Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott is the book I most recently finished. I read this in the course of over a month, but if I had read it more frequently, I would have finished it sooner. It is the book between Little Women and Jo’s Boys in the Jo March trilogy.

Jo March has started her school, taking in boys and girls of all different backgrounds to teach them and love them. Similar to Jo’s Boys, there are quite a few different characters, and plot lines, because Alcott basically writes a summary of what happened at Plumfield over the course of six months. I won’t get into much of the story, but if you like Alcott’s work, this would be a good book to read since it has a lot of beloved characters in it.

Alcott’s style can be slightly confusing. It is definitely not modern; therefore, it might be necessary to reread sentences multiple times to understand who is speaking, or what the meaning of the sentence is.

Overall, I’d suggest this book to anybody who really likes Little Women. It’s definitely not as good as Little Women, but it continues the story of our beloved March (and Lawrence, and Bhaer, and Brooke) family.

Versatile Blogger Award!

Thank you so much to Anna at A Wondrous Bookshelf for nominating my blog for the Versatile Blogger Award! It is such an honor. The rules of the award are below:

You must show the award on your blog, thank your nominator, share seven facts about yourself that are different, nominate fifteen blogs of your choice, and link your nominees so that you can let them know of your nomination.

Okay, so seven facts about me:

I have congenital heart block and long qt. I have a pacemaker, and cannot be startled (or I could die!). Because of heart related things, I have had four surgeries.

I am supposedly related to Pocahontas, and I’m related to Robert Hunt. I’m American, but I am very happy to have a ton of European roots (English, Scottish, possibly etc.). Europe has a special place in my heart.

I’m the kind of girl who falls in love with different features based on different characters/people. Thankfully, my hair and eye color=very versatile. My hair has been classified as dark blonde, light brown, and medium brown, and has red highlights, so I can pretty much say my hair is every color. My eyes are hazel with a little bit of grey, but they tend to be brown or green.

My personality is very confusing. My family can’t figure me out. I’m mainly (I think) extroverted, sanguine and phlegmatic, and a firstborn. The first time I did a Meyer’s Brigg’s test, I was introverted. But, the past couple of times, I’ve either been ESFP or ENFP.

Some of my favorite characters include: Beth from Little Women; Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia; Mina Harker from Dracula; Queen Esther from the Bible; Silvia from The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

If I was a character in a book, I’d probably be Anne Shirley (unfortunately, I haven’t read the full version of the book, but I’ve seen the miniseries, which is fantastic!). I got her as a quiz result, and she and I are very similar: we are both extremely dramatic and romantic, love writing, sometimes outspoken, have Ann in our names, etc.

I know what it’s like to loose a best friend. Almost every close or dear friend I have ever had has either moved out of state, gone to public school, or stopped their frequency in my life (not because I’m scaring people away, but because their lives lead them in different directions!). So I really can’t say I’ve had the same close friend throughout my entire life, because I keep loosing them, making them, and then loosing them.

I know some of you have already been nominated for different awards, even this one. I also know that some of you may not want to accept the award. Because of this, I will not be offended if you decide not to accept this award. Some blogs I wanted to nominate already had this award. If I nominated you and you already have this, than feel free to ignore it. I blogs I want to nominate are:

By Hook or By Book

Versatile Blogger Award

thepearlsisters

Jessica Letchford

Page by Paige

Royal Odds and Ends

Book Blogger Directory

Lemon Shark

In Service to Him

Women of Warfare

somawrites

Xingsings

Xpression of Faith

Let’s Enjoy~Tanoshimou!!

Bookmuffin
I really want to thank each and every one of my followers! You guys all mean a lot to me! I feel bad for not being able to nominate everyone, but I think each and every blog is versatile and unique in their own way.

Prayer

We were recently able to spend some time with friends on a mini-vacation. On the way home, we were detoured because of a big accident. Then, we found out about another accident on an alternate route home. As we were about to pull into our street, another accident hindered our entrance, making us go down another street in our neighborhood. Instead of getting back home within a decent timespan, we got home hours later than expected.

But here’s the thing. It’s only a detour. All of the people involved in these accidents probably would do anything to be in our shoes; safe with just a slight inconvenience. I’m alive, right? I’m healthy. I have Jesus. So why are so many people discontent with being patient and thankful that they’re alive? After all, it could be you in that accident. The tour isn’t bothering me that bad. What bothers me is all of those accidents. I praise God that I’m not in it. But, I pray for those who were involved.

If you’re reading this right now, I ask that you join me in prayer for any car accidents that happened today, that will happen tomorrow, and the victims of past accidents who are in critical condition. Pray for God’s peace and protection for those affected. Pray for everyone to be safe while they drive.

Letters to Juliet

My friend and I watched a movie that we both really love, Letters to Juliet, recently.
Letters to Juliet is a pretty clean romance film starring Amanda Seyfried. Set in Italy, Sophia (Seyfried) is a fact checker who wants to become a writer. She goes to Italy with her fiancé, hoping to have a romantic, pre-wedding honeymoon. When she visits the House of Juliet, she discovers a group of ladies, called the Secretaries to Juliet, who write responses to love letters written to “Juliet” (from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare). She becomes intrigued by this, and gets willingly pulled in to an adventure to help an older lady find her true love.

I love how romantic this story is! There are a couple scenes which just cry out for an “Aww! That’s so sweet!” moment. The lead male is super cute, and adorable, and sweet, and kind, and handsome, and romantic. It’s a good movie for people who just love romance movies. Definitely worth watching.

Robin de Noir…Er, um…The Secret of Moonacre (movie)

 

The Secret of Moonacre is a movie with Augustus Prew (Robin de Noir), and Tim Curry. I’ve seen this movie multiple times, and it’s really, really good! It’s definitely appropriate for younger children if they can handle some intense fantasy, and a somewhat darker storyline.

Maria Merryweather is a young girl, recently orphaned, who goes to stay at her uncle’s house in the country. Weird things go on there, and as the plot unfolds, we find out who Maria is, and what she is destined to do!

One of my favorite characters is Robin (Prew). When I watched this movie a couple nights ago with my friend, the actor who played Robin reminded us both of someone, but we couldn’t figure out who. We finally figured it out, but there’s more to Robin than the actor who portrays him.

Robin’s character is really complex (in a good way). PLOT SPOILERS WILL ENSUE.
DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER UNLESS YOU LIKE SPOILERS.
Because he starts out as evil, we really don’t like him. He’s one of those black haired, stereotypical bad boys who you can’t help but have a crush on, but who you hate so much that you can’t even stand it. He’s extremely attractive, but you also don’t like him. As his character develops, we see that he isn’t so bad. When he helps Maria and becomes her friend, his place in our (every girl’s) hearts is secured. You really love him, and your heart goes crazy.
Let me know what you think of the movie, and if you felt the same way I did about Robin!

Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley is a miniseries with Trevor Eve, Matthew Rhys, and Anna Maxwell Martin. It covers a mystery surrounding Pemberley, the famous home of the Darcy’s from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. It is filled with an extremely talented cast, an exciting storyline, and some romance. The nice thing about it is that it is overall clean; there is kissing, an affair that is not shown, and one scene in episode three that is obviously coming and easily skipped, but it’s one of the better shows out there. There are only three episodes, but they still did a good job.

I’m not going to get into the storyline; it’s worth watching and discovering as you go along. It’s pretty true to the characters of Jane Austen from what I know and what I’ve heard (I have read some of Pride and Prejudice, but I never finished it…). I’d recommend it to friends and family.

Happy Father’s Day

In honor of Father’s Day, I’m going to share ten things about my daddy.

1. He loves the Lord.
2. He is willing to let me stay up late to watch movies. Even though this doesn’t always work out (mom eventually wins), he’s still willing to let me.
3. He is supportive of my writing career.
4. He always wants to provide for our family.
5. His laugh makes any film better.
6. He is willing to spend hours helping edit my school projects (and yes, my teachers let me get help from others).
7. He listens to me.
8. He likes to do fun things with our family.
9. He is willing to read my stories.
10. He loves our family.
I’m so fortunate to have such an amazing daddy!! I love you.

Bible Verses for a Sound and Comforted Mind

I realize I’ve been absent from blogging a lot lately. I apologize, especially since I gave you all my schedule for blogging! This is due to a number of reasons, but I’ve been trying to focus a lot on the Lord and His truth lately, because I’ve been extremely fearful, anxious, and dubious about a lot of religious things. But God is ruler of all, and He has already won the battle! There are a few verses I’d like to share right now. They are special to me, and important in my recent life:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7, (NIV).

 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8, (NIV).

(I didn’t realize that they were right next to each other until yesterday, whoops!

Also, Philippians 4:13, which is, “I can do all this through [H]im who gives me strength.” (NIV)

 

Apparently I really should’ve connected the dots!).

More Verses for Meditation:

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5, (NIV).

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13, (NIV).

 

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16, (ESV).

 

 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10, (ESV).

And etc, etc, etc! The Bible has so many comforting verses! The Bible is full of truth. It is 100% accurate, all the time.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17, (NIV).

 

This goes to show that if it’s written in the Bible, then it’s true. So that means, we need not fear! Trust in God above all else!

Five of my Favorite Books/Series

Hey everyone! I thought it would be good to write down five of my favorite books and series for you. In no particular order, here they are:

  1. The Bible. Okay, so maybe I will rank this first one…This book will have to be at the top. I’m still not the kind of person who is obsessed with reading the Bible constantly (though I’m coming to that point),  but I’m becoming more and more fond of it. And one day, I hope to be able to say that it’s my favorite book beyond a shadow of a doubt.
  2. The Edge on the Sword by Rebecca Tingle. It’s such a good book, and no one knows about it! I love medieval and European (not as much modern European) royalty, and I am very fond of Europe. This book fits my taste perfectly.
  3. The Lily Series by Nancy Rue. This series is fabulous! It took me forever to get my hands on all fourteen of the books, but I finally did it! It’s definitely worth reading. And yeah, maybe it’s a little too young for an “almost adult,” but I don’t care. I love them anyway.
  4. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan. I am NOT a supporter of the direction he has gone with his writing, but the original five Percy Jackson books are good, pretty clean, and appropriate for the younger audiences. Well, just as long as they don’t start obsessing over it…
  5. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Okay, so Alcott fashioned believable, relatable, and lovable characters in this novel. Her two sequels are okay (I’m still not done with Little Men), but Little Women is timeless.