Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Looking Glass Lies" by Varina Denman

Last year, I read Varina Denman's Mended Hearts series. I really enjoyed the three books, which revolved around a church in a small Texas town. Looking Glass Lies is also set in a small Texas town, but where the Mended Hearts series mainly dealt with hurts inflicted and/or perpetuated by the church, Looking Glass Lies deals with self-image.

Monday, May 29, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (5-29-17)

Hosted by The Book Date
Happy Memorial Day! If you haven't yet watched PBS's annual Memorial Day concert, you should. It's such a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made in order to allow us to live in freedom. My mom and I watch it together every year, and every year we cry our eyes out. It's always so inspiring! The concert is streaming here on the PBS website.

As I predicted a few weeks ago, I haven't been doing much reading (or blogging) lately. In fact, the only reason I'm posting this today is that I promised myself I wouldn't touch the yearbook today, as it's a paid holiday. My goal has always been to finish the yearbook by the end of May, but it's looking like it probably won't happen. Unfortunately. Because I am sooooooo ready to send it off to the publisher.

"What Hope Remembers" by Johnnie Alexander

The Sullivan/Somers Misty Willow saga continues in What Hope Remembers, this time telling Amy Somers' story.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

"The French Chef in America" by Alex Prud'homme

As someone who has spent countless hours watching Baking with Julia and Julia & Jacques: Cooking at Home, I jumped at the chance to review The French Chef in America: Julia Child's Second Act.

Friday, May 19, 2017

"Searching for Sarah" by Julieann Dove

A single girl in her 30's searching for her Mr. Right? When I heard about Searching for Sarah, I thought it was certainly a book I could identify with!

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Champion" Movie Review

I recently had the opportunity to preview Champion, which arrives in theaters this weekend. It's definitely worth watching!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"To the Farthest Shores" by Elizabeth Camden

If you've followed my blog very long, you know that I read far more contemporary than historical novels, and many of the historical novels I do read are set during World War II. But there are a couple authors who write historical fiction not set during the Second World War whose books I always want to get my hands on, and one of them is Elizabeth Camden.

Monday, May 8, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (5-8-17)

Hosted by The Book Date

Happy Monday, and Happy Birthday to my dad!
He is SUCH a good sport when it comes to Snapchat filters!
The school year is winding down (tomorrow is my LAST day with my yearbook class), and the weather is warming up (we topped out at 91° today), and I'm definitely ready for summer!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

"Forensic Faith" by J. Warner Wallace

Last year, I read J. Warner Wallace's Cold-Case Christianity for Kids. Even though it's written for kids, I loved it, and I learned a lot, too. So when I heard Wallace had a new book coming out, Forensic Faith, I knew I wanted to read it.

Friday, May 5, 2017

"Searching for Sarah" Grand Finale + Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Searching for Sarah
Julieann Dove

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops, go back and check them out...

Launch - Message from the Author

Welcome lovely Readers! I’m tickled to be able to introduce everyone to the “Searching For Sarah” tour. I’ve been writing Sarah’s journey for some time, and it is with great pleasure that I can now curl back a page and present her story to you.

Monday, May 1, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (5-1-17)

Hosted by The Book Date
Happy May Day! Not only is this the first day of May, but it's also the first day of my first Whole30. I could be wrong, but I figure that after doing AIP, this should be a breeze. (You can see all of my AIP-related posts here.) Why Whole30? Well, after months of feeling pretty good (perhaps as good as one with Hashimoto's can feel), I've been feeling not great. Not terrible, but not great. I thought about going full-blown AIP again, but that just makes me want to cry. So I'm trying Whole30—which is pretty similar to AIP but allows eggs, nuts, seeds, and nightshades (potatoes, peppers, tomatoes, etc.). The only thing I'm nervous about is Whole30 doesn't allow any sweeteners, whereas AIP allows honey, maple syrup, and coconut sugar in small amounts. And the "treats" are really what got me through AIP. I'll keep you posted as to how it goes!