews, but hopefully, this will still be good. =) 



The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller 

An extremely well-done Regency book. My favorite part is that it's aimed for Christians, so the theme is about problems we face being Christians, not about becoming one. Also, the romance was the sweetest!


Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzybowski 

This book was the most refreshing books I've read in a long time. The strong themes, great characters, and amazing romance were amazing. (This will be releasing later this month!)



Beautiful Blue World by Suzanne LaFleur

This book made me want to laugh, cry, and learn how to be a better friend. It was intense and super deep. I related to the main character so much, it's hard to properly put into words this book. 



Before Amen by Max Lucado 

While this book didn't tell me a lot I didn't know, it refreshed a lot and made it clearer. This made me see the reason behind prayers better then I had before.



A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White 

This book was incredible. I have rarely ever read a book with such vivid character, or ones I loved so much. The themes were great, and I didn't want it to end! 



Kate's Conundrum by Sarah Holman 

These characters were the best and seriously, this book tackled some pretty big issues. This series is one of my favorites. <3 



Bitter Winter by Jaye L. Knight

This series is so incredible, and this book was no exception. The characters in here and the powerful themes just blew me away. 



The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas

This book was one of the most powerful ones I read this year. It digs to the core of why we believe, and just how far we are willing to go for our faith. I was challenged in my walk with God by this book. 



Kiera by Kate Willis

I don't even know what to say about this book. It seems impossible to sum up. It was powerful and heartwarming, and heartbreaking all at the same time. I wish I could have given it more stars. 



Christy by Catherine Marshall 

This was the most incredible book I have read all year. It was perspective changing and convicting. It made me laugh, and want to cry. I wouldn't recommend this to readers under fifteen. 

So there you have it, my top 10 of the 132 books that I read last year! Have you read any of these books? What were some of your favorite books from 2018?

Monday, December 31, 2018

December Highlights

I'm planning a super epic review of the year, including my top ten books, and highlights of the whole year. But today, I've got my December Highlights.

My sister Grace and I decided we wanted to do a hot dog roast (These are becoming quite regular around here), so we did a spontaneous trip to town to get the stuff for it. 

I got to go to the Zoo with a lot of fellow Texan writers and friends. It was a blast hanging out with them. 

I had Cedar allergies most of the month. Thankfully except for a few days, it wasn't too bad. it just gave me a phantom fever and made my nose stuffy. 

Our table for the Christmas party

We had our annual Christmas cookie party, and we made so. many. cookies. Seriously, I'm kind of sick of cookies. But it was fun! =D

My siblings and I played a lot of games this month. Mostly Forbidden Island, but we threw in some Monopoly in there. 

Two of my sisters and I decorated trees in the woods!

Me in the entrance to Longhorn Cavern (Photo taken by Rebekkah)

We went to Lornhorn state park, got to see a cave entrance, and amazing views. Then we went to a lake and walked around a pretty incredible light display! 

The floor in our storage shed started to give out, so we spent all of one day carting the boxes full of stuff to a different location. Exhausting, but it was good to get the stuff safe! 

We celebrated Christmas a little early because of my brother's work schedule, which was fun. We all got up at six and spent a very leisurely morning slowly opening presents. It took us until noon because we kept stopping to get food, and at one point to play with a game! We went for a family walk, then had a beautiful candlelight service. This Christmas was just about the best. 

All of us (Except me) on Christmas

I undecorated my room for the first time ever by myself. But Rebekkah (Whom I share the room with) was busy helping my mom, and so I did it. It took a lot longer (surprise), but I got my books really well organized. ;) 

We had a girls shopping day on the 26'th. We got a very early start, hit a lot of good deals, and had an awesome time. I didn't get a lot, but I did get a couple of fun things, like sticker packs, and a little-stuffed elephant.

We went up to Dallas to see my Grandparents and went to the biggest Half Priced Books ever. Seriously, that place is heaven for bookworms. 

Monster (Which is not nearly as creepy as it looks) was my favorite of the month. (I'm excluding my re-read of Radialloy, and It's Not About Me) 
Hike Four Dancing in the Rain
You Have a Purpose Chosen Vessels 
December 26 The Introverted Extrovert 
2018 Goal Progress The Left-handed Typist 
I Don't Understand this Love A Storynerds Life

See y'all next year! I've got some pretty big plans, I'm really excited to share them with y'all! 
How was your December? and your Christmas?