What I Actually Read In The Month of September

At the start of the month, I wrote a post saying what books I wanted to read/review last month. Let’s see how I did!

I read completely different books than to what I said I would read; let me tell you that.

 

I didn’t read as much as I’d wanted to, and as you can see, it is VERY much different to my to-read list on my September Reads post! XD My older sister could read 13 books in 1 or 2 days!

Next month, I’m going to try and…

  • Read 15 books
  • Review at least 5 books, including my ARC’s
  • Read 2 classics
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I think I’ve read about five of all the thousands of old books we have
  • Read The Green Ember
  • Ask for at least 3 books to review
  • Get a paperback book #desperation

Let’s see how I do at the end of the month! 😉

Do you have any books you are planning to read/review this month? Have you read any of the books I read?

Happy reading!

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Author Interview with Lydia Howe {Where Dandelions Grow Blog Tour}

Hello everyone! Two days ago, I posted a review of WDG by Lydia Howe. As part of her book launch, I’m doing an author interview with her about WDG.

My questions are in bold, her answers are in normal font, and if I reply, it’ll be in italics. Enjoy!


What/who inspired you to write Where Dandelions Grow?

It was a warm May afternoon in 2012, and I was sitting out under a canopy at my cousin Alexa’s High School graduation party. Another cousin, Aubrey, was playing her cello in a string quartet, and boom, the beginning of Where Dandelions Grow was born. 

Wow cool! It’s interesting to know that WDG is kinda based of your real life! 🙂

What is your favourite quote from the book?

“Dandelions have always been, to me, a symbol of my hopes and dreams. They’re resilient – some of the earliest flowers in spring, some of the latest in the autumn. They endure being crushed underfoot, only to rise again and share their beauty with others.”

That’s my favorite one as well! Along with this one:

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Who is your favourite character from the book?

Mrs. Reed is for sure one of them, but I also like seeing the relationship between Katie and Darren – two of Mrs. Reed’s twenty-something grandkids. Darren isn’t in the book much, but his appearances amuse me. Everyone needs someone like them in their life. 

I love Mrs. Reed! I would love to have her in my life.

How many times have you read Where Dandelions Grow?

Goodness! I should probably keep track of these things, but I don’t generally think about it in time. This book didn’t take quite as much editing as some of my other books have, so probably less than a dozen times. 

How long did it take you to write this book?

The writing process of this book was pretty fast – only forty days. And then came the editing process which was quite a bit longer. After that though, I ended up shelving the book for several years due to a few slight issues. So, I actually wrote the book over five years ago. 

Interesting!

What is a technique you use when developing your characters that you’d like to share with us?

The characters are by no means echoes of my cousins, but each one of the four cousins share some characteristics between me, my sister, and our two cousins who we grew up with. Therefore, it was a lot easier than normal to come up with unique individuals. 

My biggest writing technique for character development is to brainstorm and develop characters in my head as I go about my daily chores. That way I get to the point where I know them really well before I even start writing their story. 

Thanks for sharing that!

Thank you for your questions, Zielle! I had fun answering them. 🙂 

You’re welcome. Thank you for doing the interview with me, and best of luck with your book! 🙂


Don’t forget to review the book and enter the giveaway! Three remaining days to enter.

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Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe {Blog Tour} {UPDATED}

Hello, hello!

I’m so excited to be here. Today I will be reviewing Where Dandelions Grow by Lydia Howe.


Title: Where Dandelions Grow

Author: Lydia Howe

Genre/s: Christian fiction

Content: 0/5. No content that I can think of. It mentions that two people are dating, but that’s it.

Age-range: All ages!

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.


Cousins are forever, or at least they’re supposed to be. 

What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you? 

Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers. 

Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal – unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But living in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught. 

Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?

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Wow. This was beautiful. It took my a while to read it, due to no action, but this was an awesome book worth reading.

Plot 4.5/5

The plot was well on track, well developed, and beautiful. I loved the message it depicted; of hope, forgiveness, and letting go of the past to ‘take the higher road’ (WDG, Lydia Howe).

There were some parts that were a bit ‘meh’ to me, though.

And the ending. Wow! It was just beautiful.

Characters 4/5

I liked the characters, and the cousins relationships were sweet. But sometimes they were too sweet it became cheesy and their dialogue sometimes unrealistic.

Even though the book was written in first person, I couldn’t fully connect with Destiny. I don’t think anything would’ve changed if it were written in third person.

I really loved Mrs. Reed. The way she taught; she wasn’t preachy which was great. I loved the talk she had with Destiny. She is someone I would LOVE to have in my life. This is something that Mrs. Reed said that I loved:

Writing 4.5/5

The writing is simple, yet beautiful and the wisdom in it made me smile.

Overall 4.8/5

This book is full of wisdom. I don’t think I have ever read a book that has spoken to me this much, and made me smile so much at the end. And my favorite chapter is chapter 9. 😉

The 2% off the 5 stars is because of the lack of action that I usually enjoy reading. It’s not such a big deal, it’s just that it took me longer to read.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed christian fiction, books about hope, forgiveness and DANDELIONS.

I also absolutely LOVED the name Swallow Ridge! ❤

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not required to post a positive review.*

About The Author

Lydia Howe (aka Aidyl Ewoh) is a twenty-something adventurous author who is partial to hiking in the mountains of Asia and South America, building life-size models of dinosaurs, taking road trips across Europe, visiting friends in Africa, growing up in a barn and everything in-between. She currently works in a coffee shop during the day and concocts stories by night. Find her online at her Blog, YoutubeFacebookTwitterGoodreads, and Google+

Lydia Howe is also hosting a giveaway! If you win, you will get a $25 amazon gift card. How awesome is that?

>> ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! <<

Be sure to buy the book and enter the giveaway! I’m sure Lydia would appreciate it. 🙂

Comment below and help celebrate with Lydia! Share her book on social media, and comment down below your favorite quote from WDG that I included in this post.

Stay tuned for an author interview with Lydia Howe on September 30, and check out her blog to find the other reviews in the tour.

You can buy the book for only $0.99 on Amazon!

Don’t forget to review the book in Goodreads and Amazon. Reviewing books on Amazon really helps the author.

Thanks so much!

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As In Olden Days – Questions of War #0.5 by Jesseca Wheaton {Mini Review}

A prequel to the “Questions of War” series. Set during the Christmas of 1939.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.8 stars. I loved this short story prequel to A Question of Honor! Who doesn’t love Christmas stories? The writing was good, the characters, I loved (especially David, Gil and Rafe. I can’t choose between them, so for now they’re all mine).

The setting needed a little more help, but it’s only three chapters. The ending was a bit sudden, but overall, I loved it! It was so sweet, and the relationship between the siblings and friends was great. It was awesome to see a prequel to A Question of Honor.
A good book for all ages! 🙂

*I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

About The Author

Jesseca is a daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.