Lots of tags! {Catching up on blog tags}

Hello, my friends!

I’ve got a lot of blog tags to catch up on, and since I don’t want all of my posts to be tags, I thought I’d make a post combining all of them together. Along with some mossy-creek photos I took a few days ago.

Enjoy!

The Bookworm Tag!

I’ve actually been tagged twice for this, once by Joelle and then again by Anna. Thank you so much, girls!

The Rules:

  1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you.  ✓
  2. Include the tag graphic in your post ✓
  3. Answer the ten questions the blogger asked ✓
  4. Nominate between five and ten bloggers ✓
  5. Ask your nominees ten book-related questions! ✓
  6. Don’t feel bound to these rules ✓
  7. (Most importantly) Have fun! ✓

**Note: I’m going to skip a few questions because I have so many other ones to answer, as well as just tag everyone at once at the end of the post.**

Paperback, hardback, audiobook, or ebook?

I love audiobooks, but hardback wins.

What is the ideal length of a series for you?

Mm, at least 12 books, maybe 15. But if it’s a series I love, there could never be enough.

What is a series you want to read that is high on your to-be-read list?

I really want to finish The Women of the West series by Janette Oke – I read the first book, but I haven’t read any of the other books in the series.

If you could choose five characters to put in a book together, who would they be and why?

Ooh, I love this question! Holly from Holly’s Heart, Jane from The Penderwicks, Emily from The Calling of Emily Evans, Claudia from From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and I’m not sure who else. That would be a very interesting, and chaotic book.

My Questions:

  • Has a book ever changed your life?
  • What’s your favorite genre to read?
  • What’s the first book you remember reading?
  • What’s your least favorite book?
  • Are there any books that are really popular but you dislike?
  • Are there any books that are considered terrible but are your secret pleasure?
  • What was the last book you read?
  • Do you have an all-time favorite book character?
  • How do you pick books to read?
  • How many books do read a month?

THe Never Have I ever Tag

Once again, Joelle tagged me again for this one – Thanks, Joelle!

To begin, the rules!

  • Link and thank the blogger who tagged you. ✓
  • Include the graphic somewhere in the post (or make your own!) ✓
  • Answer the questions truthfully and honestly. ✓
  • Tag 3 bloggers. ✓

Never have I ever. . .

STARTED A NOVEL THAT I DIDN’T FINISH.

Nope! Strange, but I have never done this. I always complete my projects for some reason – I can’t not finish them.

WRITTEN A STORY COMPLETELY BY HAND

Yes! I’ve done it multiple times actually, not a whole novel, but short stories. I used to draft a lot of my blog posts by hand too, but I’ve stopped doing that.

NOT RESEARCHED ANYTHING BEFORE STARTING A STORY.

*shakes head* I mainly write historical fiction. . . And bad things happen if you don’t research before you write a historical fiction story, so the answer is no. :’D

CHANGED MY PROTAGONIST’S NAME HALFWAY THROUGH A DRAFT

I’ve changed my whole cast of characters one time. 😛

WRITTEN A STORY IN A MONTH OR LESS.

I’ve done this! A lot of my stories I write in less than a month.

What writer doesn’t do that? So yes, I’ve done it a lot.

USED “I’M WRITING” AS AN EXCUSE.

So many times. 😜

PROCRASTINATED HOMEWORK BECAUSE I WANTED TO WRITE

Well, I’m homeschooled so I don’t really have homework, but I have written instead of doing school a few times.

Finished A Novel

Kind of? I mainly write middle-grade, so I have finished a novel for my standards, but an actual 50k novel, no. The closest I’ve come is 35K, but I’ve never actually aimed for 50K on a story.

The Sunshine Blogger Tag

This is the last one, I promise! Tasha nominated me for this, so thank you so much, Tasha. ❤

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog ✓
  • Answer the questions ✓
  • Nominate eleven bloggers and ask them eleven questions ✓

The Questions:

If you could spend a day with one author, who would it be?

Ooh, let’s go with Beverly Lewis. I love her writing.

You can go to any college or university all expenses paid, where are you going?

I don’t really want to go to college, I’m hoping to do the Author Conservatory instead, so I guess that if that counts.

What three books would you take to an abandoned island?

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke, and Holly’s Heart by Beverly Cleary.

Love triangles, yes or no?

No, When Calls the Heart taught me to hate love triangles.

Do you need sleep to function?

Yes, very much so. I have terrible days if I don’t get enough sleep.

The qUESTions

  • What website or app do you spend the most time on? 
  • Do you like car rides?
  • Can you drive/are you learning to drive/do you like driving?
  • Have you ever been unconscious before?
  • Favorite flower?
  • Do you like listening to music while studying or doing other things? If so, what kind?
  • What are your favorite girl or boy names?
  • What does your morning/evening routine look like?
  • What’s something you’re oddly passionate about?
  • Do you have any hidden talents?
  • Do you like listening to music while studying or doing other things? If so, what kind?

My Tags

We’ve made it to the end! Feel free to pick one of these tags to do, because I don’t expect you to do all of them, but you can if you want to, of course.

Thank you for reading, friends, and have a wonderful day!

Photography Challenge: collab with Alicia

Hello, my friends!

For today’s post, I have a collab I am super excited about! A few weeks ago, I asked Alicia @ Alicia Marentette if she wanted to do a collab, and she agreed – We decided on doing a photography challenge where come up with a list of things to photograph, and share the photos! So that’s what I will be sharing today.

To get started, here’s a list of all the things we took photos of.

Time for the real photos now.

1. Spring

To be honest, I had a really hard time finding a photo in this category. Spring is not here yet; it’s been in the 30s all week, and it was hard finding something springy. But then, one of my younger siblings found this little bird’s nest on the ground. I definitely think of seeing birds building their nests as part of spring.

2. fLOWERs

Ooh, I love these flowers! It’s actually an old photo because as I mentioned above, we do not have any flowers blooming yet. It’s so pretty though!


3. Sunset

Mmm, this sunset is gorgeous. Sunsets are some of my favorite things as you have probably already figured out by now – I love the clouds in this one.

4. morning SKY

This is honestly one of my absolute favorite photos ever. ❤ It was such a beautiful (And early) morning to be out on the beach to see the sunrise. And the trees too.

5. Animal

This is from one of trips to Lutsen a few years ago. It was really neat being able to go that close to this seagull so we could get a picture. He was just sitting there on the railing while we were up looking at the view, and I just snapped a photo.

6. Colorful

I wasn’t sure what to use for this one; then my Mom had the idea to take the kids out to our monkey line that we all got our birthdays last summer and get a picture there. I love how it turned out, and it is definitely very colorful.

7. Clouds

I always love looking at clouds – One of my favorite things to do is just to lay down in the grass and stare up at the clouds. (When the grass is dry, and there are no siblings with soccer balls nearby that is.)

8. Books

I just got some new books from the library, and they were perfect to grab a picture of! Have you read any of these books?

9. RAIN

I’m not sure if this one counts. . .I realized too late that I didn’t have any photos of rain, so this was the closest I could come. It’s a mud puddle from when all of the snow melted and it rained, so I think it counts?

10. Roads

Ahh, I love this one! These two roads are glorious in the morning when the sun’s shining, and that morning was no different. I love the shadows especially.

12. Peaceful

Kook at water droplets coming off the wave. And even though I’ve said this multiple times about the photos in this post, I love this – Especially the icy/crystal look to the wave.

13. Artsy

I had a really hard time deciding what to use for this – Finally, after coming up with a bunch of ideas, but none of them seeming like they would fit, I decided to look up some inspiration. I found this photo of the ice on our creek melting, and it seemed to the fit the “artsy” look. What do you think? Is it artsy?

14. Water

I have so many favorite pictures of water that it took me a while to decide. But I picked this one because I love the lighthouse and the bridge.

15. Indoor

I LOVE the shadows and the light here.. One afternoon I noticed the hydrangeas shadows from the outside shining through the window, it was so pretty! This is probably my favorite indoor photo I’ve taken.

And that’s it for the day! Did you enjoy seeing all of these different photos? Which one was your favorite?

Before you go, make sure to check out Alicia’s post here.

Have a beautiful day, friends!

Guest Post: 8 Book Recommendations by Rachel

Hello, my friends!

Today, I have the joy of sharing a post that my good friend, and fellow writer, Rachel W. wrote!

In this post, Rachel shares 8 book recommendations from four categories, fantasy/mystery, historical fiction, non-fiction/biography, and picture books, with a summary of each. Let’s get started!

Fantasy / mystery:

Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Following a peculiar advertisement in the newspaper, four gifted children pass a series of tests to become members of the Mysterious Benedict Society. They go on a mission as spies at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, and through the ensuing events, they find the value of each other. You can test your wits right along with the characters in this book!

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

Miri lives in a mountain village, where for generations everyone has quarried stone. The spot is chosen for a princess academy, designed to produce a suitable bride for the prince. Miri is forced to be one of many girls at the academy, and although it’s rough, when bandits attack the village, Miri realizes the mountain dweller’s unique power and must help save her village.

Historical fiction:

Words on Fire by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Audra is living in Lithuania during the Russian invasion. When the Cossacks show up at her family’s door, her parents insist she flee, taking with her a mysterious package. On a journey to deliver the package, Audra becomes involved with a resistance movement. Can she have a chance to rescue her parents?

Calico Captive by Elizabeth George Speare

Follow the journey of young Miriam Willard as she & her family are captured by Native Americans during the French and Indian War. They are forced to march north to Montreal, where a turn of events change Miriam’s life forever. 

Non-fiction / biography: 

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

This book is about the University of Washington rowing team and their journey to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. It follows the story of Joe Rantz, a crucial part of the team, and also gives insight into Nazi Germany and the demanding sport of rowing. I really enjoyed the young reader’s edition!

Women at the Edge of Discovery by Kendall Haven

Explore the lives of 40 lesser-known women scientists in this fascinating book. I learned about science careers I didn’t even know existed! Many women have contributed to many aspects of science & discovery, as you will learn in this book.

Picture books:

This is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe

Delightfully illustrated narrative following a day in the life of seven kids from around the world. Learn more about daily life in Russia, India, Italy, Japan, Uganda, Peru, and Iran. Great for people of all ages!


Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon by Torben Kuhlmann

From the perspective of a mouse, this marvelously illustrated story tells about the mouse’s journey to the moon. He faces several obstacles along the way but ultimately discovers the joy of exploration.

Thank you so much for sharing, Rachel! I am definitely going to have to check out your selections. And if you all want to see more of Rachel’s favorite books, check out her Goodreads!

Thank you so much for reading! What are some of your favorite books?

About Rachel

Rachel is a Midwest gal, total bookworm, and aspiring writer. She enjoys running cross country, swimming, and snowshoeing. Rachel’s favorite genres are historical fiction, fantasy, biography, and middle grade. She is currently working on a fantasy story about two sisters and a secret organization to resist the government.

5 Book Characters I would like to meet

Hello, my friends!

I’m back again, this time, with a bit of a funny post: Five book characters I would like to meet.

Anyway, it’s funny, but I thought it might be fun to do! So here we go.

Character #1: Caddie Woodlawn

Caddie and her siblings are a few of my favorite book characters to read about. One thing I enjoy, is most of the stories written in this fun novel are true. The fact that the story is set in Wisconsin makes it all the more relatable to a Midwestern girl like me. The first time I read Caddie, I was about her age, and her bravery and spunk impressed me. She was unique and blazed her own trail. I have no desire, to run wild with my brothers like Caddie did but I do love the idea of being free to be me and do things just how I want to (within God’s plan, of course.). As an author, Caddie Woodlawn inspires me to listen well and do my research because you never know when a good story from the past could become the inspiration next Newberry Medal Award Winner! It would be so fun to take a hike through Caddie’s woods with her and have her show me all the wonderful things she has discovered.

Character #2: Rosalind Penderwick

Rosalind Penderwick is an inspiring character. Her generosity and kindness to her sisters inspires me to be a better sister. Her care of Batty and concern for her comfort is impressive although it is always easiest to love the babies and get along with the little siblings. However, the way she gave Skye the perfect room (for Skye) in the first book really made an impact on me. I would love to have a cup of tea with Rosalind and chat about our siblings and all of her great vacations.

Character #3: The March Sisters

Another group of four sisters, but I haven’t even finished reading Little Women (Yes, shocking, I know, but I haven’t read it before. 😅) but I already know these sisters are going to be some of my favorites! However, if I had to pick just one I would pick Beth. She is so giving and generous. She is kind. Her musical ability is inspiring to me as I play the piano and would love to become an accomplished pianist. Finally, I appreciate her dream of just staying home. I think so often “big dreams” seem so desirable but wanting to stay close to home and take care of your parents is admirable. I would love to sit down at the piano and plunk away with Beth.

Character #4: Ramona Quimby

Ohhh, Ramona. One of my favorite characters that I’ve grown up reading about. I couldn’t leave her out this time. Ramona is so fun to watch grow up. She goes from being a wild child to thoughtful little girl as you read through all of her books. I imagine getting to know her more as the friend of one of my younger siblings. It would be fun to have Ramona over to do a craft project or maybe even decorate cookies. I think my younger siblings would love having Ramona as a friend.

Character #5: Holly Meridith

Holly is a bit less known book character, but she is one of my absolute favorite characters – Definitely a character I would like to run into on the street someday and if I did, I would invite her to chill at our local bakery and have a donut and coffee with me. Holly is dramatic which makes her so funny. She is also so relatable. Generally, she is a good friend and is willing to admit when she makes mistakes (after a while of course.). Oftentimes so many characters are perfect or too imperfect and Holly is the perfect in-between character- not too good and not bad either!

What are some of your favorite book characters? Let me know in the comments!

What I’m Reading

I can’t remember a time I wasn’t reading a book. I learned to read when I was really young because I just sat in on my older sister’s school. We played together all the time before it was time for her to start school and my mom didn’t want me to feel left out so she got me the same workbooks as my sister thought I would just scribble in them. Instead, I surprised her by doing all the lessons. I sat with them for that whole year of school and just continued doing school with my older sister. Because of that there really isn’t a time I can remember where I couldn’t read!

In fact, reading inspired me to be a writer. Today, I shall share the books that I am reading this week. There are quite a few. (I never seem to be able to only read one book at a time!!)

I also wanted to announce that a friend of mine, Karissa, just launched her blog and I would definitely recommend checking it out. There, you can find book reviews, articles, pieces of flash fiction, author interviews, and book recommendations. All focused on remembering the stories. You can check out her blog by clicking the link below.

The Storylight Blog

Onto the books!


The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall

Genre:

Realistic Fiction

Favorite Quote:

“Don’t kill her now, just when we’ve gone to all that trouble to rescue her.”

Why:

Just for fun

Thoughts:

This is the third time I’ve read this book, and wow. . .I love it more every time. The first time, I didn’t put it down. Literally. I love the characters in this book, the sisters and Jeffery seem so real. Their adventures. Their struggles. Just wow.

Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey

Genre:

Christian Literature

Favorite Quote:

“Faith means believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse.”

Why:

For school

Thoughts:

I normally don’t read nonfiction. But I have to read Disappointment with God for school. I was shocked when I was actually enjoying reading it. There are few books that will do that to me. I’ll start reading, thinking I would despise the book, but I end up loving it. I really enjoyed all personal stories and illustrations. Definitely a great read!

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Genre:

Historical Fiction

Favorite Quote:

“People are afraid of things they don’t understand.”

Why:

I heard my mom reading it to my younger sister for her school read-aloud and I couldn’t help myself. I had to start reading it again.

Thoughts:

This book is absolutely the best. I love the characters and the struggles. I love reading historical fiction in general but Elizabeth George Speare does an outstanding job with this piece. The characters are so real and I became so attached to them very early in the story. Kit is definitely someone you can’t feel sorry for her and her strength and pluck are encouraging. I would totally recommend reading it.

Side note: Karissa from Storylight blog did a book review on it and would definitely check it out.


Have you read any of these? What are you reading right now? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

P.S. I realized all of these are Sonlight books which is the homeschool curriculum we use. If you ever are looking for good book recommendations, I suggest checking out their website or book lists. Rarely am I disappointed with my reading assignments. =D

Interview with Juliet Marbelle

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appy Saturday everyone!! How are you doing? Today, we once again have a Marbelle sister guest for an interview — The one and only. . .

Juliet Marbelle!!

Last week, I did an interview with Abigail if you want to check it out; go here!

I hope you enjoy my interview with Juliet, but first I have a surprise. I was playing around with character collages, and I made one for Juliet:


Hello, Juliet! Welcome!

Hi! Thank you for having me! I am so happy to be here.

How are you doing today?

I am great! I am so excited for this interview. I have never done an interview before and I know this is going to be amazing.

How old are you?

11!

Do you have any pets?

We have a dog and two goldfish, but, I don’t have any pets that I don’t share with my sisters.

Ooh! How long have you been writing?

Even since I could hold a pencil and even before I could write I was always making up stories I would tell to my sister Abigail and then once my younger sisters could listen they became my audience.

What’s your favorite animal?

Ooh, I love dogs.

Dogs are fun animals! So, do you have any nicknames?

Actually, no.

Interesting! Do you have a favorite sister?

My younger sister (only by a year), Riley, I would have to say I am closest to her. Since we share a room and do a lot of things together.

What is your biggest fear?

Failing at becoming a published author.

Favorite color?

I love pink.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

Playing soccer, and playing with my sisters.

Favorite season?

I love spring!

Ooh, so do I. What is your dream?

To become a published author.

Well, Juliet, I think we better wrap this up. Thank you so much for the interview.

Your welcome!


Thanks for reading!

Question:

We’ve had six interviews so far, four Penderwicks and two Marbelle’s, which interview has been your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Have a great day!

Until next time,

Interview with Abigail from The Marbelles!

Last week, I mentioned that I would be doing interviews with my characters, The Marbelle Sisters. Well, that day is here!

Today, I’ll be featuring my interview with Abigail Marbelle.

Now, let’s get started!!


Hi Abigail! Welcome!!

Hello! Thank you!

What’s your favorite color?

I love the colors of the ocean.

Ooh, the colors of the ocean are beautiful. How many siblings do you have?

Four, I am the oldest!

What’s your favorite animal?

Dogs!

Dogs are fun! Do you like having sisters?

Yes, I love having sisters. There’s always someone to talk to and have fun with.

Do you have any pets?

Yep, my sisters and I have a dog, (I still need a name), and he’s the best. He’s so good with my little sister. And we have two goldfish, Sunny and Shine.

How old are you?

12!

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

Hmm, I don’t know! My sister, Lilia, and I have always wanted to go to Paris. For me, it would be art but I don’t know why she wants to go.

What school subject do you enjoy the most?

Art class, but that doesn’t count, does it? Probably History, I love learning new things.

Do you have nicknames?

Yes, I have quite a few nicknames, usually, my family and friends call me Abi.

Nice! Do you have hobbies

Yes, I like to draw and bake.

Baking is fun. Do you have friends?

Yes! I have a best friend, Ellen and then my younger sister and I are super close.

How is your relationship with your family?

Very good! I love my family! I have four younger sisters, I am the oldest, and we usually get along pretty well. We do have our problems though.

What’s your favorite thing to draw?

Ooh! I love drawing people. I’d love to try to draw a portrait of someone but, I’ve never even told anyone that I draw or showed anyone my art. I mean my family knows, but they just think of it as something I mess around with. But, I’d really like it to become more than that.

What is your favorite thing to bake?

Brownies!

What’s your biggest fear?

Losing my family. We are all so close and I don’t know what I would do without them.

Well, thank you for the interview, Abigail! I loved hearing about you and your sisters!

It was my pleasure! Thanks for having me!

Of course!


I hope you enjoyed reading! Looking forward to next Saturday’s post with another Marbelle guest!!

Have a great Saturday!

Until next time,

Interview with Batty from The Penderwicks

Can you guess what today is? Well, you probably can from the title of this post. It’s our interview with Batty from the Penderwicks! (If you just happened to stumble upon this post, you can check out the post that explains everything right here!)

Now, Batty is the youngest Penderwick which brings us to the conclusion that…she is our last Penderwick guest!

I have really enjoyed interviewing these sisters, and maybe sometime, I will bring the latter Penderwicks, Lydia, and Ben for interviews.

But for now, we still have one interview to do, so let’s get started!

Hello Batty! Welcome! We are so happy you are here.

Hi!

How are you doing today?

I am doing good, Ben and I saw Bugman today.

Who’s Ben and who’s Bugman?

Ben is our neighbor, he lives next door, with Iantha. And Bugman is Bugman.

Interesting. What is your favorite color?

Gray, because it is the color of my favorite stuffed animal.

How old are you?

Four.

What is your favorite toy?

My stuffed animals or the red wagon Aunt Claire just gave me.

Aww, stuffed animals are fun. Do you have a favorite stuffed animal?

Funty, the Elephant.

What is your favorite animal?

Dogs, I love Hound.

What do you like to do?

Play with Ben and Hound and my red wagon and spy on Bugman.

Do you have a favorite sister?

Maybe Rosalind?

I know you are young but, do you play any sports?

No, but Nick says I have “Undeveloped athletic ability,” but I don’t think so though.

What is your favorite food?

Pizza

if you could only choose one, which topping would you put on your pizza?

Pineapple

Do you like stories and books?

Yes, Rosie or Daddy always tell me stories before I go to bed.

Stories are very fun! I love al love all of them. I think that was my last question. Thank you so much for the interview, Batty!

Your welcome. Goodbye.

I hope you enjoyed reading my interview with Batty!

I am looking forward to next week when I’ll be doing an interview with my character, Penny Marbelle from my novel, The Marbelle’s at Camp Wild-Waters.

Have a happy Saturday!

Until next time,

Interview with Rosalind from The Penderwicks!

ℍ𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕪 𝕊𝕒𝕥𝕦𝕣𝕕𝕒𝕪!

Once again, I have a Penderwick sister to interview! And this time it is the one and only. . . . .

Rosalind Penderwick!

I am sure we will have fun chatting with Rosalind! One thing before we start, if you missed last week’s post, you can check it out here!

Shall we begin?


Welcome, Rosalind! Thank you for taking the time to talk with us.

My pleasure! I am happy to be here.

I am glad. Shall we get started? How are you today?

Yes! I am doing wonderful, thank you.

That’s wonderful! How is school going? Do you have a favorite subject?

School is going well, I started Latin this year. Daddy speaks it all the time and I desperately want to be able to understand it. I don’t really have a favorite subject.

Ooh! Learning Latin sounds interesting. What is your favorite color?

Pink, I would say.

Pink is a very pretty color. What are your hobbies?

I spend a lot of time with my best friend, Anna. And then I like to bake and do things with my sisters.

Baking is always fun. Do you have a favorite thing to bake?

Brownies!

What is the best thing that happened to you in the past year?

I am sure if you asked Jane and Skye this question you got the same answer, but, I’ll tell you it anyway. The past summer at Arendale. It was so wonderful but heartbreaking in a way.

Oh, that sounds wonderful and terrible. I think that can be true about a lot of experiences. Do you play any sports?

No, I leave that to Skye and Jane. Except, I am pretty good at most sports, thanks to Nick, even though I don’t play.

Who’s Nick?

He’s our neighbor. He’s always putting us through football and basketball drills. He has a dreadfully annoying brother though. Anyway, he’s probably the reason for my athletic skills.

He sounds fun. What is your typical day like?

I get up, help Daddy make breakfast, go to school, come home from school, and on my way home pick up Batty from Goldie’s Daycare, make Batty a snack, and that’s pretty much it. My life isn’t really interesting at the moment.

The glamourous life of a 12-year-old. I totally understand. Do you like having sisters?

I love it, most of the time at least.

I get that. The last question, have you ever been in love?

.…Well, I thought I was. I’m not going to go into detail but, it didn’t turn out well. That’s what made Arendale so wonderful but heartbreaking.

Oh, interesting. Thank you so much for the interview, Rosalind, I loved chatting with you.

Thank you! It was my pleasure.


I hope you all enjoyed reading my interview with Rosalind!

Next week, I will be featuring my last interview with the Penderwicks. The one and only, Batty Penderwick.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions for next week’s interview with Batty!

Until next time,

𝚃𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚃𝚑𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚍𝚊𝚢!

𝙷𝚊𝚙𝚙𝚢 𝚃𝚑𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚍𝚊𝚢!

𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚜 𝚠𝚎𝚎𝚔, 𝙸 𝚊𝚖 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚗𝚔𝚏𝚞𝚕 𝚏𝚘𝚛:

  1. Friends


    Last night, my youth group and I raked leaves for a widow in my church. I am thankful for my friends that were able to help get that job done quickly.
  1. Books

    I read so much. I don’t know what I would do with out books. I love everything about them. Might be why I write them. 😂
  1. The Young Writers Workshop

    The Young Writers Workshop is an amazing program for young writers. I’ve been part of it for only five months, and I have learned so much. It is such a blessing. It has helped me grow so much as a writer, but also as a person.

What three things are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Interview with Jane from The Penderwicks!

Happy Saturday!

And since it’s a Saturday, can you guess what today is? Another interview with one of The Penderwick sisters!! If you didn’t read last Saturday’s post, you check it out here.

Today, our Penderwick guest is. . . . . . Jane!!!!


Welcome, Jane!

Hello! Thank you for having me!

My pleasure! Last week, Skye mentioned to us, that you were a writer. Would you mind telling us about your writing?

I’d be thrilled to tell you about Sabrina Star! Everyone at home just ignores me and gets bored when I start talking about her. But, sometimes, I just can’t help talking. What would you like to know?

How many books have you written?

Well 3 so far, Sabrina Star Rescues a Boy, Sabrina Star rescues a cricket, Sabrina Star rescues a Hedge Hog, and I haven’t decided on the next one. The inspiration is just waiting to strike.

Wow! That’s interesting! What is your favorite part about writing?

Oh, I love everything about writing. Probably the imaginative part is what I like most. Being able to create my own world almost.

What’s your greatest desire?

To become a published author.

What’s your greatest fear?

I don’t know. . . Maybe losing my family or failing as a writer.

Is there anyone in your life you admire?

Any published author. . .

Is there a specific author that you admire? Do you have a favorite book?

Not really, just any author that has been published. Oh, I could never decide. That’s an impossible question, I can’t answer. There are too many amazing books in the world.

What are your hobbies?

Writing as you already know, reading a million books, and playing soccer.

What position do you play in soccer?

Striker and Skye plays defense.

Ooh! Nice! What is your favorite color?

Yellow it’s such a bright and pretty color.

What is your least favorite color?

Any dark colors, they are all so dreary.

I agree! What is your typical day life?

Well, I get up, eat breakfast, go to school, walk home from school with Skye, and write, read, do my homework or play with my sisters.

Do you have a favorite sister?

Oh, never, I could never have a favorite sister. We are all so close. I and Skye are probably the closest since we share a room and a soccer team. But, we are so different.

What is the worst thing that ever happened to you?

I don’t know. . . mommy dying, I guess

I am so sorry. That’s terrible. Skye mentioned that to us last week. One last question, what is the greatest thing that has ever happened to you?

Oh, it’s okay. We’re all used to it now. . . I really don’t know, my life has been wonderful. Last summer at Arendale was beyond amazing. I am sure Skye told you about that.

Yes, she did. But what about you, what was your favorite part?

Meeting Jefferey! He is such a wonderful friend. Except, now he’s in Boston at music school. But, it was still wonderful. I can’t wait to see him again.

That’s great! Summer vacations are always glorious. Well, thank you for the interview, Jane! It was lovely getting to know you better!

Thank you, it was my pleasure!


I hope you enjoyed reading! Stay tuned for next week’s interview with another Penderwick sister! (No sneak peek this time!)

Thanks for reading! Have a lovely Saturday!

Until next time,

Interview with Skye from The Penderwicks!

Hi friends!

For the next four weeks, I will be doing interviews with book characters! Now, as you have probably already guessed, they will be with The Penderwick sisters, from the series, The Penderwicks, written by Jeanne Birdsall, starting with Skye.

Let’s begin!

Welcome, Skye! How are you today?

Alright, but Jane, she’s my sister, is being so annoying. She keeps quoting lines from Sabrina Star, that’s the book series she is writing.

Sorry to hear about your siblings annoying you- I am very familiar with siblings having 7 of my own- 3 of them sisters. However, I am probably the annoying author sister although I do not quote lines from my books yet.

So I gather Jane is an author, do you like to write?

I do not like to write unless it is a science report.

What is your favorite sport?

Soccer! Jane and I are on the same team. And this year, I was elected captain.

Soccer is amazing! I play also. How long have you been playing?

Since I was seven.

What is your favorite subject in school?

Science. No, Math. Probably math. Wait! Maybe science. I can’t decide.

What is your least favorite subject?

English or History. One time, I had to write a play- a play can you imagine assigning that to a student? Anyways, not just any old play but it had to be based on the Aztecs. Well, Jane was sitting at her desk stumped by a science paper she had to write so we switched. As you may have guessed, we did not get away with it.

What is your favorite color?

Blue. Always has been always will be.

Can you tell me more about your family? How many siblings do you have? Do you have any pets?

Sure, I have three sisters, Rosalind, she’s the oldest, then I’m next, Jane’s a year younger than me, and Batty is the youngest. Yeah, we have a dog, named Hound.

What was the best thing that happened to you, in the past year?

Last summer at Arendale definitely tops the charts. Our vacation at Arendale was the best time I ever had. My dad rented a house for 3 weeks and it was just amazing. Jane and I made a new best friend, Jeffery- and it was life-changing having a boy for a friend when you spend all your time with three sisters. We played some amazing soccer, got into lots of trouble, and had some wonderful snacks made by Churchie, Jeffrey’s housekeeper.

It was so nice to get to know you better Skye. Thank you for your time!

If you would like to get to know Skye or any of the Penderwicks better, I suggest you start with their first book, The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

I hope you enjoyed reading my interview with Skye! Stay tuned for next week’s interview with Jane Penderwick!

Until next time,

Three Things Friday!

Hello friends!

Today’s post is Three Things Friday! With the topic of my books, specifically my favorite books. This is going to be hard to narrow down since I am constantly reading and finding new favorites. So, here are the three that I decided on.

  1. The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.

    I only read this book for the first time last week and I don’t know why I never read it before. It was so so good. And so inspiring! I loved Betsy’s outlook on life, how she always just kept going. Same with Corrie’s but Betsy personality really touched me.

    My favorite quote: “There are no “ifs” in God’s world.”
  2. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall.

    This one is hard was a hard decison. I wanted to include one Penderwick book, but I wasn’t sure which one. I love all of them so much! Finally, I decided on the second, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street because of how funny it is. In this book, especially, you can really feel how close the sisters are. That was one thing I specifically enjoyed about it. My siblings and I are all very close, so that reminded me of my siblings.


    Favorite Quote: “Even a tiny bit of deceit is dishonorable when it’s used for selfish or cowardly reasons.”
  3. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

    My mom first read this book to me in third-grade, and I loved it! Ever since then, I have read it at least once every year, sometimes twice. (If you haven’t noticed by now, I love to re-read books. Why read something only once?) I really enjoyed reading this one, the story is set in 1678, and I haven’t read very many books in that time-period, which made it interesting to see what life was like back then.

    Favorite Quote: “People are afraid of things they don’t understand.”

And there are my three favorite books for three things Friday! What are your favorite books?

Thank you for reading!

Until next time,

My seven favorite kids books

Hello friends!

Kids’ books are my favorite books to read and write! I think no matter what age you are you can still enjoy reading and learning lessons from them. These books are not just loved by me but by my entire family! Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. The Ramona Quimby Collection by Beverly Cleary.
    This 11 book series is such a fun and creative series. I’ve read it more than once and I still enjoy it even though I am older.
    My favorite quote:
    “I am going to say bad word. Guts! Guts! Guts!”
    Ramona the Brave
  2. The Henry Huggins Collection by Beverly Cleary.
    Another great book series with six books, and a boy for the main character. Be ready to laugh a lot! Henry gets himself into so many predicaments and it is enjoyable reading about his family and friends helping him get out of them.
    My favorite quote:
    “E-e-ek! A dog!” squealed the lady with the bag of apples. “Go away, doggie, go away!”
    Henry And Ribs
  3. Emily and Her Runaway Imagination by Beverly Cleary.
    This is the last book by Beverly Cleary on my list, but I love all of her writing. Emily’s Runaway Imagination is very funny book. Just to give a hint about Emily’s crazy antics, who would even try bleaching a horse? Emily would.
    My favorite Quote:
    “And now I’m going to find out how to get a library started.”
    Emily’s Runaway imagination
  4. From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil. E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
    I still love reading about Claudia’s and Jamie’s escape to The Metropolitan Museum. It will be a quick read and you will enjoy lots of laughs as you follow the escapades of the Kinkaid siblings.
    Favorite Quote: “The eyes are the windows of the soul…. If someone was to look into your eyes, what would you want them to see?”
    From the mixed of files of Mrs. Basil. E. Frankwiler
  5. The Penderwick Series by Jeanne Birdsall
    The Penderwick Series contains five books. I’ve read the entire series more than once and I like it better every time.
    My favorite quote (I like this one so much I’ve got two.):
    1. “Don’t kill her now, just when we’ve gone to all that trouble to rescue her,” said Jeffrey.”
    2. “This is what made a book great, she thought, that you could read it over and over and never get tired of it.”
    The Penderwicks
  6. The Boxcar Children written by Gertrude Chandler Warner.
    The first 19 books in this series are amazing but eventually the charm wears off as they became a ghost written series. However, it is additive and until the last few books had been published I had read every single one in the series. There is 157 books in the series now.
    Favorite Quote:
    “Yes,” Said Benny, “You know some people have funny veins, so, when they hear awfully good, suddenly they just drop down dead.”
    Surprise Island, book two in The Boxcar Children series.
  7. Gone-Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright.
    This is such an amazing book. Julian and Portia’s adventures keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole book. Like all the books I have read it more than once.
    Favorite Quote:
    “Now isn’t that nice!’ said the old lady. ‘If cousins are the right kind, they’re best of all: kinder than sisters and brothers, and closer than friends.”
    Gone away lake

These are just a few of my favorite middle-grade books! There are so many great ones that I couldn’t add to my list.
Don’t forget,

“Someday you’ll be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”
-C.S. Lewis.

That quote kind of goes along with what I said earlier. You can enjoy children’s books at any age.

I hope you enjoyed reading through my kids’ books! I loved reading all of these. If you haven’t read any of them I would definitely add them to your to-be-read list.

Thanks for reading!