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Show Us Your Books – Dec ’17

December 12, 2017

Ever since I started working at a bookstore, my desire to read more books has spiked! I feel like I’m on a roll but I’m actually not reading any faster than I already do. I just don’t have enough time in the day to read all that I want to! I haven’t done this linkup since September so I’ll include books between then and now!


Couldn’t Stop Reading

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Understanding Temple Symbols Through Scripture, History, and Art by Jack M. Lyon — Okay, so I could not read this book fast enough!!! I really enjoyed this book. It’s amazing to learn more about the history of LDS temples and their symbols. Growing up in the LDS Church, you learn about temples when you’re young, and that you want to go there someday. When you’re a little bit older (like teen years), you learn about the family history and work for the dead that goes on inside the temples. When you’re older (adulthood), you learn more about the covenants you make inside, with God, and your understanding becomes bigger and the explanations, reasons, symbols because better and greater. With this book, Jack not only takes the symbols of the temples physically, but the symbols of the covenants, rituals, marriage ceremony, ordinances, and even the temple clothing. I just feel like an entire branch grew on my understanding of the temple and what we learn inside! I am so impressed by this book! ★★★★★

Seek This Jesus by Neill Marriott — I love Neill. Neill Marriot is a former LDS General Authority. A Leader of the Young Women of the Church in the General Presidency as Second Counselor. She has a sweet accent and I almost couldn’t even read this book without hearing her voice say the words in my head. It’s brilliant. She shares her story of conversion. She’s from the south and learning about her life/growing up before joining the LDS Church is really inspiring. I love learning about other faiths, and the lives that others live in their faiths. I know a lot of growing up in the Mormon Faith (LDS faith) because I am a member of the LDS Church, so I really enjoy books like these. Neill experiences many things that a lot of people experience today but explains it in a way that isn’t your average conversion story. Hers is her very own, and I loved all of it. Her faith in God is strong and incredible. Definitely contagious and I just hope that I can have faith like her in my life! ★★★★★


Fine Reads

 

Cheers to Eternity: Lessons We’ve Learned on Dating and Marriage by Al & Ben Carraway — I read Al’s first book, The Tattooed Mormon, and I really loved it! I wasn’t sure what this book was going to be about, but I wanted to read it! This was a really cute book. It’s fun to see how other people see the importance of marriage, God and learning together. I don’t know much about Ben, so it was cool to get to know him a little at the beginning of the book. They share the same love I have for the Temple so the last chapter of the book was my very favorite. Cute and fun read! ★★★★

A Season of Love: A Christmas Anthology by Carla Kelly — I really, really loved this book! The cutest short stories about love and happiness. This is literally my kind of book, short and sweet :) I love romance novels, especially when they are clean novels. Probably why I really like reading Young Adult books too! Mary and Jo’s story is probably my favorite so far. There’s just something about service, genuine love, and a happy ending that makes my heart melt. Okay, but I also REALLY love Mary Ann and Thomas’ love story. Something about it was just soooo perfect. Gosh. The service, genuine care, and amazing example really lifted my spirits! Loved Beth too, she’s such a cutie a pie. This story also really humbled me and made me realize that I can be grateful for anything!! I should express it often. The last story was hard to get into, so I stopped reading it halfway. So although I didn’t “finish” the book, I just wasn’t interested in finishing. ★★★


Did Not Finish/Still Reading

One by One by David A. Bednar — I’m still trying to get through this one. A LOT of scripture! This is a new book by Elder David A. Bednar. I really like him as a speaker, he’s great! hardcover, free copy in exchange for review

Embracing the Broken by Tiffany Webster — Tiffany is just amazing! I’m still reading this one and I just want to cry after every chapter. I feel so understood for the first time in my whole life. I set the bar pretty high for myself, no matter what I do in life. I’m always striving for perfection because I believe I should deliver nothing but that—perfection. It’s a really good book! paperback, free copy in exchange for review 


 

New Reads!

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December 6, 2017

Who can be mad waking up to this every morning?

It has been quite some time since I have done this linkup! But I’m excited to share with you what I’m currently up to!

Lighting /// Wishing that I could light some of my fancy smell-good candles that I got months ago from Bath & Body Works. Like, I’m pretty sure I got all of them at the beginning of summer. Haha!! Other than that, I’m watching Christmas tree lights and decorations turn on at night time here! It’s beautiful and it makes me love Christmas time even more!

Spending /// NOTHING. Haha, let’s just say I’ll be buying very few Christmas gifts and just enjoying the holidays with family. We’re trying to save up our money’s annnnnnnd pay off debt :( Bleh! Debt sucks. But living like no one else so later, we can live like no one else… bittersweet. Haha!!

Choosing /// I am choosing to read books over watching tv. I am choosing my husband over other friendships/relationships. I am choosing God each morning to help me feel less anxious and depressed during the day. I am choosing to make my emotional state better than it would probably be. I am choosing to choose instead of letting other factors choose for me.

Sending /// CHRISTMAS CARDS!!! I’ll be sending Christmas cards very soon! I’m probably already late to the game but who cares, everyone loves Christmas cards!! If you want one, be sure to fill out this form here! I’m also sending love to those affected by the fires going on in California, or anyone who may be struggling at this time in their life. The holiday season can be such a blessing and a delightful time but we mustn’t forget that for some, it’s not that way.

Singing /// Oh gosh, I am singing ALL the things. Let’s see here, I’m totes in love with I Could Use a Love Song by Maren Morris, Five More Minutes by Scotty McCreery, Yours by Russell Dickerson, Hurricane by Luke Combs, Love So Soft and I Don’t Think About You by Kelly Clarkson (because she’s faaaavvveeee), ILYSoWhat by Hannah Ellis, High School by Kelsea Ballerini, What Ifs by Kane Brown, Sorry Not Sorry by Demi Lovato, Lady Antebellum’s new cd, basically anything off of Danielle Bradbery’s new cd I Don’t Believe We’ve Met, I am listening to Taylor Swift’s new cd reputation, and still trying to find my love for it.

Also, I guess I’m a country fan. Haha!! Anyway, you have any new hip stuff you’re singing (and listening to) that I haven’t listed? Share in a comment below!! 

There’s been a lot of changes going on so watching for a little bit of that post soon! Xoxo

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A Season of Love: A Christmas Anthology

November 1, 2017

I really, really loved this book! The cutest short stories about love and happiness. This is literally my kind of book, short and sweet :) I love romance novels, especially when they are clean novels. Probably why I really like reading Young Adult books too! Mary and Jo’s story is probably my favorite so far. There’s just something about service, genuine love, and a happy ending that makes my heart melt. Okay, but I also REALLY love Mary Ann and Thomas’ love story. Something about it was just soooo perfect. Gosh. The service, genuine care, and amazing example really lifted my spirits! Loved Beth too, she’s such a cutie a pie. This story also really humbled me and made me realize that I can be grateful for anything!! I should express it often.

Carla Kelley is a really good writer and I’m so glad I had a chance to read and review this book of hers! I’m not familiar with English terms so I’m definitely going to have to keep researching what certain phrases or words mean. Either way, it was a fantastic book! If you are looking for something short, small, simple, and sweet, this is your kind of book! Get it now by clicking the link below!

Happy reading!

Show Us Your Books — September ’17

September 12, 2017

Man! Has life been crazy busy or what? I had so much going on in August and now I feel like things are about to slow down just a little bit. I’ve got a few new books to get reading and some that I’ve been wanting to read for a really long time, now. Let’s take a look!


Couldn’t Stop Reading

Love on Pointe by Tiffany Odekirk — I reaaaalllyyy super loved this book. It’s LDS Young Adult Fiction and I TOTALLY love that. It was perfect in every way. I loved every word. I ate it up in 2 days. I la la la la la love Emmy and Rhys. How they meet is kind of ironic. Not in a negative way. But it’s cute. I wish there were going to be sequels! Definitely can’t wait to read more by this author! *Clean/healthy romance, paperback/library checkout


Fine Reads

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Back to the Heart by Sky Corgan — I’m giving 4 stars because of the insane shocking twist to the story almost at the end and I just couldn’t handle it. You’ll have to read the entire thing to find our for yourself!! *Sexual scenes/content, eBook/Amazon purchase

Cultivate by Lara Casey — This book was a fine read. It wasn’t a terrible read, just not what I hoped it would be. Her first book was incredible! I had high hopes for this one, and while I did high light some things she said, I wasn’t completely impressed. I sort of felt like she repeated the same concept over and over, just in a different way. Don’t get me wrong, LOVE Lara, just not as impressed with this book. eBook in exchange for honest review


Did Not Finish/Still Reading

 

None currently on the list.


NEW READS!

Show Us Your Books — September '17 by Built Upon the Rock

One by One by David A. Bednar — I’m excited to read this one. I had a bad attitude about it when I got to chapter 2 so I’m going to start over and try to keep my mind open while I read it. This is a new book by Elder David A. Bednar. I really like him as a speaker, he’s great! hardcover, free copy in exchange for review

Cheers to Eternity by Ben and Al Carraway — I read Al’s first book, More Than the Tattooed Mormon, and I suuuuuper loved it! This is her second book and her husband wrote it with her! I have no idea what it will be like but I’m excited to find out! eBook, free copy in exchange for review

Embracing the Broken by Tiffany Webster — If you haven’t watched Tiffany’s Hope Works speech, you need to do that now! It’s amazing and I’ve been following Tiffany ever since. I was super excited to join her community in preparation for the release of this new book she’s written! I’m super excited to read it! paperback, free copy in exchange for review


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