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Just A Little Life Update

Just A Little Life Update

Wow, it’s been a while since I last wrote on this blog. It’s definitely time for a life update and to share everything that’s been happening and my goals for my blog moving forward. First off, sorry for being away so long! I took a […]

Brave Enough Book Review

Brave Enough Book Review

  I thought Brave Enough was a cute story. I liked the authors note at the end because it made the story more personal. Cason is a ballerina, it’s her life, and then she gets Bone cancer and her life as a ballerina just might be […]

Books to Read This Summer

Books to Read This Summer

Summertime is right around the corner (even though it keeps raining and snowing and hailing here in Colorado) and I am ready for summer reading. I’m a big mood reader so generally the time of year doesn’t make too much of a difference on what I’m reading. But, I do like to read more contemporaries during the summer, as well as some lighter fantasy’s and I wanted to share a list of some of the books I’m looking forward to reading over the next few months.

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My Plain Jane

I LOVED My Lady Jane that came out back in 2016. The story was creative and the narration was hilarious. I cannot wait to read this next book in the series. I’m sure you could read My Plain Jane first though, it’s a retelling of Jane Eyre and I couldn’t be more excited about it! This book will be fun and funny if it’s anything like the first book in the Lady Janie’s series. Add to Goodreads.


We Were Liars

I read this one a few years ago, but I want to re-read it. I went into this book without really knowing anything about it and that made it so much better. If you want to read something with a twist that you won’t see coming, this book is for you. It’s about teenagers and friendship and love and family and so much more. Definitely a good one. Add to Goodreads.

Wild Beauty

I’ve had Wilde Beauty on my shelf since December and I keep putting it off, but I really want to sink my teeth into this contemporary (with elements of fantasy if I understand correctly). I’m hoping to read this one soon. Add to Goodreads.



Fawkes is one of my most anticipated books this year. I’ve been seeing it start to pop up more and more on bookstagram and I really can’t wait to read it. I actually got a copy from the publisher via NetGalley so I’ll be reading it and reviewing it soon, it officially comes out in July though. Add to Goodreads.

The Nightingale

I started reading The Nightingale this month and I AM LOVING IT. This is an adult historical fiction following two sisters in France during WWII. I love all the WWII fiction books (I’m not really sure why, but they really speak to me.) anyway, this book is fabulous and you need to pick it up if you haven’t read it yet. Add to Goodreads.


This book has received quite a bit of hype. It’s on my to-buy list and I am hoping to buy it soon (I currently am reading 10 books that I own before buying a book because I’ve been known to buy way too many books at a time.) Plus, Victoria Schwab said this book was great and I just finished her Shades of Magic series and I love reading books that authors love. Add to Goodreads.


Where There’s Hope

I read Elizabeth Smart’s memoir last year and I’d really love to read her second book. As a survivor of sexual and emotional abuse myself, I’ve found a lot of healing and hope as I read Elizabeth’s first book. I’d really love to read this one too. Add to Goodreads.

Strange the Dreamer

This one has been on my TBR for a long time now and I just bought it last week and I cannot wait to read it.  I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I started reading it and already it’s amazing. Add to Goodreads.

Have you read any of these books? What books are you hoping to read this summer? Do you like to read lighter, fluffier books during the summer or something heavier?

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May Wrap Up

May Wrap Up

May started out as a slow reading month. I was in the middle of A Conjuring of Light but nothing else was really catching my attention. Thankfully I did start reading more books near the end of the month and had a really great reading […]

The Hazel Wood Book Review

The Hazel Wood Book Review

I started reading The Hazel Wood via audiobook back in March and I thought it was fantastic so I bought my own copy to finish reading it. I read this during May for the Cursed Books Bookclub! Overall: I really loved the first half of […]

Moms Who Stay and Fight

Moms Who Stay and Fight

Hi friends! I hope you’ve all had an awesome week and that you’re enjoying the three day weekend, I know I am! I took a step back from my blog and Bookstagram for a few days/weeks to think about what I really want to accomplish here. I’m happy to say that I think I finally figured out what I’m wanting to do. From now on I’ll still be writing mainly about books and bookish things on this blog but there will also be more about lifestyle, faith, mental health, and family!

I just finished reading the book Moms Who Stay and Fight. My mother in law gifted this book to me for Mother’s Day and I’m so grateful I read it. It’s all about moms and the huge roll we play in our children’s lives. As a brand new mom I am constantly thinking and planning things I want to do in the future with my daughter, this book was a great reminder of the things I can focus on so that Von can grow up with good morals, faith, and be an overall good person.

There were so many sections that I loved but I think one of my favorites was the section that talked about how we are not alone. We have God on our side and so many people surrounding us. Being a mom, especially during the first few weeks, felt so isolating to me. I hadn’t felt that alone in a long time. This book reminded me that I’m not the only one who’s ever felt that way and that I really am not alone in this motherhood journey.

This book definitely has a lot of LDS (Mormon) references. But I think it’s a great read for any Christian mom! I really loved reading it and always walked away feeling better about my efforts, especially on the hard days. This book is encouraging. I think it would be a great read even if you aren’t a mom yet but hope to be in the future! I gave it 4/5 stars.

Moms Who Stay and Fight by Kristyn Trimble

A mother is a child’s first line of defense against the world— the first protecor, the first teacher, the first friend. With a spiritual foundation, Kristyn Trimble dives into the joys of being a mom, the divine role mothers play in this life, and the daily trials that they face and overcome. Discover what it means to raise the next generation of heroes with inspiring true stories on topics including • Overcoming the temptation to compete with other mothers • Supporting your husband and nurturing your eternal marriage • Being a righteous example to your daughters in how you dress, speak, and act. • Knowing that discipline isn’t something you do to your child, it’s something you do for your child Today’s children are our future leaders in government, leaders in business, leaders of religion. They are our future! If we want an honest world, we need to raise our children to be honest. If we want a kind world, we need to raise our children to be kind. If we want a virtuous world, we need to raise our children to be virtuous. Mothers have the power to change the world one child at a time. 

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Do you have any books about parenting that you love? I’m looking for recomendations!

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Furyborn Book Reveiw

Furyborn Book Reveiw

Furyborn was one of my most anticipated books of the year! I planned to read it this spring and I’m so glad I did! I flew through this book in just a couple of days! It hit the shelves on May 22nd and you definitely […]

My First Income Report

My First Income Report

I love reading bloggers income reports and since I’ve been wanting to work on monetizing my own blog, I wanted to share my first income report. These numbers are from blogging as well as a few other apps I use to make money. Right now […]

22 Bookish Questions – My Book/Reading Habits

22 Bookish Questions – My Book/Reading Habits

A friend of mine shared this post and I thought it would be fun to share my reading habits as well!

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?

I prefer hardbacks. I love the way they look on my shelf and I like reading from them more than paperbacks. That being said, I’m not opposed to paperbacks.

Amazon or brick and mortar?

I tend to buy most of my books from Amazon, Book Depository, or BookOutlet, mainly because we only have one car at the moment and my husband takes it to work so I don’t go shopping much.

Locally owned bookstore or big-name chain store?

Both. I love Indie bookstores but I also really love Barnes and Noble.

Bookmark or dog-ear?

I tend to use bookmarks (or random pieces of paper or whatever happens to be lying around). The only time I dog ear is when there is a quote that I love in a book, I dog-ear the page to save it for later. I’m not a huge fan of sticky notes/tabs in my books so this works for me.

Alphabetize by author or title or random?

Random maybe? I organize my shelf by book height and sort of just randomly after that. But, my shelves look clean and I love them.

Keep, throw away, or sell?

I keep books that I love and that I know I’ll read again. I’ve been going through my shelves a lot the past few months and taking off books that I know I won’t read again. I want to have a personal library full of books that I love. I don’t throw books away, so when I get rid of them I usually give them away or sell them.

Keep dust jacket or toss it?

I keep the dust jacket. Always.

Read with dust jacket or remove it?

Remove it! I never read books with the dust jacket on (unless it’s a library book) because I like to keep the dust jackets looking nice.

Short story or novel?


Collection (short stories by the same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?

Ummm to be honest, I’m not really a fan of either because I don’t really like short stories much.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?

Lately, it’s been “sneak a page or two in while my baby is sleeping or not being fussy” so right now I just stop when I have to and read when I can!

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?

Ummm I’m not sure, honestly, I’ve never really thought about it.

Buy or borrow?

I love buying books! But I’ve been trying to borrow them more to save money.

New or used?

I don’t mind used books, but I like having new books!

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?

Browsing and recommendations from Book Bloggers and Bookstagram

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?

Depends on the book!

Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading?

Reading anytime!!

Single volume or series?

Again that depends. I love stand-alones but I also like series (just not too long)

Favorite series?

I love Harry Potter. And more recently I’ve fallen in love with the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?

One of my favorites in high school was Invaluable by Holly Wood, and I still really love it!

Favorite books read last year?

Oh boy.. dang… that’s so hard… Let me think… I really loved Eliza and Her Monsters which I reread last month! As well as The Hate U Give and Autoboyography!

Favorite books of all time?

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Serpent King, The Happiness Project, Eliza and Her Monsters and P.S. I like You.


I’d love to hear your answers to these questions! Write a blog post and leave a link for me in the comments, or just answer in the comments! I’d love to hear about your book habits!

Also, my sister is a fourth-grade teacher and is working to raise funds to help her 54 students next year have a space to read as well as adding books to her classroom library. If you are able to donate, please check out her donation site and help her students fall in love with reading!!

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April Wrap Up: Reading, Watching, Listening

April Wrap Up: Reading, Watching, Listening

Hey friends! Can you believe that April is over already? I feel like April flew by! I was sort of in a reading slump this past month, but  I’m not even sure I could call it that. I just read slower than I normally do, […]