Oct 31, 2016

Q + A tag!

HELLO. HEY. HI. SUP.

SO, FRENS. A couple weeks ago (?) Gabriela tagged me for a Q + A, and today I'm so happy to be able to share my answers with you all! LET THE FESTIVITIES COMMENCE PEOPLE.

guidelines

  • Tag the blogger(s) who have nominated you.
  • Answer the questions you were given.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers.
  • Write out your 10 questions.
  • Let them know they’ve been tagged.
  • And, if you want, copy and paste the banner above into your post.

the questions

Tell us what book(s) you’re reading right now? (If you’re not reading any books right now, then tell us the latest book you’ve read.)

Right now, I’m reading Boy Meets Girl by Joshua Harris and plan to start A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton later on today!

Why do you blog?

Word are a potent element of power. AND I LOVE POWER. SO THERE. You can read more of an answer here. :)

Do you write (not counting blogging)? If so, then what’s your favorite genre and point of view to write in?


YES I DO THE ODD ACT OF CREATING WORLDS AND TORTURING CHARACTERS CALLED WRITING. I find it easiest to write fantasy (BECAUSE DRAGONS) but I also enjoy writing historical fiction (BECAUSE uhhh… BUSTLES). I don’t have a chosen favorite POV, but now that I think of it, third person is where I generally gravitate towards. But I adore first person when I can do it right!


What’s your personality type? (If you don’t know, take test at: http://www.16personalities.com to find out.)

Personality type: “The Commander” (ENTJ-A)

The Commander? Extraverted? Judging? As I was looking through my results I just, “GREAT JEHOSAPHAT. IT’S SO TOTALLY MEH.”


What superpower would you rather have: teleportation or time travel?

Oh, shoot. Really?! I have to choose between these? That’s like, telling me to choose between ice-cream and chocolate… THERE WILL BE NO VICTOR.


By teleportation I wouldn’t need to learn to drive, wouldn’t need money for a plane ticket, and would be able to travel the whole world within a day. *gasp* I WOULDN’T HAVE TO WALK UP AND DOWN THE STAIRS. Let me take this moment to enjoy the bliss in this discovery. *takes a moment, smiling stupidly into space*


With time travel, I could see who I’m gonna marry (because that’s the most important one… *cringes*), I could sneakily sign my name on the Declaration of Independence, or be there to stop the creators of snuggies before they corrupted the World of Blankies. That, meh frens, would keep so many innocent humans from the perversion of the imposters.


If you had a choice to pick a language to be automatically fluent in, what language would you choose?


Probably Burmese, since I plan on being a missionary there. That would be incredibly useful and convenient!


If you could have any pet in the world (mythical included), what would it be?

DRAGONZZZ. ALWAYS. I mean, come on. They BREATH FIRE. And FLY. And BREAAAATH FIIIIIYAHHHH.

‘Nuff said, youngling.

What’s your favorite gif of all time?


Excuse me? There is no such that as a single favorite GIF. THAT WOULD BE A CRIME. That settled, allow me to show you a FEW of my favorites. #IDidn’tChooseTheRebelLifeItChoseMe #HashtagsAreStupidButIDidOneAnyway





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and another Edna Mode because she's my role-model.


If you could pick a country (on Earth) to spend a month in, what country would you choose?


*groans* I'm limited to Earth, then. That makes me rather sad, but oh wells. If I could go anywhere for a month, I would probably choose New Zealand. *winks* You know why.


Which is the better movies series: The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings? If you haven’t seen both (which you should have, because everyone needs to see these), than just tell us your favorite movie.


Unfortunately, I am a part of the sad minority that hasn't seen the Lord of the Rings (no worries, I plan on fixing that soon...). BELIEVE ME. As for a favorite movie, you can't be serious. YOU CAN'T BE A SANE HUMAN BEING WITH A HEART. One movie? Just one? Really now, who even just has one favorite? Not me. Or any right human. I'd list my favorites, but that'd be longer than Marissa Meyer's book Winter (which is 800+ pages, jsyk). Sooo, I'll just name a few:


Anne of Green Gables (and the Sequel)

Dragons 2 (because DRAGONZ)

Ender's Game

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey


The tagged:

YOU! And YOU! And YOOUUUU! I'm sorry, almost all the bloggers I know have already been tagged, so if you're reading this, and you have a blog, YOU ARE IT! :)


The questions:

  1. How old were you when you wrote your first story, and what was it about?
  2. If you could buy one book for free right now, which would it be?
  3. iPhone or Android?
  4. ICE-CREAM OR CAKE? I MUST KNOOOOOW!
  5. Do you consider yourself artistic? How so? (If not artistic, are you athletic? How?)
  6. If you could pick up any talent(musical, athletic, etc.) RIGHT NOT, what would it be?
  7. What are your thoughts on social media?
  8. What is the name of the first character you ever created? Tell me about him/her!
  9. What books are you just DYING for a movie adaption to be made after?
  10. Your house is on fire. What one item do you save?

AND THAT IS IT FOLKS.

Now I wanna hear your thoughts! Drop an answer to one of these questions in the comments below!




Oct 24, 2016

a psalm

"Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right (steadfast) spirit withing me."
Psalm 51:10

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Oct 10, 2016

The Wish // book review

DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of the book from the publishers in exchange for my honest review. 




A Compelling Story of Friendship from the Top Author in Amish Fiction

Leona Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young parents to her own.

Leona's cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria's older brother expresses his fondness for Leona--it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other's families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona's pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.

When Gloria unexpectedly contacts Leona after a silence of several years, Leona makes up her mind to persuade her friend to return to Lancaster County and the Amish ways. Leona's fiancé, the deacon's son, is alarmed when Leona decides to go after Gloria. Will Leona's dearest wish lead to her own undoing?


Aaaand some linkies:










Beverly Lewis penned her first story at age nine while living near Lancaster County Amish farmlands, where she grew up. She welcomes her many reader-friends each day on Facebook and personally replies to fan mail. Lewis lives with her husband in Colorado near their family. Visit her website at www.beverlylewis.com.



So, y'all should know that I did read this practically in a day. That said, it was interesting enough to get me to plow through, but not interesting enough for me to love. I'll explain in a second. 

Little bit of history: I've enjoyed several of Beverly Lewis' books, like "The Shunning", "Saving Sarah Cain", and "The Sumemrfield Secrets." I'm familiar with her writing style and plot techniques, so when I saw this on the list of books I could review, I grabbed it in a heartbeat. But while it kept me occupied for 10 hrs., unfortunately it just didn't meet the cut for me. Now I'll explain... in list form!

YES'S:

  1. The plot is exceptional, but I do believe it could use more substance, more story. Other than missing little bits of the backbone(for my taste), it was a very interesting storyline that kept me engrossed to the end.
  2. Leona and Gloria's friendship. It was so sweet, I couldn't help but think of me and my bestie. I mean, they really loved each other and understood each other, even after years of separation. 
  3. Although I don't like the religious aspect of the Amish community, I LOVE THE LIFESTYLE. 'Nuff said.  
  4. The mystery was very enthralling. So many questions and secrets and hiding and WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO WITH OURSELVES BUT FIND THE ANSWERS?!
  5. Obeying God over parents. This is a topic that not many folks like to confront, but it is a vital one. Beverly Lewis captures it impeccably. 

NO'S:

  1. While the plot was a'ight, the writing style was slow and simple. But I guess that's just Beverly Lewis' writing style... Slow and easy going, with a captivating plot line. I know that some people like that, but not this gal! GIMME ACTION, Y'ALL! 
  2. The characters were shallow. Bite my head off if I'm being too picky, but I love a well created protagonist. Leona? She wasn't exactly all that. She didn't have much of a personality, no quirks, which made her rather dry. Personality is something that I devour in a character, especially in the protagonist. With that said, I didn't feel a connection with her, which made it hard to really understand and love her. 
  3. The Amish church was glorified. What. That's a flat "no." While in her other books, the author made it clear that true Christianity is not found in the Amish church, in this book she basically said that the Lord calls some people to the Amish church: basically to serve man and have man-made laws. *pfft* Bruh, He calls you to serve Him and to make disciples, not to join a little community and shun those who seek the truth. That's not agape love. 
  4. The ending wasn't believable. I'm sorry, again, if I'm being WAY too picky, but I just couldn't believe the ending. It wasn't real. Everything was coming together slowly, but then something happened, and then POOF!!! everything was falling together REALLY quickly... that kind of took me down a whole separate road. It felt too surreal and rushed, and just didn't mesh well for me.
In conclusion, this book was OK, but not something I'd go back and reread. HOWEVER. THAT'S JUST ME. Not everyone has the same opinions and enjoy the same styles of writing! You may find this book to be the best book in the world next to the Bible, so don't just snub it because of my review: check it out for yourself!



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Let's chat!

Did you read this book? Have you read from Beverly Lewis before? What are your thoughts on Amish peoples? 

Oct 6, 2016

And There, He Prayed.

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“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out , and departed unto a solitary place, and there he prayed.” 
Mark 1:35