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A Very Bookish Post (Book Mail, Spring Book Recommendations, Spell the Month in Books, and more…)

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A Very Bookish Post (Book Mail, Spring Book Recommendations, Spell the Month in Books, and more…)

Hey everyone! How are you all? ❀️

*WARNING* Lots of books, and talking of books ahead. If you hate books, I’m truly sorry, and it may be in your best interest to stop reading this post while you can. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. However, if you are in your right mind, and you love books… I hope you enjoy this post!!

Anyway. πŸ˜‚ Yes, we have a fairly long post today, dedicated completely to books, and all the bookish things that have been happening in my life lately. XD

Book Mail

My friend Kate, from Once Upon an Ordinary, generously offered to send me some her books that I didn’t yet own. She sent me Kiera, Sincerely, Jem and The Night Archers. I love them all so much, and can’t wait to read them!!!

I’ve been wanting to read Kiera ever since it was first published, and Sincerely, Jem will be so much fun to read during Christmas season. I already had The Twin Arrows, so I was excited to get The Night Archers to match. They look so cute together!! 😍

Thank you so much, Kate!!!

(Note: That’s the old edition of Kiera, but Kate is working on a second edition, with a beautiful new cover. And it’s hardback!! Check it out here. )

Spring Books Recommendations

I love reading books that are associated with the season. It’s just such a great way to celebrate the time of year! I compiled this list of a few books that I think capture the idea of Spring, or I just associate with Spring. πŸ™‚

The Secret Garden

What else is there to say, this book is about a garden. Very Spring-y! I’ve almost finished reading this one. πŸ™‚ It’s such a cute story!

Any books by Jane Austen, or books that are set in the Regency Era

I’m really not sure why, but I strongly connect the regency era with Spring. That’s why I love reading Jane Austen during this time of year. My favorites are:

  1. Emma
  2. Pride and Prejudice
  3. Sense and Sensibility

That’s all of them that I’ve yet read, but I’m planning on reading Mansfield Park very soon. πŸ˜€

Another more modernly written regency book I’m hoping to read soon is the Heart of Warwickshire Series by Chautona Havig, especially the first one. πŸ™‚

Anne of Green Gables, Kilmeny of the Orchard, and pretty much everything else by L.M. Montgomery are also great for Spring!

Do you guys have any more Spring book recommendations for me? If so, I’d love to hear them in the comments!!

Spell the Month in Books

A- A Gown of Spanish Lace by Jannette Oke

Fiction, Romance, Western

I read this book last month, and… I cried…. 😭 ❀️

P – Presumption and Partiality by Rebekah Jones

Vintage, Romance, Book re-telling

This book is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice – but set in the 1930’s! And I love the cover. ❀

R Roses for Mamma by Jannette Oke

Fiction, Romance

I apologize for adding another Jannette Oke book… This may well be my favorite book by this author!

IIron Scouts of the Confederacy by Lee McGriffen

Historical Fiction, Civil War

L Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Classic, Fiction

Book Organization

So, lately I’ve been keeping all my books in my cabinet, but 1) I hated that they were all closed up where I couldn’t look at them, haha! And 2) They eventually got way too full for my small cabinet and could no longer fit.

So for the past while I’ve been looking out for a better way to store them. I would like my own bookshelf, but they are crazy expensive, and we didn’t have the materials to build one. Probably a good thing, because otherwise I would have tried. 🀣 I finally decided to line them up along the piano, and I think that works really well! I’d still like a bookshelf someday, but this works perfectly for now. πŸ˜€

This isn’t all of my books, just the ones that look nice enough to display. Lol. πŸ˜‚


If you guys are reading this, you have officially reached the end of this post, and you’re the best!! (And you probably either love to read, or if not, you’re a good friend of mine, hehe! Lol. XD)

Whatever the case, thanks so much for sticking around through the entire post, and comment below with what books you’re currently reading!

Love,

Rosy 🌸 πŸ“š

February and March Review

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February and March Review

Hello everyone! πŸ’• 🌷

How are you all? I’m so sorry I haven’t posted in quite a long time! 23 days to be exact… Yikes!! Things have been pretty busy here, and I’ve just been lacking the necessary motivation for blogging. I’m here now, but I can promise how consistent I’ll be, hehe! I will try though. πŸ˜€ I really want to get back into it.

Anyway, about half way though March, I realized something terrible… I forgot to do a February review!!!! That’s the first time I’ve downright forgotten in… probably the history of me doing these. I’ve skipped some I think, but never forgotten. So I’m just going to do both of the last two months in this post. February was waaay too long ago to remember almost anything… But I’ll do my best! πŸ˜‚

February

*Long, awkward silence*

Yep, I told you I wouldn’t be able to remember much… LOL. XD


Our friends Pablo and Anna, and their kids visited us one Sunday for, and after church. We had a fun time with them!

Books

Click the links to see my reviews. πŸ™‚

  1. Fair in War by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick (5 Stars)
  2. Manuscript for Murder by Chautonna Havig (5 stars!)
  3. Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate (Willis) Hopman (5 stars)
  4. Through the Fire by Dianne Nobler (4 stars)
  5. A Soldier Finds Grace by Katherine St. Clair (5 stars)
  6. Questions Jesus Asks by Israel Wayne (5 stars)
  7. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (5 stars)
  8. Penelope’s Pursuit by Chautonna Havig (5 stars!)
  9. Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy (3.4 stars)
  10. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (4 stars) (Not pictured)

My favorites were probably A Soldier finds Grace, Little Women and Penelope’s Pursuit.

March

I spent the month of March doing TONS of math, so that I could start 12th grade. I finished most of 11th awhile ago, but was behind in math, so…. not fun….!! Eventually I got caught up enough to start 12th grade, which was really exciting!! Hopefully I will do a post on what I’m doing for 12th grade for you all. πŸ˜€

I also appear to have taken little to no photos in March. Ugh, I’ll have to work on that in April. Meanwhile, let me go scrounge up what I can from March. πŸ™‚

Selfies with siblings πŸ˜‚. ❀️

My grandparents visited us fora few days! We had a lot of fun with them. πŸ˜€

My grandpa, and sister Susy

A few of our goats have kidded! I don’t have a particular liking for goats (at all), but the little kids are adorable!!! 😍 Unfortunately, the mother was not accepting them for a while, and we had to hold her down to help them nurse. XD I helped with that for a bit, and did not enjoy it one little bit, LOL! I survived though. πŸ˜€ By now, the mother is letting them nurse, a lot more at least. πŸ™‚

My entire family signed up for the Spring100, a challenge where you try to walk 100 miles in Spring. A few of us have done it in past years, but this year we’re all doing it. πŸ˜€ It’s been a lot of fun, taking walks together!! I think I’ve done around 12 or 13 miles so far. πŸ™‚

I spent the last bit of March feeling pretty sick with a cold… I’m still bit sick, but getting a lot better, thankfully!

Books

  1. Stressed Out: A Practical, Biblical Approach to Anxiety by Todd Friel (4 stars)
  2. The Minstrel by Malachi Cyr (5 stars!)
  3. Emma by Jane Austen (5 stars)
  4. Crossroads by Paul Willis (5 stars!)
  5. Treasures of the Snow by Patricia St John (5 stars)
  6. Joni by Joni Eareckson Tada (5 stars)
  7. Crime of Fashion by Chautona Havig (5 stars)
  8. A Gown of Spanish Lace by Jannette Oke (5 Stars!)
  9. Haunted Waters by Jerry Jenkins (4 stars) (Not pictured)
  10. Two O’Clock Slump by Chautona Havig (5 Stars)

My favorites were… Never mind, there were too many good books here, that I would end up picking half of them. XD


Hopefully I will have a more detailed review for April, but this will have to do for now. πŸ™‚

Speaking of April…. Happy April!

πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚

I’m so excited for this month, and for the weather to begin warming up, and outside to start getting greener. I love Spring! 🌸 🌳 🌷

I hope you all are doing great!! How did your last few months go?

Love,

Rosy ❀️

Memes for Bookworms!! πŸ“š

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Hey everyone! 😁

Since my bullet journal theme for February is Books, I thought it’d be fun to do more bookish posts this month. And who doesn’t love memes, so I decided that would be the perfect combination for this post! πŸ˜€ Enjoy!!


This is sadly true for a lot of things..!
I’m so sorry, all you authors…
Haha! XD

Just to be safe!!
Yep. And it kind of hurts. XD

This would be me if I had money. It’s probably a good thing I don’t! XD
I found this one hilarious, because I would TOTALLY do that as a kid!!
The struggle is real.
I always do this when I reading anything barely suspenseful or exciting. XD

It sounds so weird when worded this way, but. XD
Just a small list. πŸ˜‰

Except for me it’s the book section in thrift stores.

It’s honestly very scary.

I was so surprised when I saw this one, because I didn’t know that was an actual thin people other than me did. Lol!

Mmm-hmm, which is why you’ll never get a one-book answer from me. Sorry. πŸ˜‰

*Finishes laughing to myself* πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‚

That’s all I got for today, folks. I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together! (Hint: a lot.) Which memes did you relate to the most?

Love,

Rosy

so what’s your favorite book? (Just kidding!) 🀣

A Day in my Life!

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A Day in my Life!

Hello everyone!! πŸ˜€

Today I thought it would be fun to show you guys what a fairly normal school day in my life sometimes looks like. πŸ˜€ I hope y’all enjoy!

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

6:45 – Woke up

I woke up around 6:45, which was nice, since lately I’ve been waking up 20 or more minutes later. I got up (code for I physically forced myself to somehow climb out of bed… I’m not a morning person…!) I made some tea and read my Bible. πŸ˜€

This is still half-asleep me. XD

7:20 – Got dressed

I got dressed and ready for the day. I washed my face, put on a little bit of makeup and smoothed out my hair a bit. My bangs were kind of funny, but I’ll be fixing that later. πŸ™‚

And yeah, I know my the last pick is really random, but….. They’re new shoes and I love them, so. There ya go. 🀣

7:45-Breakfast

My dad made oatmeal for breakfast. πŸ™‚

8:15-Picked up our maid

I was a little bit late on this today – I usually leave at 8, but that’s fine. πŸ™‚ She comes to help out twice a week. πŸ™‚


8:45-Straightened Hair

I just got a flat iron, and decided to straighten my hair today! It’s only the second time I’ve done it, and it’s really fun. πŸ˜„ My hair always feels so long after I straighten is, haha!

9:30 – Worked a bit on this blog post

I’m just writing all these things down shortly after they happen, so that I don’t forget it later. πŸ™‚ Also, more tea. πŸ˜‹

9:50 – Worked on school

I spent the next good while working on school, mainly math and writing, since I’m a bit behind on those subjects.

11:00 – Class

On school mornings at 11:00 to 12:00 I do a class with my three youngest siblings. I do math, science and learning to read with them, and I also sing some songs and read aloud to them.

12:15 – Store

I had to run to the store real quick grab some things for lunch. I meant to take a picture inside the store, but I forgot, so here’s this. XD

12:45 – Ate Lunch

Again, I forgot to take a picture, haha. XD But we had beans.

1:10 – Organized bookshelves

(This was before I cleaned it up, btw. Haha!)

2:00 – Emailed

I caught up on some emails I’ve been meaning to write for forever! I also answered some comments on my blog.

3:00 – Made bread

I hadn’t made bread in quite a while – my younger sisters have mostly taken over that job – so I had to kind of re-learn! XD

4:00

The bread is rising, and while it rose, I read for a bit, and talk with my friend Kyra. πŸ˜€ Then, I put the bread in the oven, and did some more reading and talking to Kyra. XD

I read Enjoy the Poodle Skirt by Kate (Willis) Hopman. It’s so good! And guess what…. You can get a kindle copy for FREE on Amazon. So go check that out! It’s adorable… 😍

6:00

Bread’s out of the oven. It’s so pretty!

6:30 – Supper!

You’ll notice there aren’t many people in this photos, and that’s because my mom was doing a zoom meeting, and my Dad had taken three of the kids to preach in another town. πŸ™‚

7:00 – Dishes!

8:00 – Watched Andy Griffith

After the chores were all finished, we sat down to watch a of couple episodes of the Andy Griffith show. πŸ˜€

After that, I kind of forgot to keep track of what I did when. The kids went to bed after that, and I read for a little while. I went to bed around 10, and probably fell asleep around 11:00. XD It takes me a while sometimes. Usually it doesn’t take me that long though.

And yeah, I hope you guys enjoyed seeing a little peek of what my day was like! Ever day is different of course, but I think that that’s a pretty good representation of what most of my school days are like. πŸ™‚

Hope you’re having a great day!

Love,

Rosy ❀️ 🌼

Happy New Year/January 2022 Bullet Journal Set Up

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Happy New Year/January 2022 Bullet Journal Set Up

Hey everyone!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! It’s so hard to believe 2021 is over. I’m really excited for this new year! 2021 was a great year, and I’m excited to see what the Lord has in store for 2022. πŸ˜€ πŸŽ‰

Here are a few of my New Year’s Resolutions.

~Read through the entire Bible

~Read at least 120 books

~Finish school! (This may be hard, but I’m going to try!)

~Start a new Youtube Channel

~Journal most everyday

~Get my driver’s license (I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, and really want to just get it done!)

~Join an online business (If I can find one I want to do! )

~Begin selling friendship bracelets on my blog

~Focus on eating healthier

~Paint more often

My January 2022 Bullet Journal Set Up

Ok, so to be honest, I wasn’t feeling very inspired this month. I may be a little bit burned out from spending so much time bullet journaling every single month in 2021. Half of me wanted to take a break for January, but since it’s the first month of the year, it feels kind of sad to do that. Normally I’d want to be extra for January, but this time, I ended up just doing something super simple. I think it’ll be good to get a break though, and hopefully I’m start back up as normal in February or March! (And I’ll probably end up skipping a month this year too, so. )

Alright, the theme for January is…. *GASP* I didn’t do a theme! As I said before, i was feeling un-inspired, and didn’t have clue what theme I wanted to do. So, I decided that I was just going to do whatever I wanted, and also not worry so much about making everything perfect. So if they don’t seem as nice or well thought out as normal, that’s why. πŸ˜‰ And yeah, let’s just get into it!

The first thing I did, was a sunset circle kind of thing in the middle of the page. However, due to my apparent and obvious lack of colored pencil blended abilities, I absolutely hated, and didn’t have a clue what to do with it. So I walked away for awhile, and came back to it a bit later when I was feeling less frustrated. I decided to do a zen tangle all around the edges of the page, and after that was done, I liked it much better!! Other than the terrible hand-lettering of the word “January”, I think it’s pretty good, haha!

In my habit tracker, I accidentally made two spots bigger than the rest, which caused great distress for a few minutes. I just went with it though, and you can hardly see it now πŸ˜‰

The mood tracker is a… you know, I’m not sure what it is. A page full of geometric shapes. πŸ˜‚ Maybe it’s a stained glass window.

I like the theme of this page!

As awhiles, my favorite page! Here’s a glimpses of some of the books I’m planning on reading this month. (I’ve already finished that last one, which I’m reading out loud to my siblings!)

For my daily log, I did something super simple and just did a pretty design at the top. I didn’t even section of portions for days – I figured I’d just write down the date wherever I was at on the page. I think it’s working pretty well!

I think this is so pretty!! πŸ˜€ ❀️

As you can see, I didn’t do as many pages as I usually do, and that’s ok. I think it’ll be good to have a tiny break, and get re-motivated. Whatever the case, I’m really excited to see what January, and 2022 holds!! πŸ˜€

Love,

Rosy ❄️ πŸ’•

What are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? What are you looking forward to in 2022? What are you reading this month?

The Bookworm’s Tag! πŸ“š

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The Bookworm’s Tag! πŸ“š

Hey everyone!! πŸ˜€

I haven’t done a tag in quite a while, so I thought it’d be fun to do one. I was tagged by Kristina Hall for The Bookworm’s Tag. Book-themed tags are my favorite types, so this should be fun. πŸ˜€ (Check out Kristina’s answers HERE) πŸ™‚

On to Kristina’s amazing, bookish questions!!

How many books do you read on average per month?

I try to read an average of 10 books each month – sometimes it ends up being more a less, depending on how busy I am or if I’m in a reading slump. (That usually happens when I read TOO many books and burn myself out, lol!)

What’s your favorite time of the day (or night) to read?

Between 9 to 11 pm is my favorite time to read. Or while I’m supposed to be doing school, but I try not to do that too much….. πŸ˜† 😜

Do you prefer physical copies or e-books?

Physical BY FAR!!!!β€Ί

What book has surprised you most in the last month?

Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery surprised my by how much I didn’t really care for it, and The Minstrel by Malachi Cyr by how GOOD it was! (Which didn’t really surprise me, but it was just a lot better than I imagined, even though I started it with super high expectations!)

If you could meet any author, whom would you chose?

Most of my favorite authors I already know personally, but some of my favorites that I haven’t met would be C.R. Hedgecock and Douglas Bond. Also, Elisabeth Elliot, although we won’t meet here on this earth. πŸ˜„

Who’s the best new author you’ve discovered recently?

Jane Austen, Perry Elisabeth and A.L.O.E. I’ve known about them a long time, but only recently read some of their works.

If you had to estimate, how many books are in your home collection?

Of my own books, maybe 20. (Not enough!!) But of the family’s books….. I think thousands would be a safe estimate!!! Of courseβ€Ί, many of those are school related, and my dad’s theology books. But we have the equivalent of 10 bookshelves! πŸ˜‰

What will make you not finish a book?

If it’s burned with fire and a bomb, promptly before being ripped to shreds. Just kidding! If it’s boring, or just not edifying or God honoring. Very rarely do I feel a need to not finish a book I start though. πŸ™‚

What’s your favorite book cover?

Oh, hmm that’s hard! I’m not sure of my absolute favorite, but I love the covers in the Vintage Jane Austen series. (I’ve only read one of them, Presumption and Partiality by my friend Rebekah Jones, but I really want to read the rest someday!)

How big is your to-read pile?

That I have in hand maybe 15 or 20 books, several of which I’ll be reading for the second or third time. That I don’t have, and want to read… probably hundreds!! πŸ˜‚


Great questions, Kristina – that was a lot of fun!! πŸ˜€

I’m going to tag…

Hattush @Daughter of the Light

Jehosheba @Rambling Reviews

Kaley @The Little Novelist

Maggie @Maggie’s Doodles

Kyra in the comments 😜

My Questions

  1. If you could only have 3 books (other than the Bible), which would you choose?
  2. What popular books do you think are overrated?
  3. Hardcover, softcover or e-book?
  4. What’s your favorite genre?
  5. What’s your least favorite genre?
  6. Who are your favorite authors?
  7. How many book do you read on average each month?
  8. What books are you currently reading?
  9. If your life was a book, what would it be called?
  10. What’s the longest book you’ve read?

I enjoyed doing this post! I’d love to see some of y’all’s answers to my questions, so please feel totally free to answer some of more in the comments!! πŸ˜€

Love,

Rosy πŸ“š ❀️

January 2021 Recap

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January 2021 Recap

Hey everyone!

January was a good month, and a great new beginning to a new year. (I love new beginnings.) πŸ˜‚

Here is a recap of January, at the Marr house!

(Beware – tons of random picture, of tons of random things.) πŸ˜‚

~We made and canned LOTS of salsa!

~ I put pictures onto this photo thing my friend Kyra gave me! I LOVE it! ❀

~ Took selfies with my youngest brother, who happens to be adorable. 😍 (Understatement) He’s my buddy!

~ Played Settlers of Catan with my family several times. We just learned it, and we’ve bene enjoying it!

~ Took photos of stars ✨

~ Video called several friends πŸ˜€

~Made this healthy coffee drink thing that I made up, only to realize later it’s basically a frappuccino. (I’d never even seen a frappuccino before, soooo….) πŸ˜‚ It was super good! (And thanks to Hattush for giving me this amazing mug for my birthday!!)

~Piano lesson with my fellow redhead πŸ˜„

~New shoes XD

~A sunrise 😍

~Fun with a friend, who came to visit us from the States!

~Started a new art series on my youtube channel. (Check it out!)

I read:

~Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi (5 Stars!)

~Born Broken by Kristen Berry (4 stars)

~Vanya by Myrna Grant (4 stars)

~The Lost Art of True Beauty by Leslie Ludy (5 stars!)

~Hostage by Nancy Mankins (3.5 stars)

Random Thinks I did

~Learned to play Catan, and played it several times

~Sewed a shirt

~Made a movie

~Helped make tons of freezer meals

~Did several paintings

~Did extra schoolwork

Blog posts:

~Blog Survey

~Writerly Memes

~Art Lover Award

~February Bullet Journal Setup

Youtube Videos:

~Dessert Moon Painting Timelapse

~3 ways to Reuse your Old Calendars from 2020

~Create this Book Episode 1

All in all, it was a great month for the most part, and I’m looking forward to all the Lord has for us in February!

Love,

Rosy

Let’s chat!

How was your month? What was your favorite part of January? Do you have any plans for February? πŸ™‚