Monthly Highlights - January

Saturday, January 31, 2015
- I found this super cute calculator in our 'drawer of randomness.' No one in my family knows where it came from, but the buttons are very plump and squishy. I like pushing them down. xP
- PIZZA! I had pizza a lot this month. And I'm completely fine with it.

- I made a mosaic with my wonderful aunt. (It's the blue one on the right) I tried to make it look like a dragon, but I'm thinking it looks more than a dragonfly. Either way, I'm satisfied. :)
- I have made major progress in editing my novel. I still have about half to go through, but I'm ecstatic to have made it this far. I'm hoping to finish the first round of edits by the end of February.

-  I did some archery with my cousin Anna yesterday. It was sooo much fun, and I actually hit the target instead of having it fly halfway across the world.
I'm on the right, and Anna is on the left.
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I got three books in January.
 -- One Realm Beyond by Donita K. Paul
-- North! Or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson
 -- On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson. 
And I read 7 books.
((I would've liked this number to be a bit higher, but with the busyness of this month, I'm surprised I read that many))
1. Heartless by Anne Elizabeth Stengl -- This was my second time reading this one. I really enjoyed reading it again, but it's not my favorite in the series.
2. Veiled Rose by Anne Elizabeth Stengl --  (So far) This is my favorite of the Tales of Goldstone Woods. The first half was just of a sweet friendship between two kids that I absolutely adored. This was my second time reading this one as well, and I still loved it to death.
3. A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes -- What caught me about this book was the premise and plot. Each person has a clock counting down to the day they'll die. I felt like the messages got a bit preachy at times, but I'm still anxiously awaiting the next one.
4. Moonblood by Anne Elizabeth Stengl -- I got a bit confused at times during this book with all the worlds and different characters, but I was happy that Lionheart and Rose Red's tale were continued.
5. Starflower by (again) Anne Elizabeth Stengl -- I liked this one about the same as Heartless. I really enjoyed it, but it wasn't my favorite of the series.
6. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson -- This. Book. Was. Amazing. In a way it was geared towards younger children and the concepts could be quite silly at times, but yet the plot was complex and the characters so awesome. And his footnotes on the bottom of the pages were hilarious.
7. Roverandom by J.R.R Tolkien -- Well. I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. I read it for school, and it seemed so unlike Tolkien's usual writing. It was odd, and I was confused about 90 percent of the time.
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- Katie Grace
What were the highlights of your month? 



  2. Great wrap-up post! I haven't read any of those books, but I think a few are going on my want-to-read shelf, definitely. And I love that calculator - aren't those squishy buttons the best? xD

    1. Thanks! I stole a few ideas from you, so thanks for doing your post.
      I love squishy buttons. I could punch them all day. xP

  3. I hope to finish the second draft of my novel by the end of February, too! *crosses fingers* I think I might shelve it for a little bit after that, though, because I'm really excited about a new idea that I want to begin drafting soon. Ooh, archery looks like so much fun. Hehe...I see that this was a Tales of Goldstone Wood month for you. My favorite book is Heartless, but that might be because that's the only book in the series I've read. :D Moonblood and Veiled Rose are literally right next to me right now, though, and are staring at me longingly.

    1. Awesome! *crosses fingers with you* It'll be a lot of work for me, but I think I can do it.
      It was soooo much fun. I haven't had that much fun in ages. I really want to do it again sometimes. :)
      Yes. It was a very filled month with Tales of Goldstone Woods, and February looks like it will be the same way. I'm reading Dragonwitch right now, and then I'll read Shadowhand next. I'm excited to see the series progress. :D

  4. All of those books, except for #3 and #7, are on my to-read list. Well, and One Realm Beyond, which I've already read. :) It's good to find another recommendation for them!

    Your mosaic is lovely, by the way, and it does look like a dragon! I made one in art class several years ago, and while I enjoyed it, it was tedious enough that I don't think I'll ever do it again.

    1. Yay! I like it when people join with me in reading books I love. :)

      Thank you! I never knew that making mosaics would be /such/ a tedious task. It takes a lot more patience and work than I thought it was. It was a fun experience though, and I'm happy that I got to take something home from it.

  5. I just found your blog (Via Emily @ For the Bookish) and I love it! It's nice to see other teen homeschoolers, (I'm 14 and homeschooled since 4th grade) and what do you know I play the piano too!! :)

    1. Thank you so much!
      Piano buddies! *high-five* How long have you been playing for?
      It's kinda amazing how you can find people like you over the internet... :D

  6. I know right? I've started playing piano when I was in 2nd grade, but when my piano teacher moved away I stopped taking lessons and I tried to teach myself a few things. I play classical, but I want to learn up beat Jazz, (If I can find a new teacher that is!) what do you play?

    1. I've been playing since I was in 1st grade, though am pretty sure this is going to be my last year of taking lessons. (But I can't imagine stopping piano completely. I'll always fiddle around with it at home)
      I used to want to play Jazz, but when I got into some of the pieces the rhythms were terribly hard and I quickly decided that it wasn't my type of thing. xP Right now I play a bit of classical, but am focusing on chording and chord charts to improvise in for my worship team in Church. I really love it. :D

  7. I'm glad you getting so far with editing. (:
    I may have bought to many books in January. (I got 6 books and one collection with 5 books)
    I don't usually do that...

    1. Believe me, I'm glad too. I'll definitely be a lot gladder(?) when I'm done, though. xP
      You can never have too many books. :D I don't think I'll ever stop buying books... They're too awesome to not have.


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