Summer Reading//Mini-Reviews #2

Hey Everyone!

Wow, it seems like it has been forever since I’ve posted! I started out the summer planning to post at least weekly maybe more and here I am at the end of July having only posted twice.

This summer has been busy and awesome so far! Camp was a really amazing experience, I met new people, had some adventures (like camping out when it was pouring rain and everything was soaking wet), learned more about Jesus and had a good week away from home. I am so thankful that I was able to go. Thank you to my grandparents for helping to fund it

I have been loving having fresh veggies to cook with. Summer food is the best! Sadly we don’t have a garden this year, but I am so thankful for the local vegetable farms who grow amazing and healthy food. Hopefully sometime soon I will share some of my favorite, super easy, summer dishes with all of you.

The weather has mostly been pretty good for haying this year. We finally got some much needed rain this week. There is nothing like summer rain, especially long, steady, summer rain showers. When I was younger thunder storms really freaked me out, now I love them. love watching the rain pour down, hearing the thunder crash and seeing the lightning streak across the sky. I also love how clean and fresh the air always smells after a storm, there is nothing like it.

Something I have been doing alot of this summer is reading. I am so grateful for our wonderful library system and our kind, if at times scatterbrained, librarian. One of my favorite feelings is when I look at my desk and I see a stack of fifteen or so new books, just waiting to be read. Sometimes it is overwhelming to think about everything those wonderful pages hold, but most of all it is exciting. Reading will always be my first love, nothing else comes close enough to challenge its place in my heart. 🙂

All that said, let’s jump into these reviews.


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Title: Heist Society

Author: Ally Carter

Published: 2010

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I’ve seen this book around, but never really considered reading it until recently. This book was the first book I read by Ally Carter and I was pleasantly surprised by how clean and enjoyable it was. Kat and her crew are so much fun to read about! I always love reading about kids who accomplish things adults failed to.

The Heist society books are perfect for curling up with on a hot summer day, wherever you are.


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Title: A Note Yet Unsung

Author: Tamera Alexander

Published: 2017

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I stumbled across A Lasting Impression a couple months ago and I loved it! I also read the second Belmont Mansion novel and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was really excited about the third book. It managed to fulfill most of my expectations.

I loved reading about Rebekah and Tate’s passion for the music they played and wrote. It was beautiful and I could almost hear violins playing while I was reading it. That alone made this a worthwhile read for me.


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Title: The Lady of Bolton Hill

Author: Elizabeth Camden

Published: 2011

Rating: ✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I really loved Daniel and Clara’s relationship. It is always nice when the characters have known each other for a long time before falling in love. It was enjoyable to read about them bonding over music, that they played and wrote.

Bane’s transformation seemed a bit rushed to me, but he added a lot to the story. I am looking forward to reading more about him.


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Title: Wished

Author: Jen Calonita

Published: 2019

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

This next book in the FTRS series is just as fun and entertaining as the others. I have always loved Gilly and still do. Even though it is definitely an easy read for me it is quite enjoyable.


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Title: Starring Me

Author: Krista McGee

Published: 2012

Rating: ✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

After reading First Date, I was excited to find out there was a book about Kara. I really love Kara and Chad as individuals and together. They are both really fun to read about and get to know. I totally recommend this as a fun summer read.


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Title: The Lieutenant’s Bargain

Author: Regina Jennings

Published: 2018

Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

I love Hattie and Jack! For such a common plot, two people who don’t love each other, are forced to get married and end up falling in love, but think that the other doesn’t love them, until the end when they realize they both love each other, it was a fresh and fun story. Totally worth the time spent reading it.


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Title: Through Waters Deep

Author: Sarah Sundin

Published: 2015

Rating: ✭✭✭✭

My Thoughts:

If you are someone who enjoys christian WW2 romances, then Sarah Sundin’s books are for you. Through Waters Deep started out slow, but toward the middle of the book I couldn’t put it down. The mystery element kept the story interesting. I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series.


How has your summer been? What have you been reading? Do any of these books sound interesting to you?

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. 😀


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!