3 Reasons You Should NOT Read Books

Friday, December 29, 2017

Okay, okay, I know that the title of this post LOOKS bad, but read on. You'll understand. xD 
You Might Learn Something
Learning... WHO WANTS TO LEARN ANYTHING ANY MORE?!?! I mean, why learn about pride and prejudice and sense and sensibility from Jane Austen? Why do you want to even think (because thinking is VERY VERY bad) about, well, anything!?!? 
You Might Become More Creative
THIS IS A TRAGEDY. Creativity.. I don't get it. Who in the world would want to become more creative? The imagination has to go. We need a blander, less exciting world. Enough said. 
You Might Enjoy It 
This is the biggest reason I have to present against reading. You might actually enjoy it. And who wants to enjoy a good book? I mean, laughing and crying with the characters, getting lost in wonderful, fantastical worlds and having your family ask what's wrong with you during certain parts (it happens, guys).... HOW TRAGIC. DEFINITELY DO NOT DO IT. NO READING!!!

 So... What did you think of my reasons? Obviously, this post was pure sarcasm. xD I LOVE READING. But honestly, can you think of ANY reasons as to why people should NOT read books? And why should people be encouraged to read books? What benefits do people get from having a love of reading? Are there any problems with loving to read (crying in bed over a character's death maybe...)? Let's chat, everyone!

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope that you all are having a wonderful holiday season this year. =) If you’re like me, you’ve been watching sappy holiday movies, listening to lots of Christmas music, and munching on a TON of quite a few cookies for awhile. As I write this, I can hardly believe that Christmas is only a few days away! I think I might be more excited than my four year old brother...

I haven’t been so great about posting on here because I am a lazy blogger and not afraid to say it, but don’t worry. I'll be back with a (hopefully) more regular posting schedule next week. =) But I do have a couple announcements for you right now.

First of all, I finally got a Goodreads account! =D I’m officially addicted, and this is only helping me grow my already mountainous TBR list. I think I’ll set a reading goal next year—something totally unreasonable probably, but who can be reasonable when it comes to books? xD Click here to see my shiny new profile! =D

Secondly, along with a more regular posting schedule, I also have my one year blogoversary (would someone please tell my spellcheck that blogoversary is totally a word?) coming up in the near future! Or rather, January 1 to be exact. How exciting is that? I’ll be having a big celebration here, with a giveaway, games, and LOTS of confetti. So be sure to check back for that next month. =)

I hope that you all have a very merry Christmas! =) 

This Quiet Sky Book Review

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Christmas season is here, which means it's time to curl up with a good book and a mug of cocoa next to the Christmas tree. If you're like me, you can't only stick with Christmas books (but I highly recommend The Shoe Box by Francine Rivers), you have to have some good tried and true reads on your side. Something like This Quiet Sky...
My Rating: Five Tins of Shortbread out of Five 
Back Cover Blurb (Taken from Amazon)
There is nothing extraordinary about Tucker O’Shay’s dreams. Go to college. Become president. Fall in love.
And pretend like he has enough time to get it all done. 
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Miller doesn’t expect anything out of the ordinary when she begins her first day at the one-room-school house in her new hometown of Rocky Knob. But when she meets seventeen-year-old Tucker O’Shay—the boy with the fatal illness who volunteers to tutor her in algebra—she finds herself swept up in a friendship that changes the way she sees the world and a love that changes her life.
What I Loved
Sarah and Tucker. Sarah is probably one of my favorite MCs of all time. She's so realistic and so strong, but in a quiet sort of way. I can definitely relate to her in her problems with algebra. xD I love how she interacts with the other characters, especially Tucker. And Tucker... Well, he's TUCKER. What's not to love? 
Aaallll the feels. EVERYTHING about this book pulled at my heartstrings. I found myself smiling one minute, sighing the next, laughing a little bit, and then wanting to bawl my eyes out a few pages later. This is definitely heartfelt fiction. 
Joanne Bischof's writing style. If you've stuck around my blog for awhile, you know that Joanne Bischof's other book, To Get To You, is another favorite book of mine, and one of the top reasons that I love this author's books is because of her writing style. Just read the quote below. YOU WILL UNDERSTAND.  
What I Didn't Love
There wasn't anything that I didn't like about This Quiet Sky. It's that good. 
I loved everything about This Quiet Sky and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good weekend read or a Christmas present for a bookworm who loves sweet reads. =) 
About the Author
A Carol Award and three-time Christy Award-finalist, Joanne Bischof writes deeply layered fiction that tugs at the reader's heartstrings. She lives in the mountains of Southern California with her three children.
INSTAGRAM @masonjarbooks
FACEBOOK Author, Joanne Bischof
Buy This Quiet Sky
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Have you read This Quiet Sky? How about any other books by Joanne Bischof? What do you think makes main characters unforgettable? Have you started Christmas shopping? I haven't-yet. NO JUDGING. What's your favorite type of cookie? Tucker's is shortbread, but mine is dark chocolate salted caramel. Also, my friend Ada just started her own blog, Sketching out Your Life! Go visit her and follow her and give her lots of cookies!!! 

It's The Little Things

Saturday, December 2, 2017

It's the little things. The little things that make me smile.  The little things that make my heart swell up in my chest. The little things that make me want to sing and dance, despite the fact that I am most certainly not talented in either area. The little things that make me sigh.

It's the little things...

A good laugh. A glowing smile. A sappy Christmas movie. A salted caramel mocha from Starbucks. Rain. Lights outside the house at night. A sigh-worthy poem. The smell of a Christmas tree. Cinnamon rolls. Crisp, cold air. Text messages from my dad. The rustle of the pages of a book. Christmas songs lilting like lullabies.

...That remind me of how blessed I am. Yet, there are also the not-so-little things as well. 

A God who loves us so much that He sent His son down to earth as a baby to save us. Family that never stops loving. Friends that make me laugh and smile so hard that my face hurts. A puppy with feet that look like they’ve been dipped in white paint.

It's the little things. It's the not-so-little things. They all remind me, like a whisper, like a shout, that all of us are blessed and loved by a God whose love knows no bounds. 

What about you?

What little things remind you of how loved and blessed you are? Not-so-little things? Let’s get some mochas and chat in the comments, friends!

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