Haven’t finished this one yet, but I wanted to chat about books this week, so I decided to do a post about the one I’m into right now. :) ...

Currently Reading: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Haven’t finished this one yet, but I wanted to chat about books this week, so I decided to do a post about the one I’m into right now. :)


Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and trade valuable enchantments for Isobel's work. But when she receives her first royal patron - Rook, the autumn prince - she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt's ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then perhaps even love, a forbidden emotion that would violate the fair folk's ruthless Good Law. To save both their lives, Isobel must choose between sacrificing her Craft or using her art to defy the ancient malice of the fairy courts... for Craft may hold more power over the fair folk than she ever imagined.

I’m a little over halfway through and I’m kind of in love, lol. I’m not really sure how it’s going to turn out, but I’m fascinated by the world: the richness of the descriptions, the complex way the characters act and react and carry themselves, the way the Fair Folk interact with humans and Craft: their wide-eyed wonder and starving wildness. As for the mains, Rook is insensitive and arrogant, but he’s also kind, respectful, and strangely adorable; there have been enough hints to his backstory that I’m pretty sure I know what it is, but I’m still hooked enough to want to actually read the rest. Isobel is creative and wise, but she’s also susceptible to her feelings (though I suppose we all have slips of the brain for love) and she’s occasionally more forthright than is likely healthy for a human in her situation. But still, all the qualities together make her more human, make both of them more human; they have hearts, and I can see them aching and beating on every page. All-in-all, I’m enchanted and excited to watch this simultaneously swift and slow unfolding to see how it all turns out in the end.

One thing I really like is the falling in love. There’s some instalove and some... unwise decisions because of it, but in the end, I really like the portrayal of her confusion in it all. How Isobel tries to pick apart her emotions, examining each one to see what’s real, then comparing them with her love interest’s to see if his are real. It's complex and thought-provoking, instead of just, "head over heels, I'M IN LOVE WITH HIM." Which is different and neat.

This is my favorite quote so far:

Seeing a confession of love in his eyes was nothing like hearing it declared aloud. This was a look that would make time stop, if it could. Soft and sharp at once, an aching tenderness edged with sorrow, naked proof of a heart already broken. Here I stood in a dragonfly dress, holding arm, and he knew our time was almost over.

The exposition and descriptions are all like that: so beautiful.

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So what have you been reading lately? Have you seen this one before? Can’t wait to hear from you, and I’ll see you in the comment section!

So I went to a concert this weekend. And got to see Tobymac, Hollyn, and Aaron Cole live. via GIPHY All of them were incredible ...

Melodic Mondays: YCHMB by Aaron Cole

So I went to a concert this weekend. And got to see Tobymac, Hollyn, and Aaron Cole live.


All of them were incredible and absolutely worth standing out in 30-degree weather, with freezing rain and snow cascading onto my already sick body (happened to get a cold the night before the concert, so that was nice). Earlier that day, I wasn’t sure I was gonna make it, but honestly, the first set alone, Aaron Cole, was 110% worth coming out.

I hadn’t heard much of Aaron Cole’s music before, but I was utterly captivated the second he came on stage. His authenticity and energy was so inspiring to watch; there was something about the way he performed that was just... so genuine and real, you’d have to see it live, and I could just feel his excitement about getting to be on stage and perform and talk about what Jesus has done in his life and to use his own story to help bring others’ stories to Christ. It was truly amazing, and I was enraptured from beginning to end.

So, of course, this meant I looked up all of his music the second I got home (well, technically the next day), so I could show his songs to you guys.


So what did you think of the song? Have you seen any awesome live acts lately? Can't wait to hear from you, and I'll see you in the comment section!


Empowered Women Collective Website .  My IRL friend Sarah just launched her new blog, all about empowering other women through authentic s...

Posts of the Week 4.7.18 Edition: EXCITING THINGS IN THE BLOGOSPHERE

Empowered Women Collective Website.  My IRL friend Sarah just launched her new blog, all about empowering other women through authentic stories and viewpoints of strength. I even got to help out with some of the behind-the-scenes in the first few posts, so I can’t wait for you guys to see all of them. :D

Snow White Party by Skye. GO CONGRATULATE HER AND CELEBRATE HER AWESOME STORY!!! I AM SO EXCITED FOR HER WIN!

The Power of Words Tag by Charisma. She has some great answers to my questions. I especially love the last two: that quote is fantastic and it makes me excited about just getting to live life. Also, I gotta know what a book with that title would be like.

Cover Reveal by Julian Daventry. This is actually Julian hosting another blogger’s cover reveal, but if you’re into fairytale retellings, CHECK THIS OUT. The cover is gorgeous, and the description pulls you right in. All of the sudden, I am pretty excited for May 28th, lol.
Julian also shares here about her own WIP: what went into some of the musical sections in her book and what music she uses for inspiration. It’s really neat!

Grantech Opening Scene by R. M. Archer. This excerpt was exciting for me, so it counts, lol. Seriously though! The ending is so epic and suspenseful.

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Well, that is all I got for this week! Do you have any special stories behind the music of your novel? Posted any excerpts lately? I’d love to check them out! Can’t wait to hear from you, and I’ll see you in the comment section!

So, technically the season for this should be way past, but I got snow last week and I also really want to do this tag, so we’re just rolli...

The Bibliophile Sweater Tag

So, technically the season for this should be way past, but I got snow last week and I also really want to do this tag, so we’re just rolling with that.


ZE RULES:
1. Give the person who tagged you a never-ending supply of cookies (or just thank them - either works). I wasn’t tagged, but I saw Faith do it back in November and it looked like fun. So thanks, Faith, for the doing this awesome tag, so I could steal it. 😉

2. Answer all the questions and use the blog graphic for this tag somewhere in your post. Blog graphic used and questions to be answered!

3. Pass along the tag to at least five other people. Not tagging anyone this time, so that you can all have the opportunity to steal like me. Because I’m a fantastic role model.

4. Wear a sweater (okay, this is optional...but why wouldn't you want to??). I’m actually wearing a cardigan right now. So SCORE!

Fuzzy Sweater (a book that is the epitome of comfort)
I feel like this is weird, but PJO and HOO are really comforting to me. I guess because they’re so familiar? I know exactly what I’m getting, it's everything I love to read, and I just adore the lot of it. Particularly Son of Neptune. I don’t know why, but when I thought of it, I just got this warm, giggly feeling, and... it just makes me happy, knowing they’re always gonna be there when I need them.

Me: *running home to them.*

Striped Sweater (a book which you devoured every line of)

I FINALLY HAVE THE THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES. AFTER LIKE TWO YEARS OF WAITING (it hadn't come out, then library didn’t have it till very recently, and my book buying money went elsewhere). THESE BOOKS ARE EVEN BETTER THAN I REMEMBERED, JUST SO BEAUTIFUL AND I’M SO GLAD TO REVISIT THIS WORLD.

*clears throat* Anyways, yes. The Golden Specific, and now The Crimson Skew, the third book, I have devoured every line of.

Cashmere Sweater (most expensive book you’ve bought)
I don’t buy books often because I am cheap. Normally, I either get books as gifts, review copies, in a giveaway (that’s actually happened a bunch of times), or from the library. HAHA. But I think mine is probably the same as Faith’s: Winter. Or perhaps The Fate of Ten. I’m honestly not sure how much I paid for either, but they’re thick, hardback, and were relatively new when I got them. So.

Hoodie (favorite classic book)
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. I rewatched the 2005 movie a couple months ago, and still remember ending it it completely, perfectly, and incandescently happy.

Cardigan (book that you bought on impulse)
We shall again return to the fact that I do not buy books, lol. However, I think Prophet by R.J. Larson was in a Bookbub email, either for free or just a couple of dollars, so I bought it on my kindle and it was INCREDIBLE. I recently had to purchase the sequel (oh, hey, there’s my book buying money), because I needed to know what would happen next!

Turtleneck Sweater (book from your childhood)

I will never forget this book! My mom used to read it to us all the time.

Homemade Knitted Sweater (book that was indie-published)

This series is lovely, and the characters, oh! Just amazing to follow their journeys! Plus, I got to edit the last one, so that makes the whole thing especially cool to me.

V-Neck Sweater (book that did not meet your expectations)

It was enjoyable, but not quite all I hoped for.

Argyle Sweater (a book with a unique format)

A book within a book... within a book? It was really cool, rather different, and I enjoyed it. :)

Polka-Dot Sweater (a book with well-rounded characters)

I am honestly thrilled to say that I can think of quite a few books that would adequately answer this question. For now, though, I’ll go with Crimson Bound. I read it towards the end of last year, and it’s honestly a new favorite because of LITERALLY EVERYTHING, but the characters in particular: they take the most incredible developmental journeys and the realizations and changes and lessons, they are all absolutely beautiful
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Hope you enjoyed the post! How would you answer some of these? Like I said, I’m not tagging anyone but if you do happen to steal it before sweater weather is officially, completely over, leave me a link! I’d love to read your post!


I have to admit: I don’t really know the meaning of the story in the video, but the music itself is simply inspiring. There’s just ...

Melodic Mondays: Rain by Simply Three

I have to admit: I don’t really know the meaning of the story in the video, but the music itself is simply inspiring.


There’s just something about it that slowly raises me up, from that very first note, through the rises, the falls, the final crescendo, down to the final notes at the end. I imagine it as a story, a slow journey from nowhere to everywhere, that moment where the character’s path is clear out in front of them, the obstacles yet to be seen, and dawn is breaking over the magically placed mountains in front of them. Then, it seems like a montage song of all the special moments, the hard ones and the helpful ones, all the pieces that make the story into what it's meant to be.

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Hope you enjoyed the song! What did it make you think of? What’s been on your playlists lately? Can’t wait to hear from you, and I’ll see you in the comment section!

You Are What You Say by Keturah . Where she went with this totally surprised me, but in the end, she’s absolutely right: the quote’s great...

Posts of the Week: 3.24.18 Edition: Thoughts for Life and Real-Life Relatables

You Are What You Say by Keturah. Where she went with this totally surprised me, but in the end, she’s absolutely right: the quote’s great in context, but the MOST IMPORTANT thing for us Christians is to always do things the way Jesus did them.

Awkward Situations Books Have Gotten Me Into by Shanti. #so-relatable! Lol. The first two in particular have happened to me rather often. :p

Don’t Take Time for Granted by Faith. A wonderful reminder we all need everyday. Faith frames the words so memorably. :)

Self-Care by Skye. A perfect post about taking the time to take care of you. It’s something I’ve been learning about lately, and I love the perspective she offers. :)

Your Art Style by Charisma. Practice and love for what you do, the two most important things for any artist. :)
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That’s it for this week! What do you do for self-care, those days you just need a break? What awkward situations have books gotten you into? Lol. Can’t wait to hear from you, and I’ll see you in the comment section!


Lately, I’ve been wanting to do posts about different aspects of my life and of Christianity, particularly some relying on God and resting ...

Thoughtful Thursdays: Verses for Early 2018

Lately, I’ve been wanting to do posts about different aspects of my life and of Christianity, particularly some relying on God and resting in His peace (the main lessons He has been teaching me lately). But to be honest, I just don’t have the time or ability to pull these thoughts together as thoroughly and accurately as I would like to. Maybe someday I’ll go in-depth into some of these experiences and my life as of late, but for right now, since I wanted to start doing more Christianity posts, I decided I’d just start where Christianity does: in the Word of God.

That said, here are a few of my favorite passages for the beginning of 2018.

Original Photo from Pixabay

Isaiah 30:18-22: I’d read this passage several times before, but about a month ago, I had an experience that made me feel like I was reading it for this time. I had spent weeks waiting on things that were really important to me and, frankly, life just hadn’t gotten my way in a while. I’d had a lot of fails and almost no success; I was tired, and I was angry, and every little thing irritated the crap out of me. I kept trying to trust in God and then forgetting and failing again… and again… and again. I was irritated with my circumstances, but even more irritated with myself for constantly yo-yoing with my faith.

And then one morning, when all of my emotions just hit the fan, I happened to be on this chapter in my daily Bible Study. Even though I know there’s a specific, historical context, it just felt like these verses were written specifically for me. They spoke to exactly where I was right then: circumstances whirling out of my control, and I had to just wait on Him, to “be gracious to me,” to provide the things I thought I needed, and to show me the things I needed to do. I had to give up my idols of control and fear and overwork, and put all of my trust where it belonged: in the one I claimed as my Lord.

For the Lord is a God of Justice;
Blessed are all those who wait for Him

Philippians 2:13: This one is especially encouraging to me because of all the (aforementioned) times I fall and fail. He’s still working on me, and that’s why I so desperately want to please Him. As I keep striving, keep sprinting towards that goal, He’s working in me, providing that supernatural power to actually do these things as well, to trust in Him, to wait on Him, and to be able to witness to others. Honestly, to me, the thought that God is working on me—and sees me as worth working on—is really pretty cool. 😊

For God is working in you
Giving you the power
And the desire
To do what pleases Him

Psalm 119:41-42: The only answer I need is trust in His word. The knowledge that He is God, He is the Mighty One, and He will make the way I actually need in His due timing.

Let Your steadfast love come to me, oh Lord
Your salvation according to Your promise
Then shall I have an answer for him who taunts me
Because I trust in Your word.

1st Peter 5:6-11: I’ve probably been reading this one regularly for almost a year now, but it’s just such an incredible passage. Parts of it are talked about it often (verses 7 and 8, in particular), but I think they’re even more meaningful when you read them together as one.

Humble yourself under God’s mighty hand
Trust Him with all of Your fears
Stand firm; resist the devil
You are not alone
In due time, the God of all grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
To Him be honor and glory forever and ever.
Amen.

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Hope you enjoyed the post! What are some verse that have encouraged you lately? Would you like to see posts like this more often? Can’t wait to hear from you, and I will see you in the comment section!


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