The Avid Readers Award Tag

Hello everyone!

My friend Martha, from Beyond the Literary Horizon nominated me for the Avid Readers Award Tag! It looks super fun and I’m really excited to jump in!

Here are the rules:

1. Display the blog award logo on your blog.

2. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.

3. Do not forget to link to their blogging website.

4. List your 5 favorite books.

5. Answer all the questions they have given you.

6. Nominate 4 bloggers of your choice.

7. Ask them 10 questions.

Thank you so much, Martha! Here is the link to Beyond the Literary Horizon (her blog).

I love a lot of books. So it’s super hard to choose just five. But I will do my best.

Annnd…I might stretch the rules a bit and include two series’ rather than books.

My five “favorite” books:

  • The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson
  • The Green Ember Series by S. D. Smith
  • Romanov by Nadine Brandes
  • God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
  • Kisses from Katie by Katie Davis Majors
  • + a ton of other books 🙂

Here are my answers to Martha’s questions (and they were really good questions):

1. What is the weirdest book you’ve ever read?

Ummm…probably like this old-time travel book I started reading once (I think it might have possibly been H. G. Well’s The Time Machine). Also, I thought the second book of The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis was pretty weird (I didn’t finish it either) but maybe I need to reread it sometime.

2. Who would you say is your #1 favorite character of all time, and who is your #1 least favorite character?

My #1 least favorite character (to answer out of order) is currently Mrs. Bennett (in Pride and Prejudice). Or maybe Diana (or whatever her name is in White Christmas). 🙂 As for my #1 favorite character of all time…ugh I don’t even know. I’m really liking Parvin Blackwater (from the Out of Time series by Nadine Brandes) but there are far too many other competitors and I haven’t even finished the series so I couldn’t really say. 😁

3. What is at least one book which you wish you could change the ending of?

There are lots of books I’ve thought that of, but I can’t recall most of them at the moment. One book where I struggled with the ending was “When Tomorrow Comes” by Janette Oke. This is what I wrote in my review:

When Tomorrow Comes (Canadian West #6)When Tomorrow Comes by Janette Oke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was not expecting this book to end the way it did. At first, I was almost disappointed. But when I thought it over it seemed…right somehow. It was how it should have ended and after struggling through it (like few other books I’ve read) I finally agreed with Christina. As a Christian, life’s not about following your heart, even in romance and dreams. Sometimes we have to give up what we think is most important and walk in God’s will.

You’ll probably want to read #5 in the series, but you don’t need to read 1-4 to enjoy this, even if it makes you appreciate why Christina loves the North so much. Highly recommend this book. Probably more like a 4.5 rather than a 4 star, but I couldn’t bring myself to put a 5 star simply because I don’t like to give too many 5 stars. 🙂

View all my reviews

So while I wanted it to end one way, after mulling over it for a while, I decided it was best the way it was.

4. Have you ever cried over a book? If so, which one(s) was it?

Haha, yes I have definitely cried over a book. Some books that come to mind are The Warden and the Wolf King by Andrew Peterson, A Time to Die and A Time to Speak by Nadine Brandes (also Romanov by Nadine Brandes), and the Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers, and the If I Run series by Terri Blackstock. And a bunch of others.

5. What is your favorite book that has been made into a motion picture? If you can’t think of any, give your favorite motion picture which you know was made off a book, even if you’ve never read it.

I love the Narnia series by C. S. Lewis and This Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare, and I know both of them have been made into a motion picture.

6. If you could travel into a story, which character(s) would you want to meet the most?

Hmm…maybe Nia Wingfeather from the Wingfeather Saga, but I’m really not sure.

7. Have you ever read a book which has a character strangely similar to you? If so, which character and book was it?

I mean there is Jo from Little Women. There are parts of Janner from the Wingfeather Saga that I relate to. And then Parvin Blackwater from the Out of Time series felt strangely similar to me.

8. Who is your favorite bad-guy-turned-good-guy character?

Well, there is Will Reynolds from the Beyond the Mask movie, but someone already mentioned that and it’s a movie after all. Then there is Ky from the Unblemished series, but I don’t really think he’s my favorite. So maybe Kaphtor from the Out of Time Series?

9. What is your favorite genre?

Generally historical fiction, but I also like contemporary, fantasy, and an occasional extremely well-done romance, and a very occasional exceptional dystopian (like The Out of Time* series).

10. What are some books that have covers you really like?

Hmm…let’s see…some of the ones that come to mind are A Time to Die, Never Say Goodbye, Unblemished, Dandelion Dust, Ivy Introspective, Untitled (which I haven’t read yet), and The Girl Who Could See (which I also haven’t read).

And I think that wraps up the questions!

Now for nominations. I nominate:

Here are my questions for you!

  • What is the #1 worst beginning to a book you have ever read?
  • What is a book you read almost every year (except for the Bible)?
  • Which do you tend to enjoy most: Prologues or Epilogues?
  • How many books do you tend to average every month (or year)?
  • What book do you first remember reading (all by yourself)?
  • What is the most boring book you’ve ever read?
  • What was the last book that made you laugh out loud?
  • What is a book that you are constantly referencing?
  • What’s your favorite quote from a book published before you were born (again…with the exception of the Bible)?

Have fun! Hope you enjoyed this post.

“Truly, truly, I say to you, the one who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”

-John 5:24 (NASB)

Answering Questions from Tags and Nominations

Today I will not be doing any of the tags or things I’ve been nominated for.

Instead, I will be answering some of the questions from them.

Thanks to these blogs for nominating me for various things!

Questions will be in bold and my answers will be in normal text.

When was the last time you ate McDonalds?

Like at least 5 months ago if not longer. I don’t really eat McDonalds. It doesn’t make me feel that great…..

Would you prefer oatmeal or grits for breakfast?

No idea. Grits sounds good, and I love oatmeal, but I’ve never had grits and I can’t eat oats.

What is your least favorite vegetable and why?

Don’t have one. Why? Cause I live on a farm and every veggie grown on a farm tastes awesome. Also pretty much every veggie if you cook it right can be made to taste good. I love vegetables. I literally can’t think of one I don’t like. Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, kale, they are all so good!!!!!

When you go camping, do you like sleeping in a tent or a cabin?

Probably in a tent. I like roughin’ it a bit. Sometimes a cabin is nice for a change, though.

How long does it take you to read a 20 chapter book?

I’ve read a twenty chapter book in one day before. I don’t really have time for that anymore. I don’t really read a lot of twenty chapter books. Most of the books I’ve been reading lately are like either spiritual books to be read and studied through carefully, or super long meaty fiction. Also, chapter lengths vary a LOT.

Predestination or Free Will?

Not a question that can be answered in a few sentence. It also depends what you are obtaining by predestination vs. free will. Salvation? Acceptance of salvation? God gives us free will. He is also King of kings. Those who accept the salvation God has provided are predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. We are not robots, and God will not “force” us or “irresistibly” drag us into heaven. We have free will, and God gets all the glory. That’s about the shortest answer I can come up with.

How long have you been a Christian?

Since I was young.

What is your favorite type of smoothie?

No idea. I love smoothies but I just kind of mix about everything that tastes good into it. I don’t really know of any particular types of smoothies. I love using strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, peaches, and bananas in smoothies.

McDonald’s or Wendy’s?

Uhhh. Hmmm. Wendy’s salads are better for being fastfood. If I had a choice between a Frosty or an ice cream cone (without the cone) from McDonalds I think I’d probably choose the Frosty. That’s pretty much all I’d get from either places.

What is your favorite thing about your way of schooling (homeschooling or real schooling)?

Wait a second….”real schooling”? Since when was public or private school “real schooling”? Independent learning is the best, because you yourself are the one seeking to learn and grow. You are accountable to God and the people in authority like your parents, and you are free to grow in knowledge as God would have you without the standards of all the worldly things being pushed on schools nowadays. Moving on.

What is your favorite chapter of the Bible?

Isaiah 40.

What is your favorite book?

Philippians. Or Psalms. If you mean a book other than the Bible than I am completely at a loss to give an answer.

If you could live in one country for a week, what would it be?

Either in China or Africa. I’d love to go on a missions trip to either place.

What is an animal you would dream to own?

A Jersey cow.

What is an animal you are intensely scared of?

Hmm. I’m not really intensely scared of anything in particular, but I’d be a bit scared of a Mountain Lion (aka Cougar). I really hope I don’t ever encounter one or have an animal taken out by one.

Do you have a pet? If so, describe it!

A million!! Not quite 🙂 The chickens and the goats are all pretty much pets, as well as our cats, but our real pet is my dog. Mabel who you have all probably heard of is a sweet, needy, active, Bluetick Coonhound, who loves to chase cats, coons, rabbits, moles, and shrews, to name a few. She also loves eating snakes. Ughh. That’s one thing I really wish she would stop doing. Dead snakes really stink.

If you could spend one day hanging out with one character in a book you’re writing or wrote (or for those of you who aren’t writers, a book you’ve read), who would it be and why?

Maybe Malcolm from Malcolm by George MacDonald. Or an older lady in Katelyn Ford who is as a mother to Katelyn and whose name I have not yet figured out.

Out of all the superpowers out there, which one would you want to have? And why?

The power to heal others. I just wish I could simply reach out and heal the brokenness all around. All I can do is point others to the true healer. God is the only one who has the power to heal, whether it is broken limbs or broken hearts.

What is a book or book series that you would recommend to anyone?

The Bible is probably the only book I can truly say that I would recommend to anyone. Other than that there are a lot of books I would recommend to different people. Stepping Heavenward is a book that I would wholeheartedly recommend to pretty much every girl I can think of. Narnia, Do Hard Things, Heather and Snow, and The Bronze Bow, would probably be some other books that I would recommend to pretty much anyone.

If you could go into your own world that you wrote or are writing (or for non-writers, a world you read), where would you go to first and why?

I might like to go to Narnia. Sometimes I wish I could.

What food do you absolutely LOVE the most, and what food do you loathe to the ends of the earth?

What food do I absolutely love the most? What an awful question! How about a list of my favorite foods?

  • Homemade Lasagna
  • Homemade spicy chili Red Robin style
  • Banana bread
  • Bananas in general
  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Homemade Alfredo
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Extreme dark chocolate
  • Cheesecake

To name a few. I love food in general, and I make a lot of really good food. I have learned not to loathe a food to the very ends of the earth. However I really don’t admire cream of rice. And I have to force myself to drink coffee that tastes like coffee. Eggplant doesn’t taste that great either.

Which of the four seasons (summer, spring, fall, winter) is your favorite and why?

I love spring! Spring isn’t too cold and it isn’t too hot. It’s the season of new life and beauty, and I love it so much!!!!!

What is the biggest goal you have in life right now?

To serve in love and be fervent in prayer. In essence, to abide in Christ.

What is the one thing you love doing most in life?

Worshiping God. There is nothing I could love better. Only in worship of my true King can I truly be satisfied, as good as food is, as pleasant as a sunrise is to watch, it came from Him, and I can do nothing better than praise Him for all of His gifts.

I really enjoyed answering these questions! I know I skipped a few, but thanks for asking, I hope you enjoy reading my answers!

Have a wonderful rest of your August!

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”

-Psalm 95:6 


*All scripture quotations are form the NASB translation

The Blue Sky Tag!

This will be as quick a post as I can make it. American Girls in Alaska tagged me for the Blue Sky Tag. Thank you American Girls in Alaska! Here is the link to her post.

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the person that tagged you
  2. Answer their 11 questions
  3. Tag 11 more people
  4. And give them 11 questions to answer

Here are her questions:

  1. What is your favorite dog breed? Bluetick coonhound.
  2. What is your favorite cat breed? Siamese mixes maybe? All of our cats were found and we have no idea what breed they are, but one of them has the cute Siamese meow.
  3. If you could go to any planet, which would it be? Mercury or Venus. But I really don’t know.
  4. If you could spend time with any book character, who would it be, and why? I am reading Salome by Emma Marshall, and I would like to spend time with the main character, Salome, because she and I are kind of similar.
  5. Photography or writing? Photography.
  6. Do you have a cell phone? I don’t have my own cell phone. Our family kind of has a shared cell phone thing with the kids.
  7. Do you play a musical instrument. If so, for how long? I played violin for 4 years, and then I switched to cello, and I’ve played cello for 4 years. And yes, I like cello a whole lot better.
  8. What is your favorite flower/plant? My favorite flower is snapdragons. They are super easy to grow and they are super pretty and fun.
  9. Are you excited to go back to school? YES!!! I am excited to go back to school. I’m generally excited about anything new/ out of the ordinary.
  10. What do you want to be when you grow up? A mother. Being a nurse as a side-job and a photographer as a side-hobby would also be fun.
  11. Opinion on brussel sprouts? I absolutely love them. They are SOOO yummy. Particularly when they are fresh, but they taste really good frozen then boiled too.

Here are my 11 people I am tagging:

  1. Middle Mary
  2. Dreaming of Guatemala
  3. Maysa Rose
  4. Dancer for the King
  5. Heart of a Dreamer
  6. Lula Boo
  7. Tisty’s Tales
  8. Em in the Sun
  9. Marshmallow Harmonies
  10. Questionable Tortoise Couture
  11. Through the Eyes of Gracie

Here are my 11 questions for the people I tagged to answer:

  1. What is your favorite vacation you have ever been on?
  2. How many people are in you family?
  3. When and how did you become a Christian?
  4. When you open your bible, what is the first place you usually read?
  5. What time did you get up today?
  6. Who was the 11th person that followed your blog?
  7. What’s the best poem you have ever read?
  8. Would you rather be inside or outside? (Take that question to mean whatever you would like)
  9. What is your favorite thing you have ever learned?
  10. What word do you use the most? (Other than conjunctions)
  11. What are your three top favorite worship artists?

Okay, I’m done! Thank you for reading! Thanks for tagging me American Girls in Alaska.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?” 

-Psalm 8:3-4 (ESV)