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


June 2017 Month in Review

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Summer is in full swing, and if you’re like me, you suddenly have quite a bit of free time on your hands. I encourage all of you to use some of that free time to get closer to God this summer. Read your Bible more than usual, memorize some verses, spend an hour praying about something close to your heart. Make God a first priority and let Him guide your activities. He can and will make your summer peaceful, fruitful, and enjoyable.

And even if He doesn’t, at least not right now, you can know that He is on your side, and all you have to do is trust Him faithfully. Your life is in His hands. Your summer is in His hands. So go and be at peace, regardless of what storm is raging around you.

Bloggings of the Month

faith in humanity2.jpg the problem with this popular phrase

Image result for heartless reviewing this Alice in Wonderland prequel

Favorites of the Month

I saw For King and Country in concert last night…it was so uplifting and encouraging. This is one of my favorite songs by them, for anytime you’re having a bad day:

Untitled design-46 To the Graduates…yes, this is long, but I’m begging you to read the whole thing. Slowly. Whether you’re a graduate or not. It’s beautiful.

The_Sheer_Awfulness_of_Christianity The Sheer Awfulness of Christianity from Kingdom Pen. Basically if you’re a Christian who writes fiction, you must read this. And then reread it. Like every week and month and year. Pin it to your desktop, print it out and stick it on your bulletin board. THIS is how to write Christian fiction that isn’t sappy or cheesy or overly sentimental. So good!!

This video offers a life-changing perspective:

Purely for fun…bookworm lifehacks that may or may not change everything for you.

Encouraging and insightful:

And finally…this song is incredible. Listen to the words carefully.

Coming Next Month

A new blog schedule! For July and August I will be posting twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. I always have more time to write over the summer so I’m excited for that!

While I’m on the twice a week schedule I’ll be writing a review or other entertainment-related post every Saturday. In July I’ll try to give you a movie review, a book review, a music spotlight, and then my post for the Silmarillion Awards Fantasy Celebration. 

I’m turning 17 this summer…and I’ve been thinking a lot about childhood and growing up. I recently had a realization about the Bible’s view of childhood, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

I’ll also hopefully be posting about:

  • another way to think about good works in light of grace
  • teens who think we’re unstoppable
  • ideas for overcoming cell phone addiction (and a challenge for us)

See you on Wednesday to kick off July!

What do you think? What are you looking forward to doing this summer? How will you put God at the center of your summer? 

love, grace

Read more:

7 Childhood Books I Still Love

Podcast Review: Age of Minority

A Peek Inside My Music Library

June 2016 Month in Review

Well. June was great. Now July is here. Here is what happened in June.

*whistles innocently as I realize I have no idea how to introduce these posts and it just keeps getting lamer and lamer*

*get your life together, Grace*

This Month’s Devotions

A new section today! In this section, every month I will share what I’ve been reading in the Bible, favorite verses, what God’s been teaching me, etc. to get focused in the right place before moving on to other updates.

For the past while, I’ve been reading straight through the Bible, something I had actually never done before. Recently, I’ve been reading in the gospels; I’m now about ten chapters in on the gospel of Luke. I’m really enjoying reading them straight through, even though the gospels are one of the most familiar parts of the Bible to me already.

Noteworthy verses:

“And to love [God] with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all one’s strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” -Mark 12:33

This just struck me because it’s a very rare instance of someone (a scribe) actually understanding and believing the heart of Christ’s teachings, when compared to the Pharisees, who focused so much on the outward ritual.

“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.'” -Luke 1:38

Mary’s faith and trust in this passage…just wow.

“Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.” -Luke 6:47-48

I love this description of what a strong faith is like.

This Month’s Bloggings

On the blog this month…

thoughts on harry potter2.jpgthoughts after reading 

modesty series 2some common modesty questions (and I realize now I forgot to write a concluding post for the series. Sorry. Too late now…otherwise known as I don’t feel like it  and ONWARDS to other things.)

tragedy2thoughts on the horror that happened in Orlando

summer2.jpgideas for a great summer

summer plans2updates

sermon notes2.jpga step-by-step guide

sabbath part 2 2my personal experience with the Sabbath

Other peoples’ posts that I loved…

This Month’s Readings + Goodreads!!

  • Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott: This was a re-read. Five stars to both all over again. I love Louisa May Alcott.
  • The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan: Four stars. I am VERY proud of myself for completing this. Only eleven more to go…
  • The Magician’s Nephew and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: Re-reads and five stars, obviously.
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart: Five stars. Just as great as the first one! (Read my review of the first book here.)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth: Three and half-ish stars. I’m struggling to rate this book, because it was really good but yet also had problems. Read my review on Goodreads for a bit more elaboration.

Speaking of Goodreads…I finally joined!! So you should all be my friends 😉 My TBR now has 273 books on it. What? No, I’m not crazy. Why would you think that? *hides*

This Month’s Watchings and Listenings

I need to do a better job of keeping track, but these are the movies I remember watching this month.

  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: FINALLY. I had never seen this and I needed to so badly. Watching it sparked the aforementioned reread of the Narnia series. It was SO GOOD and followed the book almost exactly, which made my bookworm heart very happy. Five stars. ♥♥♥♥
  • Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone: For some reason it sort of underwhelmed me, but I can’t figure out why. It was pretty good, once again true to the book, and for the most part I was happy with how the characters were interpreted (except for Flitwick…let’s just say that was NOT how I imagined him at all.)

I’ve been taking a break from YouTube that will probably last a while. So nothing new to report there.

For music, I’ve been listening to a lot of the same old stuff. Christian, Broadway, Josh Groban. I rediscovered some songs and started liking some of my old stuff again. So that was pretty great.

This Month’s Life Happenings

I’ve been working on my Queen of Hearts novel that I think I mentioned a while ago on here. It’s coming along great! Got all of my prewriting done and I’m about 10,000 words into the first draft. It’s my Camp NaNoWriMo project, so hopefully I can get pretty far along during July!

School ended, and all of the end-of-year performances and parties and auditions and finals happened. I was sick during finals week, but the lesson here is that I survived. I got through it. Yay. And now it’s summer, and I’ve been enjoying the free time and books and things.

July TBR

And another new section…wherin I tell you of all my bookish goals for the next month. Here’s what I want to read in July:

  • the rest of the Chronicles of Narnia
  • Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner’s Dilemma by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Start working on The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (I do NOT expect to finish it in one month…)

Upcoming Posts in July

  • Thoughts on our country
  • The first Purposeful Pages link-up!! So excited!
  • Works vs. Grace
  • Thoughts on turning 16
  • Setting priorities and using our time well
  • More book reviews; probably a review of Divergent soon


So that’s that! How was your June? What did you read/watch/listen to? What did God teach you this month? What are your plans for July? Which upcoming posts are you most excited for? Tell me in the comments! 

love, grace