A Winter Weekend

I had excitedly awaited this weekend all week. Why?
Because there was a book sale in our town. They are great, you can get awesome books for even more awesome prices most of the time.
We left home at 10am to be there at the beginning so we could be among the first to pick and choose.
"First in, first served"!
Unfortunately it was the type of book sale where it is hard to find the books you want.
I walked out the door an hour and a half later with around 14 books and an empty wallet. *contented smile*
I had to walk home as the others had left before me because I was taking to long. It was freezing outside. *shivers*

Here is what I got

From left top to bottom right:

  1. Home Aromatherapy by Julie Lawless
  2. Poems of Nature edited by Gail Harvey
  3. The Joy of Christmas by Marian French and Judy Benjamin
  4. The Story Girl by L.M Montgomery
  5. A Christmas Carol & The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
  6. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  7. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  8. What Katy Did by Susan M. Coolidge
  9. Good Wives by Louisa May Alcott
  10. The Scribe by Francine Rivers
  11. The Prophet by Francine Rivers
  12. The Murder of Rodger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  13. Sanditon by Jane Austen and Another Lady
  14. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

I managed to get some reading done this morning before church and even more when I got back.
Currently I am reading 'The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston'
I find that listening to instrumental music while I read helps me to concentrate and read a bit quicker.

Today was warmish and sunny so in the afternoon my Mum took all 7 of us to a park.
I read a bit more, planned this blog post and took photos.

                            My sister loves water!

    Who else loves taking photos of their books?

                                     I love magnetic bookmarks because they don't fall out!

                                      The lambs are a bit early, spring isn't for another month.

And so ends the weekend! 
I hope you had a good weekend and have a good week (despite the school work).

I will enclose a small poem to put us in the springy mood!

Spring Quiet

Gone were but the winter,
Come were but the Spring,
I would go to a covert
Where the birds sing;

Where in the whitethorn
Singeth a thrush,
And a robin sings
In the holly-bush.

Full of fresh scents
Are the budding boughs
Arching high over
A cool green house;

Full of sweet scents,
And whispering air
Which sayeth softly:
"We spread no snare;

"Here dwell in safety,
Here dwell alone,
With a clear stream
And a mossy stone.

"Here the sun shineth
Most shadily;
Here is heard an echo
Of the far sea,
Though far off it be."

Christina Rossetti

I created a Book Tag!!

The Book Series Tag


So I came up with this tag randomly last night while I was snuggled up in bed. Don't ideas come at the strangest times?
There I was scribbling down these questions as I thought of them and here it is!

Complete the questions
Tag 1 other person
Mention their blog or channel

A series that has taken you a long time to finish
I would love to one day finish the 'Mandie' series by Lois Gladys Leppard
It has like 40 books in it guys!

One book in a series that you thought was better than the rest of the series
Even though I haven't actually finished this series I really like the 2nd book in the 'Weddings By Design' series by Janice Thompson better than the first.

An aesthetically pleasing series that you own or want to own
Again the 'Weddings By Design' series. I need to own these!
The spines are also fun and bright!

Do you like series' or stand-alones better?
It depends really.
A stand-alone can be nice because it doesn't link up to anything and you don't feel like you have to continue but series are nice because you can get to know the characters better because you are with them longer. *sigh*

A series with cliffhangers
I can't think of one or I haven't read any yet.

A series on your TBR
The 'Hagenheim' series by Melanie Dickerson

Do you like series' to be numbered or not?
It is helpful if it does have the numbers on the spines so yes I do prefer it.

Name a the 1st book in a new series that hasn't been published yet
'Dangerous Illusions' by Irene Hannon

Which series cover change bothers you the most?
Though I have yet to read this series yet, the 'Medieval Fairytale' series by Melanie Dickerson
Do you prefer hardback or paperback series?
I know a few nice hardcover series but I generally prefer paperback so I'll have to say paperback.

Name a book series you have read that was also made into a movie series
'Little House on the Prairie' by Laura Ingalls Wilder
I am currently trying to collect my own copies of this wonderful series.

I love these editions! I got these from a book sale and they are a bit old and tattered but it makes me love them more.

A book series that you didn't start with the 1st book
'Men of Valour' series by Irene Hannon
I read the 2nd book in this series 'Thin Ice' first because I didn't realise that it was the 2nd book.

A book series you are due to reread
'Little House on the Prairie' by Laura Ingalls Wilder, yes it's been years since I have visited these wonderful stories about 'Half- Pint' and her life.

There you have it folks, my very own book tag!

I tag:

BooksforChristianGirls is a great blog where Lindsey posts new book reviews every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. She has a great reviewing system helping you to find faith-filled books without having to search for hours.
Lindsey also has a Youtube channel where she films fun bookish videos every Thursday!

A Book tag

The TBR tag


I love book tags!
I love watching them on Youtube and I have wanted to do one for a while now.
Nobody tagged me to do this but I thought I would do it anyway so here goes!
(i do not know you created this but shout out to you, whoever you maybe).

How do you keep track of your TBR?
I found Goodreads a while ago now and have been using it and loving it ever since!

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?
I have a strong dislike of digital books sooo...my TBR is all prints, unless I saved the e-book version without realising it.

A book that's been on your TBR the longest
Ummm....the book that's been on my Goodreads to-read shelf the longest?
'No Other Will Do' by Karen Witemeyer is on the bottom of that shelf.

A recently added book to your TBR
'A Christmas Carol and Other Writings' by Charles Dickens

A book on your TBR strictly because of the cover
I don't read books just because the cover is great. Yes, the cover has a lot to do with whether or not I read the synopsis but that's what the covers are supposed to do right? Draw you in to investigate further!
So for this one it's a book where the cover pulled me in and I really liked it.
'Blackmoore' by Julianne Donaldson

A book on your TBR that you don't plan on reading
Why would a book really be on your TBR if you don't want to read it?
Anyway, for this I'll pick: 'A Plain Death' by Amanda Flower

An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited for
'A Place at Our Table' by Amy Clipston

A book on your TBR that every ones read but you
'The Hobbit' by J.R.R Tolkein

A book on you TBR that everyone recommends to you
I get most of my recommendations from Lindsey @ BooksforChristianGirls .
So yeah....I don't have a book for this one.

A book on your TBR that you are dying to read
Um..like.. most of them!

How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?

So that was fun, I hope you enjoyed it.
I will be back next Monday with a fresh new post for you!

It won't be about coffee though! *wink*

Monthly Book Recommendations ~ July

It's time for my first monthly book recommendations post!
Each month I will try to bring to you 5 books that I recommend, so here goes!

                                                     Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards

"Mandy, a ten-year-old orphan, dreams of a place to call her own. Escaping over the orphanage wall to explore the outside world, Mandy discovers a tiny deserted cottage in the woods. 
All through the spring, summer, and fall, Mandy works to make it truly hers. Sometimes she "borrows" things she needs from the orphanage. Sometimes, to guard her secret, she even lies.  
Then, one stormy night at the cottage, Mandy gets sick, and no one knows how to find her- except a special friends she didn't know she had."
Mandy is a very sweet story and great for younger girls too. There are a lot of pretty descriptions about the garden and nature which I loved.

                                      A Rose for the ANZAC Boys by Jackie French

"The 'War to end all Wars' , as seen through the eyes of three young women. It is 1915.
War is being fought on a terrific scale in the trenches of France, but it might as well be a world away from sixteen-year-old New Zealander Midge Macpherson, at school in England learning to be a young lady. But the war is coming closer: Midge's brothers are in the army, and her twin, Tim, is listed as 'missing' in the devastating defeat of the ANZAC forces at Gallipoli.
Desperate to do their bit - and avoid the boredom of school and restrictions of Society - Midge and her friends Ethel and Anne start a canteen in France, caring for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the front. Midge, recruited by the over-stretched ambulance service is thrust into carnage and scenes of courage she could never have imagined.
And when the war is over, all three girls - and their ANZAC boys as well - discover that even going 'home' can be both strange and wonderful."
I loved this book, it was very well written in my opinion and I found it a tad emotional. I like to read a good wartime historical every now and again and this one was one I'll never forget.
I recommend it for probably ages 12 and up, since it is the wartime there are some parts that younger girl might feel uncomfortable about but it doesn't go into to much detail.

                                  Ten Girls who Changed the World by Irene Howat

"Would you like to change the world?
These ten girls did! Read this book and find out how Corrie saved lives and loved Jesus; Mary saved babies and fought sin; Gladys rescued 100 children and trusted God; Joni survived and thanked God; Amy never gave up; Isobel taught others about Christ; Evelyn obeyed God; Jackie showed love; Elizabeth followed Christ and won justice and Catherine rolled up her sleeves and helped the homeless."
This book takes the amazing stories of these girls/women and tells them in a simple and short way so young girls can learn from them. I enjoyed this book, I even learnt about a few girls whom I had never heard of before!

                                                    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

First of, how pretty is the cover of this edition? Can I get some appreciation for this cover over here please?

"Christmas won't be the same this year for Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, as their father is away fighting in the Civil War and the family has fallen on hard times.
But though they may be poor, life for the four March sisters is rich with colour, as they play games, put on wild theatricals, make new friends, argue, grapple with their vices, learn from their mistakes, nurse each other through sickness and disappointments, and get into all sorts of trouble."
I think all girls should read this more than once, I have read it a couple times and will continue to re-read it again and again. Old classics never really get old in my opinion.

                                                 Becky's Horse by Winifred Madison

" 'You Can Win Wonder, the wonder horse!' The bold, red letters on the side of the box leap out at Becky as she reads the rules of the contest.
The first prize is Wonder - or $250 in cash. ( 'But who cares about the money!' thinks Becky.)
No more daydreaming about owning her own horse - no more just wishing.
......Becky's sure she can win Wonder. And when she when she finally has her own horse, everything will be perfect. Or will it? "
You will be surprised by this book if you read it.I won't say anymore because..spoilers. Just read it!

I hope you check out these books and enjoy them as much as I did.

My Anticipated Books

Want to keep and eye out for decent upcoming books?
Here is a list of books coming out in the next year or so. I have read books from these authors before and recommend all of them.

                                      Alice-Miranda in Hollywood by Jacqueline Harvey

"Alice-Miranda and her friends are of to Hollywood to take part in Lawrence Ridley's new movie.
It's a western with a twist, and they'll be shooting some scenes on location at the picturesque Grand Canyon. Everyone's excited to get a sneak peak of the glitz and glamour of show business-especially Caprice.
On set however, there is high drama with tears and tantrums, romance and a string of suspicious mishaps. Is there a villain lurking behind the scenes, or could the rumours of a curse be true? 
Alice-Miranda is determined to get to the bottom of the mystery before tensions explode."

This is the 16th book in this fabulous series I believe. This series must be read in order so I don't suggest that you start this book. Alice-Miranda in Hollywood is releasing on the 1st of September this year.
Jacqueline Harvey is an Australian writer, who is currently also working on a new series, which will be her 3rd series so far. For more info click the link to her website here: http://jacquelineharvey.com.au/
This brings me to the next on my anticipated list....

                                        Kensy and Max series by Jacqueline Harvey

There is no cover yet that I know of for this series but the 1st book comes out on March 1st, 2018.

Not much info has been given about it unfortunately so I can't tell you much. I am not sure which age group it will be aimed for but I am sure,like all of her books, that they will be very cute and kid-friendly.

                                            Dandy, the Mountain Pony by Kelly Wilson

Dandy, the Mountain Pony is also a first book in a brand new series. Kelly Wilson has written 4 books, all bout their (Kelly and her 2 sisters) experiences with native New Zealand horses.
This new series appears to be about their growing up. Book 1 will be out in October, with Book 2, 3, and 4 coming in 2018.
If you're interested here is the link to their website: https://wilsonsisters.nz/

                                               Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

#1 Code of Honor series
"Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death-and puts Trish under police scrutiny-her world is once again thrown into turmoil. Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation.
Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? 
As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge-and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous. . . it's deadly."
The expected release date is the 3rd of October this year.
Irene Hannon has written many Christian suspense novels, but also some Contemporary Romances.

                                                 A Place at Our Table by Amy Clipston

#1 Amish Homestead series
"In the midst of family heartaches, can two young Amish people move past their grief and trust that God’s will includes finding happiness again? Jamie Riehl might very well be burning both ends of the candle. Running the family farm keeps him busy enough, but add in his volunteering for the local fire department, and Jamie barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner while responding to a fire, he is smitten.

Kayla tries so hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s spent the last year trying to talk her younger brother, Nathan, out of joining the fire department. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago has reinforced the dangers of just such a profession, and she can’t bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare.When tragedy strikes, Jamie runs from the guilt he feels and buries himself in his work, extinguishing any flickers of a relationship between him and Kayla. In order to save the love she was so determined to deny, Kayla must set aside her own fears, trusting that the reward of love is far greater than the risk of pain".

Coming out on the 14th of November, 2017.  
I also recommend the Amish Heirloom series by this amazing author.

I hope this was helpful to find some new authors.

A book recommendation post is coming soon as well.

Things I Love

Hello again!
Today I am going to tell you about my favourite things.

  • My camera
  • Books
  • The smell of the air just before it rains
  • Summer
  • Laughing
  • Violets
  • Pretty pens
  • Autumn leaves
  • Small birds
  • Raspberry jam
  • Washi tape
  • Pastel colours 
  • Warm tea
  • Watercolour paints
  • Coffee
  • Peppermint
  • Scent of wood
  • Brunsli (European biscuit)
  • Lace
  • Succulents
  • Bookmarks
  • Decorative paper
  • Earrings
  • The smell of newborns
  • 1920's-30's style
  • Baking (eating it I mean)
  • Dogs
  • The smell of Christmas trees
  • Sorbet
  • Flowers
  • Nectarines
  • Ireland
  • Hugs
  • Dried flowers
  • Notebooks
  • Botanical prints 

Do you love any of these things too?