Saturday, October 13, 2018

The Book or the Movie? // Book Video

I love to read, but I also love a good movie! Which do I usually prefer though, the book or the movie adaption....?

What's one of your favorite book-movie adaptions?

Friday, October 5, 2018

Book Recommendations

I'm excited be doing some more book recommendations! For those of you who are wondering where the book videos are, they're coming! I have lots planned, I just need to do them! Life has been a bit crazy lately! I'm excited to get to working on them though! :D
Rebekah Morris over at Read Another Page is hosting a very fun bookish blog party. There are lots of book recommendations to find and you can enter to win a prize!
I almost did a post about some great contemporary books, but as I was writing up the post I realized that every book on the list were ones I've talked about lots of times. So I decided to recommend books that I have barley ever, if at all, talked about!

Love Finds You in Sunset Beach Hawaii by Robin Jones Gunn
Sierra came to Sunset Beach for relaxation—not for world-class surfing and certainly not for romance! When a wealthy friend offers Sierra Jensen a vacation at an oceanfront beach house, she envisions a quiet retreat where she can plan her next move. Instead, she arrives at the start of the noisy surfing competitions and is surprised to learn that her friend had an ulterior motive—namely, introducing Sierra to Jordan Bryce, the tenant staying below them. Jordan is a photographer whose lens and attention are focused on the surfers, and he is not willing to let anyone get in his way of landing the next cover shot for Surf Days magazine. Sierra and Jordan came to Sunset Beach looking for different things. But as the surf pounds the North Shore, will they discover something better than either of them had imagined?

This book is great! I really loved reading more about Sierra Jensen (Christy Miller's friend) from the Sierra Jensen series. I so enjoyed reading about her love story. It was great!

Royal Fire by Jonathan Hangstefer
Cedric Northchest and his friends Berne, Everett, and Winnefred have rather ordinary lives. Nothing remotely exciting ever happens to them until one day an elf named Ex-Tron shows up in their little town. Ex-Tron tells them that he needs their help finding the Guardian of Fire. Ex-Tron takes them to a once beautiful world called Arsought. Now the nights crawl with evil and each passing day grows darker. The Guardian of Fire protects a magical weapon called Royal Fire. Cedric and his friends must find the Guardian and learn how to use Royal Fire before the dark reign of Horcus is complete.

Fantasy isn't the genre I prefer, but this one is very well written and it just came out this summer!

The Choice by Suzanne Woods Fisher
With a vibrant, fresh style Suzanne Woods Fisher brings readers into the world of a young Amish woman torn between following the man she loves--or joining the community of faith that sustains her, even as she questions some of the decisions of her elders. Her choice begins a torrent of change for her and her family, including a marriage of convenience to silent Daniel Miller. Both bring broken hearts into their arrangement--and secrets that have been held too long. 

This was the first book by Suzanne Woods Fisher that I read and I really enjoyed it. I've read many of the authors books since then and have enjoyed most of those as well. It's been awhile since I read this one, but I remember enjoying it.

Violet Travilla series 
Book one begins in 1877, when creative, independent fourteen-year-old Violet learns that growing up brings new problems, feelings, and questions. As the entire Travilla family faces a tragic loss, Violet discovers that true faith defeats even hidden doubts.

I've only read this particular A Life of Faith series once. I need to remedy that soon though! This series, like all the other A Life of Faith books (Millie, Elsie, Laylie, and Kathleen), is great. I didn't like the first three as much as the rest of the series, but they were still good. I read those first three then once I got to book four I flew through the series! This is definitely a must read series!

Love Needs No Words by Faith Potts
Home from college for the summer, Shay Williams has many plans. Crossing paths with her childhood crush was not on the list. Yet when Daniel Rogers, a young mute man, reappears in her life, the friendship that once blossomed between them is rekindled. 
Daniel is mesmerized by this sweet girl who has a heart for deaf and mute children. But is it wrong of him to want to know her better, considering his inability? The last thing he wants to become is another charity case.
Follow these two young people through a summer of discovery as they learn valuable truths about friendship and love – a love that speaks not from the lips but from the heart. 

A lovely short story, Love Needs No Words is a very sweet book that I will be re-reading many times!

Abram's Daughters by Beverly Lewis
Abram's Daughters is the powerful saga of four sisters, their family and community, whose way of life and faith in God are as enduring as their signature horse and buggy. Or so it seems...Book One, The Covenant, unveils the layers of deeply rooted Amish tradition as seen through the eyes of Leah and Sadie Ebersol, the two oldest, courting-age sisters. The Amish community of Gobbler's Knob holds everything Leah Ebersol has ever desired until a pact with her sister Sadie, lured by the outside world, leaves Leah clinging to God's promises.

This is a five book series. It's great! I thought the first half of book 1 was a bit slow going, but it definitely picked up the pace and I enjoyed it a lot along with the other books. This is definitely a series you need to read in order. It's a bit complicated and you will truly get lost if you don't start at the beginning. The series covers a lot of years so don't be surprised! I was a bit at first, but it really made the series more realistic.

Christy series adapted by the book by Catherine Marshall
The Christy Series by Catherine Marshall (adapted by C. Archer)
Christy Huddleston's dream was to teach the poor mountain children. But she never imagined that the treacherous journey into the heart of the Smoky Mountains would bring danger into the lives of one mountain family.
Join Christy as she crosses the bridge from the familiar world of parties and pretty things into the strange, new world of Cutter Gap. There she meets the country doctor, Neil MacNeill, who needs her help to save a man's life. And the handsome young minister, David Grantland, rescues Christy when her own life is in danger, and helps her face the challenges of teaching, and loving, the proud mountain people.

This is a 12 book series adapted from the book Christy. It is geared toward younger readers, but I found them to be enjoyable. The TV show Christy is also quite fun. :)

Love Finds You in Calico, California by Elizabeth Ludwig
A young seamstress weaves her own story in a world run by men. After hearing news of a silver strike in Calico, California, Abigail Watts packs up her needles and thread and follows her beloved father out West. But when she's suddenly left alone in the rough mining town, Abigail finds herself pressed into a marriage of convenience with the local livery owner, Nathan Hawk. Determined to uncover the mystery surrounding her father's death in the mines, Abigail agrees to stay in Calico. But when the truth sets her free, she must decide whether to leave the town - and Nathan - for good.

I didn't read this book that long ago, but for some reason I don't remember a ton about it. Maybe because I read it so fast! ;) I enjoyed it though. There was a bit of a mystery to the story, which I liked. 

Is there a book like that you hardly ever mention due to all of your other favorites? ;)
Just a few more day left to submit questions for my blogiversay Q&A

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Earrings, Good Movies, and My Birthday!!! ~ My September Highlights!

September was a fun month! :D

~I got my ears pierced!! I was so nervous and almost didn't do it, but my mom convinced me to. I love having my ears pierced and I'm so glad I did it. I thought it would really hurt, but it barley did.

~After I got my ears pierced my mom and I went to the movie theatre and saw God Bless the Broken Road. It was really good!

~I won a contest in our small town's paper and won 4 movie tickets for the local theatre. I used one of the tickets and went to see Christopher Robin with my mom and older brother. It was really cute, a little sad, but I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

~I participated in two readathons this month. The first one I did with my friend, Faith, and got lots of reading done! The second one I did was one hosted by Faith and I participated with her and some other girls. I hardly read at all that time though.

~Fall officially came! I found this fun pillow the other day and just had to get it.

~My brother is playing flag football again! His team won their first game of the season a couple weeks ago. In that game they made 7 touchdowns and my brother, James, made 4 of them!!!

~I had a girls night with some friends. We watched a Hallmark movie, played games, and watched Full House.

~I don't look my age at all. Most people guess me to be about in the 13 to 15 age range. Well, this calls for lots of interesting stories about what people say to me at work. I'm constantly getting asked how old I am and why I'm not in school. I work at a little deli here in town and one day I was taking this couple their lunch. The lady looks at me and says, "Shouldn't you be in school?" I smile and say, "I'm actually almost 22." Both the husband and wife are shocked. Then one of them says, "You don't look a day over 12!" Then the husband says, "Well I guess we'll take your word for it and not call the truant officer." I didn't quite know what to say... ;)

~I only got around to posting one video, but I have lots of others planned so you will hopefully see those soon!

~I watched two fun Hallmark movies with a friend of mine!!

~My mom, sister, two of my brothers, and I went to the mall one afternoon. I bought some earrings and some clothes. One dress I bought was originally $72 but I got it for $11!! Talk about a good deal! :D

~My birthday!! My birthday is in September and I had a great day. Pizza for dinner and brownies for dessert! We played two of my favorite games as a family: Scattergories and Telestrations!
I received lots of fun gifts. I got a new purse, earrings, The First Love by Beverly Lewis, some shirts, and lots of other lovely gifts!

~Two days before my birthday I had a party with some friends. We played Imaginiff and ate cupcakes.

Movies! I watched some good movies this month!
All of My Heart: The Wedding
Truly, Madly, Sweetly
Chesapeake Shores (only 1 episode left until the season finale!)
Moonlight in Vermont
God Bless the Broken Road
Christopher Robin

What was one of the best things you've done in September?
Have you seen any of these movies?
Do people think you're older or younger than your actual age? ;D

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Sunshine Blogger Award!

Victoria over at Victoria's Book Nook tagged me for a fun tag called the Sunshine Blogger Award.

~The Rules~
--Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog
--Answer the questions the blogger who nominated you provided
--Nominate new bloggers and make up 11 questions for them to answer
--List the rules and have the Sunshine Blogger logo present in your post

1//  What was the last movie you watched (and enjoyed)?
I've watched lots of episodes lately, but the last full movie I watched was a very good Hallmark movie called Truly, Madly Sweetly.

2// Favorite Summer-y food?
Hamburgers and watermelon are two favorites. I also really love raspberries!

3// Last adventure you had?
Wandering around Fred Meyer with my mom trying to find a certain person who worked there...*laughs* It's a long story. ;)

4// Roadtrip's or Airplanes?
Road trips are a lot of fun because you get to see so much more along the way. Airplanes on the other hand get you to your destination faster so you have more time to spend in the place you want to visit. So both are good, but I guess I prefer road trips over airplanes.

 5// What are your dream wedding colors?
I want my bridesmaids to have a really pretty brighter blue color for their dresses. I want to wear forget-me-nots in my hair and have my toenails pained blue to match. So my hair flowers, nails, and bridesmaids dresses would all kind of match. I’m not sure what other colors I would want though.

6// What song have you had on repeat?
I usually listen to music regularly but lately I really haven't been listening to much other then the radio when I'm in the car.

7// Girly-girl or tomboy?
I’m definitely a girly-girl for sure!

8// First celebrity crush? comment! ;)

9// Top three favorite blogs?
My friends Faith and Victoria's blogs!
Stories by Firefly
Victoria’s Book Nook 
Chosen Vessels 

10// How long ago did you start your blog?
In a few weeks it will mark 3 years.

11// How do you feel you've grown since starting your blog?
I feel like I've gotten better at writing posts. My posts used to be super short, now even if they're short, I feel like they are more interesting...

I tag:

Here are your questions! :D
//What are your dream wedding colors?
//Last book you read? Did you like it?
//Last movie you saw? Did you like it?
//What’s been your favorite memory so far from 2018?
//What is your biggest dream?
//What is your favorite childhood book?
//Last adventure you had?
//Girly-girl or tomboy?
//Favorite day of the week?
//Where’s your favorite vacation spot?
//If you had one day that you could do anything you wanted or go anywhere you wanted what would you do?

Just a reminder, the questionnaire to ask me questions for my 3rd blogiversary is still open and will be until October 11th! =)

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fall,...One of my Favorite Seasons

Today is the first full day of fall!! Fall is one of my very favorite times of the year. (The other is winter.) 

I love the cooler weather, getting to wear boots again, all of the pretty leaves....

I love how there are so many different kinds of trees in this picture. This is the view from our front yard during the fall. 

That top window is my bedroom. :)

Another thing I love about fall is getting to decorate!

These are two cute decorations I got a few weeks ago. 

Candy corn! While this isn't my very favorite candy, it is a must have during the fall! ;)

Those cold, rainy fall days are perfect for curling up with a book (especially a fall themed book).

Another good way to spend those cold, rainy days is watching Fall Harvest movies on the Hallmark channel!

Pumpkins! Great for baking, carving, or just decorations!

Getting all of the boots, scarfs, and other warmer clothes out of the closet.

My birthday! I love having a fall birthday!

Those are some of my favorite things about fall!
Is fall your favorite season? What do you enjoy most about this beautiful time of year?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Exciting News!

Exciting news! In one month, on October 19, will mark my third year of blogging! It seems a little hard to believe that it's already been three years. Blogging has been a fun journey. In celebration of my blogiversary I will be doing a Q&A session. I know I did this for my 1st blogiversary, but this time I will be answering the questions in a vlog! :)
Below is a questionnaire form that you can fill out and ask me questions! You can ask me about life, movies, books, blogging,... just nothing too personal.
Unlike last time where I answered the questions by who sent them, this time I'll separate the questions into different categories like, books, blogging, etc... So I won't be saying who submitted the questions, but if you want to put your name down in the questionnaire I'd sure love to see who sends me what! :D
So ask away! The questionnaire will be opened through October 11.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Books I Read in July and August // Book Video

I was finally able to get my book video of the books I read these last two month filmed!

What was one of your favorite books that you read this summer?