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Show Us Your Books – April ’17

April 11, 2017

Show Us Your Books - April '17 by Ashley Ziegler

So I don’t read books very fast. Like, I take my sweet time. I don’t know why. Usually if I do it’s because I’m just not interested in what the book has to offer. Which is really sad.

Right now I am reading the St. James series by Jamie Beck. I read the first book quickly and the second book REALLY fast. I was hoping the second book would be the same story as the first but it’s not. And it looks like the third isn’t the same as either 1 or 2. I’m kind of bummed but these books have sucked me in!!

I’m super into YA books. Not sure why. But I am. Haha

I’m currently reading: The Burnout Cure by Julie Hanks, Worth the Risk by Jamie Beck and I want to read: Broken for Good by Rebecca Jones and Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. I’m trying not to put too many books on my currently reading shelf but I want to read different genre’s too!

What are you reading this month?

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Blog tour Book Review: ‘Growing Up with Conference’

March 31, 2017

Blog Tour Book Review: 'Growing Up with Conference' by Ashley Ziegler

Blog Tour Book Review: 'Growing Up with Conference' by Ashley ZieglerWhen I received the email that this book was in the blog tour for March, I jumped right on board. I looooooove General Conference and I had so much fun growing up. When I was young, we played conference bingo. We created our own cards with our own words and put an m&m on each square. When we heard a word that was written in a square of ours, we could eat the m&m!! Some years it was skittles but my family stuck with m&m’s!

I don’t have any children but this book has MANY fabulous ideas. I can’t wait to try some when I’m a mom. Heck, I might steal one of my nephews during conference just to do some of these fun things!! I definitely think you can turn some of these into activities you do with your spouse if you don’t have children. Fantastic book, so many great ideas and they’re all focused on General Conference and involved your family. I love this time of year!


**Disclaimer: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.



Book Review: Quitter by Jon Acuff

March 19, 2017

Quitter: Turning Your Job into a Dream and Your Dream into a Job by Jon Acuff★★★★★

Book Review: Quitter by Jon Acuff by Ashley ZieglerLast November/December, I was contemplating quitting my job and taking photography full-time. Obviously there were a lot of things that needed to be done in order to make this possible. It was really hard and I just wanted to make the jump already but knew that financially, we just weren’t able to make that happen yet. My friend Rachel recommended this book and I’d heard of it a few times but my attitude towards it was not the greatest. I finally ordered the eBook edition on my Kindle Fire and began reading. It was so good I couldn’t put it down. It wasn’t the average self-help/business book but the experiences he shared, the thoughts he shared were just incredible. Everything he taught, he had an experience in his life to relate it too which was really nice to read. Sometimes you can get a list of 5 things to do to quit your job but nobody actually relates to it. This book is great for anyone, especially those who just want to quit their job to fulfill their dream job! I give it 5 stars! Fantastic read!

More Than the Tattooed Mormon | Al Fox Carraway Book Review

September 8, 2016

More Than the Tattooed Mormon | Al Fox Carraway Book ReviewI finished reading this book back in June but totally forgot to leave a review on my blog! I’m excited to tell you my thoughts on this book. Hopefully this won’t sound creeper status or not BUT I have seen Al in person before, and each time I have been waaaaaay to nervous to say anything. I just didn’t want to make a big deal, especially in the environment we were in. ANYWAY, my dad always told me to just say hi and that she’s really nice. (I’m still too scared) but after following her on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and now having read her book, I have no doubt that she is probably the sweetest person! Maybe one day I’ll say hi. HA

I thought that this was going to be sort of a biography, or just telling her conversion story. Which is never a bad thing, but it ended up being so much more than that. I have read pretty frequently on Twitter about her amazing story and how she shares it at so many speaking events. But I’ve never actually heard the story, word for word, from Al herself.

This book is amazing. I really enjoyed reading about her life, how the conversion process came about, her time with the missionaries, her trials, her family, her choices… everything! its what makes her, her. BUT what I loved most about this book is that she not only shares her story and how she became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but she shares scriptures and thoughts. Right in the middle of a thought! Never once does she not somehow apply her writings to the gospel.

I learned so much from her just from her book. There definitely were some things that she said that specifically touched my heart, but this is a fantastic book all around. A lot of people judge her, call her names, shame the church on allowing someone who “looks” like her to join the church. JUST READ HER BOOK. Seriously. You want to get to know a person, why she joined the church and why they accepted her… read her book. Then call the missionaries.


Disclaimer: I did not receive free product in exchange for a book. I purchased a copy myself and all opinions are my own.