Favorites Roundup: December ’18

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Here are some of the things that made my heart happy this December.

Favorite Books

Besides my two books of the year, here are a few other reads that I really enjoyed this month:

Image result for a thousand perfect notes Heartbreaking and beautiful. (Heavy material, recommended for ages 15+)

Image result for i'd rather be reading I read this little book in one plane ride. Besides just being super pretty to hold and look at, the essays inside are delightful and relatable. The perfect thing for some light winter reading.

Image result for austenland book This book was so. much. fun. And it wasn’t all fluff either; it had serious moments and wrestled with some things that I think many Austen fans will relate to! (Some content, recommended for ages 16+)

Favorite Movies

(Besides the cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies.)

Image result for ramona and beezus This movie surprised me with how good it was. It’s a fun, family-friendly film that’s high-quality and well-made, balancing several different storylines really well and having some very poignant and lovely messages.

Image result for home alone Watched this for the first time ever this Christmas season, and loved it, of course.

Favorite Articles/Blogs

Favorite Videos

Favorite Song

 

What music did you enjoy this Christmas? And what are some of your favorite Christmas movies? Share in the comments! 

love, grace

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Favorites Roundup: August ’18

Hello!

So…

It’s been a long time.

Since I last wrote, I packed up my entire life, moved 14 hours away from home, met a new roommate, moved into a new dorm, made some new friends, started some new classes, and basically started a whole new life.

And now I hope to be back to blogging for good! My life has settled into somewhat of a routine, and although it’s crazy busy, I’ll be trying to fit blog posts in every Saturday. Throughout the fall, I’ll be getting back to the Transitions series, so that you can come along with me on my college journey and hear what I’m learning as the weeks go by.

More on that later. For today, I want to share with you a belated list of some of my favorite things from August. Because I kept meaning to do this, and these are too good not to share.

Favorite Books

Image result for save the date morgan matson My first Morgan Matson book definitely lived up to the hype. Check out my full review here.

Image result for fawkes nadine brandes This book is full of incredibly powerful themes and issues. Brandes does something many authors fail to do, and fits her faith into a book in a deep and beautiful way without making it preachy. (And this book was written for the general market!)

Favorite Movies

Image result for newsies live I KNOW I’ve mentioned it on here before, but…a bunch of dorm friends and I rewatched it the other night, and I just have to say it again. Newsies Live is one of my favorite movies of all time. And it’s on Netflix, so there’s no excuse not to watch it!

Image result for the lion king Guess what?? I watched this for the VERY FIRST TIME. Amazing. Of course.

Favorite Articles/Blog Posts

Favorite Videos

Favorite Song

 

What’s the best movie you saw in August? Share in the comments!

love, grace

Favorites Roundup: June/July ’18

A roundup of some of my favorite things in the last few months…

Favorite Books

Image result for love walked in This is a new-to-me author and also a new-to-me style of literary fiction. It’s a beautiful book and I’ll definitely check out more by her. (Content recommended for ages 16+.)

Image result for wires and nerve Got this for my birthday and…read the whole thing on my birthday. Marissa Meyer never disappoints.

Favorite Movies

Image result for the sound of music I went to Salzburg as part of my trip so obviously watching this (for like the 4 billionth time) was a must. It never gets old…and there are so many layers that I didn’t even catch when I was a kid.

Image result for goodbye christopher robin The story of the real-life Christopher Robin…I really enjoyed this movie, especially the first half. I didn’t like the way it jumped ahead in time at the end, but I can forgive it for that.

Favorite Podcast Episode

“What About That Quiet Time”, from the Uniquely Woman podcast, was a thought-provoking dive into where our term “quiet time” comes from and why it’s hurting our spiritual walk. Definitely worth your time to listen to!

Favorite Articles/Blog Posts

Favorite Videos

 

What was your favorite read of June and July? Share in the comments! 

love, grace

Favorites Roundup: May ’18

How was your May? Mine involved some senior milestones: college decision day, my final high-school dance production, prom…as well as boring, everyday things like school and volunteering and choir rehearsals. I’ve been fighting off serious senioritis to finish strong…now I only have four days left!

In the meantime, here are some things that have been brightening my days lately…

First of all, this amazing song:

changes everything

 

 

A highly practical guide to the Christian life for young people; just as good, if not better, the second time. (Read my original Goodreads review.)

 

 

A Million Dreams (My Lady Bibliophile) – a thoughtful, uplifting review of a movie that I had mixed feelings about

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An amazing conclusion to an amazing series. (Read my Goodreads review, although I warn you, it’s a bit fangirly.)

 

 

 

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A childhood show that I rediscovered this month, and fell in love with all over again. It has complex characters, interesting storylines, amazing acting, and hilarious dialogue. Highly recommend for all ages!

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My sister was in this show back in the fall, so I knew I liked the music. But I’d forgotten how much, and recently became obsessed with it again. The show isn’t entirely clean, but the music is, and it’s well worth listening to!

 

 

17 Secrets of Audiobook Narrators – this sounds like it would be such an interesting career path!

And I really want every writer to take Abbiee’s advice, please…?

How was your May? Did you discover any awesome new music? What was your favorite book you read? Share in the comments! 

love, grace

Read more:

Favorites Roundup: Feb-April ’18

The Book Life Tag

Interview with Victoria Lynn – London in the Dark Anniversary Tour!

Favorites Roundup: Feb-April ’18

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Happy May! We’re so far into 2018, and it’s been a great year so far. Here are some of my favorite finds in the last few months…

Let’s start off with this amazing arrangement of an iconic song:

Autobiography of a Fantasy Character – hilariously calls out all of the cliches, and Tracey now has two more parts in the series!

Art Which Nourishes, Art Which Starves – from My Lady Bibliophile, and so relevant to all of the things we’ve been talking about on the blog lately.

What Is Love? – a beautiful and inspiring reflection from Abbiee on all the small ways we show love in our everyday lives.

This video from Becca:

Why Every Day is a Beautiful Day – a simple, inspiring call to thoughtful living (all of Miriam’s writing has been so great lately too)

What a Cold Shower Taught Me About Gratefulness – another reminder to keep perspective in the midst of the Christian life

Some simple, practical tips to improve life for you and everyone around you:

3 Epic Ways to Make the Devil Scream Oh No – an epically inspiring post from up-and-coming Christian blogger Madi Grace

And finally, Christian Alexa:

 

Which is your favorite? What other awesome things have you found around the Internet recently? Share in the comments! 

love, grace

Read more:

Favorites Roundup: December/January ’17-’18

On the Movie Screen: Jan-March 2018

Superheroes, Science, and Sanderson (Reading Recap Jan-Feb 2018)

Favorites Roundup: December/January ’17-’18

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First of all, The Rebelution went through a recent leadership transition. Read Jaquelle’s goodbye and Christopher’s hello to catch up.

I got some really great ideas from this video!

 This fantastic podcast episode on modesty was really helpful and encouraging to me.

If you’re looking for some exquisite Christian humor, watch this…

why-i-stopped-doing-my-best.jpg I could relate to this so much!

This is incredible:

Two great reads from Ann Voskamp:

This is What Finding Some Real Peace REALLY Means 

The Most Important Skill That Your 2018 Really Needs

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(If you haven’t seen this movie, you’re missing out.)

And finally, this most beautiful song:

 

What are some of your favorite things from this winter? Share in the comments! 

love, grace

Favorites: Fall 2017

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Fall is my favorite season. It’s so beautiful outside, I love the crisp, but not freezing, weather, and I get to wear scarves and sweaters and boots (finally). Here are a few other favorites from this fall season (September through November):

The Nashville Statement (Desiring God): Every Christian should read this manifesto of Biblical sexuality in an age when all of these points are up for discussion and debate.

Found this video challenging and thought-provoking:

 

Image result for a mango-shaped space A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass – this book made me cry my eyes out late at night. Be warned. Recommended for ages 10+.

And then if you need cheering up, a few favorite Blimey Cow/Jordan Taylor videos:

 

four tips for breaking the strong female character trope - a guest post by Christine Smith [header image]100% agree with this article – must read if you are a fiction writer!

Image result for elantris Elantris by Brandon Sanderson – for an example of how to do the aforementioned “strong female character” correctly (and just about everything else in fiction) – my Goodreads review – recommended for ages 14+

Loving This World As It Really Is (Well Said) – an absolutely beautiful discussion of how we as Christians see the world

Formulaic for a Reason: The Existential Appeal of Hallmark Movies (The Gospel Coalition) – loved this take!

And speaking of romance, this happened to one of my favorite YouTubers this fall:

 

Finally, I don’t really like this actual song very much, but this cover of it features a whole bunch of different genres and is so creative and amazing!

 

What are some of your favorite things from this fall? Do you agree with any of mine? Share in the comments! 

love, grace