Spotting the Light: Nabila || Creative Spotlight – 13

Hi everyone! Today, we’re doing another Spotting the Light post, all about Nabila from Hot Town Cool Girl!

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Nabila is a teen blogger currently living in Texas! Her favorite things to do include blogging, taking photos, acting, writing, presenting, and binge watching her favorite Netflix shows. She is also a ESFJ and unlike many other bloggers, she is a total extrovert. 🙂

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What do you blog about?

I post about quite a bit of stuff on my blog including books, blogging, fashion, tips for teens, and just general lifestyle.

What made you decide to start blogging?

My initial interest came from seeing one of my friends blogging when I was in 3rd grade! I was probably jealous and just thought the idea was so cool! Both of my parents also had blogs at that point so it was a bit that as well.

Where do you get ideas for what you do?

Mostly from the world around me. The world is this crazy amazing place with all of this diversity of people and people and ideas it honestly blows my mind.

If you could talk to yourself when you were starting out, what advice would you give yourself?

Ok stop. And look at some of your fellow kid bloggers. Yes there actually are some. Now actually talk to them. NO ONE LIKES A LONELY HERMIT and friends are one of the best things in the world. Ok now change your design. It’s lonely and dark and honestly kind of depressing. Just saying. But also seriously just be yourself and don’t ever be embarrassed to try something new. 🙂

Describe your blogging process, from idea to post

I usually think of an idea and then write it down. Before I start actually writing I will have a general layout drawn out in my head and then I’ll start actually writing it. It usually takes me a couple days with school. Once I’m done writing I will first add pictures and then make my title/featured graphic.

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What is your biggest challenge?

I think my biggest challenge is just myself. I find myself so often not doing something just because I am scared and embarrassed.

What is your favorite book?

I have no idea what my favorite book is of all time buuuutttt I just recently read two books I really loved: Randoms and Court Of Fives. They were both so good and I would definitely recommend!

What is/was your favorite childhood book?

I’m still a kid (well teen but you know) lol. I was actually obessed with Geronimo Stilton when I was in maybe 2nd and 3rd grade. Like I even did a whole report on them. Or at least untill I figured out Geronimo was not an actual person (we were supposed to do it on a person).

What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?

I can’t pick one but I’ve been loving Grace Vanderwaal, Troye Sivan, and Dodie!

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Cookies and Creme all the way!


Thank you, Nabila, for being here today! Be sure to check her out-

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Book Review: Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

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About the Book-

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

My Review-

I’ve heard about Nadine Brandes’ books all over the internet, and follow her amazing Instagram, but hadn’t actually read any of her books, until now! (Her Out of Time series is also on my TBR . . . I just haven’t read it yet!)

Fawkes is about the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, but it’s not historical fiction! It is, instead, a historical fantasy almost-allegorical retelling of the event, and it’s a lot of fun!

Initially, getting into the world is a little difficult and the entire beginning/middle of the book is a bit slow. The world is set up very well (which is needed, because of the alternate universe type setting that it’s in), but sometimes it felt a little bit too much.

Part of this was probably also because of Thomas, the protagonist. He was very difficult to like, and for a lot of the book, seemed increDIbly dense. I’m also not sure how I feel about Guy Fawkes himself, or, for that matter, his group of friends. (And yes, I understand that was intentional, but I didn’t quite realize that right when they were introduced).

However! I really like how the social situations of the historical time period was set up in the fantasy realm. The White Light was SO snarky and sassy and I loved it (even though it doesn’t . . . really fit what it’s supposed to stand for? but I loved it still!!!). And like lots of other people have said, I like how the two sides–the Igniters and the Keepers–weren’t ALL right or wrong.

ALSO CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT EMMA. I LOVEDDDDDDD her!!! She was amazing, but if I say any more, it’ll all be spoilt. So I’ll shut up about it. BUT EMMA.

The magic was also super cool! Although it could probably have been defined better, I really liked how the concept of it worked, and it really fit into the time period well too. Also: the StoNe PlaGue??!?!?! It sounds so real and horrifying and yipes.

My Rating-

7/10

Things Liked-

  • No right or wrong side
  • The White Light
  • EMMA
  • The magic system
  • Historical portrayal in the fantasy world
  • The allegorical side of things
  • Cool time period to write about: I’ve not read Gunpowder Plot fiction before!

Things Disliked-

  • A bit long and slow in the beginning
  • Thomas himself?
  • Feels a little incoherent sometimes?

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a complimentary ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.

17 Things I Learned While 17 || I’m an ADULT NOW

Hello, friend! Today’s blogspot is an exciting one: I turn EIGHTEEN (18!!!!!) in a few days, and so today, we’re talking about 17 Things I Learned While I was 17!

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  1. Popsockets are the greatest thing to ever exist.
  2. Don’t ask multiple people if they want to hang out . . . if they’re all free, you have an issue. a big one.
  3. Professional people may appear professional . . . until you stalk their social media
  4. I REALLY LOVE teaching music. Teaching music is awesome.
  5. Driving isn’t that hard. You just have to not step on the brake so hard that the wire breaks, rending the entire car useless.
  6. Getting into troll arguments on twitter is counterproductive and useless . . . unless it’s about homeschooling.
  7. College classes are fun . . . provided you get a good professor, but stILL.
  8. College applications . . . just start them early. For your sanity, for your parents’ sanity, for your dog’s sanity, JUST DO IT.
  9. Spotify is an amazing thing.
  10. I’m old enough to have friends who are married. Not sure how that happened.
  11. E-books are amazing because you don’t have to cart liTERAL books around . . . side effects include staying up until 4am reading
  12. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but . . . it doesn’t hurt either
  13. Money is SO HARD TO GET
  14. DAILY Bible reading is so, SO helpful.
  15. Grades are important. but not thAT important.
  16. Graduation is one of the most exhilarating things ever
  17. It is, in fact, possible, to leave EVERYTHING you’ve ever known and live . . . though maybe not without tears

And that’s it! What’s something you learned recently? Also, e-books–yay or nay?

Blog Tour: Trust and Obey by Faith Blum || Spotlight, Review, and GIVEAWAY!!

Hello, friend! Today, I have the honor of being a part of Faith Blum’s blog tour! I’ve read a few of Faith Blum’s books in the past, but I haven’t really gotten to know her or worked with her a lot, but I’m super excited to be doing a blog tour for her newest book, Trust and Obey! One thing about Faith’s books that I find really cool is how her book titles are also the titles of hymns that they tie into!

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About the Book-

A wicked priestess, a morally corrupt king, and two children stuck in the middle…

Hadassah and Gidal love their parents and will do anything for them. When Priestess Basmat tell Ehud and Jerusha to pay their debt, they cannot and she takes Hadassah and Gidal as her slaves for two years.

The priestess works them hard, but there are two other servants to divide the load with, so they cope as well as they can. Then King Saul comes in disguise requesting the priestess’s other services—as a medium.

Will Hadassah and Gidal trust Adonai to take care of them? What will happen after Priestess Basmat comes face-to-face with the prophet Samuel?

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About the Author-

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Faith Blum is a small-town Wisconsin girl. She’s lived in, or outside of, small towns her whole life. The thought of living in a city with more than 60,000 people in it scares her, especially after some interesting adventures driving through big cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Faith currently resides in the middle of the state of Wisconsin with her husband and their cat, Smokey. She is blessed to be able to have writing as her full-time career with household work and cooking to do on the side. She loves to paint walls as long as she doesn’t have to do hallways or ceilings.

When not writing, you can find her cooking food from scratch due to food allergies (fun), doing dishes (meh), knitting, crocheting, sewing, reading, or spending time with her husband (yay!). She is also a Community Assistant for the Young Writers Workshop and loves her work there. She loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her on her website.

My Review-

Trust and Obey is Biblical historical fiction based around 1 Samuel 28: the medium of En-Dor, which was really interesting to read, because it’s super rare. There were some other Biblical characters also included, such as David, Saul, and Jonathan. As far as I could tell, it was historically accurate, which was fun to read!

The (fictional) characters were so sweet! I really enjoyed reading the relationship between Ehud and Jerusha, and their children, Hadassah and Gidal, were equally as sweet!

The alternating points of view really added to the story as well—the different scenes became more defined and it made the Bible itself seem that much more real.

As for the story itself, it was a lot of fun! It was exciting and sweet and overall, felt authentic. I really like how it flowed and especially how it ended.

Overall, it was a really sweet story! The writing style was very smooth, the story was good, and it was a fun way to learn more about the Bible!

My Rating-

4/5

Things Liked-

  • The characters! They were all so sweet
  • Biblical historical fiction of an interesting time period/event
  • Sweet and well told story
  • Historically authentic

Things Disliked-

  • It felt a little simplistic at times

Giveaway-

Faith is giving away a paperback copy of her book, as well as a magnet!

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Blog Tour-

June 26
Bookish Orchestrations – Introductory Post
Frances Hoelsema – Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano’s Words – Book Spotlight

June 27
Letters from Annie Douglass Lima – Book Spotlight
RockandMinerals4Him – Book Review
Shannon’s Blog – Book Spotlight

June 28
Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections – Special Post
Wildflower Acres – Book Spotlight

June 29
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae – Book Review
Purposeful Learning – Book Review
The King and His Kingdom – Book Review

June 30
Bookish Orchestrations – Giveaway Winner

Spotting the Light: Joanna Sarah || Creative Spotlight – 12

Hello everyone! Today . . . you guessed it! It’s another Spotting the Light post! Today, we’re featuring Joanna Sarah!

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Joanna Sarah is sixteen and an ambivert – she can be very social and other times she just wants to be herself. She’s a complete and total book nerd. She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior when she was thirteen and she got baptized this past summer before she turned sixteen. She is an aspiring writer and fashionista. Her dream in life is to be a successful fashion entrepreneur living in New York, who inspires others to do great things.

Blog || YouTube || Instagram || Twitter || Pinterest || Facebook

What do you post about?

I blog about fashion, lifestyle, beauty, and hair. I post vlogs and beauty and style videos on my YouTube channel.

What made you decide to start your blog and YouTube channel?

I’ve always wanted to be a blogger and the summer before my sophomore I started a blog! It was a writing and lifestyle blog, but than I outgrew it and put it on private. Than last April, I finally started a fashion and beauty blog, which I felt was more my style. After always wanting to start a YouTube channel, I decided that since I had a fashion blog I should just go ahead and start a YouTube channel.

Where do you get ideas for what you do?

Sometimes I come up with my own blog and video ideas. Than there are other times where I get inspiration from Pinterest and other bloggers/YouTubers.

If you could talk to yourself when you were first starting out, what advice would you give yourself?

To not be afraid of doing what I love and just to always do my best.

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What does a typical day in your life look like?

I’m a very busy person. A typical day involves me going to school and than possibly staying after for a sport or one of my many after school activities. Than if I don’t have to cheer at a basketball game or perform at a football game, I go to work. I work at a library and it’s usually a three to four hour shift. In between all of that, I try to find the time to read, record videos, blog, and do my homework.

What made you decide to start writing?

I have always been a reader first and I believe that has inspired me to write books that I would personally read myself.

What is your favorite part about writing?

Reading the finish product after all of the grunt work.

What makes a good story?

A good story is something that you would read. If you as a writer wouldn’t read it, than it’s not a good story.

Does writing energize you or exhaust you, and why?

Writing usually exhausts me, because I’m searching all the corners of my mind to produce a story that I can be proud of. I’m working out my mind for a period of time that is usually an hour or more.

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How much time do you spend doing research?

Research is a process and I’m honestly constantly doing research and making a backstory for my characters throughout me writing my book.

How many books have you written? (drafts count too!)

3

When did you start playing music? What instruments do you play? How long have you been doing music? Do you take lessons, and how long have you been taking them?

I started playing the flute in 5th grade in school. I have participated in marching band and concert band and a woodwind orchestra. I’ve been playing the flute for almost 8 years.

What is/was your favorite childhood book?

The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker

Favorite ice cream flavor?

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


Thank you, Joanna, for the lovely interview! Check her out here-

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Blog Tour: The Quest for the Leviathan by Amanda Tero || Spotlight, Review, and GIVEAWAY!!!

Are sea monsters a real thing? What about fire-breathing dragons? According to the Bible, there is a fire-breathing sea creature who really existed: the leviathan. Amanda Tero brings this dragon to life in her newest short story, “Quest for Leviathan.” Join Anath and his crew of ninety-nine rowers as they face the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and the power of Leviathan.

About the Book

Leviathan took the life of his father.

Anath has spent three years preparing for the voyage that will end the threat of Leviathan. Yet as the Valor launches into the depths of the Mediterranean, an inward quest also begins, taking Anath to depths he is not willing to face.

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My Review

Quest for Leviathan is about a young man, Anath, and his journey towards conquering the Leviathan.

Since it was a short story, there wasn’t much space for character development or nearly anything of that sort, but Anath was portrayed well, as was the main storyline (though the beginning and the end felt more developed than the actual story itself). Of course, it felt a little rushed, as all short stories are, but overall it was well done!

The Gospel is very clearly portrayed and Amanda did it very well! In addition, this was historical fiction based on a time of the Bible that is not very well documented, and it was really interesting to read a piece based on the Leviathan, which I hadn’t done before.

My Ranking

3/5

Things liked-

  • discussed a rarely discussed topic
  • good development for a short story
  • gospel portrayed well

Things disliked-

  • felt a bit rushed
  • the action felt a bit cheated: the beginning and end was more developed

Giveaway

Amanda is giving away TWO print copies of “Quest for Leviathan” to one winner — one for you, and one for your friend!

 

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About the Author

Amanda Tero began her love for words at a young age—reading anything she could get her hands on and penning short stories as young as age eight. Since graduation, she has honed her writing skills by dedicated practice and study of the writing craft. She began her journey of publication with a few short stories that she had written for her sisters and continued to add to her collection with other short stories, novellas, and novels. It is her utmost desire to write that which not only pleases her Lord and Savior, but also draws the reader into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Blog Tour

June 8 – With a Joyful Noise (Release Day Post)
Resting Life (Spotlight, Review)
The World of the Writer (Review)
Authoring Arrowheads (Review)
Purely by Faith Review (Review, Interview)
June 9 – Victoria’s Book Nook (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
Bekah’s Books (Spotlight, Review, Interview)
June 11 – Clothed with Scarlet (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
Reveries Reviews (Review)
June 12 – Chosen Vessels (Spotlight, Review)
My Purple Pen (Review)
Read Another Page (Review)
June 13 – Once Upon an Ordinary (Review)
Maidens for Modesty (Review)
Yahweh Sisters (Review)
June 14 – Honey Rock Hills (Review)
Life of Heritage Corner (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Kaylee’s Kind of Writes (Review, Interview)
June 15 – The Red-Hooded Writer (Review)
Blossoms and Blessings (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Lit Aflame (Review, Interview)
June 16 – The Left-Handed Typist (Review)
Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen (Review, Interview, Giveaway)
June 18 – Great Books for God’s Girls (Review, Interview)
Peculiar Miss Darcy (Character Interview)
June 19 – Done in Love (Spotlight, Review, Interview, Giveaway)
Creating Romance (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 20 – Keturah’s Korner (Review, Interview)
Rock and Minerals 4 Him (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 21 – A Baker’s Perspective (Review, Giveaway, Character Spotlight)
Christian Author: A.M. Heath (Review, Interview)
June 22 – Writings, Ramblings, and Reflections (Review)
Views from the Window Friend (Review)
Hunting for Truth (Spotlight, Review, Giveaway)
June 23 – Reading on the Edge (Spotlight)
Summer Snowflakes (Review, Giveaway)
June 25 – With a Joyful Noise (Giveaway Winner Announced)

Thank you to the author, Amanda Tero, for providing me with a free e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.

Blue Sky Tag || ALSO I GRADUATED!!!!!! || 2018 Edition

Hi everyone! Today, I’m doing the Blue Sky Tag again! (If you haven’t read my first tag, check it out here!). Thanks, Hailey, for tagging me!

ALSO GUYS THIS IS THE FIRST BLOGPOST I’M WRITING AS A *GRADUATE*!!!!!!!! I still can’t comprehend it either, honestly.  I FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL. (also this Blue Sky tag was Hailey’s first blogpost post-high school, and I’m very excited about how perfect that is)

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The rules for the tag are: thank the person who tagged you and answer their 11 questions, then tag 11 more people and give them 11 questions to answer. So, here are her questions and my answers!

  1. Why did you start your blog?
    Believe it or not . . . I don’t really know? I initially started it to log some random thoughts that I had, and posted little life updates on it. This blog is now LONG DEAD, but its successor, which is still semi-active, is here.
    THIS blog I started to write more legit blogposts on, once I was more accustomed to writing things to post on the internet. So basically, I started blogging because I’m a chronic oversharer. #oops.
  2. If you could have dinner with any one person who’s alive right now, who would you choose?
    Hmmm…..in creative terms, I would have to say someone who’s pursued their dreams and been successful, so maybe someone like Abbie or dodie. In more practical terms, probably someone who’s done something cool in my field. (MY WORD I’M A COLLEGE STUDENT NOW I’M SO PROFESSIONAL)
  3. Favorite book of the Bible and why?
    For the Old Testament, definitely Proverbs. I love all the pieces of wisdom that are contained within it, in such easy to read form. For the New Testament, it’s less certain, but I really love First Corinthians. It’s such a beautiful book.
  4. Favorite music genre to listen to?
    Well, considering my music just went from pop to christmas to movie soundtrack to musical to kpop to classical? I DON’T KNOW MYSELF??? I think mostly indie (though I’m really bad at finding new artists to listen to SO GIVE ME YOUR RECS). But also a lot of pop. (also whatever Taylor Swift is??)
    Also fun fact about me! 9 times out of 10, I’m shuffling all of my music on Spotify and it’s a wild ride, honestly.
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  5. What’s your earliest memory?
    I have some vague ones of being in the car (particularly one of my mom telling me not to kick the back of the driver’s seat, which, WOW my legs were short enough to be able to kick the top of the back of the driver’s seat). I also have several of my mom playing with me, and I specifically remember when I was practicing piano (age 6 maybe?) and was very frustrated and bit the edge of the music stand. The teeth marks are still there.
  6. What job would you be great at, and what job would you be horrible at?
    I’ve said many times that a job I’d be amazing at would be those minimum-wage customer service jobs? Like those at McDonalds or stuff like that–I love working with people and serving people, and I honestly just think that would be an amazing working environment for me. If it weren’t for the fact that it’s not really sustainable.
    A job I’d be horrible at would be, ironically, what I’m planning on doing: a office type, sealed-away, mad-scientist job. I love working with people, and a job like that wouldn’t be fun, or good for me.
  7. Dream vacation spot?
    Definitely the Maldives or Bora Bora (or Hawai’i. I’m not picky). I’ve not been to any beachy-islands, but they are sO PRETTY. I WANT TO GO SO BADLY. But also Europe, because exPERIENCE.
  8. When writing, are you a plotter or a pantser?
    HA I don’t write! But I would definitely be a pantser, I think, if I were to write. (Case in point: Hailey tagged me in this over a year ago, and I’m just reading the questions and writing the post now . . . less than a day before it goes up!)
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  9. What makes you angry?
    So many things, honestly, but not many of which actually matter (#oops). Some include: people underestimating homeschoolers, people UNDERESTIMATING homeschoolers, PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATING HOMESCHOOLERS, and PEOPLE UNDERESTIMATING HOMESCHOOLERS. It’s a rather extensive list.
  10. What accomplishments in your life are you most proud of?
    THE FACT THAT I FREAKING GRADUATED???? LIKE, I FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL. I AM A FUNCTIONING ADULT WITH A SUSTAINABLE EDUCATION. But aside from that? I placed 7th nationwide once for Science Olympiad, which is super nerdy but which I’m SUPER proud of, if only for the reason that I managed to get that far. I’m also really proud of the memoir I wrote after being in Science Olympiad, and several blogposts (and all of blogging in general). I’m a simple person to please XD
  11. What has God been teaching you lately?
    Along with the fact that I GRADUATED and the fact that I MOVE OUT IN 71 DAYS, it’s just been a huge season of change for me, and it’s been hard coming to face that. uGH.

I tag:

  1. Lisa at Inkwell.
  2. Kara at Beautifully Broken.
  3. Julia at The Barefoot Gal.
  4. Maggie at Dreaming of Guatemala.
  5. Nichole at Thoughtful Inklings.
  6. Vanessa at Simply Me.
  7. Evangeline at An Odd Blog.
  8. Charley at The Miss Charley.
  9. Riley at Riley Aline.
  10. Maddy at Little Bit of Sunshine
  11. Hannah at Plottinger Twist

Go check out all these lovely girls! They all have such fun and amazing blogs. 🙂

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The rules are as follows: thank the person who tagged you and answer their 11 questions, then tag 11 more people and give them 11 questions to answer. (And if I didn’t tag you but you’d like to participate, please do!)

  1. How do you spend your money? Are you more of a saver or a spender, and what takes the most of your money?
  2. What is the pettiest thing you’ve ever done?
  3. Would you rather have a lot of acquaintances or a few close friends, and why?
  4. What book do you first remember reading?
  5. What is your most recent/most recent God-moment? (for those who don’t know, a God-moment is a moment that just works out so perfectly, and afterwards is just so apparent that God had his hands on the whole situation)
  6. If you had to choose between blogging and whatever other creative pursuits you have (writing, YouTube, photography, etc), which would you choose, and why?
  7. What are the books that you recommend to people?
  8. What language do you want to learn/have learned?
  9. What makes you angry? (same question as Hailey’s, because I’m so interested!)
  10. If you could eliminate one weakness from your life right now, what would it be?
  11. What is your top love language?

And that’s it! Thanks, Hailey, again for tagging me! What makes YOU angry? I’m so interested in finding out! ALSO! I’m looking for reads for my summer reading list. Drop me alLLLLLLL your recs!

Book Review: An Amish Heirloom by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin

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About the Book-

A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston
Local volunteer fire fighter Leon King agrees to repair his ex-girlfriend Susie Bontrager’s grandparents’ antique rocking chairs for her future home with her fiance and is forced to acknowledge that his feelings for her have not quite gone away. As Susie spends time with Leon, she begins to recognize she is marrying the wrong man for all the wrong reasons.

The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman
Decades after inheriting her great grandmother’s cedar chest, Emma Fisher decides to pry it open only to discover a beautiful love story in the form of letters between her great grandparents. But as Emma immerses herself in their story, family secrets are revealed, and she must decide whether to share them to preserve family history or honor her great grandparents’ decision to leave them hidden.

The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller
For the past two years, Shane Broyles has felt God leading him to join the Amish. He’s staying with his friends Noah and Ivy Schlabach in Birch Creek, OH, where he is reunited with Lucy Fisher, an old friend of Noah’s family. Shane and Lucy have never revealed their feelings for each other, but when they stumble upon an antique Bible at a flea market, they feel drawn to each other and to the mystery of the contents found within.

The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin
Iris Beachy serves as a midwife in her district where she longs for a family of her own. When her friend’s brother Mahon Kurtz seeks her help in delivering the baby of two young teenagers who have sought refuge in their town, they begin to see each other in a different light. Unprepared for parenthood, the young couple leave their baby girl behind in an antique crib quilt resembling the one destined for Iris when she becomes a mother. Mahon and Iris come together to take care of the baby as they try to find her parents, and they begin to see new possibilities for their future.

My Review-

I’m not always a big fan of Amish fiction, but I always enjoy reading a good Amish novella collection, and I really enjoyed this one by a group of four Amish fiction authors! It was my first time reading anything by most of these authors, and it was fun reading their stories!

A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston

I wasn’t personally a huge fan of this one: the characters fell a little flat and the story was a little unbelievable. There was also a bit too much “attraction” for my liking. Susie was sweet, if a bit insincere at times. 1/5

The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman

I really really enjoyed the historical flashbacks in this one! I also liked how it wasn’t a falling in love story, unlike so much other Amish fiction. I felt like the end was a little abrupt and could have been done a lot better, but I really liked this one! 4/5

The Treasured Book by Kathleen Fuller

This was such a sweet story! Although it doesn’t seem really realistic, I really enjoyed reading Shane and Lucy’s story, and it was also rather witty, which was a fun read! 3/5

The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin

Aside from more adult content (teenage pregnancy), this was such a sweet story! The Englisch side of the story was really sweet to read! But also, can anyone say WHIRLWIND ROMANCE? Although the story did take a lot longer than it seemed, the romance went really fast, which I wasn’t a huge fan of. 3/5

Overall, it was a fun collection and I enjoyed it! All of the stories were really different and weren’t very stereotypical, which I appreciate.

My Ranking-

3/5

Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with a complimentary e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review; I was not required to write a positive review.