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!

Monthly Review: March 2022

Hello, friends!

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Happy April! Today, I bring you my Monthly Review for March. I hope you enjoy reading!

Writing

As writing goes, my friend Anna and I finished the project we’ve been working on for months now called Love Times Two – It’s a little over 10K, which was about the word count we were aiming for. As of right now, we’re working on editing. We may indie-publish it later down the road, but we’ll see. This project has been so much fun to write, and I am blessed to have such an amazing co-author. ❤

I’ve finally made some progress in my main work in progress (WIP), The Bensons – I’ve been trying to get the motivation to just sit down and write on this project, and I finally did that. I wrote almost 5K on it the past two weeks. (Which is a low word count for me, but I’m getting somewhere I think!)

I finished my article for The Young Writer Blog and submitted it! Right now, I’m just waiting for it to be published, I’m hoping it will be sometime this month, but we’ll see. That’s been a lot of fun and hard work to write, but I’ve really enjoyed the process.

That wraps up writing for this month!

Reading

I’ve done a lot of reading this month again; I just got some books from the Library too when my younger siblings went to get their library cards. A few of my favorite books from this month:

The Line Tender by Kate Allen

This book was amazing! A friend recommended it to me a few months ago, and I finally got around to reading it.

The wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken

I had to read this for school; I was kind of dreading reading it because I haven’t enjoyed a lot of the books I’ve had to read this year, but wow. I was wrong! This book might be one of my new favorites, at least one of my favorite middle-grade mysteries. If you’re looking for another historical fiction, middle-grade mystery, this book is for you. I also really enjoyed the audiobook version of it too.

the teacher’s funeral by Richard Peck

This book was really hilarious in a lot of different ways, but with a good plot too. Like The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, I was not expecting to enjoy this, but once again, I surprised myself and I did! Apparently, I need to slow down in my judging books by their covers, yes?

Annie’s war by Jacqueline Levering Sullivan

I’m not yet finished with this one but I’ve really enjoyed it so far. It has a really interesting plot, and it carries an intriguing message. I’m really excited to finish it and see how it ends.

Doing

Goodness, a lot happened in March! A few highlights:

Our trip to Lutsen! This was a super fun trip, and it was such a blessing to be able to go and ski there again. You can check out my blog post on it if you want to hear about it more.

We also had our last ski trip of the season too! We snuck in one more trip the week after we went to Lutsen, it was so slushy; there were puddles at the end of a lot of the runs, but I guess that’s what it’s like when you ski in the Midwest in March. :p By the end of the day, we were skiing with no gloves – And Malachi and Tyler, our cousin, skied in short-sleeved shirts the whole day. It was so warm!

We made pretzels one afternoon which was quite fun! I’d been wanting to bake them again for a while, and I finally got my chance.

All the younger kids enjoyed helping roll them out and getting them into pretzel shapes.

Ahh, they turned out amazing! Some of them lost shape in the baking soda bath, but other than that, they were great. We used this recipe in case anyone is looking for a good pretzel recipe.

I’ve also helped a lot with tapping trees for making syrup! I’ve already done two posts on this, so I’m not going to go into detail. You can read Part One here, and Part Two here. (Keep an eye out for the third and final post coming up along with signs ups for the syrup give-away.)

It’s been awfully cold the past few days, we’ve gotten a lot of rain, snow, and hail, with few sunny days. One time we had all four of them together! The weather here can be so weird at times. But the cold weather hasn’t discouraged my younger siblings from getting out their bikes. I even have had to face the cold because I was so tired of being in the house all the time. So Mercy and I have taken a lot of walks, and there has been multiple soccer games and capture the flag too.

I wrote a lot of letters this month too, around 10 I think. I also got a second penpal too which is super fun.

I got a new set of watercolors too which have been a lot of fun to try out too. :’D

That’s about it! I ended up having a very busy March, hopefully, April will be slower, but I doubt that with Track starting up for my older siblings. 😜

How did your March go? Have you ever baked soft pretzels? What’s the weather like where you are, do you have Spring or are you still waiting?

Thanks so much for reading, friends! ❤

Monthly Review: February 2022

**Note: My newsletter once again decided to send while I was still working on sending it and I didn’t want the email to be sending you all to a broken link which is why this is out so early. I’ll get back to my normal schedule next week. Thanks for putting up with me and my tech problems. =D**

Hello, friends!

Happy March! I thought it might be fun if I did a post to recap February so that’s what we will be doing today. 😀

Writing

We are going to start with a update on my writing and how it’s going this year.

Well, I am almost finished with my outline for one of my projects The Bensons (Title subject to change) and I am super excited to start writing that.

I’ve also been working on a project I am co-authoring with my friend, Anna, which we are almost done with which is super exciting! It’s a novelette that we’ve been working on for a few months now, and we’re both really excited to be finished it. It’s one of my favorites out of all the stories I’ve written.

I’ve also been working on writing an article for The Young Writer Blog which has been fun, and a lot of work too. But I’m excited to get published on there.

That’s about it for what I’ve been writing. =D

READING

I’ve read a lot this month! More than I thought I would. Overall this year, I’ve read 18 books which makes me happy. I’ve enjoyed having more time to read and reading more.

A few of my favorites from this month. . .

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

I’ve actually read this one twice this year, once right at the beginning, and then I read it again a few days ago. Don’t ask me why I like rereading things so much, but I do. 😆

The Giver by Lois Lowry


I finished this one in a day. 😅 I really enjoyed the story, which suprised me because I don’t usually like books that are dystopian or sci-fi. The ideas it suggested were definitely uncomftarble, but overall, I loved it.

Needle and Thread by Ann M. Martin (Book #2 in the Main Street series)

Ahh, I love this series and book so much. The characters and everything about it. . .it’s such a sweet story, yet it’s so sad.

The Holly’s Heart Collection by Beverly Lewis

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I’ve read it at least 5 times. Anyway, I loved reading it again this month.

That wraps up what I’ve been reading this month.

Doing

And I have done a lot this month, some of which I posted about it, and some of it I haven’t. A few random photos from this month, and what I have done. . .

We went skiing six times in February which was super fun. Once we were able to go night skiing and that was awesome.

We’ve had so many gorgeous sunsets this month. :’D I love watching the sun set. ❤

My brother got a drone for Christmas! He enjoyed flying it around (and trying to fly it at us. 😂).

My younger brothers, Luke, and Levi, had the brilliant idea to go play in the mud behind our house. And they convinced me to come along. . .Let me just say my boots were nearly spotless before we started. But that was definitely a highlight from this month.

While we were playing in the mud, they also decided that it would be a good idea to try to go sledding in it. And they picked me as the first contestant. Lucky me. :’D

Ooh, there’s a rainbow in this puddle! Getting all muddy was definitely worth all the fun we had that afternoon.

There’s been a lot of different weather this month, from the weather in the 50s to below zero some days. We got two snowstorms and have had a lot of sunshine. I’ve enjoyed having the nicer weather after so much winter.

This is my science. =D

I’ve done so much school the past few weeks. I know I am going to appreciate getting done early but it seems like a lot right now.

We decorated cupcakes twice this month. Once for a family celebration, and then again for an activity at Church.

I’ve also been working on my bullet journal, and I finished my 2022 spreads (I’m hoping to do a post sharing them soon!) and my March spreads. I’ve really enjoyed bullet journaling so far.

I put together an art binder (I need to come up with a better name) for all my art supplies. (I’m also planning a post about that soon but here’s a sneak peek.)

How did your February go? Did you do anything special?

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.