Reading Challenges (You’ve Got Mail & Read Your Bookshelf)

Hi, friends!

(Note: I missed my Monday post this week. Whoops! My mistake!)

As we head into October, I am going to be trying to be a part of some reading challenges, which I have never done before! I’m kind of excited to get into this, but a little nervous that I’ll just be terrible at it and forget all about it, hehe. Oh, well. May as well give it a try, right? Now, let me tell you a little more about these challenges, and the books I have chosen to read for them.

Chantel- who is a homeschooler I’ve currently been watching a lot of videos from- has a Read Your Bookshelf Challenge, and for October, her challenge is to read a book with the word ‘secret’ in the title. This one was a little tough for me, because I had so many options, as I’ve told you before. Anyway, I finally went to one of those name-picker wheels online, and entered all my options, and Secret of the Mansion (Trixie Belden #1) by Julie Campbell won! I’m really glad this won, and I was able to get it on Libby, so I will probably be reading this around the start of October.

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The other challenge I’m trying to do is going to be the You’ve Got Mail Read-A-Thon from Chantel, which is supposed to be a September-ish challenge, but I’ve decided that I’m going to push it more October-November, because the movie takes place anywhere in that time. So, I’m excited to be starting this challenge, and there are quite a few prompts, so let me take you through them real quick, and then I can talk about which books I’m going to be reading.

Read one of the Shoes books:

For this one, I just went with the basic classic, Ballet Shoes. This is definitely a nostalgic re-read for me, but I’m really kind of excited to just zone out to this beloved story again. I’ll probably fit it in when I need a ‘comfort read’. Yes, very excited for this one.

Read a book set in a bookshop or library:

This one’s a no-brainer for me, because I just borrowed The Last Bookshop in London from my library. I have heard terrific things about this one, and especially since we’ve been learning so much about WW2 with homeschooling lately, I can’t wait to read this one! Unfortunately, since I’m currently reading a WW2 fiction book, I’m thinking I should give myself a little time before reading this one, so I’ll probably fit in another book before moving onto that.

Read a Maud Hart Lovelace:

Okay, to be honest, the Betsy-Tacy books have never been my thing. I may try out one if I’m doing really well with this challenge, but the truth is, I may just be good. I don’t know why I didn’t love these, and maybe I will someday, but they just aren’t really my cup of tea. (Speaking of cups of tea, I should go brew one…) Alright, I’m back from starting up some water for my tea. Back to the books.

Read a Jane Austen:

I’ll probably just read through Pride and Prejudice again. Can you ever get enough of it?

Read a book that has letters:

This one was also an easy one for me, because I just purchased from Book Outlet Things We Didn’t Say by Amy Lynn Green. I skimmed this one a few months ago, and it looked fun, so I decided to buy it, and I’m already pretty far into it, so I hope to finish this one soon. I am loving this book. I know I’ve said that before, but it’s really enjoyable. I love epistolary novels. Actually, that’s not true. I love the idea of epistolary novels, but this is like, basically the only one I’ve ever read. Okay, again, that’s not true. I read one when I was really young, and I did not like that one. 😡 Okay, moving back onto the subject at hand.

Read a romantic comedy:

Okay, this one was a little harder than me. I thought that maybe I’d read Meet Me In The Margins by Melissa Ferguson, but I didn’t love that one when I skimmed it. I don’t think that’s my cup of tea. (Ooh, now that my tea water is finished, I should go steep it!) Never fear, I’m back from pouring my tea water, realizing that the cup was dirty (sigh), and pouring a new cup. Anyway, I decided against giving Melissa Ferguson another chance this week, and I went with a book that I know my amazing friend Emma from Bookish Daughters of the King liked, which is P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. This one kind of has a You’ve Got Mail thing going on, so I’m excited to give it a try.

Read a Tom Hanks-ish book:

Oooooookay, this one is still giving me trouble. I thought I would have figured out what I was going to do before I released this post, but I actually haven’t. There are a couple of books that I know would fit into this category, but I have no idea about content, so I’m holding off. I have considered reading a book about a character that Tom Hanks portrayed… maybe just reading a Toy Story book to my little brother would count? I don’t know. I could read a Mister Rogers book, a Walt Disney book… there are a lot of options, but I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do. Any suggestions?

Alright, well, that sums up what I’m going to be reading for book challenges in October. I’ve also got a pretty lengthy stack of books that I’m just going to be trying to get to for no real specific purpose, but I’ll go into that later. Right now, I’m going to go ahead and drink my cup of Earl Grey tea. Do you have any book challenges that you’re currently attempting? Have you read any of these books? Do you have any recommendations for books that would fit these categories? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. God bless you!

Autumnal Books

Hi, friends!

(As I write this, I realize that I start off every post with either ‘hi, friends’, or ‘hey, everyone’. Excuse me for my repetition. Now, back to the post.)

Yesterday was the first day of autumn, which was definitely exciting. I’m ready for cooler weather, and yes, I am aware that is practically the only thing I’ve been talking about on my blog, recently. Well, that and books. So, what am I going to do today? Talk about autumn and books. No, I’m not joking.

This year, I’ve been doing a lot more reading, and so today I’m going to share my recommendations on books that feel somewhat autumnal to me. No, I can’t remember if they are all set in autumn. Some of them, I know aren’t. Then, at the end, I’m going to finish off with some books that I’m hoping to try out this autumn. No, these books haven’t been read, and I have no idea how good they are.

(The books with an asterisk are the ones I’d like to get to this autumn.)

Onto my books! 📚

🍂 Picture Book Recommendations:🍁

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson (this one is really cute)

Peter Rabbit Stories by Beatrix Potter

🍂 Middle Grade Book Recommendations:🍁

The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall*

The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser

The Green Ember by S.D. Smith* (my autumn series)

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertram* (I’m thinking about this as a read-aloud)

🍂 Christian Fiction Book Recommendations:🍁

Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham

Things We Didn’t Say by Amy Lynn Green* (I just bought this one from Book Outlet. So excited!)

Double Take by Melody Carlson

A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke

🍂 Classic Book Recommendations:🍁

Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Paul Creswick*

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy

🍂 Mystery Book Recommendations:🍁

The Secret of the Mansion by Julie Campbell* (I picked this one for my ‘secret’ challenge)

Nancy Drew Mysteries by Carolyn Keene

🍂 Unread Book List:🍁

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke* (Very excited for this classic)

Pax, Journey Home by Sara Pennypacker*

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale* (I’m currently reading this one)

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale*

Mary Poppins Comes Back by P.L. Travers* (I just bought this one from Book Outlet)

The Debutante’s Code by Erica Vetsch*

A Heart Adrift by Laura Frantz*

The Lines Between Us by Amy Lynn Green*

So, those are my books! I’d love to hear which autumn books you enjoy/are going to read. Also, have you enjoyed any of these books? Thanks for reading, and happy Autumn/reading! God bless you,

Books I’ve Recently Read (Mostly Middle-Grade)

Today, I just wanted to fill you in on what I’ve been reading lately. I’ve recently discovered the blog Intentional Homeschooling, and I’ve started following a lot of their recommendations for books to read (mostly middle-grade). I’ve really enjoyed some of these, and so I just wanted to briefly talk about them.

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

I picked this up in the hopes of being able to recommend it to my little sister. However, I don’t think that it’s quite her sort of story, but I did enjoy it. There was one sort of fantasy element that I didn’t really understand, but that’s okay. I enjoyed the main character, and I liked the whole premise. I mean, it is about mountain girls being trained, and one of them is going to be the princess. It reminded me a little of First Date by Krista McGee in that aspect. I’m always intrigued by princess stories, so that’s another big bonus. This is a book that I would have loved when I was younger. I will probably read the others in the series soon.

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen

This is a WW2 book set in Occupied France. I really enjoyed it, and I will be reading this aloud during our WW2 study (more about that soon). It’s about a girl who receives an encrypted message from her Resistance Fighter father, telling her to leave Occupied France. I found this one surprisingly exciting, and very good, especially for a middle-grade novel. I really want to recommend this one to anyone looking for a fun novel. I’m curious to see how my younger siblings enjoy it.

The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Okay, full disclaimer: I skimmed this book. Not because I didn’t like it, but just because I was sort of trying to feel it out to see if this would make a good read aloud. It’s actually about a robot who wakes up on an island, and she begins to interact with the animals. After reading it, I’ve decided that I can’t actually make a decision on it until I read the sequel, because it was kind of a cliffhanger. I don’t want to read a story aloud when I don’t actually know how it ends.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker

Truth be told, I read this book because of the cover. I love foxes, and I thought this one had a really nice aesthetic for autumn, although I actually think it was set in spring. It wasn’t my actual favorite, because it felt almost a little dark. It was set during a war, and it starts with the main boy, Peter, having to let his pet fox go into the wild while he goes to live with his grandfather. He decides to go back and get his fox, and the story trades perspective between Peter and Pax as they try to find the other. It definitely had a strong anti-war message, which I definitely liked. I found this book pretty moving, and it had a bit of a bittersweet ending, although I hear that the sequel, Pax Journey Home is maybe a little happier, so I may pick that up soon. We’ll see. There were a couple of sort of themes that were pushed which I did not approve of, but I will still probably re-read it at some point. I listened to it on audiobook, and I thought it was a very good narration.

Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

I’d never read the book, but the movie is one of those aesthetic childhood films. I was glad I got to this one, because I’d like to buy this one for a possible read-aloud. It’s a quirky book about a nanny with strange powers, but I definitely enjoyed it. Also, this cover is so cute that I really want it in this edition. If you like fantasy that’s just kind of fun, I would recommend this book. I’m currently reading the sequel, and I’ll probably finish that soon.

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

I’m so happy to have read this one! I loved it when I was younger, and I recently got to share it as a read aloud with my younger brother. It’s about twelve twelve year-olds who are invited to a library lock-in, only to find out that they are part of a giant game with a huge prize, and the goal is to be first out of the library. My little brother definitely liked it (said it was one of his favorites and is now extremely interested in escape rooms), and when reading it aloud to him, I actually convinced my younger sister to read it on her own. So, I’m very happy about that, and we’re going to continue through the series. I only read the first three books, but I think there are five now, plus a prequel that I’m very excited about.

Okay, so those are my middle-grade reads so far. I also may be reading Resistance by Jennifer A. Nielsen, but no promises. I’m also reading through the Penderwicks series by Jeanne Birdsall, and that’s definitely a middle-grade book. I’m hoping to get through some more soon, though. I’ve got a ton of holds on my digital library, so I’ll be getting to those soon.

Now, on to my other reads. Funny enough, I haven’t been getting through many books. I got through one non-fiction and a month ago I read a five star fiction, so I’m excited to share about those. Let’s start with the non-fiction, which I read/skimmed last week when we were all staying inside because it was so hot outside.

Aggresively Happy by Joy Marie Clarkson

This was Sally Clarkson’s daughter’s first book, and I wanted to read it. The premise of it was chasing happiness, even though the world sort of discourages that. It was a very inspiring message. There were some very interesting parts in it, and I enjoyed some of the stuff she said. It was a very nice book to skim, because I definitely wasn’t the target audience, but I’m glad I picked it up, and I really must applaud the cover, because I think it’s very unique.

Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

I went into this book pretty much blind, but my library had it, and I wanted to get to it, and I am so glad I did, because this was a five star read. Let me try to explain how great this book is. To start off with, it’s a dual-time period novel. The modern day part of the book centers around Lucy and Dash. Lucy is a maritime archaelogist, and Dash is a forensic astronomer, and they are looking for the lost ship that was carried away over two hundred years ago by a traitor. The other part of the book takes place in the 1700s, and it centers around Fredrick, who is the supposed traitor, although when we start off the story, he doesn’t seem to be a traitor. As the story unfolds, we learn about this person, and what happened to make him the infamous historical figure he now is. This book was just so filled with wonderful things that I don’t even know where to start. If you haven’t read it, please do. I hadn’t even heard of Amanda Dykes before this, and now I’m reading Whose Waves Are These because it’s an Amanda Dykes book about WW2, and it’s available on Kindle Unlimited. Yay! Anyway, please read Set the Stars Alight, because it was wonderful.

Alright! That’s the end of my little recent reads post. I hope that you enjoyed it, and I also hope that it inspires you to read one of these. I will try and tell you guys more bookish information soon, and keep you guys updated on what I’m reading. Thanks for reading!

Green Ember Post (Collaboration with Rosie from Fiddling On The Farm)

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re having a great day. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while… but life’s been busy. I was recently asked to do a collaboration post about The Green Ember by Rosie from Fiddling on the Farm, and I’m very excited to do this! She’s an amazing blogger, and she writes such inspired posts. It’s amazing to read her work. I’ve included a little bio from Rosie for those of you who haven’t visited her lovely site, so I’ll insert that here…

Hello! My name is Rosie, and I’m a teenage girl with the blog, Fiddling on the Farm. I’ve been blogging for a little less than a year, and I’ve had so much fun connecting with other bloggers! On my site, I share books (reviews, hauls, etc.), writing, and really whatever I feel like talking about! One of my favorite things about blogging is seeing other bloggers doing the same thing I am. I hope you enjoy checking out my site!

Thanks again for doing this, Rosie! Now… onto the questions!

What is The Green Ember’s synopsis?

Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world.

Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons, and loyalty is a broken road with peril around every bend.

Where will Heather and Picket land? How will they make their stand?

Who wrote the Green Ember series?

S.D. Smith is the Christian author of the bestselling middle-grade fantasy series The Green Ember. These books have reached hundreds of thousands of readers. He lives with his wife and four kids in West Virginia, writing adventure tales in his writing shed. As a child, he loved playing sports (i.e. basketball, baseball, cricket, rugby) and reading books (i.e. Narnia, Boxcar Children, Little Women) There are currently ten books in the Green Ember series.

What’s your favorite Green Ember book?

Rosie: I really enjoyed the third book, Ember Rising, because, well, I can’t tell you! 🙂 You’ll just have to read it for yourself and find out! But personally, I thought this book was very exciting and kind of wraps up a lot of cliff-hangers from the previous two books.

Erin: I personally enjoy the first Green Ember book, originally published in 2014. I really enjoy this story, and I think it’s a very moving fantasy story. While I love all four of the main series, and I do like the spin-offs, the first is the one that I like best. I think it tells an incredible story, and I really like to read that one.

Who’s your favorite Green Ember character?

Rosie: I actually have two, the twins, Coleden and Heyna Blackstar. I really like their characters in all the Green Ember books, because I love how loyal they both are to protect their friends.

Erin: Smalls! Smalls is my absolute favorite Green Ember character. I think that he’s amazingly written, and I wish that I could say more about him, but I don’t want to because of spoilers… but if you’ve read the series, you know why I like him so much.

Have you read the audiobooks of The Green Ember?

Rosie: I am currently listening to the first book in audio, which has been very enjoyable so far. I really like Joel Clarkson’s narration of the book.

Erin: Yes! I read three of the four books on audiobook, and I loved them all. Joel Clarkson’s narration is brilliant, and I loved hearing the stories that I had already enjoyed reading so much. I definitely recommend reading them, and I believe that the first is available for free, if you go to S.D. Smith’s site.

Where did you first hear about The Green Ember?

Rosie: I was recommended it by a family member, so I had it on my book list for quite a while, and I finally decided to try it! 🙂

Erin: My older brother recommended this series, and I was so glad that I got to them, because I still enjoy them years later.

What is your favorite time of year to read the Green Ember books?

Rosie: Anytime! I don’t usually find that books are better when read at certain times of the year (except for a few exceptions!), so as with the Green Ember books, anytime! But if I had to choose a season, I would agree with Erin on autumn! Although, I prefer hot chocolate instead of tea, with a good book of course… 🙂

Erin: This is my autumn series. I love reading these stories when the days get colder. Drinking a hot cup of tea and reading Green Ember… that’s pretty great. Yeah, I like hot chocolate, too, but tea is my go-to.

What series would you most compare the Green Ember to? 

Rosie: I haven’t read very many books with animals as the characters instead of humans, but from what I’ve heard, I think the Green Ember books sound similar to the Redwall series by Brian Jacques, in that, the Redwall books have a lot of war between prey and predator.

Erin: I’ve read a few books about rabbits, like Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson and some other books like that, but these books definitely have a Narnian feel to them, which is one of my favorite book series.

Erin: Thank you for reaching out to me about doing this post, Rosie. I’ve really enjoyed talking about these great books, and doing a collaboration post with you. Thanks for doing this with me. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Rosie: Absolutely! I’m so glad we were able to do this! I really appreciate your willingness to take time from your day to work on this with me! I had a lot of fun! ❤

Everyone, please make sure to check out Rosie’s blog, because it’s so amazing. You should really check it out, which your can do here! I was so happy to do this post, and I had such a good time. Thanks again, Rosie!

New Year’s Book Tag

Happy New Year’s, everyone!

I was tagged for the New Year’s Book Tag by my very good friend, Emma, at Bookish Daughters of the King. She’s a very sweet blogger, and a very nice person. I love to talk with her about books, and I’m honored to do this book tag. Thanks so much, Emma!

How many books are you planning to read in 2022?

Well, just like Emma, I don’t like to set too strict a goal for how many books I’m going to read, but I think I’ll go for over 50! The problem is, I have trouble remembering to keep track of the books I read, but I’m definitely going to be trying this year!

Name 5 books that you didn’t get to this year but want to make a priority in 2022:

Well, I want to keep reading Melanie Dickerson’s Hagenheim series (I’ve read two of them already, and enjoyed them both). I’m also so excited to read Porch Swing Girl by Taylor Bennett (I’m hoping to read it this summer, maybe). I’m looking into reading From the Start by Melissa Tagg, and I’m also looking to read something by Francine Rivers, or even something by Karen Kingsbury. I’ve got a lot of books I want to read!

What genre do you want to read more of?

Well, I’d like to try and read some more Christian fiction, but I’m also trying to read more non-fiction pieces, and I hope to read a lot more classics, too!

Name 3 non book related goals for 2022:

I want to work more on my Bible reading routine, keeping up on my bullet journal, and improving my cooking skills. I have lots of goals, but those are three of them!

What’s a book that you’ve had forever that you still need to read?

Um… I’m not actually sure. Usually, if I get a book, I read it pretty quickly. I have a collection of Charles Dickens books, and I’m thinking about reading one of those soon, but I’m still considering some other options. I have a few books that I’m going to be able to get on Hoopla (my digital library), and I want to get to some of those, but usually I read a book pretty quickly if I actually buy it, hehe.

What’s one book you started in 2021 and plan to finish in 2022?

My mom and I began reading The Fiddler by Beverly Lewis a few days ago, and we’re going to finish that this year, so I guess that counts, hehe!

One word that you’re hoping 2022 will be:

Well, the word I’m hoping my blog will define this year is peaceful. I want to make my little corner of the Internet a safe and peaceful Christian environment for people who are trying to live their lives for Jesus.

Tag a friend!

I want to tag Alicia Marentette from Alicia Marentette!

Well, Happy New Year to all of you, and I hope you have a great time! God bless you, and thanks again, Emma!

The Bookworm’s Tag

I was recently tagged by Alicia Marentette to do The Bookworm’s Tag, and I’m really excited to get going on this one! Thanks, Alicia!

Here are the rules!

  • Thank and link to the blogger who nominated you. (Thanks, Alicia!)
  • Include the tag graphic in your post/Link to the original tag
  • Answer the ten questions the blogger asked
  • Nominate between five and ten bloggers
  • Ask your nominees ten book-related questions!
  • Don’t feel bound to these rules
  • (Most importantly) Have fun!

Do you prefer to read out loud, read in your mind, or listen to books?

So, personally, I prefer to read in my mind, because I’m able to go faster, and I really like being able to determine my own pace, but really, I can enjoy all different sorts of ways to read. There really is no right answer, in my opinion. As long as it’s reading, hehe!

What is the most boring book you have ever read (or tried!) to read?

This one’s tough… I can’t really think of one. I mean, there have been some boring ones, but not one in particular comes to mind. Hmm…

Are you a person who will cry in a good book, or are you non-emotional when it comes to reading?

Um… I definitely cry. And laugh. It’s an emotion, I feel it when I read. I really enjoy being able to read these books and really feel like I’m involved, so I tend to be very emotional during any good book (the bad ones I have trouble crying at).

Have you ever tried to write a book? Is so, did you succeed!? If not, would you like to one day?

Okay, so I’ve successfully written ten full-length novels, accompanied by a whole bunch of short stories, and miiiiiiilions of unfinished books. Okay, maybe not millions, but you get the idea. One day, I’m going to try and get some of mine published! 😄

What is the ultimate worst book series ever, in your opinion? And what is the best, in your opinion?

Wow. I don’t know what the worst book series ever is. To be honest, I don’t really keep reading a series if I really dislike it, so that’s a tough one. The best is probably The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, but I also love The Green Ember by S.D. Smith. I kind of really like Christian fantasy, because it’s just a fun genre.

Do you typically like the movies better than the books? Why or why not?

Um, when they make a movie of a book, it’s typically not as good as the book. Unless it’s a short story that they made into a movie, like It’s A Wonderful Life, because the movie is a lot better than the book. There are, evidently, exceptions to this. In my opinion, The Three Musketeers 1993 film adaptation is much better than the book, for instance.

What is your favorite drink to have while reading or writing?

I’m really a tea girl, but I also love chocolate milk, and strawberry milk is my FAVORITE, so really, I vary around. If I’m reading or writing a Christmas book, you kinda need to drink some cocoa, but really, it changes due to the circumstances.

Who is your favorite author from each genre (Christian, fantasy, etc)?

Alright! My favorite Christian author is Janette Oke. My favorite fantasy author is C.S. Lewis (big surprise, right?), If we’re going with mystery, I’ll just say Carolyn Keene for all those good Nancy Drew books. For classics, I really like Jane Austen. If we’re looking at children’s fiction, I may have to go with Jeanne Birdsall for her wonderful Penderwicks series that has entertained me for so many endless hours.

If you could choose one author from present or past to meet, who would it be?

I’d love to talk to C.S. Lewis, because I just think that would be AMAZING!!! I mean, he’s the greatest Christian fantasy writer ever, and I’d love to ask him just a couple of questions. *Wistful sigh*. It would be fantastic.

When is your favorite time to read, where, and how?

I like to read late at night, early in the morning, or really any other time throughout the day. I need to be at home to really enjoy a book (I’m a true home-body), and I want to hold the book in my hands (not digitally). I’m just that type of girl.

Thanks to Alicia Marentette for tagging me! I really enjoyed doing this post, and your questions were so good that I’m not even going to write new questions, so anybody who’s doing this, use Alicia’s! They’re awesome, and I had a ton of fun writing the answers.

For tagging others to do this post, I’d like to choose…

Emma @ Bookish Daughters of the King, Trina @ Guiding My House, Megan @ Not So Perfect, Vanessa Hall @ Vanessa Hall Author, and Hannah F. @ His Priceless Daughters.

No pressure! You don’t have to do this, but if you do, I hope you enjoy it.

God bless you!

New Homeschooling History Books!

It’s Friday!!!

Wow, what a relief.

Today, I was inspired to write a different kind of post. This week, my mom was teaching my younger siblings about the Vikings, and she read aloud this really interesting book to them. I was doing my own school, cooking, and prepping for Christmas, so I didn’t really catch a ton of it, but what I read certainly sounded great.

The Imagination Station!!!

Let me give you a quick synopsis:

When they step into the Imagination Station, kids experience an unforgettable journey filled with action-packed adventure to inspire their imaginations. With each book, they’re whisked away with cousins Patrick and Beth to embark on a new journey around the world and back in time.

It’s really fun, and both of my little siblings really enjoyed reading this, accompanied by a Viking study. Moving on, Mom thinks she will do a study about the Pilgrims for Thanksgiving (Problems in Plymouth). I know that this really isn’t the sort of thing I would usually post about, but I was just thinking about all the homeschoolers that I follow, and how much the posts can inspire us in our homeschooling.

Recently, we were definitely awed by the post Our Interactive Topographical Map by erensinger at Little Library in the Big Woods. If you’re looking for some really cool homeschooling ideas, check there!

Well, that’s about all. I hope you have a great day. History is amazing! History is wonderful! Keep learning! God bless you!

‘Love Me Tender’ by Janice Hanna (Book Review)

My friend, Emma at Bookish Daughters of the King, released a post on musical characters, and on her list I found a historical fiction Christian romance novel set in the 1950s, called Love Me Tender by Janice Hanna. I mean, it literally sounded like my ideal book, so I was quick to get it, and I had high hopes! It was definitely worthwhile! Read on to hear more about the book!

Debbie Carmichael hatches a plot to save the family diner by holding a fundraiser. What’s more, the hearthrob that’s sweeping the nation, Bobby Conrad, has agreed to perform to save the diner. Unfortunately, only a short while before the fundraiser, Bobby Conrad’s schedules conflict, and he can’t make it! However, an unknown Christian budding singer/actor steps in to sing for the concert. it’s then that Debbie finds her heart torn between the famous Bobby Conrad and the unknown Johnny Hartmann, while she deals with her own faith during this time.

If you’re looking for a book that takes you back to the days of Elvis and doowop, saddle shoes and poodle skirts, convertibles and ice cream sodas… then this is the book for you! That’s exactly what I was looking for, and I was not at all displease with what I found. Not only was it a delightful romance, but it was very nice and clean, full of Christian elements. I would be eager to recommend this book to any Christian teen.

First and foremost in this story is always the characters, for me. In this book, my favorite character was Johnny Hartmann. He’s a twenty year old from Kansas, eager to find a new world for him in Los Angeles, pursuing his dreams. The son of a preacher, he’s a Christian with strong morals, and he definitely experiences his fair share of character developement. I think his romance with Debbie is adorable, and I love how they interact. Really, it was one of the cutest and most lovely relationships I’ve ever read.

Surprisingly enough, one of my favorite parts of the book was the setting. This is very unusual for me, because usually I love a book for it’s characters, or maybe even the story, but very rarely because of the setting. This was definitely the case with Love Me Tender, though, because I just love how quaint the little diner that the book’s set it. The entire fifties theme was retro and wonderful, and I definitely loved it.

In short, I really enjoyed this book, and if you’re looking for a clean Christian book that you can read accompanied by a milkshake and some oldies playing from a record player, this is definitely for you.

Thanks again to Emma for recommending this book to me! I loved it!

God bless you!

My Green Ember Day

The Green Ember burns; the seed of the New World smolders. Healing is on the horizon, but a fire comes first. Bear the flame.

This quote comes from one of my favorite books, which happens to be the center point of focus for this blog post.

Yesterday I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my day, so I decided to read The Green Ember by S.D. Smith. It’s a beautiful book, and I love reading this one because it’s really fun and exciting while still driving the point home. I plan on reading the rest of the series again soon (I may start the sequel today!), but yesterday I just really wanted to read this book again.

Using my Hoopla account through my local library I borrowed the audiobook read by Joel Clarkson, son of Sally Clarkson (all of you know how much I like Sally Clarkson!). He did an excellent job and I really liked the way he presented it. He also recorded an instrumental album called Melodies for the Mended Wood Vol. 1, and it’s music written for the book. I definitely recommend checking that out.

My absolute favorite character of the series is Smalls. I won’t tell you too much about him, because I don’t want to give anything away for those of you who haven’t read this book. I definitely suggest that you do read this book, however. S.D. Smith is a wonderful Christian author, and I enjoyed this series immensely.

Anyway, because Smalls is my favorite character, I decided to make a stuffed animal of him, because let’s admit it, the best part of having a fantasy book series where rabbits are themain characters may be how cute and fluffy they are. Since I liked Smalls so much, I used a pattern I got off Misty’s Whimsies.

I used this thick fleece for the plush, and web applique for the eyes and nose. If you don’t use web applique, I would definitely recommend looking into purchasing some, because it’s just amazing. I buy mine through Joanns, but you can buy it basically anywhere that sells craft supplies. I just did a simple white bunny in a brown and blue outfit, but you could really use whatever you want. I just really like how this guy came out.

I had a really great Saturday. It’s not often that I can sit down, working on a sewing project, cup of green tea in hand, listening to one of my favorite books read by someone I really like. I mean, it was pretty cool. I encourage you to look up the Green Ember books, and think about reading them, because I really enjoy that series. I haven’t read the spinoffs yet, but I hope to soon. Maybe I’ll get those on audiobook, too…

Wishing you a great Sunday and encouraging you to read a book you love,

Just for the record, my Etsy shop sale for 31% of everything ends today! Please, please, please, go check out my shop here. I really appreciate it! Thanks for supporting me, and God bless you!