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#collaboreads: A Brand New Book

The brand new book I chose to read this month is called Seek This Jesus by Neill Marriott. The cover surely caught my attention and I knew I had to read it for myself.

It’s phenomenal. It’s absolutely amazing! Neill shares so much of her life in this book. She shares the life she had while attending a Methodist church in the south, to feeling forgotten by God, to joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). I just am in awe at her journey!

My favorite part of the book are pages 69 – 73. She shares the story of her daughter who passed away from getting hit by a car. But it’s the way she talks about staying connected to God, grieving and what each year felt like when it came to connecting with God and grieving her loss.

I think it left an impression on me, obviously because my dad passed away and I’m still grieving so bad. But I don’t think I’ve ever had someone describe grieving the way she does in those pages. The transitions and how each year passing is different but she grew closer to God each year.

I am just certain that everyone needs to own this book. I wouldn’t necessarily say anybody who isn’t LDS wouldn’t enjoy it, but it is centered around God, and Jesus Christ. Their love for us and a woman’s story. I give it 5 stars! 

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Currently Reading

I took a few pictures of some new books that I added to my currently-reading bookshelf. At work we have an “employee library,” where we can “check out” books and take them home for up to two weeks and then we have to bring them back so that someone else can have a turn reading that book. I’m absolutely in love with the idea, and so excited to squeeze in some more reading during my free time. These books are all pretty quick reads which are the perfect kind of books for me! Though I’m still trying to brave reading through Harry Potter #4. I’ve never read past book three so wish me luck!

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Anyway, here are the books I’m currently reading:

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I’m pretty excited to be reading these books.

What are you currently reading?

In the coming year

I’m excited for the coming year. I’ve got some ideas of things I’d like to start doing more, maybe some things I’d like to learn. One thing in particular that I’d like to start doing is reading more books. I don’t like to have regrets, but I wished I would’ve picked up a love for reading when I was younger. There’s so many books that I want to read and never enough time! With the new year and new schedule, I’m hoping to make more time to do so!

I’ve got over 500 books on my TBR list.. not sure that I’ll ever get through them all but I’d LOVE to start reading more of them. I’d love to start reading different genre’s. Many bloggers/book reviewers that I follow read so many different kinds of books and it inspires me to do the same! I’ve always stuck with my normal LDS, Young Adult clean romance novels but I’d love to branch out and learn so much more. I am LDS so it’s obvious that my go-to books are definitely LDS based and I’ve never been one to care for much more than YA romance, YA fiction, LDS fiction/non-fiction, murder-mystery/mystery, self-help, etc. We’ll see what I get to!

I also have some goals to get more familiar with my Silhouette CAMEO 3 machine. I can’t seem to figure out the darn thing. Haha! Anyone have some awesome resources or tutorials they loved? Send them my way. I don’t have anything particular that I want to create… actually, maybe I do. PLANNER STICKERS!! You know, those cute stickers people make for the Erin Condren planners and stuff? I have some personal planner sticker ideas that I want to try and make. Wish me luck!

I’d also love to start a garden. Probably just a flower garden because let’s be real…. I won’t eat anything you can grow (at least, that most people grow). Maybe grapes, or…. actually, idk. Haha!! I also can’t wait to get a dog or two again. B and I have decided to adopt this time, through the Humane Society (wherever our local one is). I’m excited! A lot of upkeep but we miss our first dog so much. SO much!

Show Us Your Books — September ’17

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!

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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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Show Us Your Books – July ’17

I’m trying to be better about my expectations when it comes to reading. I feel like I have to finish each book that I start to read. It is so dumb because I hate doing that. Some books just don’t interest me like others. I need to stop caring so much and just read what I love and want to and be happy with my pace.


Couldn’t Stop Reading

Worth the Wrestle by Sheri Dew – I finally finished this book and hands down, making it on my top 10 books list. It is so perfectly written for our day in age and it exceeded my expectations. I saved so many quotes and had so many sticky notes in it. Sheri Dew isn’t afraid to tell it like it is all the while sharing her personal experiences that are the same as we experience today. It’s so nice to see a Church leader share those same feelings with us.


Fine Reads

The Burnout Cure by Julie de Azevedo Hanks – I didn’t finish this book. It was a good read, and I had been at it for a year but towards the end I just didn’t care to finish it. The whole workbook idea just really makes me want to read the book less but she has incredible insight. It wasn’t a terrible book but I obviously didn’t read it in a day.


Did Not Finish/Still Reading

Cultivate by Lara Casey – I really like this book. Though I am starting to feel like her thoughts are repetitive but written in different ways. I will definitely finish this because I love Lara’s books and I know this one is great! eBook

Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley – I’ve only read a few pages but it seems like it’s going to be a good book! It is a workbook and that tends to keep me from finishing the book so I hope I can stick with this one! hardbound book

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter just celebrated 20 YEARS! That’s so awesome!!! :) I haven’t picked this book up in a while because I’ve been trying to read other books but I might just read this one because it’s different than all of the self-help/religious books I’ve been reading/trying to read. Harry Potter never disappoints!


New Reads!

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