Updated Bookshelf

Hey, everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I have updated my bookshelf pictures. This is long overdue as I have acquired a LOT of new books and given some old ones away. I have definitely outgrown my poor little bookshelf but for now just the one will do. You can click here or go to the “My Bookshelf” tab at the top of the page to see the new pictures.

If you are anything like me, you love looking at other people’s bookshelves so I thought I would share mine. If you have pictures of your bookshelves, leave the link below and I will be sure to check them out.

Also, if you see any books you think I should read first, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by,

Happy Reading!

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Liebster Award Nomination

Hello everyone!

I have some awesome news to share with you. I have been nominated for a Liebster Award by A Silly Girl’s Thoughts and the lovely Kat @ katherinewebber.wordpress.com

Please go check out their blogs and show them some support as well!

What is this award? Well,

Well, it is an award to recognize new and talented bloggers with less than 1,000 followers and hopefully help them continue to gain followers.

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the nominator and post a link to his/her blog
  2. Display the award on your blog
  3. Answer the eleven questions provided by the nominator
  4. Nominate 5-11 blogs which have less than 1,000 followers, and let them know they’ve been nominated
  5. Make up and post eleven questions for your nominees to answer
  6. Post these rules on your blog

As a part of the nomination, both bloggers asked me some questions about myself that they wanted me to answer.

Here they are:

Kat’s Questions:

What is your favorite food?

This is a tough one but I am a sucker for alfredo of any kind or cheesecake…..YUM!

What 3 books are at the top of your to-be-read pile (physical or digital)?

I am currently in the middle of The Gunslinger by Stephen King which is the first book in the Dark Tower Series so I am planning on moving into the second one soon, I am also thinking of reading Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, or maybe The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque by Jeffrey Ford.

What’s better a highlighter or a post-it note?

I am a total post-it-note person. Post-its aren’t permanent which is great because I don’t like to write in books but I can still keep my thoughts in them.

Blue ink or black?

Black ink. I can’t even really explain why…..I’m learning things about myself through these questions 🙂

What is your favorite art medium? (i.e poetry, paintings, prose)

I hope to be a published author one day so prose is probably my favorite. I also really enjoy spoken word poetry.

What is your dream job?

I am currently studying to be an elementary teacher which is the ultimate dream job for me.

If you could be anyone, living or dead, for one day, who would it be and why?

I would love to be one of the early explorers getting to set out for unknown lands with no way of knowing what to expect.

Would you rather be able to eat anything without gaining a pound or get paid a decent salary to do your favorite hobby?

Getting paid to read/write/watch movies would be amazing!

Who is your favorite Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks villain and why?

Dr. Facilier because he is just so creepy yet he can make people trust in him. He has really great people skills.

Would you rather be able to fly or teleport?

I think flying would be amazing!

If you could be immortal (and not have to live off blood), would you choose to be and why?

Nope. I never want to lose the feeling that our time on earth is limited and that we need to make the most of it.

 

Questions from A Silly Girl’s Thoughts:

1. If you had to pick max three favorite books, what would it be?

The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien

Immanuel’s Veins by Ted Dekker

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
2. If you had to pick max three of your least favorite books, what would it be?

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks (I know, I know! I just really hate it)

The Last Days of Socrates by Plato (Some of my least favorite school reading)

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (I was extremely disappointed by this book)
3. Do you ever read a book, not so much because you think you will like it, but because it’s one of those books you feel like you have to read?

Not really. I do understand the pressure to read certain books but I am not going to read one unless I truly do want to read it.

4. What’s your thought on audio books?

I think they are great but I often get distracted when I am listening to them and lose track of what is happening.

5. Do you re-read books?

Only my absolute favorites such as Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, Pride and Prejudice. There are always too many other books that I need to read first.
6. What’s the best school-assigned book you’ve read?

I read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck for school and absolutely loved it. Reading it sparked a love for Steinbeck that I may not have found without that first experience.
7. Are you the type to usually root for the hero or the villain?

I am a sucker for that misunderstood or likeable villain (I’m looking at you, Loki!). Anti-heroes are also some of my favorite characters.
8. What’s the one thing you wish everyone knew?

I wish that everyone knew that they are beautiful, their life is important and that they are loved.
9. If you had the power to fix one thing you think is wrong with the world, what would it be? (And if you can, what would you do?)

I would eradicate slavery around the world for women, men, and children. I would make sure that everyone could live in the freedom that I enjoy every day.
10. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, fiction or real, who would it be?

I would love to meet J.R.R. Tolkien. I am in love with Middle earth and I just want to tell him how very much I appreciate his works.
11. What got you into blogging?

I love reading books and talking about them but not a lot of my friends read so I only have a couple people to talk to about books. Blogging is a way I can share my passion for books with others.

As for who I am nominating, all of the blogs I wanted to nominate had already received the award so I will just make a list of blogs that I love and you should go check out.

Falling Down the Book Hole

A Bit of a Bookworm

Pretty Books

Books of Amber

Thanks again to those who  nominated me for this award!

Happy reading!

Book Review: The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers

The book that….touched my heart.

I adore this story! I devoured it in two days and loved every minute of it. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Synopsis: Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves . . . until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally. Sierra Madrid’s life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail. Though the women are separated by time and circumstance, Sierra discovers that many of the issues they face are remarkably similar. By following Mary Kathryn’s example, Sierra learns to surrender to God’s sovereignty and unconditional love.

Going into this book, I knew that I would like it but I was not expecting me to love it quite as much as I did. Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors of all time and I know that pretty much everything she writes will be good. However, I am not a huge fan of contemporary books and so I was a little apprehensive about this one knowing that a big portion of this book was going to be contemporary.

About 20 pages in, I was completely hooked. I came to care so much for the characters in this story that I cried and couldn’t rest until I read the book in its entirety. The writing from the two different time periods had such distinction that made the characters seem even more real. The writing is so seamless and effortless that it just flows and I found myself flying through this book.

I  loved the fact that though the two women had similar struggles, their stories were also very different. I have read other books where there are two stories taking place in two time periods but often they are so similar that it feels like you are reading the same story twice. This book was not that way at all. Both women had things in common and other things that set them apart.

Usually I can find something that I would like to change in a book but to be completely honest, it was wonderful just the way it is.

I think this is a great read for anyone who likes books centered around marriage and family or for someone who is looking to get into stories that talk about that subject.

I would also like to mention that Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is on my list of my top 10 favorite books of all time (quite possibly my favorite book of all time). If you have not read it, I suggest you do. It has forever changed my outlook on love and marriage. Very powerful. I feel like nothing I could say about this book would do it justice so I just ask that you check it out and give it a try.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for stopping by,

Happy Reading!