do I have that book? ~ a challenge

Atra esterni ono thelduin.

This is a fun challenge which I stole from Kate @ Once Upon an Ordinary (though I’d seen it on several blogs before hers reminded me that I’d like to do it).

Basically, you go through a list of twenty categories of books and see if you have one on your shelves that fits. Then you post a picture of the cover. Of course, because I’m me, I’m also making this a mini book review/recommendation post. Read on for books galore!

1: a book with tattered edges


I’ve read this book so many times and have actually torn the cover twice! For a long time, it was my favorite of the Inheritance cycle (I think Inheritance might win now, but I still love this one). Honestly, though, I don’t like the picture of Glaedr. He has too many horns and a BEARD and the golden color, while beautiful, doesn’t go well with the brown background. I also actually own a different cover for it, but I prefer this one!

This is a really great fantasy series for ages 12+. Make sure to start with the first book (Eragon). Read More »


Odysseus // a poem

Hello there, readers!

Before you read my poem, I have a brief announcement: I’m taking a one-or-two-week-long semi-hiatus from blogging. Which means that if you comment on this post, and/or the one I have scheduled to come after it, I won’t respond to you for a while.

Okay, on to the poem:

My love, I have traveled far to find you

I fought and I conquered and I bled

And then I left the battle

Crossed the sea

Journeyed long and passed through danger

I braved the monsters and I gave my life


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I choose to rejoice

Today is hard.

I try to be brave, but I hide in the dark. I try to do the right thing, but I mess up. Again. I try to be good, and I fail.

I try to see the good in any of my surroundings, but I can’t.

I try and I try and I TRY but nothing’s worth it. The dark presses in on me. I can’t see the light. I can’t see anything anymore.

Where are you in all of this, God?



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wildflower sisters // a photoshoot

My little sister asked to have her hair curled. My other sister decided it was a perfect opportunity for a photoshoot. I decided it was the perfect opportunity for a photography post! (Featuring quotes, of course. When I write a blog post, expect quotes.)

So, in the style of Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life, I present to you:

wildflower sisters, featuring quotes

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
// Isaiah 40:8 //

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flotsam and jetsam | 1

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my new kind of post! Since school is about to start (next week!) and my life continues to get busier and busier, I’ve created this format to share a lot of things all at once. The name is inspired by Tolkien, but the content will be a general mishmash of everything (and I’m definitely not devaluing the things I include here by calling them “flotsam and jetsam”).

Here’s what I’ll be including in this post:

  • tags
  • things I’ve been doing (feat. snippets and pictures!)
  • links to posts I’ve liked around the internet
  • a call to action/request

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Project Inspire – encourage others in their writing journeys

Project Inspire, a blog tag created by the amazing Jenna Terese, was created to inspire and encourage writers. I saw this tag on Amelie’s blog and decided to do it!

This tag is something we really need. It’s hard to remember that you’re not alone. I’m an introvert and I don’t love spending time with people (well, okay, I do, but it drains me and sometimes I can’t handle it), but I need friends to remind me that I’m not the only weird, introverted teenager with a story to tell. It’s easy to think of myself as unique (in a bad way, like no one will ever understand me), and I’m so grateful to everyone who’s reminded me that I’m not alone. That I have a community. That there are others who like classic books, need time alone to recharge, have an Andrew Peterson obsession, are fangirly and serious at once…

Everyone needs a community – people who are like you, people who remind you that you are not alone. If you don’t have a group of people who encourage you, I hope and pray that you find one, and I volunteer to be the first person in it (whether or not we have things in common). I’ll be your encourager and I’m going to start with this blog post. Read More »

fantastical book recommendations

Elen sila lumenn’ omentielvo!

That’s Quenya (one of Tolkien’s languages), and it’s a traditional Elvish greeting meaning “a star shines on the hour of our meeting.” It was correctly translated by my blogging friend Amelie. In return, she gets free book recommendations, which I’m sharing with her (and you) in this post.

Before I get started, though, I want to remind you that book recommendations (in the form of a post or just via email) are available to everyone through my blog! Click here and scroll down to fill out a form and receive free suggestions of books I think you’d enjoy. This is one of my favorite things to do and I hope more people take advantage of it. Amelie’s the first!

And now…meet Amelie! Amelie blogs at Swordmaiden of the King about writing and following Jesus. I love her blog title! Her posts are amazing too, so I encourage you to check out her site.

Amelie’s answers to my questions ↡

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