The Twelve Days of Books Challenge! Day 10: 3 Favorite Places to Read

3. In a Pool Chair

2. Large Comfy Armchairs

1. My Bed



The Twelve Days of Books Challenge! Day 4: 9 TBR Books

For anyone who’s wondering TBR means To Be Read

9. Warcross by Marie Lu

8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

7. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

6. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

5. The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

4. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

3. Legend by Marie Lu

2. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

1. First King of Shannara by Terry Brooks

The Twelve Days of Books Challenge! Day 2: 11 Intriguing Worlds

Ok so I know that some of these are not strictly worlds but I could not think of eleven worlds so I counted them.

11. Mirror World (if you read the book you would understand I just don’t remember what or if they called it anything specific) created by Brandon Mull

10. Redwall created by Brian Jacques

9. Fablehaven created by Brandon Mull

8. Hogwarts created by J. K. Rowling

7. Sambria created by Brandon Mull

6. Leah created by Terry Brooks

5. Wonderland created by Lewis Carrol

4. Neverland created by J. M. Barrie

3. Lyrian created by Brandon Mull

2. Narnia created by C. S. Lewis

1. Middle-Earth created by J. R. R. Tolkien 

( note: I will not be doing Day 3: 10 Thoughtful Quotes because I’m not much of a quotes person)


The Rule of St. Benedict

The Rule of St. Benedict was written by said, St. Benedict as a kind of rulebook for how to run a monastery. It gives detailed instructions on how to act in every situation from how monks sleeping arrangements are to be to what to do if a priest wants to join your abbey. Every respectable Abbot had a copy of this book to look to for help when he wasn’t sure what to do.

This book may seem like a waste of time to read as none of us are probably planning on becoming the Abbot of a monastery in the near future but I am here to tell you that you couldn’t be farther from the truth. This book is still relevant even today. Maybe not as a handbook to live your life, but everyone can learn something from the meager way that monks led their lives. Would recommend.

The Twelve Days of Books Challenge! Day 1: 12 Great Characters

So I got the idea to do the Twelve Days of book challenges from Nonagon over on her blog right here: and I thought it would be a fun thing to try. I know I’m already behind but I’m gonna try to catch up. So with out further ado:

12. Dickory Dock from The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues

This was most definitely not what she signed up for.

11. Kendra from Fablehaven

Always the practical one.

10. Rachel From Beyonders

Smart and chill but has a sassy side

9. Matthias from Redwall

He’s a warrior monk mouse. Need I say more?

8.Max-Ernest from The Secret Series

He’s Earnest to the max. And no I did not make that up the author himself said it.

7. Jace from Five Kingdoms

A very loyal person with a magic rope.

6. Allanon from The Sword of Shannara

He won’t tell you the whole truth

5. Dennys from A Wrinkle in Time

He gets sucked back to the time of Noah in the fourth book of this series.

4. Fred Weasley from Harry Potter

*Spoiler Alert* He dies.

3. Sherlock Holmes

He’s just really, really cool.

2. Gollum/ Smeagol from Lord of the Rings

I just like his character arc.

1. Constance from The Mysterious Benedict Society

She writes insulting poems on the fly.



The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review Program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage was written by Julie Klassen and published by Bethany House.

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage follows the whole population of a small town in the United States but three ladies in particular: Mercy, Jane, and Rachel.

Mercy lives in Ivy Cottage with her aunt. As she is unmarried she needs a way to support herself so she opens up a girls school in her house. One day her parents show up at her door with a prospective suitor. She tells Mercy that either she must marry this man or she and Mercy’s father would offer Ivy Cottage to Mercy’s brother and his soon-to-be wife. Mercy does not love this man but she does not want to lose her girls school.

Jane is a widow with a secret that she has confided in absolutely no one. She has miscarried seven children. This fact weighs heavily on her during he story and she needs someone to confide in.

Rachel is the youngest of these three women. She used to be high in society but a scandal with her father caused her to lose her home and all her money. Mercy employs her in her girls school and allows her to open a lending library in Ivy Cottage’s drawing room. The son of the new inhabitants of Rachel’s old house takes a liking to Rachel and asks her to marry him. But she loves another.

I liked this book but it was entirely too long considering the amount of story that actually moved the plot along it contained. I would recommend it to people who are looking for a relatively light book to read who have a lot of time on their hands.

Out of the Ordinary

I received a free copy of this book from the Bethany House Blogger Review program in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano is a book about Gertrude Cadawalader  who is a paid companion to a Mrs. Davenport. Gertrude has her hands full as Mrs. Davenport has an affinity for engaging in actions of a criminal nature, namely stealing. Gertrude has also recently become a subject of gossip pertaining to her close friendship with a Harrison Sinclair who was considered one of the most eligible bachelors of this time. Needless to say, Gertrude has her hands full.

The book opens with Gertrude looking for Mrs. Davenport who had disappeared about an hour ago which means she has had plenty of time to get up to her usual hijinks. Now at this time Gertrude is wearing a bustle crafted out of a birdcage by the aforementioned Mrs. Davenport. Needless to say she is very uncomfortable. In her search for Mrs. Davenport Gertrude sees a perfect hiding spot for her employer. As she was inspecting it, she falls onto a couch and her bustle breaks pinning her to the couch. She is soon found by Clementine Flowerdew who attempts to blackmail her by saying she will help Gertrude get free of the couch if Gertrude agrees to introduce her to Harrison. Gertrude refuses and Clementine immediately gets angry saying she will tell everyone that she saw Gertrude trying to steal the painting that very unfortunately was hanging above the couch that Gertrude was currently pined to. She leaves Gertrude to wait for someone to come find her.

I liked this book. It doesn’t have much of a real climax but Turano managed to weave many little side stories to the main plotline very tactfully. Would recommend.

The Dragon and the Raven

I recently read The Dragon and the Raven by G. A. Henty.

Thus book is about a Saxon named Edmund who has to fight off Norse invaders. He teaches the unorganized Saxons to fight and slowly they begin to have more and more victories. One day, Edmund gets captured by Norsemen but his life is saved when a horse whinnies and the Norsemen take it as a sign from the gods that his life is to be spared. Edmund is made a slave to Siegbert with whose daughter Edmund falls in love. Siegbert soon becomes friends with Edmund and sets him free but not before Edmund promises Freda, Siegbert’s daughter, that he would come back for her.

I did not like this book. Henty has a very slow-paced style of writing which makes me tired of the book before even the first chapter is over. I would not recommend this book.