21 Questions

Let’s play a game. I’m in a bit of a blogging slump and I need a boost! Below is a list of 21 bookish questions for answering pleasure 🙂 Most of the questions are from a 30 Day Book Challenge from Blogs of a Bookaholic, and I came up with the rest.

I generally read more non-fiction than fiction but for these questions, I’ll draw from the fiction I’ve read over the years. However, there will be some non-fiction titles and authors too 🙂

21 Questions

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  1. The longest book you’ve read.  I think the longest novel I’ve ever read was Gone with the Wind…I think. Yeah, I’m pretty sure.
  2. Your “comfort” book.  One of my favorite YA novels is A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson. I revisit that audiobook at least once or twice in a year just for a visit.
  3. Book you’ve read the most number of times.  I honestly have no clue. Through and through, possibly A Countess Below Stairs, or Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer, or The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare 
  4. Favorite classic book. My stock answer for this question is Little Women 🙂 But I have more than a few favorites!  
  5. A book that disappointed you. Paper Towns by John Green
  6. Book that made you cry.  I think Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline was the last book that made me cry. And before that, John Green’s The Fault in Our Starsof course
  7. A character who you can relate to the most. Probably Jo March from Little Women.
  8. A character do you wish you could be most like? Ever since I read Jane Eyre, I’ve loved her individuality and devotion to standards, goodness, and honesty and I want to emulate those qualities.
  9. A thought-provoking book. I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman L. Geisler & Frank Turek
  10. Book that made you laugh out loud. Stuff Christians Like by Jon Acuff 
  11. A favorite author. Among many others, Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow, The Icarus Deception, & Tribes
  12. Favorite childhood book. Not that I could pick just one, but The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare is definitely one of them.
  13. Book with a clever story line. Just Ella by Maragaret Peterson Haddix  
  14. Book you couldn’t put down. Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine 
  15. Book I want to see made into a movie. The Advocate by Randy Singer 
  16. Book that left a surprising impression. The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
  17. One of the best stories you’ve read in the last 12 months. Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  18. One of the most heartwarming books you’ve read in the last 12 months. Eight Twenty Eight: When Love Didn’t Give Up by Ian & Larissa Murphy
  19. One of the most inspirational books you’ve read in the last 12 months. Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand
  20. Favorite book series. Anne of Green Gables.
  21. All-time favorite book. This is usually the hardest question for a book-nerd to answer but it’s super simple for me: the Bible. As a Christian, I cherish the Word as God’s personal love letter to this world and I love it. Charles Spurgeon is quoted to have said,

Visit many good books, but live in the Bible.

I agree. There are many good, even great books but the Bible is the best. My go-to version is the KJV and one of my favorite editions is the Life Application Bible. If you don’t have a Bible, I definitely encourage you to get one :). And if you have one but haven’t cracked it open in awhile, don’t miss out on the wonderfulness (yes, I said wonderfulness) of God’s Word!

Want to play 21 questions? Go ahead and give it try! You can leave your answers below in the comments or do a post on your blog and link up below! Either way, I’d love to read your answers 🙂

Happy reading!

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2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | May Introduction

Anne May 1

Hello Readers!

I know this post is late! For those of you who’ve started the next book in our series, I hope you’re enjoying it so far!! Can you believe it’s already May?

Well, it’s FINALLY HERE! Anne and Gil’s wedding 🙂 🙂 🙂 Our sweethearts are getting married and starting their new adventure together as husband and wife! This is such a sweet chapter in Anne’s life and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have in years past!

I’ve decided to keep this introduction short and ask the discussion questions at the end of the month. If you have any thoughts about this book, go ahead and leave a comment and look out for the link-up on the round up post.

I hope you all are still enjoying reading through this lovely series! Even though my life is pretty hectic, (thus the late posts!) I’m loving this!

Happy reading everyone!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | April Round Up

Anne Apr 2

Hello Readers!

So guilt + busy weekend has kept me from writing this post on time. Guilt? Yeah, cause you see, I haven’t finished Anne of Windy Poplars yet. Agh. I’m sorry, but it has been so hard sinking into this book! At the beginning of the month I said that it’s the one I’ve never actually read all the way through and it’s still true. I’m still working on it though and WILL FINISH IT SOON!

All that notwithstanding, I can still offer some discussion questions for those of you who have completed this month’s read.

  1. What do you think of Anne’s letter’s to Gil? Do you have any favorite lines? Are you or have you ever been a letter writer? Do you require a certain kind of writing instrument to write certain things?
  2. Whose your favorite character in this book? Any kindred spirits that stole your affection?
  3. This is the last book before the start of Anne’s married life. What have been your favorite moments in her childhood, adolescence and young adulthood? What has she learned? How has she changed? How has she remained the same?

Here’s the linky if you’re blogging your way through 🙂

Alrighty! That’s all I’ve got for this one. I’m not going to lie, while it’s interesting to see Anne in a totally different environment, I miss all the old familiar faces and I don’t like Gilbert not being around :(.  Y’all ready for the next chapter in her story? Hello May! Hello House of Dreams! I’ll have the next intro post up tomorrow.

Have a wonderful evening 🙂

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | April

Anne Apr

Good afternoon!

I’m sorry about the lateness of this post but this one’s a bit tricky for me. You see, I don’t think I’ve ever actually read this book all the way through so I really don’t have much to say as a way for introduction!!

Here’s what I do know:

  • Anne and Gil have begun their long-distance engagement, with him at med school and her now beginning a new position as a principle and teacher at Summerside High School.
  • The series wasn’t written in order. Montgomery wrote books 1-3 consequtively, followed by 5, 7, & 8. Book 4, Anne of  Windy Poplars, was the seventh book written, followed by book 6,  Anne of Ingleside. 

The second installment of the TV series, Anne of Avonlea, is a loose adaptation of books 2-4 so I’m interested to see what made it on screen!

I’ll have both the discussion questions and answers at the end of the month because, you know, I’ve got to know the story to make them up!

Have a wonderful April, y’all and happy reading!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | March Round Up

ANNE MAR 2

Good evening everyone! It is the last day of March, which means that we are done with book 3! How’d you enjoy it? I love this part of the story and it was great re-reading it! So let’s talk about Anne & Gil 🙂

There are some great conversations between Anne and Gil in this book. As much as I love the TV series, some of the real essence of their friendship is lost in the film adaptation. They were such buddies! Is there a scene in the book that you wish hadn’t been left out of the film adaptation?  

Okay, so disclaimer of sorts: it’d been awhile since I’d read the book and I forgot there aren’t that many conversations between them in the book. However, I will say I love the scene with the apple tree in chapter 2. It’s a sweet, chummy moment between them and showcases Gil’s thoughtfulness and care in trying to cheer her up. I wish that hadn’t been left out.

The proposal. Ah! The proposal! Tell me, which do you like better? The film version or the book version? Mind you, I see Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie when I read the books so I’m not talking about the acting but rather the the scenes for their own sake.

This one is hard but I thiiiiiiiiink I might have to go with the book version. It breaks my heart every. single. time. I mean come on…

“Things can’t go on like this any longer. Anne, I love you. You know I do. I–I can’t tell you how much. Will you promise me that some day you’ll be my wife?”

And when Anne says she can’t, poor Gilbert asks,

“Don’t you care for me at all?”

Aggghghghghggggg!!!! Oh my goodness, at this point, I just want to give Gil Blythe a hug and tell him not to worry, give her some time and she’ll come to her senses. With every sentence you can just read his heart breaking and poor Anne knows that she’s inflicting pain of the worst kind on her best friend and she can’t help herself. She truly doesn’t know how much she loves the guy! It’s terrible. And yes, it makes me want to cry. A+ to Montgomery for a truly heart-wrenching marriage refusal scene.

Let’s talk about Roy Gardener, the man straight out of Anne’s dreams. Give three reasons why he’s so not the guy for her. And if you’d like, talk a bit about having an ‘dream man’ and whether or not we should hold out for them or eventually let them go.

Reason 1: He’s not Gilbert Blythe.

Reason 2: He’s not Gilbert Blythe

Reason 3: He most definitely is not Gilbert Blythe!

I think that about covers it!! Next question! Hahaha! Just kidding. Sort of. But for real, here’s what I have to say about Roy.

1: He doesn’t bring out Anne’s Anne-ness. I’m not sure how to describe this but you might already understand what I mean just by the statement. Gil brings out Anne’s Anne-ness–her joys, her playfulness, her dreams, her cares, her ambitions. And he cares for those things and delights in and shares them. Gil loves Anne’s Anne-ness. Not saying that Roy doesn’t enjoy Anne’s company but it’s not like Montgomery went out of her way too showcase Roy’s delighting in their relationship either. Anne is her true self with Gil cause they’re friends. I imagine she’s only a part of herself when she’s with Roy.

2: He’s not a chum. Gilbert Blythe is a chum, a best friend, a partner in crime, a buddy, a play mate, a cheerleader, a kindred spirit.  It’s his friendship with Anne and builds the foundation for their romance. Granted, not every friendship turns into romance but good romances have a good healthy dose of friendship. Nothin’ against Roy but he’s not a chum.

3: Anne’s not completely satisfied. If Anne was completely satisfied in her relationship with Roy, she wouldn’t be concerned about Christine Stuart. She’d find a way to push through the awkwardness and share in Gilbert’s happiness in loving another woman. That’s what you do when you’re totally over someone and can remain friends. But Anne doesn’t feel right about anything having to do with Gilbert which means she’s not over losing him. If Roy was all that her dreams cracked him up to be, she’d be satisfied with her decision.

And as far as having a ‘dream man’, We all have one at some point in life. I did for years and then when I reached my twenties, my dream man wasn’t so much a fully developed character in my imagination as much as he was just a collection of ideas. There were certain things I knew I wanted and other things I knew I’d never desire. Then I met the BF-now-Fiance and well, yeah, I’m satisfied! *happy sigh* *giggle*

BONUS QUESTION!

Christine Stewart. I get that TV has to be written so that the plot moves along smoothly and all, and I can respect that, but really? What do you think about what Sullivan did in the movie as opposed to how Montgomery wrote Gil’s relationship with her?

I get the whole TV plot device thing but I think it’s sooooooo much sweeter knowing that Gil never loved anyone else but Anne. Period.

Now it’s your turn! I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on this book!If you’re blogging your way through this reading challenge, leave a link to your post for Book Three in the widget below so I can visit! Or just leave me a comment at the end of the post :).

I hope you’ve had a lovely March and are ready for April 🙂

Goodnight!

My Life in 2016 So Far

Last March, I wrote a post called What Life Has Taught Me So Far in 2015. Almost exactly a year gone by and my life has completely changed. Since that last post, I’ve experienced 3 major life changes:

  • FINISHED COLLEGE
  • GOT ENGAGED
  • WENT BACK TO WORK FULL TIME

Yeah. Graduation officially happened in September last year but my engagement to the BF and new job happened back to back at the beginning of the year so when I say it’s been a whirlwind, I mean Whirl. Flipping. Wind. And I know you know what it’s like cause these seasons come to us all. For better or worse, everything gets flipped upside down and inside out and you’re left trying to catch your breath and find a new equilibrium. I can happily say however, that this whirlwind is definitely for the better. Still kind of catching up with everything but while the year is still relatively young and while I’ve got a few moments on the treadmill (yes, I’m on the treadmill), let me catch you up on my thoughts on my life in 2016 so far.

I had plans to write some pithy post about what life has taught me but right now, I just need to dump. Nothing profound, nothing special–just simple, raw thoughts. You may pass it up if you’d like, I don’t mind. This one’s for me. I need to unclog my brain and share a little of what’s been going on up there.

Thoughts on finishing college…

I feel like I’ve been working on my degree forever! I took a slow, more unconventional boat to getting my B.A. and now, in my mid-twenties, I can finally say I’ve got a degree. And while I must say it is quite lovely not to come home from work and have assignments waiting for me, my education has only just begun (and best better believe Karen Carpenter is singing in my head right now too). It was during the last year of school when I discovered that there were so many other things I wanted to learn about. Things like content marketing, passive income, writing, neuroscience, relationships, the benefits of reading, healthy lifestyle habits, productivity, etc. My reading list has just gotten longer and longer and I keep thinking, goodness, if I could just get paid to read and research I’d be set! In no way does my degree mean that I’ve arrived. I took some great classes and it’s a great foundation I wouldn’t trade but that’s what it is – a foundation. And a foundation is only worth something if you build on it. So even though I’m done with college (for now, anyway) I’m continuing my education. I’ve just shed the assignment deadlines :).

I don’t have as much time as I’d like with a full time job but one of my goals is to really take time to further my personal education, to indulge in the things that spark my intellect and creativity.

Being engaged to your best friend is the most wonderful thing ever 🙂

I was thrilled when the BF asked me to marry him. Being engaged to my best friend is the coolest thing and I love it. I truly love the man more and more every day. However, this new phase of our relationship does have its own set of difficulties that I wasn’t anticipating. Nothing bad, just challenging. We live over an hour away from each other and mostly only see each other on the weekends so finding time to get things done is sometimes tricky. We’ve got different priorities and navigating through and coordinating our own processes and procedures, if you will, is uncharted ground for me. And while sometimes it feels like the wedding is so far away, the days are flying by at such a pace that I feel like I’m never going to get anything done! That’s why I’m so thankful that God gave me a man who is not only a sweetheart, he’s also reasonable, understanding, and not high-maintenance. Cause while being engaged is all very romantic, it’s also a time when you’re forced to think practically and seriously about the future. We’re building a life, after all, not just planning a wedding. Being engaged to a man who gets all that and helps keep me balanced is such an incredible blessing!

HE ASKED SHE SAID YES
HE ASKED SHE SAID YES

New jobs are like new mission fields.

If there’s one thing I know about jobs, it’s that you’re not there just to make money. When you spend the bulk of your week at a place with a group of people, you have one very important responsibility: shine a light so that people’s lives are made better because you were there to be a positive influence for God. I believe that if you let Him, God will hand pick your place of employment, not just so you can pay the bills, but so that lives can be touched-yours included. I love the people and environment of my job, I couldn’t have asked for a better situation. My goal for however long I work at my office is to stay positive, work hard, and be His hands, feet, and voice. It’s not easy, especially when the day is stressful but I count it a privilege and I’m every grateful.

And for now, that’s all she wrote! I’ve been hard pressed to find time to write this year and I’m working on finding a new groove. I’ve got so many ideas for posts and things I want to share so I will get it together eventually. In the meantime, I’m going to take it all one day at a time, allowing God to lead and things to fall in place in His time.

Y’all enjoy the rest of your day <3        

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | March

Anne of the Island

Good evening! Real quick post to kick off our reading of book #3, Anne of the Island.

Okay, this is the book where things between Anne and Gil start picking up. I won’t give away too many details incase we’ve got first-time readers but this book definitely gets into the good stuff 😉 By now we’re totally aware of the differences between the books and the TV series, but let’s focus in a little more this month and do some comparisons in regard to the developments in Anne & Gil’s relationship.

  1. There are some great conversations between Anne and Gil in this book. As much as I love the TV series, some of the real essence of their friendship is lost in the film adaptation. They were such buddies! Is there a scene in the book that you wish hadn’t been left out of the film adaptation?  
  2. The proposal. Ah! The proposal! Tell me, which do you like better? The film version or the book version? Mind you, I see Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie when I read the books so I’m not talking about the acting but rather the the scenes for their own sake.
  3. Let’s talk about Roy Gardener, the man straight out of Anne’s dreams. Give three reasons why he’s so not the guy for her. And if you’d like, talk a bit about having an ‘dream man’ and whether or not we should hold out for them or eventually let them go.

BONUS QUESTION!

Christine Stewart. I get that TV has to be written so that the plot moves along smoothly and all, and I can respect that, but really? What do you think about what Sullivan did in the movie as opposed to how Montgomery wrote Gil’s relationship with her?

I could come up with so many more great questions but I’ll stick to my three. I hope ya’ll enjoy reading this book! It’s super delightful, very heartwarming, and might even make you cry! I can’t wait to hear what ya’ll have to say!!

Happy Reading!

2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | February Round Up

 

ANNE SLIDER (3)

Hello everyone! February has ended and which means it’s time for our second round up of the year!

Let’s talk Avonlea. How did you enjoy the second book? This is one of my favorites in the series and it was a pleasure revisiting it 🙂 How ’bout those questions I asked at the beginning of the month?

Anne of Avonlea introduces a cast of new characters including Mr. Harrison, Miss Lavender, Davy & Dora, Paul Irving, and Charlotta the Fourth. Which new character(s) was the most endearing to you? What do you like about them? 

This is a hard one but I’d definitely have to say Davy Keith is the most endearing to me. He’s such a messy little boy but he’s sooo lovable and sweet and he totally adores Anne which is even all the more precious. Paul Irving comes in at a close second. He’s a precious kiddo too and also equally adores Anne. Both boys are such kindred spirits 😉

Anne has such high hopes and ideals when she sets out to teach Avonlea school. However, she’s in for a few surprises. What do you think about expectations and ideals when approaching a new situation? What do you think Anne discovered in this season as a school teacher?

Anne, like I’m sure many of us sometimes do with new, exciting situations, approached teaching with her ideals and assumptions about how things would work out. I think this first season of teaching taught her that sometimes it’s the unexpected things, the situations you couldn’t have anticipated, that make the difference. And it’s okay to have a bad day as long as you pick up and continue to do your best.

What do you think of Miss Lavender’s romance? Do you agree with Gilbert’s comment on what could have been? 😉

This comment of Gil’s after Miss Lavender’s wedding gives us a glimpse of his romantic side which is so *sigh*-worthy (<– I don’t know if that’s even a term or if it’s written correctly but it looks good to me!). But in answer to the question, even after years of reading the book, I’m not sure how I feel about it. If Miss Lavender and Mr. Irving had stayed together, Paul would never have been born. I love what Gilbert says about how they could have walked through life together but on the other hand, the point is they ended up together and along the way, there was still beauty in the lives they lived apart from each other.

I’m probably thinking more into this than maybe what Gilbert was driving at (cause he was totally hinting to Anne about how he felt about her) but while a lifelong romance between Miss Lavender and Mr. Irving would have been nice, Miss Lavender wouldn’t be the same Miss Lavender, there wouldn’t have been Charlottas 1 through 4, Paul Irving wouldn’t have been born, and Anne and Diana never would have found Echo Lodge. Life & beauty happen even when things don’t go the way maybe they should have and it’s still a wonderful thing if we make the most of it!

Now it’s your turn! Let me know your thoughts! If you’re blogging your way through this reading challenge, leave a link to your post for Book Two in the widget below so I can visit! Or just leave me a comment at the end of the post :).

I know I’m a day behind but I’ll have the post for Anne of the Island up tomorrow. You ready for March? Anne and Gil are off to college! I’m reeeeally excited to talk about this chapter of their lives 😀

Have a great evening, y’all!

Purple Cow | book review

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This is the book I wish I’d read when I studied Marketing in college. Seriously.

Purple Cow_Seth Godin

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Rating: 5.0 – 5.0

My Thoughts: There is a difference between doing good work and doing great work, right? It’s a simple enough concept but how often do we actually translate that into how we conduct business, position ourselves, or approach our markets? As only Seth Godin can, he addresses how we can be remarkable and have a edge in our approach to business and marketing.

The concept of the purple cow is that it’s noticed. We don’t think twice about a black or brown cow but a purple cow? That’ll cause heads to turn. A purple cow is something that is unexpected, unique, counterintuitive, and not quickly forgotten. It’s the ‘P’ that’s missing from the marketing mix (product, price, place, and promotion). Godin says that we cannot create products and services and then try and market it. Instead, we’ve got to build the marketing right into the product.

When you really think about, it makes perfect sense. And I love how Godin explains his ideas–he’s got a brilliant mind and his thought process is intriguing in my nerdy opinion.

I consumed this short read as an audiobook which was great cause the author reads it himself and that was thoroughly enjoyable. If you’re wanting to make it as a small business owner, content creator, blogger, or have anything you want to share with the world, I highly recommend this book. It’s short, sweet, to the point, informative, and enjoyable.


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2016 Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge | February

Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge February

It’s February!! And that means we’re reading Anne of Avonlea! 🙂 🙂 I’m so excited for this book, it’s one of my favorites in the series. There’s so much to love about this chapter in Anne’s life that you miss from the movie. But I’ll leave my comments for book review, for now, here are my discussion questions for this month:

  1. Anne of Avonlea introduces a cast of new characters including Mr. Harrison, Miss Lavender, Davy & Dora, Paul Irving, and Charlotta the Fourth. Which new character(s) was the most endearing to you? What do you like about them? 
  2. Anne has such high hopes and ideals when she sets out to teach Avonlea school. However, she’s in for a few surprises. What do you think about expectations and ideals when approaching a new situation? What do you think Anne discovered in this season as a school teacher?
  3. What do you think of Miss Lavender’s romance? Do you agree with Gilbert’s comment on what could have been? 😉

These questions are, of course, optional but I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’re inclined to share! And remember, if you’re posting on social media, use the hastag #ayearinavonlea so I can follow what y’all are up too :D.

Happy Reading!