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Show Us Your Books – June ’17

June 13, 2017

I only read 2 books according to Goodreads but I feel like I read much more than that! Haha, I guess I only finished two books but read in so many!

Show Us Your Books - June '17 by Built Upon the Rock

Couldn’t Stop Reading

» 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin – Wow! I have been dying to read this book for a long time… wow! When I added it to my Goodreads “currently reading” list, I noticed there were A LOT of terrible reviews about this book. It was sad because after watching Amy’s TED talk, I couldn’t wait to jump in. I signed up for Audible and used one of my credits to get the audio for this book. I could not stop listening to it. I’m pretty sure I listened to it in like 2 or 3 days. It’s definitely not something I haven’t heard of before but I did learn a lot of new things. I need to go back through the physical book and take notes and stuff. FANTASTIC read. Audible and hardcover, own

» Worth the Risk (St. James #3) by Jamie Beck – I la la la la la la la la LOVED this book. Best story of the three book series. Like hands down, by far it beats #1 and #2. Jackson is so incredible, and Gabby is like.. the calm to his storm. Their love story is just perfect and heart-wrenching but happy at the same too! I felt like much more was involved which is what made the story so rich! Five stars for sure! Amazon Kindle Fire eBook, own

Fine Reads

none this week

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Did Not Finish/Still Reading

» Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – You guys. I promise I’m going to finish this one THIS month. I swear it. I went on vacation in May and I got so much reading done in this book. I’m really proud of myself for making it this far! Haha *insert monkey-covering-eyes emoji*

» Worth the Wrestle by Sheri Dew – This book is SO FREAKEN GOOD. Sheri Dew is the CEO of Deseret Book which is a book company that sells Christian/Mormon-related goods like this book. She is so good at discussing God and the importance of trusting in Him during the good and the ugly. I just cannot say enough good things about this book. I wish I could share every quote but then I’d be sharing the entire book. It’s so good!!

» The Burnout Cure by Julie de Azevedo Hanks – This book was really good when I first started reading it and I haven’t read it in a very long time. I need to quickly finish this one up after I read Worth the Wrestle (see above).

New Reads!

 Show Us Your Books - June '17 by Built Upon the Rock

» The Healing Code by Alexander Loyd – A good friend of mine recommended this book to me and I’m SO excited to dive into it! I know nothing about it or the author so I can’t wait to share more next time!

» Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley – I’ve been putting off reading this book for a while now. Not really sure why but I have. Emily Ley is a really great person and her planners are incredible! I’m just sure this book is going to be amazing!

» So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport – My team at work is reading this book together. We discuss it every Friday and so far, nobody is really liking this book :/ I guess I’ll see how it goes!

» Cultivate by Lara Casey – Wow, just wow. This book is incredible already and I’m only 50 pages in!! I loved Lara’s first book and this one is no disappointment either. I can’t wait to finish reading it!

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#collaboreads | A Book That Became a Movie

May 24, 2017

I am joining in on the #collaboreads linkup and I’m so excited. I love reading! This month’s choice was a book that became a movie. I was already 80 pages into reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so since that book became a movie, I decided that would be my choice for this linkup!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter #3)

This is the edition I have.

I have never ever read Harry Potter. I’ve seen all of the movies sure, but I’ve never read the books. I get really intimidated with how thick the books get but I want to get over that and just read the series!! What is your favorite Harry Potter book?

Riveting. What part of the book could you NOT get enough of? The very beginning! I loved how I was able to pay more attention to the signs/ques of things that wouldn’t come until the end of the book. Seeing the movies before reading definitely has its perks but so much happened that wasn’t in the movies!

Elements. How did you relate to/care for the characters? What’s your thought on the plot line and twists and turns? I feel like I relate most to Ron, considering his big family and being a young one of the children. The hand-me-downs are literally my life. Haha!! Harry Potter has the perfect plot line. I can’t wait to read the next! Sometimes I feel like the twists and turns are like, “UGH. I REALLY HATE THAT. But whatever, it has to happen, let’s move on.”

Associate. What other books are like this one? If none, did it remind you of a particular TV or movie with it’s themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line-up with things going on in your life or the news right now? There aren’t any books quite like the Harry Potter books, and I don’t really relate it to my life other than life comes with trials and that’s that!

Design. You know you judged this book by the cover. What did you think of it? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? And the font and layout of the pages? I definitely purchased the book with this cover (see image above) because it is WAY better looking than the original covers. Like so much better.

Stars. How many out of five do you give this book? Would you recommend this book to a friend? I give this book 5 stars, obvi. I would love to recommend this to a friend but that’s why I’m reading it because all of my friends recommended it to me!! Ha


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Next months collab is, “A Book You Can Finish in One Day.”
I have no idea where to find a book like this but I’m pretty sure I’ve got one somewhere!! :)



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!

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Currently – April 2017

April 5, 2017


I missed last month but I’m back at it again! :) Here’s what I’m up to!

accomplishing | I’m accomplishing a lot of tasks at work, helping with small projects. Work has been going really great this last month and that makes me happy!

feeling | really happy but I’m also hurting for my dad. So far April has been really good to me, and I hope it stays that way. I’ve been working really hard to remember to take all of my medication at their specific times each day and that has been helping with my mood A LOT. Missing dad? That will just be for the rest of my life. I have so many things I could say to him right now! I’m so glad our family is eternal.


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needing | literally everything. Ha! I am needing some company while I pack our little apartment away. I am needing to slow down and just relax when I get home. I need to finish read this book and this book, I’ve been at it for too long. I need to go to the gym, just got a membership through Brady’s work!

practicing | hand-lettering. My sister got me a 101 book for Christmas that has you practice letters and then words and it’s been really fun so far!! Definitely interested in learning more and practicing!! :)


pinning | my goodness what am I not pinning? I have a secret board called “read it later,” (which is no longer secret) and there are a lot of pins about blogging or photography or random blog posts. See what I’ve pinned here! I’ve probably pinned the most random pins for the last couple of years. Do I go back and read? Not every time.


I also have a couple of nephew birthdays, Lucy’s birthday, end of semester for Brady and packing!! Hopefully I’ll be able to stay busy. I’m also wanting to finish all the books on my ‘Currently Reading‘ list!

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Happy April!