Friday, June 16, 2017

The Book Lovers Tag

I hope you all are having a wonderful Friday! Today I am here with The Book Lovers Tag. This is a tag that I came up with and am excited to do! :)

~The Rules~
1. Answer the questions 
2. Have fun!
3. Tag some book loving bloggers

1. If you could rewrite the end of a book, which one would it be?
I would definitely choose to rewrite the end of June Bug by Chris Fabry. This book was pretty good and I was enjoying it, but the ending was awful! It actually was the first book to make me cry!

2. Which fictional character are you most like?
I'm going to say Christy Miller from the Christy Miller books by Robin Jones Gunn. She just is very realistic. When things don't go as planned she sometimes has a harder time adjusting at first until she realizes that God has other plans. There's also other things that I can relate to. Mostly in the books when she's older like the College Years and on.

3. Do you have any signed books?
Yes, I do have a couple. They are: Andrea Carter and the Long Ride HomeAndrea Carter and the Long Ride Home 10th anniversary edition, Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home anniversary edition, Andi Saddles UpAndi Under the Big TopHeartbreak Tail, The Last Ride, and Courageous Love by Susan K. Marlow, and One Summers Desire by Abigail Prigge.

4. What's the best book that you've read this year so far?
I've read some great books this year so I can't exactly choose one. A couple wonderful ones are:
The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis

Dandelion Dust by Faith Potts (this book comes out on June 30th!)

Sandy Toes and Salty Kisses by Robin Jones Gunn

5. Do you have any bookish pet peeves?
Yes! For some odd reason I do not like long chapters. I love it when I get a book and the chapters are short. Long chapters just seem overwhelming for some reason. I think just because with shorter chapters it's easy to find a good stopping spot. I don't really know what the problem is, I just know short chapters is what I like.

6. Out of the books you've read so far this year, what has had your favorite cover?
I'm going to have to go with three favorite coves. ;)

7. Is there a book that releases this year that you cannot wait to read?
There are a couple books that I cannot wait for, but the two that I am most looking forward to is The Proving by Beverly Lewis and Sunset Lullaby by Robin Jones Gunn.

8. What is your favorite nonfiction book?
Between Heaven and Hollywood by David A. R. White. It is a really good book about chasing your God-given dreams. I'll be doing a review of it soon here on the blog.

9. Do you have a favorite location and/or time period to have a book set in?
For location I really like it when books are set either in Amish Country or the beach. Those are two of my favorite places to go and it's just so much run read books that are set in those two areas.
For time periods, I love the Oregon Trail and times around the Oregon Trail like the Pioneer days.

10. Is there a book that reminds you of something else? (Movies, life, etc...) 
Yes, there is. The Lopsided Christmas Cake actually reminds me of an episode from season 1 of When Calls the Heart. They are both quite funny.
Also there's a little poem at the beginning of The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis that reminds me of that same episode of When Calls the Heart.

Okay, I tag:
Faith from Stories by Firefly
Jonathan from The Second Brother
Micaiah from Adventures Beyond the Horizon
Shantelle from Between the Pages of This Bookish Life
Lindsey from Books For Christian Girls

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tearoom for Two // Book Review

From the Back Cover:
Cousins Elaine Cook and Jan Blake are ready for a new season in their lives. Together, they purchase a lakeside Queen Anne-style house in Maine and, following in their grandmothers footsteps, convert part of the house into a tearoom. Expecting their new life to be quiet and uneventful, they're surprised to find themselves drawn into baffling mysteries. 
When they buy an unusual teapot for a song at a flea market, the dealer desperately tries to buy it back. And then a woman starts snooping around their house. Is she after the teapot or the sapphire ring the cousins found inside the wall?
When Elaine is threatened by a midnight burglar, they must spring into action, using their wisdom, deductive skills, and a dose of prayer to get to the truth behind the mysterious happenings. Undaunted and determined to make a success of their venture, they discover they're as good at uncovering the truth as they are at serving tea.

Tearoom for Two is the very first book in the Tearoom Mysteries series.
This was a fun book. The mystery wasn’t too mysterious, but it was still good. Tearoom for Two is about two cousins, Jan and Elaine, who decide to open up a tearoom and they happen to run into a bit of a mystery. I enjoyed it and would recommend it.
This is a 26 book series and it is about the same characters, but the books are written by different authors. This first book isn't quite as good as some of the others in the series, but it's still fun and a nice start to the series.

I give this book 7.5 out of 10 R's

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Blue Sky Tag

Shantelle from Between the Pages of this Bookish Life tagged me for the Blue Sky Tag. Thanks, Shantelle, it was fun!

The Rules:
Thank the person who tagged you
Answer the 11 questions
Tag 11 people
Give them 11 questions

1. What would you say is the hardest season that God has brought you through so far? Looking back, what did He teach you through that season?
A couple years ago my family and I went through a lot of medical related stuff. We had to travel back and forth to a hospital out of state. It was a trying and stressful time. It taught me to trust in God for the big stuff and for the small things.

2. What's one book/verse from the Bible that has inspired you lately?
Isaiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the Lord

Will gain new strength;

They will mount up with wings like eagles,

They will run and not get tired,

They will walk and not become weary.

3. Do you prefer tea or coffee? And what kind (black or with cream and sugar, herbal tea, lattes, etc.)?
I like homemade mint rooibos ice tea.

4. What is one sermon/talk that you think every Christian should listen to?
Pastor Jack Hibbs from Calvary Chapel in California did a sermon on voting before the election happened in November 2016. It was excellent and every Christian should listen to it.

5. What is one (or more) book that you think every Christian should read?
I’m going to go with a series that I think every Christian girl should read. That would be the A Life of Faith Millie Keith series by Martha Finley and adapted by Kersten Hamilton. They are such wonderful books and really inspiring!

6. What is your favorite way to relax and de-stress?
Either watch a movie or read a book.

7. Was there a time in your life that God answered a prayer in a really amazing way (share the story!)?
God has answered a lot of different prayers.

8. What is one childhood hobby that you wish you’d kept pursuing?
When I was younger I collected erasers, but I don't so much anymore. Sometimes I'll get them as a gift, but I don't usually buy them anymore.

9. What do you dislike most - spiders or snakes?
Definitely spiders!

10. What is your favorite hymn?
Be Thou My Vision and It is Well With My Soul

11. What books do you really want to read this summer?
I really want to read: When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin, Katie in Waiting by Erynn Mangum, Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer, The Farmer’s Market Mishap by Wanda Brunstetter, The Return by Suzanne Woods Fisher, and several other. :)

I wasn't going to tag anyone this time, but definitely feel free to do this if you want! :)

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Ebb Tide // Book Review

From the Back Cover:
Sallie Riehl has dreamed of traveling at least once before settling down to join church, so she is thrilled at an unexpected summer opportunity to nanny in Cape May for a well-to-do family. However, saying even a temporary good-bye to Paradise Township means forgoing baptism another year, as well as leaving behind a would-be beau. Yet the weeks in Cape May soon prove unforgettable to Sallie meets a Mennonite young man whose friendship she quickly begins to cherish. Has she been to hasty with her promise, or will she only find what her heart is longing for back home. 

I really enjoyed The Ebb Tide. It was SO good!! This is definitely my favorite standalone book by Beverly Lewis. Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres and I love beach settings and this book had both of those things. It was just amazing and not predictable, which was really nice. Usually with a book, I have a pretty good idea of how the book will end and it takes some twists, but it usually ends the way I hoped it would. :) Well, this book I really wasn't sure how it would end and for a little while I wasn't even quite sure how I wanted it to end. This book is just so good and I would definitely recommend it!!!

I give this book 10 out of 10 R's

Saturday, June 3, 2017

The Goodreads Tag

Faith from Stories by Firefly tagged me for The Goodreads Tag. Thanks, Faith, it was fun! =)

~Thank the person who tagged you 
~Answer the questions 
~Tag at least three people 

What was the last book you marked as 'read'?
The last book I read was Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna. I just got done reading it with a friend and it was a great book.

What are you currently reading? 
I’m currently reading a couple different books, but some of them I’ve set aside for now. So I’m mainly reading Salty Kisses by Robin Jones Gunn and it is so good so far!

What was the last book you marked as 'to read'? 
A Place Called Lonesome by Jesseca Wheaton. I’m looking forward to reading it soon. :)

Do you use the star system?
If the star system is the same as rating a book, then yes I do occasionally. Some times I’ll rate a book, but it just depends.

Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?
Yes. My goal is to read 100 books this year and so far I’ve read 46.

Do you have a wish-list? 
I do have a wish-list, but not on Goodreads. 

Who are your favorite authors? 
I really like, Beverly Lewis, Janette Oke, Susan K. Marlow, and Robin Jones Gunn. There’s lots of other great authors, but those are my top favorites.

Have you joined any groups? 
I was invited into one group, but I don’t actually do anything in it. 

How many Goodreads shelves do you have? 
I have six. 

I’m not going to tag anyone, but if you want to do this, feel free to do so!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Music, Medication, and Movies--My May Highlights

May has been a super busy month. There was really only two days towards the end of the month that I didn't have to do anything or go anywhere. It was lovely. One of those days I practically read all day. :)

~The month started off with me being in a Christmas mood. Thankfully it only lasted a few days, but on May 1st, I was reading a Christmas book, O Christmas Tea by Amy Woods , and watching a Christmas movie, A Christmas Detour.

~My exotic bird friend came back for a couple of days. :)

~I had a shopping spree. I went to several different thrift stores and found a ton of great books! One day I went shopping with a friend and the other times I went with my mom. :)
I actually found The Sunroom by Beverly Lewis! That book has been on my wish-list for a long time now, so I was thrilled to find it!

~I got a babysitting job and I am now babysitting once a week.

~My family and I went to three different graduations and parties.

~My family and I watch Signed, Sealed, Delivered. It’s a really fun show and I can’t wait to watch some more. :)
I also re-watched some of the episodes from the TV show Christy.
I went and saw The Case for Christ again, but this time with a friend.

~On Memorial Day weekend we had some friends over for dinner, which was fun. =)

~I put on a recital for my violin students, then a couple days later I had a recital of my own. My brother and I played two duets and a friend of mine accompanied us on the piano.

~This isn't exactly a highlight, but it was a bigger part of my month...medication. I have to take antibiotics before I go to the dentist and I had a couple dentist things that I had in May. I also had to take some medicine for an infection and root canal, but I ended up not actually having a infection or root canal, it was kinda complicated. ;)

I read some great books this month! They were:
Tenney Shares the Stage by Kellen Hertz
O Christmas Tea by Amy Woods
Millie’s Fiery Trial by Martha Finley, adapted by Kersten Hamilton
Kathleen’s Shaken Dreams by Tracy Leininger Craven
On Thin Ice by Anne Marie Rodgers
Tea is for Treasure by Kristin Eckhardt
The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis
Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna

All of these books were really good, but The Ebb Tide was definitely my favorite. I had been waiting to read it for months, and it was definitely worth the wait!! I’ll be doing a review on it soon!

I know that I haven’t been blogging that much lately. I started off the year good, but after the When Calls the Heart blog party was over, I guess I haven’t had too many things to blog about, but that should change this summer! :)

How was your May? What was one of your favorite highlights?