Hello and happy October, Y’all! I am so excited to be participating in FFF again this year (sorry this post is tardy, life happens…)! This year, Kate from One Upon an Ordinary is hosting the event, so before you click out of this post, be sure and visit her for a list of all the bookish posts you need to hit up today!
I love books. Books are a huge part of my life and have taught me so much. So, I am excited to introduce you to myself through the books I love! Let’s dive in!
Stop the Rain
I love the military. If you know me for any length of time, then you know I am passionate about our country and everyone who serves Her. I’m an Army girl to the core, and I have a passion for helping people understand them and bridging the gap between military and civilians. I dream of a day when we are like those in WWII, when it was everyone’s war, not just the soldiers. I am also passionate about getting the word out about PTSD and helping others understand it’s not a Hollywood shock factor; it is too many people’s reality.
If I could give you one book that covers all the bases and will open your eyes to the world of military members, it is Stop the Rain by Kassie Angle. If you have never read it, what are you waiting for?
Iron Scouts of the Confederacy
Another thing about me that lots of people know is that I am passionate about my Southern Heritage and the War Between the States. The South was right and I will never back down from that. It is a hill I will die on. We are not a nation of racist, white-supremacists. We are a nation of high moral standards, loyalty to the Constitution, old-fashioned values and honor. If that bothers you, this may not be the blog for you, cause I talk about it a lot and that’s not changing any time soon. That being said, I totally understand not everyone will agree with me and that’s okay! I love answering questions and I can totally agree to disagree, so if you can extend the same grace, welcome!
I love Iron Scouts because it’s a true story that reads like a novel, highlighting the glories, struggles and heartaches that befell our Southern soldiers. Nothing to hide, nothing to be ashamed of, just honest, down-to-earth, hilarious and heart-wrenching stories of two brothers who loved their country.
If you know me very well, you know I have a morbid obsession with the Lincoln Assassination. I will clarify, I do not believe it was right that John Wilkes Booth killed Lincoln, even though his death only saddens me because I have no reason to believe he was saved. But that’s another tale for another time. All it did was make an evil man a martyr, such as Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy.
I have read Manhunt probably five or six times and it’s the only non-fiction that read at least once every other year. It’s that good. It’s a deep dive into the history of the assassination, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the opening days of the decline of our nations into the ruin you see today. Meet people you had no idea were involved and learn about the part they played in on of the most tragic events in the history of our nation. (Notice: I said one of the most tragic not THE most tragic. 9/11, the Holocaust and Roe V. Wade are far more tragic.)
To Save a Life
Pro-Life activism is very important to me. It should be to every Christian, jointly with sharing the Gospel. For to share the Gospel, you must have a living person to talk to. Words cannot describe how I felt when I learned Roe V. Wade had been overthrown in our land and multiple states jumped to ban the practice of murdering infants in their jurisdictions! I cried tears of joy and hugged my baby, thanking God for the men and women who made it possible. Then later that day, I celebrated the birth of my niece on this historic day. What a perfect way to celebrate!
I wrote To Save a Life to share my passion for the unborn, and out of that was born the Natty’s Warriors Series, covering multiple aspects of our movement. The book will be released in the near future, I am hoping sometime in December. We will see. Until then, please add it on Goodreads and help spread the word!
The Dawn of a Life
I am a Christian. That is the most important thing about me. I am a wife, a mother and a homemaker. God has given me this calling and I am grateful for it. I love old-fashioned things and I love a cozy ambiance and aesthetic. I’m more comfortable talking politics of the 1800’s and learning how to make bread. I love the old hymns and the slower pace. I love physical books in my hands and old movies.
The Dawn of a Life is my go to comfort read. It takes me back in time. It’s a “Lifestyle” book, not an epic plot until you’ve read the whole series. It’s a slow, comforting book about life. And that’s a worthy read in my opinion.
What are five books that make you you? Share them in the comments below! Don’t forget to check out Kate’s blog for more books, a giveaway and a free book hidden in the posts!
“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers…” Anne Shirley
Hello everyone! It was really hard to pick my top ten books from last year 😊 I didn’t read a whole lot and while I read several good ones, there weren’t a whole lot of favorites. Even so there were some super good books that stood out above the rest, and I’m excited to share them with you! (PSST! I hit 33 weeks on Wednesday! How crazy is that??)
(All Book Images are from Goodreads)
6| Tattered Wings by Kassie Angle
Yes, this is a reread. Yes, I have harped on and on about this book and how good it is. Yes, this is one of my top favorite books ever. And yes, it technically rates higher than most of the books on this list. BUT. Sense it is a reread and I do talk about this book a lot, I decided to put it at the bottom and let the new books get some spotlight. Does that mean my love for it has diminished? Not at all *halo* and if you are a fan, comment below so we can fangirl! (Click here for my review!)
5| O To Be Like Thee by Kassie Angle
*Clears throat* Please reread the above paragraph. Still applies. (Click here for my review!)
4| The Colour Red by Katja H. Labonté
This book is undergoing rewrites and hasn’t officially released, but I highly recommend it! I loved the unfinished version I read so much and can’t wait to read the revised edition! It’s the story of a boy named Jay and his journey through trial and triumph as he learns to love again and be loved by they family he never had but always needed. This book is written especially for those who deal with emotional and mental health issues and as someone who deals with mild forms of depression, I found it a balm for my heart. Highly recommend! (Click here for my review!)
3| Shadows at Crag Cottage by Victoria Minks
When I found out that Victoria Minks had a new book out, I was elated! And to discover it was a series was even better! I’m not a huge fan of the regency-esque era, but this book made me second guess my stance. I decided, because of this book, to take a chance on Jane Austen and I’m not sorry! Some light romance in this story, even though marriage and such is the center of their lives, but it’s more in a comical light than a disgusting “oh, he’s a dreamboat!” fashion. It’s appropriate and well written. And the ending! I was on the edge of my seat! Can’t wait for Episode 2! (Click here for my review!)
2| Oh, the Fallen by Abigail Kay Harris
This book ripped my heart out. If you ever need a good cry, go get you a copy of this little baby and lock yourself in your room for the afternoon. Tissues recommended. Y’all know I’m a softy for a good military read and this one…yeah, let’s just say I can’t wait to read the next book! (Click here for my review!)
And now, for the top book of 2021…
1| Modern Warriors by Pete Hegseth
Surprise, surprise XD I predicted in my review post that this would make it onto my top ’21 list and it sure did! I want desperately to reread it, but I have to finish some other books before I can justify pouring over this lovely soldier to civilian compilation. If you get the chance, snag this book! (Click here for my review!)
What were your favorite books of 2021? Comment below and share your favorites!
Have a blessed day and God Bless America!
Ryana Lynn (and Baby Girl Peterson!)
So hard to believe January is over! Two more months to my little Southern Belle will make her appearance! Can’t get here soon enough for me, lol! I never thought I would see the day when simply yawning or sneezing would have me panting for air and totally exhausted. Don’t ask 😊
I didn’t get as much done this month as I anticipated, but you know what? That’s okay! I did what I could and am moving on to the next set of goals! Share your recaps from January in the comments section below!
Haha… well, we finally got snow, so I guess that counts, lol! In all honesty, this month was pretty rough on my health. I’m exhausted most of the time and acid reflux is a near daily occurrence, making me pretty nauseous. Which means I didn’t get much writing or reading done, because pregnancy fog/mental fog left over from my run in with the virus that shall not be named nearly two years ago prevents me from being able to focus much. But audiobooks help!
I did get to visit with my in-laws a lot which was a blessing! I even got to visit with my side of the family for a couple days, so that definitely counts as a highlight! And I got to have a sushi and boba tea date with a friend from church. So, I did have some good days sprinkled in amongst the fatigue XD
Book of the Month ||
Definitely Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I have a full review coming soon, but y’all, this book was both hilarious and heartbreaking in all the best ways. I loved the societal satire and the bits of wisdom sprinkled throughout. I found the balls annoying, just saying. Also, I still hate the Enemies to Lovers trope, but this is the best example of it I’ve ever seen! And I was pleased that while this book was all about marriage and such, it really wasn't a romance novel. Love this book!
Total Books Read This Month ||
Five. Quite shy of my goal, but progress none the less! Only two books were on my reading list, but I’m just adding the remaining three I shared to my February list. Three of my books are audiobooks, so hopefully, I can catch back up!
My Blog Posts ||
Here’s a round up of this month’s posts, just in case you missed any!
Hello, 2022 || Goodbye, 2021
Reading List: January/February 2022 || Plus 5 Winter Reading Recommendations!
Writing Update || A Note From My Desk
Thoughts on Writing || A Collaboration with Katja L.
In the future I will try to post a friend's posts round up, but I am way behind this month, haha!
Verse of the Month ||
Romans 5:1-5— “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us."
Song of the Month ||
Christian. American. Southern. Author.
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