Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Books of 2017 (so far)

This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme is my top ten books of 2017 so far. Sadly I've only read about twenty books so far this year but they've all been great so I can't really complain. Here's my top ten though in no particular order. I didn't include any re-reads.

  1. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
  2. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  3. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  4. Sacred Marriage by Gary Thomas
  5. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  6. The Gurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
  7. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  8. Depression: Looking up From the Stubborn Darkness by Edward T. Welch
  9. Home by Marilynne Robinson 
  10. Intended for Pleasure by Ed and Gaye Wheat

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Monday, June 26, 2017

It's Monday! Married Life

It's now been a little over four weeks that Brian and I have been married. It's been crazy fun as we figure out life together. Our current adventures include figuring out how to shop together (we're getting better at it!) and cooking together. A couple weeks ago we spent time shopping for furniture for our home and in between furniture stores found time to stop by a used bookstore and Lois got too many books. It was Brian's idea to go in though! I warned him how dangerous they are for me!
Then this last weekend we got to have people over for dinner for the first time in our home! Obviously a little nerve wracking for me hosting people for the first time but so much fun too!
I love being married and most especially I love being married to Brian. I can't wait to see what God has in store for us in our marriage.
So reading... Nothing really new since the last time I posted. Still reading the same books. I got a little further in In the Presence of My Enemies but that's it. I'm almost done with it though!
We got our official wedding pictures back last week so I hope to share them here with y'all in not too long. I love how they turned out. Here's just a few for now though and by a few I mean I couldn't stop uploading pictures but this is a few compared to the over six hundred photos I have to sort through.

All of the photos were done by SR Photography and if you're in Kansas you should definitely use her!!! 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

It's Monday! Marital Bliss

I am married!!!!!! We got back from the honeymoon last week. It was amazing and I loved every minute of it. ALL OF THE MINUTES!!!! ;) I'll write a more detailed post about it sometime in the future but just know it was a blast! We went to Charleston, South Carolina and let me just say that if it weren't for the heat I would move there in a heartbeat. Brian is an incredible husband. So sweet, kind and considerate. Being married to him is so much fun and sanctifying at the same time. I can't wait to see what God has in store for us.

Yes, I did get some reading done while I was away. I've found that now I'm not planning a wedding anymore I have more time to read. I love it! I did notice that at this moment I'm currently reading all non-fiction, which is a first. Maybe signaling in a new period in my life? Don't worry, though, I'm not a boring old married lady yet. I'll get some fiction in there soon enough!

Finished Recently

  • Home by Marilynne Robinson 

Currently Reading

  • The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Kelelr
  • In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham
  • Catching Foxes by John Henderson
  • Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey 

Coming Soon

  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson 
That's all for now! I've included a couple wedding shots in this post. I've got a couple back from my photographer already, which I love, and I can't wait to get the rest soon! 

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Nine Truths and a Lie.... Book Style!

I saw this meme over at The Once Lost Wanderer who got it from Brona's Books and I guess it's just floating around right now so I picked it up! The problem is I blog pretty thoroughly about my reading and then I'm also quite thorough on my Goodreads account. So first off... NO looking at Goodreads for answers! I decided to go with books that I read before I started blogging to try and throw you off the scent more. Please don't scour my blog either to find the answers as even though I might have read it before I started blogging I've mentioned many previous books on here before. Play fair people.
So here we go.
Here's a list of ten books... one is a lie. Guess which book is the lie in the comments!

  1. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolsto
  2. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  3. The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare 
  4. Captain Blood by Rafel Sabatini 
  5. Lorna Done by R.D. Blackmoore 
  6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  7. Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques 
  8. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
  9. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
  10. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway 

Have fun playing!  I know I said I wouldn't blog again before the wedding but this was too fun to pass up and I needed to get my mind off wedding planning for a bit.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Robin Hood Week Tag Answers

I know I'm supposed to be focused on my wedding right now and not blogging but it's ROBIN HOOD WEEK!!!!!! Go check out the festivities over at Meanwhile in Rivendell!
Olivia has some great questions to kick off the week so here are my answers!

What was your first exposure to Robin Hood? My family grew up watching the 1938 version with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Haviland. It's still a favorite for us. I actually didn't get exposed to the animated Disney film until later though I was still young. I watched it when I visited my uncle and aunt and I loved it so much it was all I would watch the whole time I was there. Needless to say everyone else got quite sick of it. I don't think I've actually seen it since then as my parents don't have it. In retrospect it wasn't that great but still fun. 
On a scale of 1 to 10, how big a fan are you? Hmmmm. Six? I had a phase in my childhood where I read a ton of books about Robin Hood and I've always loved the movie but I know there's plenty of areas in the Robin Hood that I haven't delved into. 
How many versions and spin-offs of the legend have you experienced? I've watched the 1938 film, the animated Disney film, another adaptation that I can't even find on IMDB at this time and then I've read Howard Pyle's and Roger Lancelyn Green's books on him. I think I've read a couple other books but I don't remember authors. I also watched the first season of the BBC show thanks to Olivia begging me to. ;) I enjoyed it but I just haven't made it back to it yet. I really want to watch Robin Hood Men in Tights but I haven't made it there yet either. 
What is your favorite version of Robin Hood (can be book, movie, TV series, anything)? Probably the 1938 film. 
Are you one of the lads? (Meaning, have you watched/are you a fan of the BBC show?) As I said above, I've watched a season and hopefully will make it back for the rest of it in the future. 
Who is your favorite Merry Man? I like Little John a lot and Friar Tuck.  And of course Robin Hood himself is awesome. 
Do you have a favorite portrayal of Lady Marian? I've enjoyed every portrayal of her honestly. No real favorite. 
Do you have any interest in or aptitude at archery? Interest? Yes! I've always wanted to learn archery. Aptitutide? Well... I've never actually tried. 
Fact or fiction -- which do you think? I think there's probably some truth to the legends. How much is fact and how much is fiction I'd be hesitant to say. Regardless, it's a fun story. 
Do you think Robin Hood has been "done to death," or are there still new twists that can be found? In some ways I think it has but I'm also not against remakes as long as it's a fresh perspective and isn't stupid. Is that too much to ask? ;) 

Well there are my answers! Go check out the fun at Meanwhile in Rivindell and join in!
Also, go check out some fun giveaways over at Hamlette's Soliloquy. She's giving away many of the books and movies I mentioned!

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Monday, May 22, 2017

It's Monday... Five Days!

I've noticed that most of my posts nowadays have been permeated with things like... got engaged, getting married, just two months, just one month, ect. Well I'm not a trend stopper so I'm excited to say that from today it's FIVE DAYS UNTIL BRIAN AND I GET MARRIED!!!! We are beyond thrilled and overwhelmed with God's grace to us in bringing us together and leading us to where we are now. I have this week before the wedding off from work which will be great to give me time to pack up things and get all of the last minute details done.
I'm not sure how I'm getting reading done right now but somehow I am. I can't deny my first love! ;)
So here's what's up in my reading world!

Finished Recently

  • Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat
  • In Freedom's Cause by G.A. Henty (audiobook) (re-read)

Currently Reading

  • In the Presence of My Enemy by Gracia Burnham 
  • Home by Marilynne Robinson
  • Total Truth by Nancy Pearcey
  • Catching Foxes by John Henderson

Coming Soon

  • The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller

Obviously I won't be blogging again for awhile as we'll be gone on our honeymoon. Frankly, I think I won't miss it while I'm away, though of course I'll be happy to come back to it. :)

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bout of Books- May 2017

Part of me says I don't have time for Bout of Books right now... the other part of me says I need Bout of Books to motivate me to read right now! So yeah.... I'm signing up for Bout of Books!
Here's what it's about....
Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
My goal for Bout of Books is to finish Home by Marilynne Robinson and read Lila by Marilynne Robinson. I'd love to do more but I'll stay conservative.
Interested in Bout of Books? Click on the link above and get in on the fun!!!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

It's Monday! One Month Out!

Life seems to be flying by right now... flying and standing still. The wedding is now less than one month away! It seems so close and yet so far away.  I keep see-sawing between exhilirating joy and terrifying anxiety. I'm so excited to be marrying Brian but a little afraid of the changes that will be happening. I guess though Brian is the person with whom I'd most like to be facing these changes.
This past weekend I was able to enjoy a women's retreat at church where we were blessed to have Gracia Burnham speak. I didn't know who she was before the retreat.... which shocked my mother.... but now that I do I'd say if you don't look her up and learn her story. Absolutely inspiring! Additionally she's such a sweet lady and so personal. I got her books and I'm so excited to read them!
And speaking of reading.... here's what I've been up to in the reading department recently!

Currently Reading

  • Home by Marilynne Robinson
  • In the Presence of My Enemies by Gracia Burnham 
  • In Freedom's Cause by G.A. Henty (re-read) (audiobook)
  • Catching Foxes by John Henderson 
  • Total Truth by Nancy Pearce

Coming Soon

  • Another pre-marital counseling book 
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson (hopefully)
Obviously I've overbooked myself in the reading department! I need to finish Home and Lila before my wedding as well as my pre-marital counseling book..... I'm doomed! Time for some reading therapy to help me get through the wedding stress! 

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Book Tag

I've seen this tag awn a few different blogs and naturally had to steal it!

1. What book has been on your shelf the longest? I'm not even sure. Probably my Chronicles of Narnia collection.

2. What is your current read, your last read, and the book you’ll read next? Currently I'm reading Home by Marilynne Robinson. I just finished Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Next I'm not sure. There's another book I need to read for premarital counseling and then once I'm done with Home I'll read the next book in the series Lila.

3. What book did everyone like, but you hated? Gulliver's Travels. HATE IT. And Wutheirng Heights. I guess not everyone likes it but a lot must because it's a classic.

4. What book do you keep telling yourself you’ll read, but you probably won’t? At this point I'm really worried I'll never get to War and Peace. I really want to though... but I might not.

5. What book are you saving for retirement? Maybe it should be War and Peace? ;)

6. Last page: read it first, or wait ’til the end? Wait until the end of course! I honestly have a hard time comprehending people that read ahead.

7. Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? Interesting but let's get to the good stuff!

8. Which book character would you switch places with? Anne Shirley AFTER she came to Green Gables.

9. Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?) I tend to associate every book I read when I was working at the pig farm with the pig farm. More so than anything I've ever read in another location. This especially goes for Little Dorrit as not only did I read it there but I watched it there. Our Mutual Friend as well I definitely link strongly to the pig farm.

10. Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. I can't think of any of my books that I've acquired in an interesting way. I've got them from many random sources: gifts, book sales, giveaways.... stole from my parents. ;)

11. Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person? I've given away a lot of books before... not for a special reason though that I can think of.

12. Which book has been with you most places? Probably my Bible.... I guess. That's what I consistently take with me when I travel. Besides that the books I'm traveling with vary.

13. Any “required reading” you hated in high school that wasn’t so bad two years later? I enjoyed Ivanhoe a lot more when I re-read it a couple years ago than when I read it back in high school.

14. Used or brand new? If I can get it brand new for a decent price then great! Otherwise I'd rather pay less for a slightly used book.

15. Have you ever read a Dan Brown book? No.

16. Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book? Sacrilegious! However, I do kind of like the movie of The Book Thief a little more than the book.

17. Have you ever read a book that’s made you hungry, cookbooks included? All of Brian Jacques's books made me hungry. How could they not.?Every feast was described with such tantalizing details.

18. Who is the person whose book advice you’ll always take? My dad's.

19. Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? Cinder and the rest in the Lunar Chronicles. I rarely read YA novels and sci-fi fairy tales aren't something I read normally either. ;)

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A-Z Book Tag

I saw this tag over at A Spoonful of Happy Endings and had to do it!

Author you've read the most books from
Agatha Christie.... she wrote a lot of books and I've read them all. 

Best sequel ever
Hmmm.... Love The Two Towers, love the Harry Potter sequels and love the Anne of Green Gables sequels. 

Currently reading
A lot but I'll just highlight one... Catching Foxes by John Henderson

Drink of choice while reading
Water, hot chocolate or tea.
E-reader or physical book
Physical book though I do like my kindle and ebooks are growing on me.

Fictional character you probably would have actually dated in high school
Henry Tilney hands down. He makes me laugh but isn't afraid to challenge me. 

Glad you gave this book a chance
Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Heard lots of hype about it but never read the series until just last year.

Hidden gem book
Coronation of Glory: The Story of Lady Jane Grey by Deborah Meroff. If you like historical fiction you'll love this beautiful and historically accurate look at the life of Lady Jane Grey.
Important moment in your reading life
I don't even know where to begin. I don't even really remember first learning to read very well. I have hazy recollections. I was pretty young. Obviously though that was very important. Every time I've read Lord of the Rings has been important as well as Pride and Prejudice. Those two books are my favorite and every time I read them I get more out of them. I'll never get tired of them and they'll never stop being important to me. 
Just finished
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Kind of books you won't read
I'll try most anything at least once except erotica obviously. I don't really read horror but that's just because I haven't yet bothered to pick one up. It's not off the table yet. 
Longest book you've read
Having to check Goodreads for the answer to this... and the answer is The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. That is a compilation but I really did read it all in one big hefty book. So besides a compilation book the answer would be Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. 

Major book hangover because of...
Weird term... I'm not sure how to answer that.
Number of bookcases you own
I own one regular bookshelf. I have my spinning bookshelf. I also just recently got a bookshelf for free second hand but I went ahead and moved it into Brian's house since it didn't make sense to move it into my house and then move it into his house in just a month or so. 

One book you have read multiple times
Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Rings, Coronation of Glory, This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness, Harry Potter series
Preferred place to read
In my bed, on the couch... anywhere comfy. 
Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you've read
"You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you." 
Reading regret
I regret reading some books... Gulliver's Travels, Leaves of Grass, The Sound and the Fury, Beloved, The Austen Project's Northanger Abbey
Series you started and need to finish (all books are out in series)
The Wingfeather Saga... I still need to read the last book The Warden and the Wolf King
Three of your all-time favourite books
Pride and Prejudice, The Lord of the Rings and Leave it to Psmith if I have to chose.
Unapologetic fangirl for...
I'm an unapologetic fangirl for whatever books love. Especially Pride and Prejudice and Lord of the Rings though.
Very excited for this release more than all the others
The next book in N.D. Wilson's Outlaws of Time series. 
Worst bookish habit
Reading multiple books at a time. 
X marks the spot: start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book
Most all of my books are off my shelf right now because I boxed them up and sent them to Brian's.  :(

Your latest book purchase
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late)
I stayed up pretty late to finish up Gilead last week. 

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