Monday, June 1, 2015

tales of a closet bookworm

So last year, I wrote a post on all the books I read in the year.  I really liked that so I decided to do it again this year :)  I set myself a new and higher goal of fifty books and I did it!! I was so excited when I finished book #50, like you don't even know!  But since I finished my goal in April and I don't stop keeping track of books for the school year until May, I ended up reading 61 books this year :) Pretty dang good huh?? :)

For the sake of my sanity and the fact that I read a ton of mystery series where I'd basically say the same thing I didn't comment on some books only because.. they were good but I didn't want repetitiveness.. #sorrynotsorry

Seven Daughters and Seven Sons by Barbra Cohen and Bahija Lovejoy
This was my first school book of the year and it is a Indian folk tale.  I really enjoyed it (and not just cause of the tiny bit of romance in it okay?! gosh! ;)  

The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanore M. Jewett
This was the second school book of the year and tbh it took me probably 2 months to finish.. so boring if I'm asked (no romance ;) but I finished and its done and yay to reading more things that I enjoy! :)

Glittering Promises by Lisa T. Bergren
Glittering promises is the last book in the Grand Tour Series that I started last year.  OMGOSH the ending to this book had me grinning ear to ear!  I adored this series so much! 

So Much More by Anna Sofia and Elizabeth Botkin
The way the Botkin sisters explain this book is that it is not another Christian girls self help guide on how to live in the world today.  They basically talk about everything to what you should do as a young daughter at home before marriage.  There were a few points I did disagree with in the book, but overall pretty good!

The Family Way by Rhys Bowen
So this book actually has a really funny story behind it.  I had to run into the library one afternoon for my mom to get books and I saw this one on the shelf, picked it up and read the inside cover.  Well dummy me put it back instead of checking out!  Like what the heck anne?!  I couldn't stop kicking myself about it though so I had to go back and get it the next day :)  This one started me onto a mystery novel kick and I adore it!  It is the 12th book in Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy series which is a series I highly recommend for anyone that likes historical fiction mysteries :)

This is what Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith
OMGOSH I SHOULDN'T EVEN GET STARTED ON THIS ONE OKAY?????  Lemme give you a little run down on this one.. Graham accidentally sends Ellie a email about his pet pig one evening.. only problem is that they don't know each other and live on opposite ends of the country.  They continue emailing each other and... I won't spoil anything!!! but super cute and if you watched the old Disney movie Starstruck it really reminded me of that.. so I kinda gave somethin away huh?? ;)

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
If you haven't already heard of If I stay/and or watched the movie (one of my new favs btw!  Absouletly ADORABLE!!! :)  Lemme break down the plot of this book for ya.  Basically it centers around a young girl named Mia who gets in a car accident.  Basically while shes in a coma she can see and hear everyone around her and she has to make a decision.. should she stay or should she go?  Totally unrealistic in the sense of choosing to live or die, but I thought the story was cute and I did like the book alot!   

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney
Lemme just start by saying this book kinda took over my life for a while and I needed to know what happened and ya, but anyway picture this... Janie Johnson is in her high school cafeteria when she looks at the back of a milk carton at the missing child of the week and realizes.. its her!  and now your gonna wanna read the series and find out what happens :)

Whatever Happened to Janie by Caroline B. Cooney
This is the second book in the Janie series.  Basically a continuation of the saga that has become Janie's life!  

The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Okay first before I start flipping out I need to sit down because I LOVED this book... like soooo much!!!!  Basically it is a dystopian fantasy about a young girl named Kestrel.  While she's shopping in the market, Kestrel comes across the slave auction and purchases a young man.. and basically from there they both become buddy buddy and ya... other things happen and I just need the second book already okay?? Okay!! 

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
Don't judge me alright?????  I only read one Nicholas Sparks book this year which is better than last year!  And the ending to this one was absoulety terrible and horrible and I was almost crying and why do I do these things to myself???

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Site by Jennifer E. Smith
I just love the saying the name of this one!!  Its long with big words and I sound smarter than I am ;) this was a typical YA romance novel centering around Oliver and Hadley who meet accidentally when they are both flying to London on the same plane.  So cute and adorable and totally unrealistic but it I still loooooved it :)

The One by Kiera Cass
The 3rd book in The Selection series.  I read the first two over the summer (I'm a book failure since those were the only books I read last summer!) I loved the first two - like the hunger games meets the bachelor meets love triangle mess.  SOOOO GOOOOOD!  Since this was the last book I don't wanna give to much away but, basically America is chosen to compete in the Selection where she goes to compete against 25 other girls to win the prince over.  This book is where she decides where her heart is and.. can I just say it was beautiful??? It really was..  I finished the book in about a day.. definitly would re-read this series - and the 4th book comes out this summer! YAY!!!

The Voice on the Radio by Caroline B. Cooney
The 3rd book to the Janie series - honestly not my favorite book in the series.  I thought it was a bit outta place in the series.  I liked the book, it just didn't mix in the series well if that makes any sense??  Just an awkward book in the series if you ask me!  But hey don't ask and you don't have to know ;)

Martin Luther by Edward P. Booth
A biography I had to read for school on Martin Luther.  I'm really not into biography's but it wasn't TERRIBLE or anything!

What Janie Found by Caroline B. Cooney
The fourth book in the Face on the Milk Carton series

What Janie Saw by Caroline B. Cooney
A little mini book that connects the last 4 to the last book since a lot of time passed between them.  Not necessary if you read the series, but it answered some questions nicely.

Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney
The last and final book in the Face on the Milk Carton series.  I LOVED the ending!!!  I remember reading it and being like oh my gosh I've literally read a series where the characters have grown up before you knew it!  The one problem I had (as well as my bestie whom I convinced to read the series ;) was that even though the series was written in like 1990's she wrote this last one in 2013.  So Janie has a Iphone and all but the storyline just doesn't work.. she hasn't aged much since the last book so the timeline is out of place.  But other than that I loved the ending :)

Unenchanted by Chanda Hahn
I got this book for free on my phone.. it was pretty good.  Basically it was about a girl who finds out shes related to the Grimm Brothers and there is a curse she has to break it or it will continue down through the generations..  Kinda weird if you ask me but what do you expect from a free book right?? :)

Burning Up by Caroline B. Cooney
I had seen this book at our library when I picked up the Face on the Milk Carton.  After I finished that one I decided to check this one out.  It wasn't super amazing like I had thought it would be.. not my fav book :/

Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen
This is book one in the Molly Murphy series I already mentioned.  OMGOSH I so loved reading the beginning and getting to know all the characters I read about in book 12.  I loved the mystery almost as much as I love Daniel and Molly :)

Death of Riley by Rhys Bowen
The second Molly Murphy book, which I loved!  I loved the mystery, I loved the building of new characters and the way Molly is figuring out her new life in New York, and the starting of her new business!  There was only problem.. and that is that Daniel messes up big time and.. I just can't forgive him yet.. or maybe I can ;)

For the love of Mike by Rhys Bowen
The 3rd Molly Murphy book :)

Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
Another school book!  I liked this one.  While reading it, I tried to think of what temptations Christian faced that relate back to what we face in our walk!  I really liked it!

West for Love by Clare Charlins
This book was one of those free books on iTunes.  While I finished it, I really didn't like it much.  It wasn't what I had expected and I really didn't like it much!  

Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney
This is the first book in the Time Travelers series by Caroline B. Cooney.  The main character Annie (hehe now we know why I liked this book so much!  Cause thats my name!!! :D)  Basically she ends up falling back in time 100 years to 1895.. meets a boy... and I'm sure you can guess where its gonna go from there.  I really liked the first book in this series - even though these books are really tiny!! :)

Out of Time by Caroline B. Cooney
The second book in the Time Travelers series.  SUPER CUTE OKAY??? Like I don't know why I read books that mess with me but I do and I shouldn't and when will I learn???????  I don't think I will... but I love this series a whole bunch.. super adorable romantical stuff I tell ya :)

Where She Went by Gayle Forman
The sequel to If I Stay...  It was interesting to see how the characters of If I Stay had changed since everything that happened in the book, but I really liked the ending of this one!  My only dislike was the constant swearing.  I can usually handle a bit but this was excessive in my opinion (and I'm not the type of person that gets effected by swearing in books, so if I say it was a bit much it is!)
In like Flynn by Rhys Bowen
The 4th book in the Molly books.. It was actually really creepy.. I read it before bed one night and couldn't sleep well (I still have yet to learn NOT to read a mystery before bed because I can't sleep!:/)  The mystery was strange.. the outcome unexpected.. but it wasn't terrible.. ;)

Oh Danny Boy by Rhys Bowen
Okay this is my absolute FAVORITE Molly book in the series..  The mystery was really intense, which I always enjoy the intense creepy mysteries myself (thats not weird, its totally normal ;)  One of my most favorites in the whole series.. but I already said that.. see its so good I'm at a loss for words ;)

In Dublin's Fair City by Rhys Bowen
The 6th Molly Murphy book :)

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls 
Another school book!  I'm not into books about little boys and there dogs but.. it was okay!

Tell me Pretty maiden by Rhys Bowen
Another of my favorite Molly books!  I loved the mystery so much (especially the fact that it was more than one ;) Definitly on my top 5 favorite books in the series :)

In a Gilded Cage by Rhys Bowen
The 8th Molly Murphy book (also I pride myself that I knew who did it before she even thought that far so.. basically a PI now ;)

The Last Illusion by Rhys Bowen
The 9th Molly Murphy Book

Prisoner of Time Caroline B. Cooney
The third book in the time travelers series I started..  I really honestly felt this book was not necessary to the series in any way..  It didn't do much for the series at all.  It was good, but it really wasn't needed if you ask me. 

Bless the Bride by Rhys Bowen
The 10th book in the Molly series and... it was too perfect.. to much for my little heart.. just.. I can't okay?? I'm not telling you who the bride is, I'm not giving away the mystery.. I'm just leaving it at please go and read these because they are amazing!!! :)

Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
So, since I fell in love with the Molly books, I told our amazing librarian how much I liked them and she hooked me up with a few other mystery novels to try out.  This is the first book in The Royal Spyness book series.  Definetly no Molly Murphy series, but there is another adorable Irish love interest and I'm sorry but I just can't anymore okay??  The books are meh, the mysteries are meh, but I knew I would wanna know what happens in all the other books of the series so I did continue on with it!

Murder in Little Italy by Victoria Thompson
Our librarian also recommended this book to me along with the Royal Spyness books.  This is the eighth book in the Gaslight Mysteries series and I wasn't crazy about it but I figure that is because I didn't understand the stories behind the characters so I did decide to read the first book... ;)

Hush Now, Don't You Cry by Rhys Bowen
The 11th Molly Murphy book 

The Face in the Mirror by Rhys Bowen
This was a book in-between books 11 and 12 in the Molly Murphy books.  The ending was definitely important to read in order to start book 12 :)

Through the Window by Rhys Bowen
Another in-between read.  This was between book 12 and 13.  Not as important to read as the last one though!

A Royal Pain by Rhys Bowen
The 2nd Royal Spyness book

City of Darkness and Light by Rhys Bowen
The 13th Molly Murphy book

They Never Came Back by Caroline B. Cooney
I finished this one in a day.. it was really intriguing.  Basically this girl goes to a summer school program and some kid there thinks she looks just like his long lost cousin.  It goes through the story line of his lost cousin and how she was put into the foster care system after her parents skipped the country do to illegal business practices.  A really easy read, but pretty good!

Royal Flush by Rhys Bowen
The 3rd Royal Spyness Book

Murder in Astor Place by Victoria Thompson
This is the first book in the Gaslight Mysteries series.  Since I read the 8th as a trial - 'do I like this series or not?' book I decided to start the series from the beginning.  I really liked this one, and reading it helped piece the characters stories together.  This is definity one of those series that you have to read in order so you can get the full story of the character.  The mystery ended up being really creepy and weird but whatevs still good ;)  They are also really intense mysteries so if your not into fluffy, cushy, not super creepy scary mysteries don't pick one of these up!

For All Time by Caroline B. Cooney
The ending book to the time travelers series!  OMGOSH it was perfect and happy and I loved it soooo much!!  Definietly another of my new favorite series :)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
This was another school book and I loved it soooo much!  I felt Jane and I were connected for awhile during the book where she realizes her feelings for a certain man and I was like girl I'm feelin ya okay?? so ya I didn't expect to like it as much as I did but I really liked it.. like a lot... like go read it ;)

Delaware Weddings by  Jennifer Collins Johnson
I'm a book worm.  That being said whenever I see books I always browse.  So while at the thrift store there was a stack of books just chillin out and me being me I grabbed one and started to read the backs.  I decieded to pick two up since they weren't too much and hey romance novels are always good :)  I can't even tell you how much I loved this book though!  It ended up being a Christian Romance book, and while reading it I was cautious waiting for some controversial topic to come up, but it didn't!  I had no problems with any thing discussed and I just loved all the characters and stories and it was beautiful :)

Royal Blood by Rhys Bowen
The 4th Royal Spyness book

Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen
The last Molly book that has been published *insert crying emoji cuz thats how I feel*  This book.. it had me.. like words can't describe how much I loved this one okay??  Another creepy book, basically there has been a string of murders and the only link is Daniel gets a note after each murder.  The mystery was like... sooo good!  And I just want everyone to know I figured things out before her therefore I can be a PI now!  That's just gonna be my new profession.. :)

Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
The 5th Royal Spyness Book

Murder in St. Mark's Place by Victoria Thompson
The 2nd Gaslight Mystery

The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne
Another school book!  For how excited I was to read this I was disappointed it was as exciting!  It was a REALLY hard read (it took like 4 days to get through the introduction :/) But it wasn't terrible, just not what I was expecting :)

Connecticut Brides by Pamela Griffin
This was another romantical novel I picked up at the thrift store.  Both of the books are part of some series called.. Romancing America I think.  I liked this one but definitely preferred the other one over it!  These story lines were set in Connecticut in the 1930's.  All 3 stories are connected to each other in some way or another.  A good cheesy romantical book ;)

The Twelve Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen
This is the 6th Royal Spyness mystery and it is hands down my favorite book in the series!  I was working so hard to try and figure out the mystery but it made no sense to me and when it all started coming together I was like so excited! Also I almost cried at the beautiful ending so ya.. Too much for my little heart I tell ya!

Heirs and Graces by Rhys Bowen
The 7th Royal Spyness Book

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen
The 8th Royal Spyness Book

Murder on Gramercy Park by Victoria Thompson
The 3rd Gaslight Mystery

Murder on Washington Square by Victoria Thompson
The 4th Gaslight Mystery

So that's it!  That was a lot of books :)  I love doing this every year and challenging myself to read more books.  Not only do I love reading new things and going on new adventures with new characters (and possibly falling in love with every cute male character.. why must authors be so cruel????) but its a better time waster than watching mindless TV (in my opinion :)  SOOO hopefully whoever reads these likes them too cause I'll probably do it next year ;)  Now go read a book!! :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

goodbye 2014.. hello 2015

The year is over... so lets see what has happened...


The beginning of the year.  It was a quiet month, where we didn't do anything but the normal day to day life happenings.


Valentine's day - which isn't anything special.  All I remember is I ate pizza for dinner that night :)


**this is one of the many selfies George snapped while we were shopping ;)**
In March we went and visited my grammie.  We went shopping for a dress for a homeschool formal that my mom helped to plan for us teenagers in our homeschool group.  There were many tears shed that weekend and a lot of different dress shops visited but I finally found a dress in a little bridal shop! 


I finally was not a loser and watched frozen..  needless to say I bought it just a few days later.  It was true love okay?! ;)


May was a good month.. I turned 16 which is still crazy for me to even think about.. I'm 2 short years away from being a legal adult and I really doubt that should even happen!  It was also the end of the school year and the end of geometry for me :D


June was a awesome month as I got my very own vehicle :)  It's a Ford Focus and I love it very much!   

My oldest sister, brother-in-law, niece, and nephew moved up here in June also.  I love having them around all the time!


The summer months were a whirlwind of excitement.  July was filled with business,  We celebrated fourth of July with my family, starting up the new 4-H year as president of our club, our annual birthday party, and going to a county fair a few hours away with friends.


August is the last month of our summer, and its spent working at our county fair in the hand crafts building.  This year my best friend worked there with me and we had a ball!  I ate my fair share of the beer battered chicken that I love as well as the best quesadilla that you will ever eat.  Sadie and I also went on our day off and rode all the rides.  By the end of the night we were both sick but managed a funnel cake because its fair and you must gain a few pounds ;)  The fair flew by so quickly and I was so disappointed that it was over!  Until next year :)


The new school year brought me one year closer to being done with high school.  Junior year has proven to be way easier academically then last year.  We are way busier with extra curricular activities, but I'm enjoying the school year thus far :)  


October rolled around and with it our family vacation to Palm Springs.  We went to a zoo, a quilt shop for my momma, a ritzy outlet mall (like chanel and gucci ritzy :), hung out at the pool, and a Children's museum.  My parents surprised us on the last day with a trip into disney land as well!  We all had so much fun riding the rides and taking in the most magical place on earth :) 


November passed by in a second and we worked on keeping up with life basically.  Thanksgiving was good, but nothing spectacular like last year when both my older sisters came out to visit.  We also did Black Friday shopping which obviously anything that includes shopping and deals is a good day for me :)


December - the most wonderful time of the year.  This year I truly felt in the holiday spirit.   We participated in our towns annual Christmas Tree Lighting (our city holds the world record for tallest living Christmas Tree - and its a major event to go to the lighting), the Lighted tractor parade, my little sister and nieces dance recital, our church cookie exchange, lots and lots of cookie decorating with friends, and just enjoying the holiday season.   It was really a good month all around.  

And that brings us all the way back to January.  I cannot believe that its already a new year - but I am ready for whatever God has in store for me this year!

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