Year: 2015

2015 in Review (& End of Year and Statistics Surveys)

Posted December 31, 2015 in Life, Reading / 10 Comments

Big Things That Happened in 2015

  • I mentioned the school talent show in which the teachers sang Yellow Submarine.
  • I worked at a Catholic summer camp for the summer and had a blast. I wrote about it and shared some pictures.
  • I survived over a week of blinding smoke due to forest fires. It was insane. I talked about that here.
  • I had my very first ever Blogversary which was exciting.

Analysis of Books I Read in 2015

This was the very first year that I ever kept track of the books that I read. My stats have amazed me.

  • I read 141 books.
  • Almost all of the books I read this year were 4 or 5 stars. I must be pretty good at choosing books I know I’ll enjoy.
  • Over two-thirds of the books I read this year were from the library or books I own.
  • Over half of the books I read this year were hard copied (Paperback or Hardcover) while over a quarter were ebooks. Audiobooks made up the rest.
  • About a quarter of the books I read this year were debuts.

I made some pretty nifty looking pie charts in Excel (you can just pretend they are totally awesome).

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December 2015 in Review

Posted December 30, 2015 in Faith, Life, Reading / 4 Comments

It has been a crazy month and so I don’t have a whole lot for you other than the books I read and reviewed this month. My 2015 in Review post will be coming up tomorrow and this is a lot more interesting than this one. This post is, I know, rather pathetic but here it is anyway.

Things that Happened in December

  • Christmas!
  • I am (still) kitty-sitting for my sister’s two kitties while she and the rest of my family are visiting family in another state.
  • Somehow I managed to read only 5-star books this month; I’m not sure how that happened.

Books I Read in December

These Vicious MasksCity of SaintsLord of the WorldOne Ordinary Sunday
Crown of MidnightThe Sword of SummerIce Like Fire
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{TTT} Anticipated for 2016

Posted December 29, 2015 in Reading / 4 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s list is the Top Ten Books I’m Anticipating for the 1st Half of 2016. Well, I’m going to list these ten by publication date. If they share the same publication date, then author’s last name comes into play. One of them isn’t technically the first half of 2016 but I don’t care. I still NEED it! These title all have such gorgeous covers that I could say that I picked them only for their covers… and it wouldn’t necessarily be a lie. With the covers and the synopses, I can’t wait to read these books!

A Study in CharlotteThe Forbidden OrchidMap of Fates
The Winner's KissThe Raven KingThe Rose and the DaggerThe Crown
The Star-Touched QueenMy Lady JaneThe Beauty of Darkness

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{Review} Everneath – Retelling Persephone

Posted December 28, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

{Review} Everneath – Retelling PersephoneEverneath by Brodi Ashton
Series: Everneath #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (2012)
{9 hours and 42 minutes} (370 pages)
Via: Library
Reading Challenges: 2015 Mythology, Read 2015


Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned—to her old life, her family, her boyfriend—before she’s banished back to the underworld . . . this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance—and the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back, this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time on the Surface draws to a close and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she is forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s queen.
Everneath is a captivating story of love, loss, and immortality from debut author Brodi Ashton.

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Merry Christmas! & {F56}

Posted December 25, 2015 in Faith, Reading / 4 Comments

Merry Christmas!

Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
I just reviewed this book yesterday and yet I couldn’t resist using it for today’s Friday 56. Today is Christmas and so this is more relevant than it could ever be. However, I may slightly break the rules of the Friday 56 and include more than one quote from a page that is not “56.” 🙂

From Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives by Pope Benedict XVI:

It is Mary’s obedience that opens the door to God. God’s word, his Spirit, creates the child in her. He does so through the door of her obedience. In this way, Jesus is the new Adam, the new beginning ab integro – from the Virgin, who places herself entirely at the disposal of God’s will.
~page 56~

Mary wrapped the child in swaddling cloths. Without yielding to sentimentality, we many image with what great love Mary approached her hour and prepared for the birth of her child. … The manger is the place where animals fidn their food. But now, lying in the manger, is he who called himself the true bread come down from heaven, the true nourishment that we need in order to be fully ourselves. 
~page 68~

As a sign, the angel had told the shepherds that they would find a child wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. This is an identifying sign – a description of what they would see. It is not a “sign” in the sense that God’s glory would be rendered visible, so that one might say unequivocally: this is the true Lord of the world. Far from it. In this sense, the sign is also a non-sign.
God’s poverty is his real sign.

~page 79~

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