Month: November 2015

November 2015 in Review

Posted November 30, 2015 in Reading / 8 Comments

Month in Review

Is November really over! It seems like this month has gone by so very fast for me. It is crazy!

Things that Happened in November

  • So much has happened it is hard to get it all in words. One of the students at my school suffered a stroke and is hospitalized for now. A counselor at the district high school died from an unexpected heart attack. My grandmother has been hospitalized yet again. It really hasn’t been a great month.
  • My religious education class (4th grade) was enrolled in the Association of the Miraculous Medal. They are all so excited to have miraculous medals.

Books I Read in November

The Heart of BetrayalThe Painter's DaughterSapphire BlueWinter
Emerald GreenA Court of Thorns and RosesEverneathJesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives
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{Review} Snow Like Ashes – Where the Seasons are Kingdoms!

Posted November 27, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

{Review} Snow Like Ashes – Where the Seasons are Kingdoms!Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Series: Snow Like Ashes #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (2014)
Paperback (416 pages)
Via: Library
Also by this author: Ice Like Fire
Also in this series: Ice Like Fire
Reading Challenges: Read 2015


A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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2016 Reading Challenges

Posted November 27, 2015 in Reading / 12 Comments

My 2015 Reading Challenges can be found here.

Last Updated: 1 January 2017

It is that time of the year again when I have to start deciding which reading challenges I am choosing to participate in. Here goes. I will update as necessary throughout the year. The challenges are listed in the order I found them/decided that I would participate. Let me know if you plan to join me for any of these.

1. Annual Goodreads Challenge

This year I am again going to set my goal to 100 books. I will most likely reach this early just like I did in 2015. I always anticipate success with this challenge.

List of Books

2. Hard Core Re-Reading Challenge hosted by You, Me and a Cup of Tea

reread 2016

I tend to re-read quite a bit and so I am going to aim for 16 books which means I have a re-reading bug. I’m aiming to reread the Harry Potter series this year and possibly Tamora Pierce. 🙂

List of Books

3. What’s In A Name? Challenge hosted by The Worm Hole

whats in a name 2016

I enjoyed this last year and so I am signing up again. There are six categories and I will need to read a book from each category.

List of Books

4. Royal Challenge hosted by She’s Got Books on Her Mind

Royal Challenge 2016

This challenge looks like so much fun! Basically, the challenge is to read books with royalty or quests in them. I’m going to go big and aim for the Queen level which is 15+ books. This challenge also has optional monthly discussions which I think sound like a lot of fun so I have them listed below as well.

List of Books
List of Optional Discussions I Plan to Participated In

5. Retelling Challenge hosted by The Daily Prophecy

retelling challenge

This challenge is to read retellings of fairy tales, myths, legends, folk tales, ect. I kind of totally love retellings so I am going to aim for Wise Princess level which is 16-20 books.

List of Books

6. Backlist Books Reading Challenge hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews

backlist books

The goal of this challenge is to read books that are more than one year old. Basically, starting in January of 2016 this would mean books published in 2014 or before. That makes up quite a bit of my currently owned TBR list. There really aren’t levels to aim for but I am going to go for 20 just because.

List of Books

7. 2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight


I am totally a Dabbler when it comes to this challenge as I am so forgetful about posting discussions. I am going to aim for quarterly discussion posts this year which means four discussions. I hope to be able to surpass that number.


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{Review} The Painter’s Daughter – Married to a Stranger to Escape Scandal

Posted November 25, 2015 in Reading, Review / 0 Comments

{Review} The Painter’s Daughter – Married to a Stranger to Escape ScandalThe Painter's Daughter by Julie Klassen
Publisher: Bethany House (2015)
eARC (464 pages)
Via: NetGalley
Also by this author: The Secret of Pembrooke Park
Reading Challenges: 2015 Color Coded, Read 2015


Sophie Dupont, daughter of a portrait painter, assists her father in his studio, keeping her own artwork out of sight. She often walks the cliffside path along the north Devon coast, popular with artists and poets. It’s where she met the handsome Wesley Overtree, the first man to tell her she’s beautiful.
Captain Stephen Overtree is accustomed to taking on his brother’s neglected duties. Home on leave, he’s sent to find Wesley. Knowing his brother rented a cottage from a fellow painter, he travels to Devonshire and meets Miss Dupont, the painter’s daughter. He’s startled to recognize her from a miniature portrait he carries with him–one of Wesley’s discarded works. But his happiness plummets when he realizes Wesley has left her with child and sailed away to Italy in search of a new muse.
Wanting to do something worthwhile with his life, Stephen proposes to Sophie. He does not offer love, or even a future together, but he can save her from scandal. If he dies in battle, as he believes he will, she’ll be a respectable widow with the protection of his family.
Desperate for a way to escape her predicament, Sophie agrees to marry a stranger and travel to his family’s estate. But at Overtree Hall, her problems are just beginning. Will she regret marrying Captain Overtree when a repentant Wesley returns? Or will she find herself torn between the father of her child and her growing affection for the husband she barely knows?

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{TTT} Thanksgiving Edition

Posted November 24, 2015 in Celiac, Faith, Life, Reading / 16 Comments

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

This week’s list has a Thanksgiving theme. That leaves things rather open-ended and so I have decided to go with the things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving. I know that it isn’t bookish but that’s okay with me. Also, there are only 9 but that’s just the way it is going to be.

1. My Family

I love my family to pieces. My sister is going to be coming home tomorrow and will stay through Thanksgiving weekend. It is going to be great. I am praying though that the roads won’t be too bad. It doesn’t look so good now… 🙁

2. My Faith

My faith is super important to me. You might have noticed that from my blog url. I’m not ashamed of my faith nor am I going to hide it. Sure, I don’t always post about it. Actually, I have realized that I don’t post about my faith much at all. Maybe I should get a few more Catholic-y posts in the making. 🙂

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