Sunday, August 27, 2017

A New Look & A Bookish Tag

Hello again!

So, as you may have noticed, I've changed my blog look quite a bit and have added a couple of new pages! What do y'all think? I made the new header on a neat website, where you can make professional looking collages and such for free (well, and you can pay to have more stuff to work with, but you can do a lot with just the free things). I believe I first heard about this website from my friend, C.D. Hulen, and it's already been quite useful for me. So thanks, C.D.! :D


I also got tagged once again by the lovely Olivia quite some time ago. This time it is a book-related award! :) So let's get to it, shall we?

The Bookish Tag Rules:
-You must be honest. 
-You must answer every question. 
-You must tag at least 4 people.

Okie doke. Here we go!

1.) What book has been on your shelf the longest? Hmm, good question. I don't... really know? Well, if we're talking about just my shelf (on which I've usually kept school stuff), I might say... maybe The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope. I have not read this book yet, but I think I might read it sometime in the near future. We'll see.

2.) What is your current read, your last read, and the book you'll read next? I'm currently reading Yankee Belles in Dixie by Gilbert Morris (the second book in the Bonnets & Bugles series), but I got a little tired of it for the moment, so I started reading A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck which has been interesting :P; my last read was Drummer Boy at Bull Run by Gilbert Morris (the first book in the Bonnets & Bugles series); and the book I'll read next will most likely be Keeping Secrets by Joan Lowery Nixon.

3.) What book did everyone like, but you hated? Hmm... I'm really not sure if I have one.

4.) What book do you keep telling yourself you'll read, but you probably won't? Maybe another Shakespeare play? (I had to read Julius Caesar for school this past year... yipee. :P) Or the other possibility might be To Kill a Mockingbird.
(...Oh my, I just realized how ridiculous that sounds if you don't read that as a book title...... XD)

5.) What book are you saving for retirement?  I honestly have never really thought of saving a book for when I'm older before; so yeah, I have no idea at the moment.

6.) Last page: read it first, or wait 'til the end? I usually don't want to spoil anything, so I try not to read the last page with most books I'm planning to read. But it really depends... with some books you just randomly find at the library, you need to read the last part of it to make sure it ends up good to see if it's going to be worth reading or not.  

7.) Acknowledgement: waste of paper and ink, or interesting aside? I think they can be interesting to read sometimes. It's kind of neat to learn of some of the people who inspired, encouraged, and/or helped the author in the writing of his or her book.

8.) Which book character would you switch places with? Well, really (as Olivia said), I wouldn't want to trade places with anyone in the world, because I know God made me who I am and put me in the time I'm in for a reason. :) But if I must choose... ahhhh, there are so many choices! HOW DOES ONE CHOOSE?? ....Possibly Pollyanna Whittier.

9.) Do you have a book that reminds you of something specific in your life? (Place, time, person?)
When I was maybe five or six, all our family had to get rabies shots because of some reason that I don't quite remember (something about a cat I think...). And I didn't like it, of course. But anywho, we had to go several times, and almost every time we brought an I Spy book along to look at in the waiting room before we had to go in and get our shots. That was a real bright spot in that experience, and made things a lot better for me. So, sometimes when I pick up an I Spy book, I think about that time. (I think the last time we had to go though, as I recall, we forgot to bring it, which was a real bummer.)
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10.) Name a book that you acquired in an interesting way. A number of years ago I participated in a Summer reading program at our local library. You got different prizes, such as a free pass to a pool or a free Chick-Fil-A kid's meal for reading so many hours. So, the big prize at the end (if you read all the hours on the chart they gave you) was getting to pick out a book from the library to keep. I chose a book called, Toliver's Secret by Esther Wood Brady. It stuck out to me from when I first saw it, and I'm so glad I chose it; it's a really great book. :)

11.) Have you ever given a book away for a special reason to a special person?
Hmm... I actually can't really think of a specific book at this moment that I've given away before. D: The closest thing to giving a book away that comes to mind is giving out tracts and christian magazines at our church's annual "free yard sale". It is for a special reason, and the people we're giving them to are each very special people... So, that should count, shouldn't it? :)

12.) Which book has been with you most places? My Bible probably. It's a good book to have around!

13.) Any "required reading" you hated in high school that wasn't so bad later?

Well, there was Pride & Predjudice, but I didn't really hate it. I actually quite enjoyed it. But I think I came to appreciate it more as I went along and after finishing it.

14.) Used or brand new? Probably used, but I'd prefer it be in a pretty good condition though. I definitely don't mind brand new either... It really depends. :P

15.) Have you ever read a Dan Brown book?  No.

16.) Have you ever seen a movie you liked more than the book? There are probably several movies I liked more than the book :P, but one I can think of at the moment is The Apple Dumpling Gang. The movie is a lot funnier, and more family-friendly really than the book. Also, the fact that I saw the movie before reading the book could have somewhat of an affect on which one I prefer. ;) (But with this one, I think I'd like the movie better than the book anyway to be honest.)

17.) Have you ever read a book that's made you hungry, cookbooks included?
Cookbooks definitely make me hungry (especially flipping through the dessert section... mmmmmmmm). I don't know if I could choose a specific one though... any one really!  

18.) Who is the person whose book advice you'll always take?  
My mom's. Definitely. :)

19.) Is there a book out of your comfort zone (e.g., outside your usual reading genre) that you ended up loving? I read Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis a while back after seeing the movie for it, and I guess that's a little bit out of my usual kind of genre. I remember enjoying it pretty well. That's the only Narnia book I've read, though, and I'm sure it would have been better if I had read all the Narnia books in order and everything. (I know, I know, all you Narnian-loving peeps who've grown up reading the books are all probably looking at me in shock right now....)
 Pride & Prejudice :)

Well, that was fun! (And a bit more challenging, to be honest.) Thanks, Olivia for tagging me! :)

Okay, let's see, I'll tag...
Katherine @ The Ramblings of a Young Writer
and YOU who are reading this if you so desire. :)

Have a wonderful week, everyone!


  1. I loved reading your answers! I don't think I've read most of the books you mentioned, except for Pride & Prejudice. :) I have not read any C.S. Lewis books, except for The Magician's Nephew. But I didn't find it interesting enough to finish the series. :/
    Anyways, I love your blog!

    1. Thanks, Amaris! Ah okay. So, how did you like Pride & Prejudice? :) Yeah, I've never really gotten too drawn into the Narnia books either, but I think I at least want to read The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe at some point to see how it compares with the movie.
      Thank you so much! :D

  2. AH THANKS FOR THE TAG! I'll probably do this in the next week or so :D

    ~ Abby {novelsdragonsandwardrobedoors.blogspot}

    1. You're welcome, Abby! :) Nice! I look forward to reading your answers. :D

  3. OOO, fun tag! (And pretty blog. <33) Thanks for tag! :D

  4. Haha! "All you Narnian-loving peeps...are probably looking at me in shock right now." With that P&P caption...xD (And it's not too far off, hehe. ;))

    Oh, isn't Tolliver's Secret good?! I remember really liking that one, too. Say, have you ever read anything by Ann Rinaldi?

    I like the new pages you added to the design! (And I'm currently commenting on my iPod so I can't really see the new design, but I'm sure that's lovely, too! :D And yes, BeFunky is my header-making site extraordinaire, ever since PicMonkey stopped offering free services. :-/ Oh well. :))

    1. (I was just looking back at some older comments, and then noticed I never replied to you here! D: My deepest apologies...)

      Hehe, yes... xD Perhaps I will get to reading all the Narnia books... one day. ;)

      Thanks so much! Oh yes, isn't BeFunky great? I've been using it quite a bit recently. :P

      Hope you're doing well! <3 (I apologize again for my rather late response to this. :/)