Well, it's that time of month again. Today is November. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN LIKE WHAT?! *ahem*
I love writing and reading these monthly recaps, but...is it just me or are they coming a bit too frequently? (This is where you say "yes, Faith. Yes, they are." And we devise a way to slow time. Mwahahaha.)
But seeing as how it is this time again, let's move on before this post becomes a book. ;)
~*~ Life ~*~
FALL PEOPLE ITS FALL. Haha, yeah, basically sums up October for me. XD *bombards you with fall-ish stuff-ies*
// This month I finally got a desk for my room!!! ^_^ My little bro made it for me and it is LOVELY!
// On October first, we plowed potatoes. It's like an unwritten P. family tradition, something that is did by the family every fall without question. I drove the big ol' tractor part of the time this year, and it was an...interesting experience. My foot hardly reached the clutch, but it worked. :P
// I...spent a lot of money? More on that in a bit, but here's the general idea.
// Read this amazing quote... “The demand that God should forgive such a man while he remains what he is, is based on a confusion between condoning and forgiving. To condone an evil is simply to ignore it, to treat it as if it were good. But forgiveness needs to be accepted as well as offered if it is to be complete: a man who admits no guilt can accept no forgiveness.” -- C.S. Lewis
// So one Friday night (10/21) my bro walks into my room and he's like "pretend like I'm beating you". So he starts whacking the bed and as he does I scream. We weren't very synchronized, but no one cared. I was laughing so hard my screams were more like squeals and Mom caught on to our gag pretty quick. XD Yeah, just the randomness of my life. :P
// I learned when mayonnaise became a thing... I'm serious!! It was in my history book. It was made in 1756 by the French. ;)
// I got a splinter in the *TOP* of my toe. Yeah. Still not sure how that happened...
// I saw this sign in a hair salon... *snickers*
// I mastered eating ice cream. From a cup. Without a spoon. Sorry, no picture. XD
// My dad and bro went deer hunting last weekend, and Mom and I had a When Calls the Heart 'marathon'. :) Also while they were gone we spent the day with my great-aunt. She lives in a quaint little town a little over an hour away and it's (I'm not kidding) like going back a decade or two. :P We ate lunch, roamed the streets, window-shopped, and I bought some books. (They had a hard time dragging me out of those stores...)
// Basically my life. Basically.
~*~ Books ~*~
I was so thrilled with my reading this month! I finished a total of 8 books!! :D And completed my Goodreads challenge of 101 books in 2016!!! :D Will I hit 110? 120?
Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero -- 5 stars -- Review HERE.
Peace, Be Still by Amanda Tero -- 4 stars
The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson -- 5 stars
Faith is the Victory by Faith Blum -- 4.5 stars
Same Dress, Different Day by Juliet Van Heerden -- 3.5 stars -- Review HERE.
The Wish by Beverly Lewis -- 5 stars -- Review HERE.
Silent Star by Bill Wise -- 4 stars
A Question of Honor by Jesseca Wheaton (beta-read, no official cover yet) -- 5 stars -- Review to come.
I also acquired an oodle of books this month. ;)
Used bookstore -- Child of Mine by Beverly Lewis, A Heart Full of Hope by Robin Jones Gunn, and The Flying Cavalier and Pages of Promise by Gilbert Morris. :)
Books-A-Million (YES SOMEONE MADE THE MISTAKE OF LETTING ME IN THERE TOO.) -- A Thousand Shall Fall by Andrea Boeshaar, The Amish Millionaire series by Wanda Brunstetter, and a lovely notebook (more on that in a momento.)
Locally owned bookstore -- Anne of the Island and Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery
Another used bookstore -- Sanctuary by David & Beverly Lewis
My great-aunt -- The Thorn, The Postcard, and The Crossroads by Beverly Lewis.
Review book -- The Other Side of Infamy by Jim Downing
Giveaway -- Befriending the Beast by Amanda Tero
~*~ Writing ~*~
Um, so, writing suffered terribly this month. School was overwhelming and I did a lot of reading and *some* blogging, but other than that...? I have no excuse.
My total word count rolled in at 4,257, in seven different projects. ;) However, War Tears can only claim 2,566 of that. Finishing by Christmas isn't looking so well. :P
~*~ Movies and Music ~*~
First off, THIS.
I have now saw every episode of the TV show When Calls the Heart and love it dearly. :) That season three finale though...I need more. Please, Hallmark?
On the music note (pun *totally* intended), I'm flailing over Casting Crowns newest CD.
I've played it on repeat, much to the annoyance of certain household members. *coughs* *glances at The Kid*
Other good tunes of the month...
Testify ~ NEEDTOBREATHE
The End Down Here ~ Lawson Bates
Freedom Sure Ain't Free ~ Lawson Bates
Chain Breaker ~ Zach Williams
Sparrows ~ Jason Gray
Open the Clouds ~ Unspoken
I Have This Hope ~ Tenth Avenue North
Control ~ Tenth Avenue North (LOVE THIS ALBUM BTW.)
Overflow ~ Tenth Avenue North
Afraid ~ Tenth Avenue North
Fighting For You ~ Tenth Avenue North
Call it Grace ~ Unspoken (*squeals* LOVE THIS SO MUCHLY.)
Miracle ~ Unspoken
~*~ Favorite Posts ~*~
~*~ Goals ~*~
My goals for October were...
>> Read five books. Check!
>> Beta-read two books. Um, well, I finished one. XP
>> Finish the remaining short-story which is for this contest. Actually, no. I ended up skipping the contest. I do plan to finish the story someday though and share it here. :)
>> Hit 68k in War Tears. (I want to finish it by Christmas. #shrieking) Ha! No. I didn't even hit 65k. *sad face*
>> Make curtains (FIANLLY). Again, no. ACK.
Goals for November!!
>> Read five books.
>> Finish beta-reading the aforementioned book.
>> Hit 68k in War Tears. (Ha. I'm overly optimistic. But. We'll see.)
>> Survive the worst of tree harvest. (Starts today. I have 15 wreaths to make in 2 days.)
Alrighty, you know the routine. Books – have you read them? Movies – have you watched them? Songs – have you heard them? Posts – did you like them? Goals – what are yours? XD
See y'all in a couple days!
**Photos are mine unless otherwise indicated.**