Happy Christmas [ + Know the Novel part 3 ]

Hi friends! This post is going to be my last one until the New Year. I’ve been pretty busy with school, so I’m excited to have the next couple of weeks off to spend time with my family, read a ton of history + plan for my biography paper, organize all my school books, read Brandon Sanderson, write my novel, and catch up on all my letter writing.

Oh, and celebrate Jesus’ birth. *cough* That too.

Unfortunately, with all of the busyness and crazy stuff this year, I keep forgetting the most important part of Christmas. WELL, that stops today, because today I’m talking about Christmas to all of you!

I’m also going to be doing Christine’s Know the Novel linkup, but since I only wrote 10k in November and haven’t gotten back to the story much since then, I don’t have a ton to say and so I decided to combine it with this post.

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how NOT to confess your love // with examples from literature

Confession: I love reading stories with romance.

(Notice that I didn’t say “romances.”)

I used to pretend I didn’t. I used to say oh, I don’t care if a story has romance and I wish there were more books with platonic relationships instead of all this romantic stuff. It was out of a desire to seem open-minded, to make it clear that I don’t think everyone needs to fall in love and I don’t think every story should be a love story.

But I eventually realized that, despite my attempts to make it appear otherwise, I really, really like reading stories with romances. I ship couples with my whole heart, squeal when they finally get together, cry when they’re separated, and just can’t stop reading until I know how their relationship ends.

I still haven’t changed my mind on the issue of whether or not every story should have romance: no, they shouldn’t. Some stories shouldn’t be romantic (for example, almost every story for young and middle-grade readers, stories about characters who don’t want romantic relationships, stories where romance doesn’t add to the plot, etc.). But… I personally love reading books with romance.

Sometimes I even love it when the romance doesn’t work out. When it’s cringy and awful and they break up… even if they never get back together, it can be incredibly, weirdly enjoyable to read.

In my many years of reading, I’ve amassed a large collection of scenes (yes, you can collect scenes) in which confessions of love don’t go quite as planned. These passionate admissions amuse me every time I read them, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I do want to get married someday, so future husband, if you ever read this, take note: please don’t propose like these characters. Thank you 😆

Warning: spoilers ahead. Each section heading includes the name of the book, so feel free to skip a section if it spoils a book you want to read.

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the mid-year book freak-out tag // speculative, historical, and much Goldstone Wood

Hello hello, readers, and welcome to (as the title suggests) a post in which I talk about the books I have read so far this year, the books I want to read later, and the fact that despite my grand plans to read 40 works of nonfiction this year, I have yet to read a single one.

(Yes, seriously, I haven’t read any nonfiction.)

I’ve seen this tag on several blogs already; I’m going to be taking my questions from Heather @ The Frozen Library and May @ Forever and Everly.

Before we start: I wrote this post on June 21; I will have (hopefully) read more books before its publication. (Including some nonfiction?) And, I’m going to relegate rereads to the “honorable mention” category (unless there’s a very good reason not to).

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reading stats

books read

  • total: 77 (+ two in-progress works by friends and about 10 Melanie Dickerson books — more on that later)
  • library books/borrowed: 47 (that was hard to count!)
  • ebooks/read on computer: 18
  • audiobooks/read alouds: 3
  • DNF: plenty that I will finish (including some I’m currently in the middle of); I don’t think I’m abandoning any
  • rereads: 46
  • sequels: 46 (I think?)

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poets to read // several names that belong on your (virtual) bookshelf

Tally ho, readers and poets!

C.M. asked me the other day about what sort of poetry I like to read, and while typing out my comment in reply, I realized that I could write quite a long blog post about it. So I did.

Since we’re all (still) stuck at home, I think this post will be helpful; almost all of the poetry I’m going to mention is available for free online (on websites and blogs).

The title of this post is my attempt at parodying Douglas Wilson’s Writers to Read: Nine Names that Belong on Your Bookshelf (which is itself a book that ought to be on your bookshelf).

Without further introduction, allow me to recommend to you several poets whose work deserves your attention.

Disclaimer: though I quote from several poets in this post, I do not own the rights to any of their poetry. I have not quoted any poem in its entirety unless it is in the public domain; otherwise, I have quoted only one or less stanzas and have linked to the source of the poem. (“Wolves” by Nikita Gill was found on Goodreads, as a quote from Wild Embers.)
If you are the author of any of this poetry, and you don’t want me to quote from your poem in my post, please comment or contact me and let me know and I’ll take it down.

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poets of the Bible

The Bible is full of wonderful poetry. Even if you’re not a Christian, it’s worth reading for its literary and historical value. Check out this website for an introduction to Hebrew poetry. Here are some of my favorites:

Isaiah

For you shall go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
shall break forth into singing,
and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall make a name for the Lord,
an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

// Isaiah 55:12-13 ESV //

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flotsam and jetsam | 4

Hello, my friends!

I’m back with another flotsam and jetsam post. I’ve been very busy with school, extracurriculars, and other things, plus my family is stepping back from screens for Lent, so I haven’t had much time to put into my blog. But this kind of post (for those of you who don’t know, it’s a collection of random things I want to write about) is easier to finish up and fun to write.

We’ll start with the Wingfeather Saga. The first two books have re-released and are out as of TODAY! This series is one of my very favorite fantasies. It’s middle-grade (but I, as an older teen, still love it) and by a Christian author (but definitely not only for a Christian audience).

buy book one here

buy book two here

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the Christmas spirit tag

Hello there! I’ve been tagged for this tag by a good friend of mine. I’m not allowed to say who she is (for reasons you’ll soon understand), but I’m thankful for her and for her tagging me, and I’m excited to do her tag.

But first:

the rules

  1. This is an anonymous tag. DO NOT link back to the creator or whoever tagged you — the goal of this tag is to spread Christmas spirit anonymously. Consider it a sort of “pay it forward” — you don’t know who started it, but you’re there to continue it. You can say thank you, of course, in the comments of whoever tagged you, but it’s all very “Secret Santa” when you create your post.
  2. Answer the copy-and-paste-able questions (GIFs, photos, song lyrics, poem extracts, etc. are all welcome).
  3. Share one thing Christmas taught you.
  4. Tag as many people as you can thing to help spread Christmas cheer around the blogosphere (my word, that rhymed).

And now…


the questions

(and my answers)

What is your favorite Christmas Bible verse?

I absolutely love all of Isaiah 53, especially in the NIV (which is strange, because in almost every other case I pick the ESV). It’s not technically a “Christmas Bible verse,” I guess, but it reminds me that Jesus came to die. That the reason He was born as a baby was so he could save us from our sins. And in that way, it really is a Christmas verse. As is nearly every verse in the entire Bible (:Read More »

flotsam and jetsam | 2

Salvete, amici! (That’s Latin for “hello, friends.”) I’m here today to share seven things that I’d love you to know about.

(Originally, this post was called “seven things.” Then I poked around in my archives and remembered that I have a name for this kind of post, which I completely forgot… check out the first Flotsam and Jetsam here.)

Note: The name is inspired by Tolkien, but the content is a general mishmash of everything (and I’m definitely not devaluing the things I include here by calling them “flotsam and jetsam”).

Here are some things I’ll be sharing in this post:

  • a tag
  • books I’ve read recently
  • a snippet from my writing
  • a blog post I love
  • two of my favorite songs
  • and more!

Let’s go! Welcome to flotsam and jetsam, round two.


1 // why seven?

Because it’s my favorite number, so I picked it (:

2 // my tag is making people happy

As you may know, I created a tag here. It was lots of fun, but the best thing about it is that people are doing it! Here are some people who did it:

Mary // Wild Writing Dreams
Jenna // Jenna Terese
Kassie // Soldier Girl Stories
Weez // Caught Daydreaming
Clara // Clara & Co.
Jo // Pananaw
The Story Sponge
Audrey Kate // The Junebug Blog
Kenechi // Well… Go Read!
Laura // Beautiful Things
Eden // The Happy Hedgehog

I love seeing people’s lists of ten things that make them happy, but what makes me happier is that people keep commenting and saying that the lists of happy things also make them happy! (I know that’s confusing. But it was the point of the tag, and I’m glad it’s working.) If you haven’t done the tag yet, please do. I tag you. Go and do it and spread the happiness.

(Side note: I intentionally didn’t put “link back to the creator of the tag” in the rules for this tag. Because the point is not to make my blog popular – it’s to make people remember the simple things that make them joyful. Therefore, I may have missed it if you or someone you know did this tag. If you’re not on the above list but wish you were, feel free to comment your link so other people can read your list as well.)

3 // some books I’ve read recently

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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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