Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Books I Read in 2014

Typically a post like this would make an appearance in December; but most of you have probably figured out by now that I don't often conform to "typical". So let's get started. The outline below gives you a glimpse of some of my favourite titles from 2014.

Before You Meet Prince Charming: A Guide to Radiant Purity

By Sarah Mally

Actually I was considering this for a sister's birthday, so read it to check for suitability. (It passed, btw.) This book is discrete enough to be suitable for younger readers, yet relevant for older readers as well. Sarah simultaneously encourages readers to view marriage highly, but to have a life purpose bigger than marriage. The text combines the tale of a young princess with anecdotes, advice, and Scripture. I would encourage every girl from about 12 onwards to add this to her reading list!
{Sidenote: When my sister's copy arrived with a foreword by the Duggar girls . . . *squeal*}

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

Believe it or not I hadn't read this book until last year! I've raved about the BBC's film version and seen two other {inferior} films, so decided I had better add the novel to my reading log. Made pretty quick work of it too. :) If you haven't read this already, you should. ;)

Growing Up Duggar: It's All About Relationships

By Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger Duggar

The theme of this book is relationships, and each chapter focuses on a different one: relationship with yourself, your parents, your siblings, friends, guys, culture, your country and the world. Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger wrote this book to help answer some of the many questions they receive from curious fans in letters and emails, and to empower, hopefully, readers to use their own lives to benefit others. 
See my full review here

The Music Teacher's Companion: A Practical Guide

By Paul Harris and Richard Crozier

I first checked this book out of the library, but before I finished it I realised I had already found so much helpful and that it would be invaluable resource in future (since I plan on getting ABRSM's teaching diploma in flute). The end didn't disappoint either! So if you're teaching, or planning on it, go get yourself a copy of this great book!!

Gianna: Aborted and Lived to Tell About It

By Jessica Shaver Renshaw

This biography tells the story of saline abortion survivor Gianna Jessen, the struggles she experienced growing up: from the difficulties in learning to live with cerebral palsy (caused by the abortion), to the opposition she experienced for being vocal about her pro-life stance.
See my full review here.

Still Growing: An Autobiography

By Kirk Cameron

Child actor, celebrity, atheist-turn-Christian, adoptive father -- Kirk Cameron is the perfect subject for an easy-to-read and difficult-to-put-down autobiography. I think I read this cover-to-cover in about a couple of days. If you're looking for an easy but inspiring read, go check it out!

And thus concludes a short list of titles I enjoyed in 2014. Are you going to add any of these to your reading list? Do you have any titles I should add to my list for this year?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


Yeah, another back-dated post. Sorry . . .

Happy 7th Birthday, Bryce!!

Highlights of Bryce's year as a 6-year-old include

  • beginning recorder lessons -- and playing in his first two concerts!
  • playing Uno with anyone who'll join him
  • flying through his maths textbooks (chapter a day, anyone?) and amazing us all with his computation skills (first math-brain in the family!)

Bryce would love a birthday message from you! Leave it in the comments section below. :)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

My Reveal || Online Purchase

Since most of you know I love my shopping (online or otherwise!) {and some of you even ask what I've bought recently}, I thought I'd share some pics of my latest one of my recent buys online. Reveal Candles, made right here in New Zealand, each contain a ring of $10, $100, $1000 or $5000 value. Can you guess the value of my ring? ;)

But because gold isn't my colour I want to try for a silver one . . . help me out by ordering me one from here. Hahaha jk :P ;) 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Auckland Zoo || Part 7 {La Grande Finale!}

Before I move on to posting about other recent happenings (I can hear you all cheering!), enjoy these last images from our trip too Auckland Zoo. Obviously the sun was a bit harsh since we were there around the middle of the day, but considering these were all taken with my little sister's point-and-shoot/compact camera, I think they turned out all right! Maybe I'll head back for some more shooting practice once I get a dSLR! ;)

: : Selfie with a tortoise : : 

: : Why does it look so cute?! : :
In Aussie they look really fierce ;)

: : Yeah. It so wasn't that hot! : :

: : Gorgeous vibrant colours! : :

: :{Since I just love cats} : :

: : And a cute little guinea pig . . . : :