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Books I'm Thankful For

Hi, friends!

It's been a long time since I have made a blog post, and I've also been pretty absent on social media. I'm sorry that I disappeared for a bit, but school always ends up getting to me. It gets super busy by the middle of the semester, and I always end up falling off of blogging. The semester is now winding down for Christmas break (woot woot!!), and I am missing blogging!

So, as I am coming back on the week of Thanksgiving, I thought I would share some of the books that have had a big impact on me in some way. These books have had a big impact on my life one way or another, and I will always be thankful that I found them!

Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer 
I know, I know, please don't hate me for being thankful for Twilight. But truly, I am! I found these books in early middle school while I was looking around at the books in K-mart. I decided to just pick one up one day, and I was hooked. I will be honest with you though, New Moon did get on my nerves when…

Author Interview: Lee Martens

Hi, friends! Today I have a super exciting post- my first author interview! Today we will be talking with Lee Martens, author of Secrets of a Broken Heart, a book of poetry that will be coming out October 26!

Synopsis: If you're a dreamer, there is no doubt you have had your heart broken a few times, whether it was by the people you loved or by your own thoughts. 'Secrets of a Broken Heart' is a poetry collection to carry you through the heartbreak. It tells a story of healing, of how nothing matters more than to just keep dreaming no matter how much it hurts at times.

Let's get into the interview, and learn some more about Lee Martens and her exciting new book!

How would you describe Secrets of a Broken Heart in five words? It is a learning process.
What was your inspiration for your poems? Were they all based around the same event or did you write them over time? I wrote them over time. Most of the poems I wrote between the ages of 18 and 22 (I'm 24 now). They were i…

Weekly Word

Hi, friends! The past weeks I have really struggled with time management and taking the time to read the Bible as I should, but I finally got my life together enough to write this post! So at least that's something lol. Hopefully I will be better going forward as I decided to drop a class that was just stressing me out and taking all of my time.

The Weekly Word is a weekly post where I share what I've learned in the past week while reading my Bible each morning. I also use this to share my journey trying to be more faithful to God and His Word, as I think it is really important to share the truth of the struggle! Changing your schedule is hard. Making yourself get out of bed 20 minutes earlier is hard. Being consistent is hard. That is the truth, and there is nothing wrong with that! This is not a cute little hobby to post on your Instagram to show everyone how holy you are, this is a commitment to becoming closer to God and it is hard. I want to encourage anyone trying to do …

Book Club Review: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Hi, friends! This past month I have had the pleasure of joining the Book Club along with a wonderful group of girls. I am so excited to be able to participate in this book club because it has always been a dream of mine to be in a book club! I think they are just so cool! 
This month we all decided to read The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris as our September pick, and it was so good. This book is beautiful, heart-breaking, courageous, and harrowing all at the same time. 

Title: The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Author: Heather Morris

Pages: 272

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a T├Ątowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners. Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but …

Fall TBR

Hi, friends! September is already underway, and a new season is upon us! It is finally time for the best time of the year- fall. I am so ready for some cooler weather and the opportunity to bust out my sweaters! I'm super excited about what I'll be reading this season because I have recently joined my very first bookclub!! It is a book club on Twitter for book bloggers created by the wonderful Lucy at Lucy Rambles. If you would like to join, the Twitter account is @BookBlogTR, we would love to have you! 
The books I'm hoping to read this fall are: 
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen I've already begun this one, and I am enjoying it! I hope to finish it in a week or so! Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuireI'm currently listening to this on audiobook via Scribd, and I am liking it so far! The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather MorrisThis is our first book club pick! Watch out for a review coming to you the last week of September!Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clar…

Weekly Word

Hi, friends! Here we are at the beginning of another week, and I am not ready for it! School has been swamping me as always, and the constant tiredness is starting to creep in. I've done pretty well with reading my Bible this week, and I finished Genesis!! I'm so excited! I really enjoyed the book, and I learned so much more than I had expected from it. I hope that these lessons are a blessing to you, and they help encourage you for your coming week. 
This week I learned: 
We will be able to see that God was with us all along  I know when we are going through life, and especially rough times, it can seem like there isn't a reason for what is happening. But, once we get to the end of our journey, we will be able to look back and it will all become clear. I love this testimony from Jacob in Genesis 48:15-16- "The God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, the angel who has redeemed me from all harm...." Jacob says this to his sons as he is at the end of …

Summer Wrap Up

Hi, friends! We have already found ourselves at the end of another season! This wrap up is for the summer season which are the books I read in the months of June through August. This summer I actually surprised myself and read way more books that I expected! I counted them up, and I read 12 books this summer!! I didn't think I read that much, so I was super excited when I saw this! This caught me up on my Goodreads goal, and I finished two series that I was in the middle of. Overall, I'd say I had a pretty successful summer of reading, and I'm really happy with what I read.

I ended up reading:
Cress by Marissa Meyer I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars I Have Lost My Way by Gayle ForemanI gave this a 3 out of 5 stars. This was also my first audiobook!  Fairest by Marissa Meyer I gave this a 3 out of 5 starsWinter by Marissa Meyer I gave this a 4 out of 5 stars. This was the concluding novel to the Lunar Chronicles, and it was the first series I finished up this summer! Stars Abo…

The Weekly Word

Hi, friends! I am sorry that I missed posting the Weekly Word last week, but as always I let school get the best of me. I am truly trying to get better about this this year as I really want to make my blog better and get more involved in the community!

The past two weeks I have read chapters 37-46 of Genesis. I have read mostly about Joseph and his story, and I have learned some awesome lessons from his life and walk with God. Some of the things that stuck out to me this week were:

Jealousy and envy make it impossible to grow goodness and love  In Genesis 37 Joseph tells his brothers of the dreams that God has sent him, and his brothers become very jealous of him. They do not like the pictures that the dreams depicted of them kneeling to their brother and soon their jealousy grows out of control. They go from hating him to plotting to kill him in just 18 verses! You might say that they were just evil people, but that is not the case in my opinion. The problem here is they let jealousy…

All About Reading Tag

Hi friends! Today I'm going to be doing the All About Reading Tag which I found through the blog, The Left Handed Reader! Thanks to her for opening this tag up for anyone to do! I'm excited to do a tag because I think it will be fun to answer some questions for you all to get to know me a little better!

1) What do you look for the most when you pick up a book?
a.) a beautiful writing style; b.) a character driven story; c.) a plot driven story 

When I'm reading a book, my biggest things I'm looking for are characters that I can connect with and a strong plot. A lot of times, I get bored with books that don't have a strong plot. I want lots of stuff happening and lots of action! Although, if I don't care about the characters that all of this is happening to, then I don't really enjoy the book either.

2) What are your pet peeves in books?

I HATE CLIFF HANGERS. They make me so angry, like I just spent all this time reading this book just to be left with no resol…

Ink, Iron, and Glass Review

Hi, friends! It has been so long since I have posted a review, but I finally have one to share with you! I recently read Ink, Iron, and Glass in July, and I enjoyed it! I got this book in one of my Uppercase boxes, so I had a lot of fun reading it with the online reading experience. Here are my thoughts!

Title: Ink, Iron, and Glass

Author: Gwendolyn Clare

Publisher: Macmillan/Imprint

Page Count: 336

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Can she write a world gone wrong?

A certain pen, a certain book, and a certain person can craft entirely new worlds through a branch of science called scriptology. Elsa comes from one such world that was written into creation, where her mother―a noted scriptologist―constantly alters and expands their reality.

But when her home is attacked and her mother kidnapped, Elsa is forced to cross into the real world and use her own scriptology gifts to find her. In an alternative Victorian Italy, Elsa finds a secret society of young scientists with a gift for mechanics, alchemy, or s…

The Weekly Word

Hi, friends! Welcome to week 3 of the Weekly Word! I am not going to lie, this week I have struggled a little with my Bible reading. I fell off the wagon for a few days and did not read, but that is okay! This is a journey, and I am not going to be perfect at it. All that matters is that I am trying my best, and I still learned some valuable lessons!

This week I read Genesis 31-36, and I learned these little gems of encouragement:

Your struggle is not going unnoticed, God will come in His time  Sometimes in our lives, we may struggle for a long time- months, maybe even years, but our struggle is not going unnoticed. It can feel like we are all alone, and God has forgotten us because we are praying and trying but nothing ever changes. But, you are not alone! God always sees us, and He will bring justice in His own time. Jacob struggled for years, but God did come to bring him justice. In Genesis 31:42 Jacob says, "But God has seen my affliction and my hard work, and He brought his…

How I Organize My Goodreads Shelves

Hi, friends! As readers, a lot of us utilize Goodreads as a platform for finding new books, reviewing, and updating our progress. Although it's a great resource sometimes, the shelves can get super cluttered  and overwhelming! I have created three new shelves for myself to help get more organized, so I thought I would hop on here and explain how I organize my Goodreads shelves. If you would like to follow me on Goodreads, the link to my page is in the connect page of my blog!

First, I made a shelf for my physical TBR, "Books I Own and Need to Read"- very imaginative, I know. This way I can better keep up with what books I own and still need to read. This has been really helpful to me in actually knowing what I have, and I am able to track my goal of eliminating my physical TBR!

Next, I have my "Interested" shelf. These are books that I find on Goodreads that I am interested in the story, but I'm not dying to get my hands on them right this second. I like h…

The Weekly Word

Hi, friends! Congratulations on finishing another week and happy Sunday! This week I have been reading through Genesis, and I read Genesis 23-30. I am so excited that I am officially over halfway through Genesis! It has been such a blessing reading through this book, as God has shown me so many lessons. This week I want to share the following insights that I have learned this week, and I hope they encourage you and give you some motivation for the coming week! 
Pray often, and don't forget to give a prayer of thanks  Throughout Genesis, we see our main characters stopping periodically on their journey and praying to God for guidance. They pray with purpose, and they pray often. This is also how we should pray. When Abraham or Jacob prayed to God, they literally marked the spot. It was a big deal to them, as it should be to us. It is so amazing that the God of the universe listens to us and WANTS us to talk to Him! He will help us if we ask, so we need to pray often. We also can…

Booktubeathon Wrap Up

Hi, friends! I have had a great week participating in the Booktubeathon this year! It has been a crazy week as I moved into college on Sunday, but I still got a fair amount of reading done. I entered the world of audiobooks this week, and I found that I love them! Below I have a collage of pictures for each day of the week showing what I did that day. I'll also list my wrap up at the end. I hope you enjoy it! 
Day 1: If it wasn't for audiobooks, day 1 of Booktubeathon would have been a complete fail. But, I listened to my audiobook for a lot of the day, so that helped a lot! I also spent most of my afternoon with my boyfriend working on a project. We stained a bookshelf my Granddad made last weekend, and we finally moved it and his whole record collection into my room yesterday! Music was always our thing, so when he passed away last year he left me his records. They are finally with me now, and I am so happy! 
Day 2: This has been a sleepy day around the house. It's overca…