20 Question Book Tag

I got tagged by Kaylee @ Kaylee’s Kind of Writes for this blog tag!  I am going to do this as a sort of get back into blogging for the year. 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be starting book reviews up again soon!

#1: How many books are too many in a series?

That’s hard.  Some series there are too many books, and the only reason is that the author seemed to be running out of ideas. (I can’t stand those!) Usually between 3 and 8 books is about right.

#2: How do you feel about cliff-hangers?

Ah yes.  Cliffhangers.  They are so awesome! XD  That is, when I’m writing not reading….

#3: Hardcover or paperback?

Probably paperback.

#4: Favorite book?

Only one???!!! In nonfiction, the favorites are probably The Count of Monte Cristo and the Wars of the Realm trilogy. (I know, that makes four total.  But anyone who likes reading won’t blame me.)

#5: Least Favorite Book?

Let me think…. Sorry.  No answer.  XD

#6: Love Triangles, yes or no?

So-so.  They’re way overused and clichéd, especially in romance movies.  I guess I don’t care either way!

#7: The most recent book you couldn’t finish?

The Railway Children by E. Nesbit is the last one I can remember and that was years ago.  I finish most books I start unless they’re super boring. XD

#8: A book you are currently reading?

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.

#9: Last book you recommended to someone?

The Count of Monte Cristo.  Just today, actually.

#10: Oldest book you’ve read? (publication date)

A few Shakespeare plays which are from the 1500s, then the Bible (1611) and Don Quixote (1605 and 1615).

#11: Newest book you’ve read? (publication date)

Through All Things by Malachi Cyr, published June 22nd, 2018.  Next oldest is Kiera by Kate Willis, published June 20th, 2018.

#12: Favorite author?

Don’t have one, but I really like: Alexandre Dumas, Chuck Black, Jane Austen,

#13: Buying books or borrowing?

Um….. I don’t usually do either.  (The best thing to do is get books (mainly classics) free on Kindle. ;))

#14: A book you dislike that everyone seems to love?

I can’t really think of one!  I could probably think of the other way around, one I like that everyone else dislikes, would be Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott.

#15: Bookmarks or dog-ears?

Bookmarks.

#16: A book you can always reread?

Rise of the Fallen by Chuck Black.

#17: Can you read while listening to music?

I can, mainly because I can read through anything.  My family says that I am deaf when I read. 😛

#18: One POV or multiple POVs?(For anyone that doesn’t know, that is Point Of View),

If the different POVs is clearly defined, I don’t mind them.  If they blend together, switching from one character to the next in a single scene, I find that confusing and  not enjoyable to read.

#19: Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Depends on the length.  I am a fast reader, so unless I get interrupted I can read one in a sitting.

#20: Who do you tag?

PerAnna @ Life Without a Latte!

And no one else because I’m running out of time.

See y’all Friday!

~ Molly

 

The Christmas Lodge

Can you believe Christmas is in two days?!  That’s just crazy! This year has absolutely flown by.  Today’s story is great for passing the hours on Christmas Eve, looking at those presents under the tree. 😉

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At the Christmas Lodge

Rebekah A. Morris

 

At the Christmas Lodge (Christmas Collection) by [Morris, Rebekah A.]

When Desirae Richey agrees to go home with some college friends for Christmas, she expects a small family gathering. Instead she is taken to the Christmas Lodge in the snowy mountains of Canada to a noisy, fun loving, adventurous group of family and friends who welcome her as one of their own. Everything seems to be going as planned until an unexpected snowfall occurs.

 

 

 

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Strong language – 0

Romance – 2 ❤

Graphic Details – 0

Magic – 0

I found this story very sweet and cozy! Perfect for an afternoon read, as it’s very short.  The character’s relationships were sweet and I loved the snow sculpture contest!  All that to say, it is a favorite. 🙂 ❤

Find on Amazon

See you next week,

~ Molly ~

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A Christmas Carol

Oops, I forgot to do this last Friday… Sorry about that!

Can you believe it’s only 11 days until Christmas?! It’s crazy!  For today, I am reviewing one of my favorite Christmas books.

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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

On the night of Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three Christmas spirits. The Ghost of Christmas Past confronts Scrooge with his youth, the Ghost of Christmas Present reveals the Cratchits’ struggle amid poverty, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come harrows Scrooge with dire visions of the future if he does not learn to treat his fellow man with kindness, generosity and compassion.

 

 

 

 

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What Christmas book is more well known or loved than A Christmas Carol?  Ebenezer Scrooge, despite his grouchy nature and his “Bah! Humbug!” is an endearing character that you come to love by the end of the book.

Strong language – To be honest, I don’t remember, which means it was fine. 😉 1

Romance – 1

Graphic Details – 1

Magic – 0

(I would suggest this book for ages 10 and up because of the Ghost of Christmas Past.  I got super creeped out by him when I was young.)

Find A Christmas Carol on Amazon HERE!

~ Molly~

New Book by Anna!

Guess what?  Anna at Annie Writes has a new book published!

Everyone needs a good book at any time of the year. This short story collection is an enjoyable read with lovely God-centered stories of hope and faith.

 

 

Anna P. is a 16-year-old Jesus-follower, who loves to write. Aside from writing, she enjoys photography, playing clarinet, babysitting, and spending time with her family. She desires that her books and other writing will encourage others in their walk with Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for letting me help in your blog tour, Anna!

~ Molly ~

Book Review & December

Wow, can you believe that tomorrow is the first day of December?!  That feels like it’s almost Christmas already!  In honor of December, I’m doing a Christmas book review. 🙂

 

The Father Christmas Confessions

By Emily Ann Benedict

 

The Father Christmas Confessions (The Father Christmas Series Book 1) by [Benedict, Emily Ann]

What if Santa Claus isn’t one man? What if he is a secret organization?

Jeremy Ogden has 25 days to accomplish his mission and a list of people whose lives can be changed forever if he makes it to them in time. He just has one big problem…And her name is Virginia.

Virginia Kipyard is the last girl Jeremy wants holding his family’s ancient secret, no matter how many times his mother suggests she’s “the right girl.” But if he wants to save the life of the next man on his list, he might just need her help.

The “season of miracles” is about to take on a whole new meaning, even for Father Christmas.

 

Strong language – I’m not sure how to rate this as I saw another blogger say that this book had a British swear word, but I didn’t run into any.

Romance – 3

Graphic Details – 0 to 2

Magic – 0

*SPOILER* About the “magic” rating, there is something that is called a “gift” that is somewhat like magic, but referred to as a “gift” or a “miracle”

I love, love, love the concept of this book!  The Santa Claus idea is so cool, but I wasn’t sure I liked how the author made it happen.  The “Gift” weirded me out a bit, but it wasn’t exactly bad.

Anyhow, I would say this book would be for ages 12 and up, with adult supervision any younger.

The Father Christmas Confessions is on Amazon HERE.

See you next week!

~Molly~

 

Thanksgiving and I’m Back!

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ello everyone! I’m back from my trip (last week, actually) and back to blogging! 


So, today is Thanksgiving in the U.S.A.  Thanksgiving is, obviously, a time to give thanks!  Sometimes these days people forget to be thankful.  They forget what freedoms we enjoy.  They get caught up in the future and don’t remember to take in the present.

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Sitting around the table eating good food, surrounded by family and friends, is a time to say thank you.  Thank you to family, to friends, and most importantly to God, for He deserves the most thanks.


Ps 107:1 O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

What is one thing you are thankful for today?

Always give thanks,

Molly

Liebster Award Nomination

I’m skipping the book review for this week and doing a blog tag: The Liebster Award!  I’ve been awarded for the I-don’t-know-how-manyeth time. 😀

Thanks to Amie at Crazy A!

Here are the rules:

Thank the blog that nominated you for the award
2. Answer the questions they gave you
3. Give 11 fun facts about yourself
4. Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award, and give them 11 questions to answer

 

  • History book or Science book?  Why?

Probably science…. because… I prefer listening to my history on audio! 😀

  • What is better, having to color all day, or having to wash dishes all day?

Color, definitely. 😉

  • Do you use caps lock often?

THAT DEPENDS ON THE DAY AND WHICH MESSAGE I AM TRYING TO GET ACROSS.

  • Lace, ruffles, or camouflage?

Out of the three, camouflage, however I prefer just a comfy t-shirt and skirt. 🙂

  • What is you opinion on the all time classic, Pride and Prejudice?

Great book!  Opinion over.

  • Botany or astronomy?

Astronomy!!!!!

  • If you had to choose a broken finger, or a broken toe, which would you chose?

Ouch.  Neither.  Okay, okay! I stepped on a nail a few days ago (I don’t suggest it!) and I found out how hard it is to walk with my foot hurting.  So I’m going with finger.

  • What is your favorite hair color?

Brown? Light brown? Somewhere around there.

  • Do you enjoy crafting or destroying better?

Crafting.

  • What is your favorite kind of tape?

Uh…. ?  Tape?  There’s more than one kind of tape?

  • Lastly, if you knew some horrid event was about to happen in the near future, how would you go about warning people?

That’s rough too.   I’d start by telling my parents, then they’d tell everyone they know, then those people would tell everybody they know, and post it on social media (Facebook, etc.), and soon the whole world would know! 😀

 

I tag whoever is reading this post! Answer the questions in the comments.

  1. What kind of shoes do you like to wear?
  2. Favorite food?
  3. Favorite genre to read/write in?
  4. Last book you read?
  5. Favorite Bible verse?
  6. Do you play an instrument?
  7. Pens or pencils?
  8. If pencils, regular or mechanical?
  9. Whew, only two more.
  10. Notebook or typing on the computer?
  11. Do you like answering questions? 😛

 

Finally, I’ll be gone for a few weeks, so I’ll get back to blogging when I return!

~ Molly ~

Author Interview | Kellyn Roth

Today I am helping Kellyn Roth with her book tour.  It’s a tour for her… well, book!  The brand new addition to The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, Beyond Her Calling!

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I got to interview Kellyn about her writing life and favorite foods. 😉

My questions are in bold.

Her answers are in plain type.

How long have you been writing?

Since I was seven years old, so about ten years, officially? I’ve been seriously writing since I was twelve, which makes it five years. But I’d almost say I’ve been coming up with stories since I could talk! It’s a real passion of mine.

Had you written a full-length novel before The Dressmaker’s Secret?

I had, and I hadn’t. I’d finished a 10,000-word story, but that isn’t exactly a full-length novel even though I considered it to be one at the time! However, The Dressmaker’s Secret was my true first full-length novel. Or at least the first one I finished – I’d gotten up to 40,000-words with other ones, just not finished them!

Do you want to continue pursuing writing?

Absolutely! I’ll probably never stop. To me, it’s a full-time career. 🙂

Which of your characters in the Chronicles of Alice and Ivy would you most want to meet in person?

Ooh, that’s a hard one! Probably Violet Angel or Jordy McAllen.

Completely random question, do you like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches?

I absolutely … don’t? You see, I’m not a huge fan of jelly. *hides* Sorry! I just don’t enjoy them. I do like just peanut butter sandwiches, though!

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Kellyn Roth lives on an Eastern Oregon ranch with her parents, little brothers, border collies, cats, and a few dozen cows and chickens. Always a lover of a good story, and especially of telling one, she’s been writing since she was seven and published her first novel at fourteen. Now a homeschool grad, she divides her time between penning her next Christian historical novel, creating professionally silly articles at kellynroth.blog, and her actual life. Actual life plays second fiddle sometimes, though.

Find out more on her website: https://kellynrothauthor.com/

More About The Book!

BhC2At twenty, Ivy Knight feels as if she hasn’t accomplished anything of worth. Her life stretches on before her, empty and pointless. Though her faith in God and her mental abilities have been strengthened, she still doubts herself. Does God have a purpose for a socially awkward, often confused and frightened young woman?

Jordy McAllen has just returned to Scotland after his education in London. Though he has accomplished a lot for a farm lad such as himself, he fears that what everyone has always said about him may be true: he won’t really make a good doctor. Determined to prove himself, Jordy snatches up the opportunity to become the doctor in the village of Keefmore near his parents’ farm.

Helping Jordy with his work at Keefmore seems like the perfect opportunity for Ivy. Still, she doubts herself. Is there a purpose to Ivy’s life?

And guess what?? There’s a giveaway! Click on the book cover to enter!

And finally, a link to Amazon and Goodreads.

Thank you, Kellyn, for letting me help with your tour!

TTYL!

Molly

*Note: I’ve never read this book, but I hope to sometime!*

 

Great Expectations

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Great Expectations

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations by [Dickens, Charles, Editors, GP]

 

Pip, an orphan raised by his bullying sister and her sweet-natured blacksmith husband, discovers one day that he has a mysterious benefactor.  The good-hearted Pip suddenly has “great expectations” of his life and begins to reject spiritual valutes for materialistic ones.

Despite his financial windfall, things do not go well for Pip.  Estella, the beautiful but haughty young woman he loves, coldheartedly tortures him.  And then there is the reappearance of Magwitch, the escaped convict who forced Pip to steal for him when Pip was a young boy.

 

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Strong language – 0? I don’t remember….

Romance – 4

Graphic Details – 1

Magic – 0

I had what might be called “great expectations” for this book. 😉

I had enjoyed the story of Oliver Twist, also by Charles Dickens, so earlier this summer I picked up Great Expectations.  I was immediately drawn to the style of the narrative.  Like this first paragraph.

My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.  So I called myself Pip and came to be called Pip.

– Great Expectations, Chapter One

The first part is fairly well paced, and the story keeps moving.

In the middle it gets slow, and I got confused over some of the characters.

And then, in the end, it redeems itself with some action, a few surprises, and the crashing of all Pip’s dreams. (Almost.)

The characters are all so vivid and each one is different!  From haughty Estella to humble Joe, this cast is quite incredible.  (Though in the middle, as I said, there are quite a few characters to get confused!)

I read lots of classics, so I didn’t find it too hard of a read.  If you are willing to plow through the boring parts, this is a great book!

 

Great Expectations is on Amazon HERE!

TTYL!

~ Molly ~

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