fast-paced books to read while you’re stuck at home

Hello, my friends!

It’s been a little over a week since everything shut down in Michigan. My tae kwon do class was canceled. My church is livestreaming. My ACT was postponed and my AP exam will be at my house. My musical is on hold with no definite plans to actually perform.

Most of you are probably in a similar situation. While I’m not going to be talking about COVID-19 specifically on my blog, I want to let you all know that I’m praying for us all and that you are not alone. We’re all in this together.

If you’re looking for resources to get you through all of this, here are a few things that I’ve found helpful:

Once you’re done checking all those amazing resources out, though, you’re still going to be stuck at home. So you’ll probably go do your chores, and finish up your homework or schoolwork, and take a walk down the road, and get the mail, and call or text your friends, and check social media, and talk to your family, and watch a movie…

…and you’ll still be stuck at home.

Since I, like you, am stuck at home, I’ve decided to use my extra time and my intense boredom to read a lot of books. Of course, it doesn’t mean I’m not stuck at home, or I’m not bored, but it definitely helps to reduce my boredom, and when I read, I get to experience the life of someone else who lives somewhere else. So… I sort of get to travel.

I think that reading is one of the best things to do when you’re stuck at home and completely bored — and I also think that while setting goals to read classics or hard-to-read books is never a bad thing, your boredom will not end if you’re slogging your way through Orthodoxy or North and South (both of which excellent books I have recently read).

I think that right now, the best books to read are the kind that keep you up at night, the ones you can’t put down, the ones that make you care and cry and laugh and scream right along with the characters. So today I’m going to recommend books that I can’t put down, fast-paced and addicting stories with compelling plotlines and lovable characters.

I hope one of these books helps you escape to a different world and fall in love with its characters during this quarantine!Read More »

reading The Hunger Games for the first time // my thoughts

Well, we may as well get down to it. As the title of this post implies, until earlier today, I had never read The Hunger Games.

. . .

I’m sure that’s crazy to many of you. While you’re recovering from your intense shock, let me explain. I’ve been interested in the series for a while, but there are so many other books to read, and my parents weren’t sure they wanted me to get into this one. Eventually, though, they said I could read it.

Our library is closed right now, but my sister stopped at our church library and grabbed all three of the Hunger Games books for me. (Thanks, Halt.)

I finished book one this morning and book two about half an hour ago. Because I know I’ll also blaze through Mockingjay, and I can only read it for the first time once (it’s always disappointed me, the way that works), I decided to take a break from reading to tell you all what I thought of the book.


spoiler warning

I’m going to try to avoid it, but there will definitely be some spoilers for The Hunger Games in this review/ramble/thing. So if you haven’t read the book (or seen the movie — I don’t know how similar the plots of the two are, though) and want to, maybe you should come back to this post after you do so.

Plus, this all will make a lot more sense if you’ve read the book.


before I read the book…

…I already knew some things about the plot. I got the concept of the Hunger Games themselves (if you don’t know, it’s basically a live TV event in which 24 kids try to kill the others and be crowned the victor. Yep, it gets pretty gory) and I knew about the love triangle (and how it ends up — but I’m pretty sure that even without knowing, I would’ve shipped Katniss and the guy she actually ends up with). Plus some stuff about Finnick and Annie (thanks to my friend hawkeyerules — if you read this, then hi!), but apparently they don’t come in until later, so that wasn’t helpful.

Honestly, I haven’t been avoiding spoilers for the series at all. I didn’t know when I was going to read it and I didn’t really care if I knew some things about it.

So I went into it with some ideas and expectations (and not all of them were right).


my thoughts while reading chapters 1-11

I started writing down my thoughts while I was reading the book. Here are some of my incoherent thoughts as I read (and the stuff in parentheses is my thoughts now, reading what I wrote):Read More »

Amie Anne // blog tour + giveaway

Mae g’ovannen, mellon-nîn. Well met, my friend, and welcome to my spotlight of Amie Anne!

I first found Amie’s blog through the Young Writer’s Workshop, where she and I are both members. I’ve enjoyed reading her thoughtful posts and I love her blog design! When I found out she was changing her blog’s name and logo (I think the new one is gorgeous!!) and running a blog tour to announce it, I joined right away.



about Amie

Amie is known as…

an old person in a young person’s body. She feels deeply, and shows hardly any of that feeling while she expresses all her tears, pain, and happiness in writing or music. She is a blogger, photographer, author, editor, girl Friday, artist, musician, and pretty much whatever else she puts her mind to.

Amie enjoys learning new languages, strange food combinations, laughter, animals (especially her bunny rabbit, Snowball and her dog, Star), and books. She is a writer who strives to share her Savior’s love while encouraging everyone to reach for the stars in spite of the darkness of this life.


about Amie’s blog

Amie Anne is about a girl reaching the stars, and encouraging others to do so. While reaching the stars, she spends her time snapping pictures, creating history posts, monologues, and poetry. 

visit Amie’s blog




enter the giveway now!

To enter the giveaway, you have get to sign up for Amie’s awesome newsletter (which means you become a Newsie. Which is even more awesome.).Read More »

the mystery blogger award

In my attempt to catch up on all the tags I’ve been tagged for, I found this one. True @ True-Story tagged me for it (thanks, my friend!).

the rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  3. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (This award was created by Okoto Enigma.)
  4. Answer the 5 questions you were asked.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. Nominate 10-20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs. (I decided to link to each of my nominees’ most recent posts instead.)
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  9. Share a link to your best post(s).

dividerthe questions + my answers

What was the first blog post you ever wrote?

When I was eleven, I wrote a blog post about the three dance recitals I was in that year. (I had a private blog which was then called “inkling.” When I created this blog, I moved my favorite posts from the previous one over. My first post ever didn’t make it.)

grayscale piano keys

What is your favorite song/artist at the moment?

I’ve been listening to BYU Vocal Point a lot lately. Some of my favorite of their songs are “Nearer My God To Thee,” “Homeward Bound,” and “Be Still My Soul.”

Some other songs I really like just now:

  • “Be Thou My Vision” by BYU Noteworthy
  • “How Great Thou Art” by Eclipse 6
  • “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” by Collabro
  • “This My Soul,” “Sirens,” and “Diamonds and Gold” by The Gray Havens
  • “The Wizard and I,” “Popular,” “Defying Gravity,” and “For Good” from Wicked

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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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