Mini-Reviews: Winter Edition// Part 2

Hey Everyone.

I am excited to being sharing part two of my winter mini-reviews. I sadly have not had much time to read lately, with all of the schoolwork I have had and still have, but I read these books semi recently. It is so hard to see my large stack of books not getting any smaller and several books that I am really excited about reading remaining unread. I was only able to read two books last week! A very small and sad number for me. πŸ˜€

Well, I guess we might as well jump in. Hopefully these books will be some you are interested in reading. Nothing is better than a good and interesting book when your life, or the whole country, is messy and crazy.

*Just a reminder, books marked with a ❀️ are not books I would recommend to tweens and younger teens.


Let the Wind Rise (Sky Fall, #3)

Title: Let The Wind Rise ❀️

Author: Shannon Messenger

Published: 2016

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My Thoughts:

Let the Wind Rise is the conclusion of Audra and Vane’s story and the third book in the Sky Fall trilogy. I enjoyed the whole Sky Fall trilogy. It sadly did not have the same quality of writing and world-building details as KOTLC but it was enjoyable. Some of the ideas in KOTLC seem to be more sophisticated and developed versions of some of the ideas in this trilogy. Overall, I am glad that Shannon Messenger mostly write middle-grade, that is where she excells.


The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile, #1)

Title: The Pharaoh’s Daughter ❀️

Author: Mesu Andrews

Published: 2015

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My Thoughts:

Wow, what a beautiful historical fiction book! The Pharaoh’s Daughter follows the life of Annipe, an Egyptian princess, from when she was five years old to when she is in her thirties. Annipe is five when she watches her mother, one of the pharaoh’s wives, die in childbirth. This event terrifies Annipe and she decides that she will never bear her own children. Through many events over the next ten years, Annipe ends up married to one of Egypt’s highest military officials. Before long Annipe’s new husband leaves to go to war, leaving her to run their linen business and estate. Right after this Annipe finds a baby in a basket floating on the river, Moses. She adopts the baby and eventually raises him as her son. Annipe’s story is still far from over, but that is all I am spoiling. πŸ˜€

This book is fascinating and really beautifully written, my favorite biblical/historical fiction book that I have read.


The Piper's Pursuit (Hagenheim, #10)

Title: Piper’s Pursuit

Author: Melanie Dickerson

Published: 2019

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My Thoughts:

This was a sadly disappointing read. I have enjoyed most of Melanie Dickerson’s books, but this one just didn’t do it for me. I had high expectations for this book after reading Warrior Maiden, but…I just could not get interested in the story. That said, the characters were great and enjoyable!


Vow of Justice (Blue Justice, #4)

Title: Vow of Justice ❀️

Author: Lynette Eason

Published: 2019

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

My Thoughts:

This was my favorite Blue Justice book. I love Linc and Allison! Their story was so interesting and fast-paced. I felt that the mole was a bit obvious, since I guessed the person’s identity about half way through the book. How it all played out was not predictable, though. Allison’s story was very unexpected and heartbreaking.

One thing that I appreciate about Lynnette Eason’s books, or at least those of them that I have read, is that although there is a romance thread in the story it does not overpower the rest of the story.


The Bridge to Belle Island

Title: The Bridge to Belle Island

Author: Julie Klassen

Published: 2019

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

My Thoughts:

This is a wonderful and very original feeling story. In many ways it is my favorite of Julie Klassen’s books. The Bridge To Belle Island is set on a tiny and beautiful island. The characters are interesting and rather complex. The mystery is not easily solved or expected. This is a book I am looking forward to re-reading.


Sons of Blackbird Mountain (Blackbird Mountain, #1)

Title: Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Author: Joanne Bischof

Published: 2018

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…

My Thoughts:

This book is really unique and interesting. Both of the MCs are strong, but very human feeling characters. Thor, the male MC is deaf and mute, he is massive and kind, but dependent on alcohol to dull the emotional and mental pain of being unable to speak or hear. Thor and Aven’s story is beautiful and inspiring. It is different and something that more authors should be doing. Characters who have mental and physical limitations that they have to overcome are characters that readers can relate to.


Are any of these books on your tbr or read list? What book are you currently reading or just finished?

Anticipation 2020// Exciting Releases!

Hey Everyone.

A few days ago Abigail posted a list of her most anticipated releases and it inspired me to put together a list of my own. I had a lot of fun looking at all of the books that are coming out this year! So many of my favorite authors have something coming out, it’s so exciting!

I hope you enjoy this list!


Movies

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I am really excited to go see this movie. I enjoyed the older Emma movie with Gwyneth Paltrow and the BBC series Emma and so I am really excited to see new adaptation of this story!

Black Widow

I cannot wait for this movie. Many of you may not know that I am a fan of the Marvel Universe, definitely a new and not super hardcore fan, but still a fan. My dad, two of my siblings and I are currently watching the movies in chronological order (we are on Captain America: Civil War). Natasha Romanoff is amazing and possibly my favorite character (I also love Tony Stark and Wanda Maximoff. I can’t wait to see her movie.

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The trailer for this movie looks amazing! I have enjoyed all of Disney’s live action remakes and I can’t wait to see this one!


Books

The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Cornwall, #2)

January 7, 2020

The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy, #3)

February 4, 2020

Cry of the Raven (The Ravenwood Saga Book #3)

February 4, 2020

My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies, #3)

June 2, 2020

Storing Up Trouble (American Heiresses, #3)

May 5, 2020

Selah (The Sugar Baron's Daughters, #3)

March 3, 2020

A Portrait of Loyalty (The Codebreakers, #3)

September 8, 2020

Vying for the Viscount (Hearts on the Heath, #1)

August 4, 2020

The Story Hunter (The Weaver Trilogy #3)

May 19, 2020

Love & Olives (Love & Gelato, #3)

July 7, 2020

To Steal a Heart (The Bleaker Street Inquiry Agency, #1)

November 17, 2020

The Fifth Avenue Story Society

February 4, 2020

At Love's Command (Hanger's Horsemen, #1)

May 2, 2020

An Ivy Hill Christmas (Tales from Ivy Hill)

September 1, 2020

Like Flames in the Night (Cities of Refuge, #4)

March 3, 2020


Well…there you have it! A very long list of books that I am excited about that I haven’t read yet and that have been or will be released this year! It’s going to be a good year for reading if this list is any indication. I am so excited for all of these books! Especially A Portrait of Loyalty! I am currently reading On The Wings Of Devotion and it is amazing, absolutely amazing, I’ll be writing a book review of it soon.

What are some books that you are looking forward to reading? are any of these books on your tbr?

BIBPC #7// Category 4

Hey Everyone.

It’s been awhile since I last posted. I missed the last category because of a busy week of school and stuff. I’m excited to have this picture though!

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The word for category four of BIBPC #7 is…………….lopsided.

And here is my picture. the pile is sort of lopsided or at least it is uneven. I’m not sure why I’m having so much trouble with this. *sighs*

These are all really great books that I totally recommend. I have reviews coming of several of them! My sister and I got Mark of The Raven for Christmas. It is so good! I’m excited to share (and write) a review of it.

Have you read or heard of any of these books? What is one of your favorite winter activities? (Reading definitely counts!)

Before I go, if you haven’t checked out Jo’s blog yet you really should! This piece of writing that Jo and Clara wrote together is definitely worth reading!

Goodbye 2019

Hey Everyone.

I can’t believe that it is already time to write this post. How in the world is 2019 almost over? Where did this year go?

Last year I wrote this post at the end of the year, I shared some of the books and songs that I enjoyed and some of the highlights of my year. That isn’t really what I want to do this year, but I want to write something and share somethings with you all. So let’s just see how it goes!


I read a lot this year, over 300 books according to Goodreads. I read some great books and some terrible books. I found new authors and new books by my favorite authors. My love of reading and books has not diminished at all and if anything has continued to grow.

Music and singing have become a bigger part of my life this past year somehow. For most of my life we have had music playing almost constantly in the background of our life. Different albums of music seem to signify different seasons of our life.

Over the past few years I have been finding my own music and listening to it on my own. Every year I expand the music I listen to, finding new (to me) artists and falling in love with different songs. This year my love and appreciation for and fascination with music, specifically singing and different people’s’ voices has really grown and I hope it continues to grow.

I’ve spent hours and hours in the kitchen over this year. It was a lot of the same things made over and over again, but I did try some new recipes. One fun thing that we made was foil packs! They were delicious and really fun to make. I cooked more potatoes then I could ever count and still love them. Chocolate is still one of my favorite things and so are apples.

My family went through some hard stuff, just like everyone else, but things are good now. Having the difficult and sometimes horrible times helps us to appreciate the good and happy times. I am so thankful for my family, all of my siblings and my parents.

Blogging this school year has shifted from what it was last year. I’m not posting as regularly, but I still enjoy it. I”m still trying to figure out where I am going with it. I’ve posted lots of pictures and reviewed a bunch of books. I haven’t gained many new followers and I’m okay with that, it isn’t my goal any more and that has changed my perspective of blogging and what I post.


Well, there you have it, a bit of a recap of sorts of my year. I hope that it wasn’t to torturous to read. πŸ˜€

I would love to hear about your year! What are some highlights or things you have learned?

Diamond in the Rough: Book Review

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Title: Diamond in the Rough

Author: Jen Turano

Published: 2019

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Genre: Christian Historical Fiction, Christian Romance

My Thoughts:

I love this book, it is definitely one of my favorite recent reads! All of Jen Turano’s books are so fun to read. I love her characters, their dialogue is always hilarious. I always end up laughing when I read her books. They are the kind of books I love to read when I am stressed (and grouchy), they always cheer me up.

Poppy is someone who I would love to meet in real life, or to spend more time with in a book. She is smart, funny, stubborn and tough. Poppy is always getting into trouble in some way, she just can’t seem to help it! Poppy is a breath of fresh air to her grandparents and all of the New York 400.

I loved seeing Reginald’s character develop over the book. He really lightened up and learned how to smile. Poppy and Reginald really balance each other out. I loved reading their conversations with each other, it always made me smile.

I love this book, that really sums it all up. πŸ™‚

β€œI’ve always felt that misfits are far more interesting than normal folks.” Diamond in the Rough

I hope that your fall has been a wonderful season. I miss posting regularly on here, but school has to be priority. Right? Sadly, yes. I hope that you all enjoyed this review, I’ll be back soon with a….well a something post. I’m not sure yet what it will be, maybe a photography post or a cooking post or a…well you get the idea.

Have you read any of Jen Turano’s books? Are you going to check them out now? Did you know that KOTLC book 8, Legacy, was released last week?

Lady Jayne Disappears: Book Review

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Title: Lady Jayne Disappears

Author: Joanna Davidson Politano

Published: 2017

Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

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My Thoughts:

Another amazing book by Joanna Politano, she is currently one of my favorite authors. All three of her beautiful books pulled me in and kept me engaged until the last page. I have so enjoyed each of her books! I am so glad that I happened upon A Rumored Fortune.

There are so many things I love about this book! Let’s start with the names, Aurelie, Juliette, Eudora, Glenna and Garamond. They all seemed to really fit their characters. I loved that Joanna used very few common names. Whenever I read a book about a Sarah, Rachel or Elizabeth, I wish that the author had been a bit more creative. Afterall why not come up or give your characters fun names! It was refreshing to have some interestingly named characters.

The name Lady Jayne Disappears immediately made me curious. What made the title even more interesting was that Aurelie’s novel shared the same title. Very rarely have I read a read a book that’s title shares the title of the story being written within the book. Lady Jayne Disappears‘ cover is so mysterious, in a way, and beautiful.

I enjoyed the mystery surrounding Aurelie’s parents. It was in many ways a surprising story. I was in some ways disappointed by how Aurelie’s parents’ story ended but it worked for this book somehow.

The romance element of this story in some ways felt unremarkable. For some reason it felt like an afterthought to me.The romance honestly was not needed and didn’t really add much to the story for me. All that said, I am glad that Aurelie and Silas ended up together, since I love both characters.

I loved the excerpts of Nathaniel Droll’s Lady Jayne Disappears! It really added to the story.

“Lady Jayne dreamed endlessly of escaping to something different, of living a fascinating and dramatic life – until she did.” – Nathaniel Droll

I hope that you enjoyed this review! Have you read this book? Do you want to read it now? What have you been reading lately?

Mini-Reviews//End of Summer Reads

Hey Everyone,

I am, as always, really excited to share with you all some of what I have been reading. Reading is one of my favorite parts of life, I wish that I could write stories as well as read them, but sadly I can’t (or maybe I just haven’t really tried…).

Books are special and beautiful things and I am so thankful that I have access to so many through our wonderful library system. I love finishing a book and feeling full and satisfied by the story. For me there is nothing that can truly compete with my love of reading (other then my love of God of course). One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that it gives me time to read (one of the many benefits of homeschooling, such as getting to keep taking chocolate all day throughout school, not having to be social everyday and the list goes on. πŸ˜€) .

All that said here’s a list of mini-reviews of books that I have read in the past few months.


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Title: Truly Madly Royally

Author: Debbie Rigaud

Published: 2019

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…

My Thoughts:

Truly Madly Royally is a fun light-hearted story about a girl who meets her prince. I can hardly ever resist a book about a normal girl and a real-live prince, from a made up country of course. I was pleasantly surprised by how clean this YA book was, to be honest it felt a bit younger then YA but it was still quite enjoyable. πŸ˜€


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Title: The Best of Intentions

Author: Susan Anne Mason

Published: 2018

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

My Thoughts:

When I see a book about a governess or nanny that sounds even semi-interesting I just about always get it. The Best of Intentions is my new favorite of these books. I really felt for Grace, even if I didn’t always agree that she made the right choice. Grace’s pain over her sister’s death and her relationship with her mother felt very genuine (you know how sometimes a character’s feelings just feel so fake?).

Andrew was one of those main characters who you don’t really want to like but just can’t help liking. He is frustrating in how he treats Grace, but at least he is honest with her. That definitely counts for something!

Christian is so sweet and I love his part in the story! He helped make the story enjoyable.


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Title: United We Spy

Author: Ally Carter

Published: 2013

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My Thoughts:

United We Spy was both a disappointing and satisfactory ending to the Gallagher Girls series. Ally Carter wrapped up all the loose ends and still gave us a good ending. It was not my favorite Gallagher Girls book but definitely not my least favorite either. It was fun to see Cammie and her friends graduate and to hear where they were heading. I wish that this wasn’t the end of the series though.


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Title: When You Are Near

Author: Tracie Peterson

Published: 2019

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…

My Thoughts:

Running away to join a circus act sounds like fun, and is always lots of fun to read about. When You Are Near is about two women who trick ride, I loved hearing about the riding and the tricks that they performed, this is a great book for anyone who loves historical fiction and horses.


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Title: The Pelican Bride

Author: Beth White

Published: 2014

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My Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I enjoyed having a native american as one of the main characters and it reminded me why I love reading about the colonial time period. The Pelican Bride definitely had its issues, like how rushed Tristan and GeneviΓ©ve’s relationship was, but overall it was a great book.


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Title: A Rumored Fortune

Author: Joanna Davidson Politano

Published: 2018

Rating: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

My Thoughts:

This was a beautiful story, just as beautiful as the gorgeous cover. It was original and interesting, a really remarkable story.

Joanna’s characters are very human and her descriptions of them are wonderful. Tressa is beautiful and honestly fascinating in a way. Donnegan is an interesting character, really that sums him up.

The setting of a Rumored Fortune was new and beautiful. The story took place in an old mansion where they searched for the treasure and in incredible vineyards where Tressa and Donnegan spent much of their time. I love learning from books and I definitely learned from this one. Having the vineyards be a major part of the story was a wonderful idea.

Joana’s writing style and characters are refreshing and beautiful. I am looking forward to reading more of her work.


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Title: A Tailor-Made Bride

Author: Karen Witemeyer

Published: 2010

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My Thoughts:

What a great story! I absolutely loved all of it! A Tailor-Made Bride is a perfect example of why you should never judge a book by it’s cover (which is sadly terrible). It was so fun to read Jericho and Hannah’s dialogue and to see Jericho soften towards Hannah over time. I love when the main characters are in many ways opposites as was the case with Hannah and Jericho. Hannah was like a ray of sunshine wherever she went and Jericho rarely smiled but was kind (of course πŸ˜€).

It was a mostly light hearted, completely clean, very enjoyable read!


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Title: Keturah

Author: Lisa T. Bergren

Published: 2018

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My Thoughts:

Keturah was an interesting book. I learned some new things and visited a completely new place through it. I have never read any book set in the West Indies in 1700s before and it was a conflicting experience. This is one of not many books that I have read where the main character owns slaves. It was as I said a conflicting read, in some ways I loved it and in others I just couldn’t. I am glad I read it and I plan on reading the second book of the series, but I just am not sure how I feel about it.


Have you read any of these books? Do you have any book recommendations for me? What have you been reading?

Well, there you have it, my latest mini-reviews. That’s all for today, I guess. I’ll (hopefully) be back soon with a fall related post of some kind and a bit of a life-update, but until then have great Friday!

Photo Collab!!!

Hey Everyone!

I am really happy to (finally) share this photo collab with you! Without further ado…………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Here you go!

So how we did this was we (Lauren, Kaelyn and I) each came up with three topics and we had to either take or find pictures we had taken before for each topic. It was really fun to come up with each picture. πŸ˜€


Starting with my topics:

Winter: My winter has been full of snow so for winter I thought that it had to be a picture of snow.

Snowflakes:

Trees:

Kaelyn’s Topics:

Cooking/Baking:

Playground:



Fun: My brothers have so much fun on their mini-bike so I chose this picture.

Lauren’s Topics.

Animals: A picture of our beautiful dogs, from the summer!

Books: I’m not really a fan of how this picture turned out, but I’ve never tried taking pictures of books before. Maybe I just need more practice?

Cozy: I’m re-using my first BIBPC photo.


What did you think of this collab? Which picture is your favorite? Is there anything that you would like to have me post about? I’m open to suggestions!

HELLO 2019! My New Years Resolutions!

Hey Everyone!

I hope that the start of your new year has been amazing! Other then Christmas break ending my new year has been pretty great so far!

All week I have been getting emails with posts that titles are variations of my title for this post, so I thought that once again I might as well join them. I have never been successful at fulfilling any of my New Years resolutions in past years (I’m sure I am not the only one), but then again I’ve never really tried very hard. My hope is that if I try I will be able to complete most if not all of these resolutions!

Complete My Goodreads Reading Challenge

Last year I set the pretty unrealistic goal of reading 400 books. Unsurprising I ended up not being able to complete my challenge, falling 123 books short.

I am kind of proud of my self, that I read at least 277 books in 2018. That is pretty good right!? If only I hadn’t set my 2018 challenge as 400 books. *sighs*

Anyway, I am pretty confident that I can read 300 books this year! I’m excited to see what books I end up reading in 2019!


Write In My Journal Almost Daily

During the last six months or so of 2018 I hardly ever wrote in my journal. I really missed it but I just couldn’t (or didn’t make time for it).

A couple days ago I started a new journal for 2019. I am hoping to finish it this year, filling it only with writing, not turning it into a scrapbook like I did with 2018’s journal.


Be Able To Do A Split

This has been on every list of goals and resolutions I have made for the past couple years, but this is the first year that I am actually stretching every day. So hopefully 2019 will be the year I am finally able to say that I can do a split!


Become A Better Photographer

I intend to read a bunch of blog posts about photography, ask my friends and family for suggestions and tips and find some good photography books to read.

Even if none of this helps I will just keep learning by taking pictures. I think practice is one of the best ways to learn anyway. πŸ˜€


Stick To My Blogging Schedule

Right now I am posting on Monday or Tuesday and Friday. It’s working well for me and I plan to stick with it.


Become A Better Blogger

I am really excited to learn more about blogging and improve my blogging this year!!


Spend More Time Writing and Putting Together My Posts

I always feel like I just end of throwing my post together. My plan is to spend more time and thought on each post.


Reach 100 Followers

I love knowing other people are reading and enjoying (hopefully) my blog, I am looking forward to my audience growing!

Thank you to all my wonderful followers and commenters!

What are some of your New Years Resolutions??? Which of mine is your favorite?

Happy New Year!Β 

Goodbye 2018!!!

Hey Everyone!

2018 was a very busy, full year! It definitely had it’s low points but overall it was a good year!


Here are some of the highlights from my year!

Camp!!! I went to the camp my dad went to as a kid, for the first time! It was definitely the best full week of my year!

Watching the Winter Olympics! We watched as much of the ice skating and ice dancing as we could! It is so amazing to watch how they move across the ice!

Starting Writings From A Farm Girl! I am so glad that I started this blog! I have so enjoyed writing and taking pictures to share with you and reading your lovely comments! I look forward to improving my pictures and writing in the new year!

Christmas and Advent! I already can’t wait for next year!

What are a few highlights from your year?


My favorite pictures I took and/or posted this year!


These two albums are definitely my favorite albums that I have heard this past year! I have most the lyrics for both memorized!

Look Up Child

What is your favorite song or album that came out this past year?


My favorite books I read (or reread) this year are…………….:

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I love these books so much! I cannot wait for the next Green Ember book!

What was your favorite (or one of your favorites) book you read or reread this year? Have you read either of these books?


I guess that’s all for today! Sorry this is short (again), I am hoping to do some longer posts soon!

Happy New Year!!!!