Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2022

Hello, welcome back to my blog! I hope you are having a wonderful day today! โ˜บ๏ธ Am I the only one who can’t believe it’s the final day of 2022?

In this post, I’ll be wrapping up December: talking about what I did, the books I read, which goals I accomplished, and sharing photos from my month! Let’s dive right in!

Books I Read

I feel like I had a really good reading month! This was probably due to the fact that I was trying to hit my 2022 reading goal.

By Your Side by Kasie West was a reread for me. I listened to the audiobook while I helped clean my little sibling’s room. This was the first Kasie West book I read, last year, and maybe my favorite, although it’s hard to rank her books! They are such cute, quick contemporary books that are easy to read, yet are still wholesome.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway was my second book of the month, borrowed from the library. Although there were some aspects I did not like, I was able to overlook that and appreciate other points of the story. I liked it fairly well, although I was a bit disappointed with the ending for some reason.

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys was just…amazing. Her books are always very good, informational, historical fiction novels, but they still are interesting and easier to read than a history textbook. This Ruta Sepetys book was no different; I learned a lot about a time in history I rarely hear of, 1989 Romania. I really hope she writes more amazing YA historical fiction novels!

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson was very interesting. It’s not a genre I would normally be picking up, but my sister and I read it together so we could discuss it afterward, and I thought that it was a very thought-provoking book. I feel like the story didn’t really revolve around the characters, but more the question of how far is too far in medical science. It definitely made me think of things I’d never considered before, and I like that.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen was the third Jane Austen book I’ve read, and I really enjoyed it! Although it is an older book, I was able to follow along pretty well, and may be one of my favorite Jane Austen books so far.

Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain was a book I was assigned to read for school, but I actually enjoyed it a bit. I found it very fun at points, yet I didn’t see a very clear storyline in it.

To All The Boys Iโ€™ve Loved Before by Jenny Han was another reread of the month. I remember really liking these when I read them last year, but this time, I feel as if I don’t as much. I was getting fairly annoyed by Peter Kavinsky, and just some things in the story.

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han is the second book in the series. Again, it wasn’t as good as I remember it being the first time. One thing I do enjoy from these books, though, is the sister relationships!

Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was the perfect Christmas read! This was actually my first time reading it, though I’ve watched the movie multiple times. I really liked it! I like the story overall, and many of the descriptions throughout the book.

Stranger Things: The Other Side by Jody Houser is a comic book about the tv show, Stranger Things. I enjoyed it, although I don’t usually read comics. This is one of my favorite shows, and I read through this graphic novel in one sitting!

Today, on the last day of 2022, I am reading The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe. I am probably going to finish it today, as I have only about 150 pages left in it as I am posting this. I think that it’s very well so far, and contains many good quotes.

Crochet Projects

This month, I got a few Christmas decorations finished, as well as many of my Christmas presents, despite my resolutions to get presents finished early this year! ๐Ÿ˜…

Blog Posts on “Books and Hooks”

DIY Book Tree: BetsyJane’s Blog Tour

The Christmas Tag

Five Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Collab With Diamond!

Merry Christmas // A Christmas Poem

Reviewing December’s Goals

  • Go to bed by ten each night. Not every night, but I do feel like I’ve improved my sleep schedule this month.
  • Bake some Christmas cookies. Yes! My family and I made many Christmas cookies and treats this year! I’ll add pictures of some of them at the bottom of the post!
  • Complete my reading goal. Yes, this year’s goal was 52 books, and I finished with 55 books read this year. (If I finish the book I’m currently reading today.)
  • Practice the piano every day and learn some Christmas songs. Nope!
  • Make a Christmas music playlist. I added some new songs to a playlist my sister made last year, so kind of, I guess.
  • Go thrift shopping. I did go thrift shopping a couple times this month, mostly to buy Christmas gifts and decorations!
  • Get some more yarn. I did! I mostly needed to get some to make some presents, but I also bought some Christmas colored yarn and made myself a hat!
  • Decorate for Christmas. Yup!

Goals for January

  • Get into a new running routine.
  • Post weekly on both of my blogs.
  • Create a new schedule.
  • Drink eight cups of water a day.
  • Write every day.
  • Get new glasses.
  • Go through my clothes and get rid of stuff.
  • Read a classic.
  • Journal every day.

Pictures From My Month

What Happened in December?

  • The main thing in December was Christmas! Although I didn’t get to go visit relatives due to some sickness going around, I had a fun Christmas with my family!
  • My mom graduated from nursing school as well this month.
  • I did a lot of baking, decorating, and crocheting this month!
  • For Christmas, I got a notebook from my sister, and I have started to write another book! It is a contemporary novel, and maybe I will write a post about it soon.
  • Now, I’ve started planning out my January and 2023.

That’s all for today! How was your December? Do you have anything exciting going on in January? I’d love to chat in the comments!

Check out for a post next week for a yearly wrap-up and an overview of my 2023!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: November 2022

Hello everybody!

Today, I’m here with a wrap-up for the lovely month of November. Let’s just get right into it!

The Books I Read

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien was my first book of the month. I took a bit of time to read it, as with the Lord of the Rings series, but I liked it very much.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson was my second read. This one was amazing! My sister read it before me, and she loved it. I thought she was hyping it up too much, but she was not! I loved the mystery elements a lot, so this one is easily a five-star read for me.

The Midnight Dancers by Regina Doman was my final book of the month. I previously read Doman’s other books in the Fairytale Retold series and loved them, and I liked this one a lot. It might be my favorite of the series, but it’s hard to tell. They are great Catholic fiction. Five stars!

Crochet Projects

This month, my main crochet projects have been little things, such as keychains, hats, and other small projects! I’ve also started on some Christmas gifts! ๐Ÿ˜

Blog Posts on โ€œBooks and Hooksโ€

The Reader Problems Book Tag

Sunflower Crochet Keychain Pattern

A Random Saturday In My Life

I Finished Draft Two of my Novel + New Posting Schedule

Whatโ€™s Your WIP Writing Tag: Dystopian Novel

Reviewing November’s Goals

Finish the second draft of my dystopian book. (Write 2,000 words a day.) As y’all probably know, if you’ve read my past couple of posts, yes, I did finish it! I’m super happy about that! I wrote every day for the first…maybe half of the month? Then, I took a small break before going back through it for a third time. I’m probably going to put this project aside for a little while, while I take a small break from writing. I’ll also be planning out the second book in this duology soon, too!

Run 10 miles. No, I didn’t get around to this. I think I went on two or three runs. For some reason, I find it harder to run in the cool weather, so getting out there in the winter is a bit of a struggle. I still love running, though! I might go on a run tomorrow, too, and it’s still not the end of November, so…

Go on a walk every day. I did this successfully for about the first half of the month, and then I started missing some days. Overall, though, I think this was pretty successful!

Re-decorate the walls around my bed. Yup! I just took down some pictures and put up new ones, and my sister and I put up some hanging fairy lights!

Start getting up early and make a schedule. Umm…๐Ÿ˜… Not really.

Less screen time. I don’t feel like I went on screens any less, but also not really any more than before.

Drink more water. I think so!

Plan and schedule posts for the month in advance. I feel like I wrote more posts in advance this month, which I’m happy about, so yes!

Try out a new bread recipe each week. I did this for the first three weeks, and I made some Italian bread the first week, whole wheat bread the second, and for the third week, I made some French bread! I didn’t make any for the final week with Thanksgiving and all, because I had a lot of baking as it was. I did make rolls for our Thanksgiving dinner so I think that that almost counts.

Goals for December

Go to bed by ten each night.

Bake some Christmas cookies.

Complete my reading goal.

Practice the piano every day and learn some Christmas songs.

Make a Christmas music playlist.

Go thrift shopping.

Get some more yarn.

Decorate for Christmas.

Pictures From my Month

What happened in November?

  • November was a pretty good month, but I don’t feel like a lot happened!
  • I got sick. Mostly just an annoying cough, though, which wasn’t fun, but not too bad either.
  • I mostly got a lot of walks in and wrote a lot, at least in the begining of November. I loved going on a walk, and thinking about the book a lot, then coming back to write.
  • We also had a great Thanksgiving, with a lot of yummy food.
  • On Friday (Nov 25) we got a Christmas tree! My family always goes and hunts for one, which is actually pretty fun.

That will be all for my November wrap-up!

How was your November? What fun plans do you have for the upcoming month? Did you have a good Thanksgiving?

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you are all having a good start to your week, and I hope you have a good week until I’m back on Monday!

See you later! Bye!

~ Rebekah

P.S. Please comment with any winter/Christmas related posts you’d like to see on my blog!

Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2022

Hey! How is everyone’s week going? I’m here today with a short recap of October! I hope you enjoy it! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Books I read

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’ve been working on this series for a while (since last fall, actually) and I’ve finally finished it. It’s an amazing series, and I’d definitely recommend reading it. It is a bit long and hard to get through, but I still think that it’s worth reading. I love it!

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. This book was very good! I think that it was very sad (I did cry many times). I feel like it doesn’t have much of a story, though. I think that it’s more about the characters: their grief and feelings, but I didn’t really mind that. I’d give it a 4/5 stars! Would y’all like a full book review?

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. I was assigned to read this for my school. It was a bit difficult to get through, considering the old way it was written, but I think that the story was pretty interesting. I gave it 4/5 stars!

Crochet projects

This month, I made a whole lot of pumpkins, and fall decor! I also bought some yellow and brown yarn, and I’m working on designing a crochet sunflower keychain pattern to post on this blog! I’m also starting on some Christmas gifts for family! ๐Ÿ˜

Blog Posts on “Books and Hooks”

Things I Want To Do This Fall

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys: Book Review

Crochet Projects I’m Working On

The 20 Questions Book Tag

DIY Fall-ish Pumpkins // Pearlโ€™s Blog Tour!

โ€œDare to Designโ€ Contest: My Entry

The Autumn Lover Blog Tag {Original} ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ

A Fall Poem

Reviewing October’s Goals

Write a total of 30,000 words Nope. I didn’t get a lot of writing done this month. I worked a bit on my dystopian book, but not a lot.

Start practicing piano again I did a little bit, but not as much as I would have liked.

Finish The Return of the King book Yep! It was amazing, and I loved it!

Make some fallish posts I did! I posted Things I Want To Do This Fall, DIY Fall-ish Pumpkins // Pearlโ€™s Blog Tour!, The Autumn Lover Blog Tag {Original} ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ, and A Fall Poem.

Find a running plan, and start it I found one and started it, but I didn’t like it a lot, so I stopped using it. Then, I tried making one of my own, but I never really started it. I’m going to try to get back to running jin November!

Try out a new recipe I checked this one off, but I don’t remember what I made…

Goals for November

Finish the second draft of my dystopian book. (Write 2,000 words a day.)

Run 10 miles.

Go on a walk every day.

Re-decorate the walls around my bed.

Start getting up early and make a schedule.

Less screen time.

Drink more water.

Plan and schedule posts for the month in advance.

Try out a new bread recipe each week.

Photos from my month

What happened in October?

  • I feel like October was quite a busy month!
  • We had a few different things at our church, including a church picnic which was really fun, and some things with my youth group.
  • I got to go on a train! This was my first time riding on an actual train, and it was so fun. I felt like I was living in the olden days! Plus, it was a very scenic route, and very pretty with all of the leaves changing color.
  • My family and I went to the lake a few times, and we went camping. I had a lot of fun!
  • I caught my first fish when we went camping! I’ve always thought fishing was boring, but I think that if I can have a good book while I’m doing it, it’s actually quite fun! With lots of my brother’s help (thanks!) I caught two small fish.
  • I went to a fun trick-or-treating thing with my siblings and some of our friends. It was fun, except that (for some reason) I chose to wear heels with my outfit, and my feet hurt quite a bit while walking around.
  • For Halloween, I dressed up as a person from the 1950’s with my sister! I didn’t really get any photos, though.
  • Taylor Swifts new album, Midnights, came out. I’m liking a lot of the songs so far!
  • I reached 150 followers! Thank you so much, guys! This is a really big milestone, and I never thought I’d come this far! โค

Thank you so much for reading! How did your October go? What are some of your plans for November? I’d love to chat with you in the comments! I hope that everyone has a good rest of the week! I’ll be back on Thursday with a new post. Bye for now!

Monthly Wrap-Up: September 2022

Hello and welcome back to my blog, Books and Hooks, where I post a lot about my various hobbies! Today, I’m here with a monthly wrap-up for September. Is it just me, or did this month go by really fast?

Books

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins was a re-read for me. It is one of my favorite books, and it’s one of the books that got me into reading! I loved the book just as much this time around as I did all the other times. I just feel like it’s such a well-written and thought-provoking book. Also, are you team Peeta or team Gale? (Really, though, there is only one true answer.)

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the second book in the Hunger Games series was the second book I finished in September. This series is just the best!

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins was the third book I read this month. And, the ending always hits so hard. ๐Ÿ˜ญ I’d you’ve never read this series, definitely do! This whole series, in my opinion, is a five-star read!

Then, I read Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. It was an assignment for my English, but I think that it was actually pretty good. It really shows how going too far with science can become a risk. I thought that it was also just pretty sad. I gave it four stars.

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys was a great book. I previously read both Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and they were both amazing. So, I had high hopes for The Fountains of Silence. Thankfully, my expectations were not too high! I gave this book five stars! I am working on a full book review for it, so keep an eye out for that!

Crochet projects

This month, I got a good amount of crocheting done! The main projects I’ve been working on have been crocheting these pumpkins! I’ve made about ten by now! XD

Posts

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2022

Answering Y’all’s Questions

I Need Some Post Ideas!

Crochet Flower Chain: Beginner Pattern

Never Have I Ever: Writer’s Edition

My Favorite Book to Movie Adaptions

Strike-Out Challenge

How to Start Crocheting: A Collab With BetsyJane

Reviewing September’s goals

Write 1,000 words every day. I did not get as much writing done this month as I hoped, so no.

Practice Spanish lessons every day. Yes, I did! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

No phone on Mondays and Fridays (except for texting friends and doing Spanish lessons) Uh…no.

Follow schedule. Here’s the thing: I got sick at the beginning of September, so everything with my schedule got kind of messed up. So, I didn’t really do this at the beginning of the month, but during the latter part, I’ve been trying to get into more of a rhythm with school and everything.

Get up early & go to bed early. As I said, my schedules have been weird, so not a lot.

Read five books. Yes, exactly!

Post a crochet pattern. Yes, I did! Click here to see it if you haven’t!

Drink more water. Kind of.

Post twice a week. Yes! I kept up a pretty good posting schedule throughout the month!

Goals for October

Write a total of 30,000 words

Start practicing piano again

Finish The Return of the King book

Make some fallish posts

Find a running plan, and start it

Try out a new recipe

Pictures from September

What happened in September?

  • I feel like September was a pretty chill month.
  • I got sick at the beginning of the month, so that was not the funnest, but I’m practically better now!
  • We got started with school again. I’m having a lot of fun with my courses this year!
  • A lot of things were starting up again, such as our homeschool co op, which has been really fun so far!

Thanks, everyone, for reading! I’ll be back on Monday with a fallish (is that a word?) post! See y’all then!

How was your September? What are your plans for October? I’d love to chat in the comments!

Edit: Guys, after I posted this, I got a notification that this is my 100th post! I can’t believe it!

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: August 2022

Hello! Welcome or welcome back to my blog! How are you doing?

Today I’ll be wrapping up my August, considering the month is over. Now is your last chance to ask me any questions on this post, because I’ll post the answers on Monday, probably!

Books

The only book I finished this month was We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han. It is the third book in the summer I turned pretty series. Despite my higher ratings for the other two books, I did not enjoy this book. I just found it very annoying, and I didn’t like the ending.

Writing updates

Considering the fact that I was traveling during the first half of the month, and I was in sort of a writing slump, I didn’t get a lot of writing done. I worked on Old Hopes and New Beginnings a bit and picked up the second draft of my dystopian book, and I’ve started writing it again! And…guess what? I’ve come up with (yet another) book idea. Now, I really want to write it, but I have to finish one of my other books first. ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

Crochet

I have started working on some fall projects!! Yay! I made some decorative pumpkins (here’s my pattern) and some other autumn decor!

Running

Again, I was traveling, so I didn’t run during that time. I did get quite a bit done in the latter part of the month, which was great. I also did a 5k race, which was lots of fun!! My time was a little under 30 minutes, which I think was a pretty good time for me!

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Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2022

I didn’t set any August goals, so I’ll just go right into listing my September goals. (I can’t believe it’s September already!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ)

September goals

  • Write 1,000 words every day
  • Practice Spanish lessons every day
  • No phone on Mondays and Fridays (except for texting friends and doing Spanish lessons)
  • Follow schedule
  • Get up early & go to bed early
  • Read five books
  • Post a crochet pattern
  • Drink more water
  • Post twice a week

Important events in August

  • As I have mentioned a lot, I was visiting family during the first half of the month, so that was quite fun!
  • One weekend, my dad and brothers traveled a bit, so my sisters, my mom, and I had such a fun time! We did some shopping, got snacks, and had chick flick movie nights!
  • Our fair happened, which was lots of fun!

Thanks for reading! How was your August? What books did you read? What are your September goals? I’d love to chat in the comments! Everyone take care, and have a good rest of your week and weekend!! Also, please comment if you have any post ideas you’d like to see on my blog!

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2022

Hello, y’all! I’m back!! How’s everyone doing?

July’s monthly wrap-up is quite a bit late because I was on a trip visiting family and I decided to take a short blogging break while I was there. Now, I’m getting caught up and doing my monthly wrap-up!

Check out this post, where I asked y’all to ask me questions, and I’ll answer them sometime next week!

Books I Read:

Wait For Me by Caroline Leech was the first book I finished this month. It was a pretty good historical fiction novel. My sister had recommended it to me after she finished it, and I enjoyed it as much as her. It’s a historical fiction book set during World War Two. Some historical fiction that I’ve read has been quite action-packed, with lots of stuff going on. This book, however, wasn’t. It was slower, but not boring. I rated it 4.5 out of 5 stars!

Waking Rose: A Fairytale Retold by Regina Doman is the only other book I read in July. Regina Doman writes amazing books. I have read two of her previous books in the fairytale retold series, The Shadow of the Bear and Black as Night. They are all good books for Catholic teens especially because Doman incorporated a lot of Catholicism into these books. It was a 5/5!

Writing updates

I wrote a good amount in “Old Hopes and New Beginnings” my contemporary novel, though not as much as I would have wanted. I was hoping to finish the book this month, but it feels like I’m not even very close. I am at a little over 57,000 words, and I was aiming for 60,000 words for the first draft, but I am pretty sure it’s going to be longer than that.

Crochet

Not a lot of crochet, but I did finish a crochet top which I am really excited about! I have pics down below!

Running

I got a lot of running done, though!! I am so proud of my running last month! I followed my 10k training plan, and I ran seven miles as well! When I started running a few years back, I couldn’t even run a whole mile without stopping. I never would have imagined going seven miles. But, here I am!

Posts

My One Year Blogiversary ๐Ÿฅณ// Comment Some Assumptions // Blog Redesign

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2022

Summer Aesthetic

The Music Loving Writerโ€™s Tag (Original)

Reacting to and Answering Your Assumptions About Me

Taking a Short Break + Ask Me Some Questions

Reviewing my July goals

  • Exercise every day I think I did! At least most days. There was one day where we went to the store, and I didn’t get to exercise, but we did walk around quite a bit, so I guess that sort of counts. I think I did pretty good with this one!
  • Get caught up (at least a little bit) on tags, awards, and nominations on my blog Uhhh…not really ๐Ÿ˜…
  • Write for 20 minutes each day Nope, but I did end up writing pretty consistently!
  • Make a schedule I did! I made a morning schedule, because I felt like I needed to be more organized!
  • Hydrate more, because itโ€™s getting super hot Yes! I am working more on that! It had definitely been very hot here, so hydration is important!
  • Do a 10k run Yup! Like I said earlier, I followed and completed my 10k training program!
  • Post a book review No, I didn’t.
  • Take more walks, and enjoy nature I feel like I really did this in July more! I tried to get outside, and take more walks and bike rides this month!

Important events in July

  • In July, I didn’t have a lot going on. There was a lot of time with family, walks and runs, and finishing up my schoolwork for the year.

Pictures from July

Thank you for reading! I hope everyone is having a good start to their week! What’s been going on in your life lately? What posts would you like to see in the future on my blog? I’d love to chat in the comments! I hope that you have an amazing day, and a good week! I’ll be posting on Thursday (probably an August monthly wrap-up). Bye! ๐Ÿ’•

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: June 2022

Hello everybody! I know that this is my second post today, but I wanted to get my monthly wrap-up posted before we get too far into July! June was a pretty good month for me, but I did feel like it went by really fast!

Books I read

I got three books read in June.

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. This was a sweet, fun, quick contemporary read! It definitely gave me some summer vibes! I read Jenny Han’s other series, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and loved it, so I thought that I’d read this series! I loved it, and gave it 4.75 out of 5 stars!

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano. This was one that I read for my English class. I didn’t like it much, but there were some interesting descriptions and scenes. I rated it 2 out of 5 stars.

Emma by Jane Austen was the last book I read. I was assigned to read Pride and Prejudice last year for my English, and I enjoyed it a lot, so I thought that I would read another Jane Austen book! Emma was a really fun book! I liked it a lot and I rated it a 4.75 out of 5!

Writing updates

I barely wrote at all this month! I know that I was trying to finish the whole novel in June, which definitely did not happen, but I think that taking a break was good for me because now I really want to write it. I am planning to share a bit more about it once I finish the first draft!

Crochet

I got some crocheting done this month, including a summer top, and some smaller projects, like washcloths. I am currently working on another top, but I ran out of yarn, so I have to wait and get some more!

Running

I am really proud of my running this month! I stuck with the 10k training plan, and only have a few more weeks left! It’s getting so hot here, so I have been getting up earlier and getting my runs in early when it’s still cooler out, or going in the evening. Running in the middle of the day in summer is brutal. I’ve also been focusing on warming up before my runs, which I’m bad about, and cross-training, which I have done more of this month!

Posts

Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2022

Some Bookish Phone Wallpapers

The Blogger Recommendations Tag

Definitely not a lot of posts in June, but in July, I’m going to be posting twice a week again, because school is settling down for the summer and I’m not as busy!

Reviewing my June goals

  • Read a Kasie West book Sadly, I did not get around to it. I couldn’t buy one, and I couldn’t find any at my library
  • Follow the 10k training plan Yes, I did this!
  • Run 20 miles (at least) 39 miles! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ
  • This might be too ambitious, but I want to finish my contemporary novel Yeah, definitely not…๐Ÿ˜…
  • Post once a week I only missed one week this month.
  • Read five books Nope!
  • Make a summer bucket list Yes, I did!

Goals for July

  • Exercise every day
  • Get caught up (at least a little bit) on tags, awards, and nominations on my blog
  • Write for 20 minutes each day
  • Make a schedule
  • Hydrate more, because it’s getting super hot
  • Do a 10k run
  • Post a book review
  • Take more walks, and enjoy nature

Important events in June

  • I visited some family and relatives, which was fun!
  • VBS happened one week at our church, and I helped! My siblings all had fun, too!
  • Awaiting season 4 vol. 2 of Stranger Things!!! It finally came out today, and I’m going to be watching the first episode tonight! (I’m so scared!) Do any of y’all watch Stranger Things?
  • I made a new blog in May, which I posted about in my last monthly wrap-up, but I recently changed the name and the link, so here is the new one: Rambles With the Saints Please check it out, and follow if you want!

Pictures from June

We went on a little car ride, and I got Subway for the first time! (At least that I remember. There might have been a time I had it when I was younger.) It was so good!
My crochet project in the car. It was a washcloth! I usually get pretty carsick when I crochet or read in the car, so I didn’t get that much of either done on the trip.
Messing around with the macro photography on my phone! I kind of like how this picture turned out!
Watermelon is the perfect summer snack!
Yum!
We got this Stranger Things Surfer Boy pizza one day, and it was actually really good!!
Reading Emma on the porch on a nice cool day. โ˜บ
Another macro shot! I was working on a puzzle, and I think this picture is pretty cool!
My puzzle of the Eiffel Tower! โค Almost done!
Strawberry smoothies made with strawberries from our own garden! Smoothies are one of my favorite summer foods, especially for after I go on a run!
Crocheting outside with some of my favorite yarn, Lion Brand’s Coboo! It’s the perfect yarn for crocheting summer patterns, especially tops! ๐Ÿ’•
My sister’s dog is adorable!!
The theme for this month’s bookshelf display was “Comfort reads”. This includes nostalgic reads or ones that my sister and I read when we were younger…books that feel like home. She made this sign, and it’s amazing!
Here are the books! Lovely War by Julie Berry, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and The Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien. My sister also made the eye of Sauron (on the right) from The Lord of the Rings series! She’s so artistic and creative!

That’s all! Thanks for reading today’s post! How was your month? Which books did you read in June? What are your goals for July? I’d love to chat in the comments! ๐Ÿ˜Š Have an amazing day!

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: May 2022

Hello, hello, hello! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend! I definitely did: I visited some relatives, and it was really fun!

Today, I’m posting a monthly wrap-up for May! ๐Ÿ’•

Books

I barely got any reading done this month!

A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir was the first one I read. I already read it in 2020, when it came out, so I thought it was definitely time for a re-read, because I was going through the series again. My sister and I listened to it together, and it was just as sad as I remembered it being! ๐Ÿ˜ญ If any of y’all have read this book, you probably know what I’m talking about! ๐Ÿ’” Of course, it’s 5/5 stars!!

Walden by Henry David Thoreau was the other book I read this month. It was an autobiography I had to read for my English autobiography class, and I really didn’t like it. A lot of Thoreau’s arguments don’t make sense, and there were a lot of really boring descriptions. I like some of the themes and ideas, such as the fact that we should simplify our lives a little bit, but not so much so that we’re living in casket sized boxes (something that he suggested in his book.) I wrote a few essays about it on my school blog. I only gave it one star, because of these reasons. Have you ever read it? Would you agree with me?

In June, I want to try to read Kasie West’s newest release, Places We’ve Never Been because it looks really cute and summery! I also want to read one that she wrote a little while that I haven’t gotten to yet, Sunkissed.

Writing

This month, I planned to just write my contemporary book, which I did, and get to 60,000 words, which I didn’t. I’m at about 40,000 words. When I finish the first draft, would you guys like to see a week long series about the book? Like, one day maybe I’ll talk about the plot, then I’ll share an aesthetic, and some quotes? Let me know if you’d like to see something like that! ๐Ÿ™‚

Crochet

I finished a few projects this month including a top and a skirt! I also did a few smaller projects, like washcloths! I did get sooo close to running out of yarn (actually running out!!!) but I got some more, thank goodness, lol! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Running

I followed my 10k training plan pretty good at the beginning, but during the last half of the month, I didn’t follow it as well, partly because we had family visiting, and I wanted to spend some time with them. This month, I’m really going to try to stick to it!

Posts

I didn’t really stick to my posting schedule this month, which I’m going to try to do better with in June!

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2022

Five YA Book Cliches (Part Two!)

One Week Until the Deadline: Photography Contest!!

The Remarkable Blogger Tag

Photography Contest!!

Photography Contest: Winners!!!

Reviewing my goals for May

  • Post every Monday I didn’t post quite every Monday, but I did post pretty regularly.
  • Do a book review I did not get around to doing this, because I didn’t really read any new books. I’m going to try to do a book review in June!
  • Follow my 10k running plan Like I said earlier, I followed it for a while, but for the past couple weeks, I haven’t really been following it, just running for how long I felt for.
  • Focus on writing the contemporary novel I did! I think that I only wrote this one, which really helped me get more into the story than writing all of the different books that I’m working on!
  • Finish reading โ€œThe Return of the Kingโ€ I did not. I’m only on chapter 2 or 3. I don’t know why I’m having so much trouble reading this series. I like them, but I feel like they are books that you kind of have to take slowly to process everything, especially because of the old way they’re written.
  • Get to 60,000 words in the first draft of my contemporary novel I did not. I’m only at about 40,000 words

June goals

  • Read a Kasie West book
  • Follow the 10k training plan
  • Run 20 miles (at least)
  • This might be too ambitious, but I want to finish my contemporary novel
  • Post once a week
  • Read five books
  • Make a summer bucket list

Pictures from May

Here are a few pics I took in May!

I got some Converse!! I absolutely love them! Thanks, mom and dad! ๐Ÿ˜
Another pic! What’s your favorite outfit with Converse?
I took this picture of this leaf because I thought that it looked like a heart! ๐Ÿ’š I don’t think that the pictures turned out super good, but oh well!
Another!!!
I took these pictures of this pretty purple in my yard! Do you know what kind it is?
And, some ice cream to finish it all off!!

Important events

May was a pretty amazing month! There were some great things that happened! โ˜บ

  • “Stranger Things” season four came out!!! I love this tv show, and I love the season so far!! The final two episodes of the season are coming out on July first, so I am excited for those, too!! I’m going to be posting a review soon!
  • We had some family visiting, which was fun!!
  • Soccer has ended for the season. While I’m kind of sad that it’s done, I’m also kind of relieved because it takes up so much time. I think that taking a little break is good. It was definitely an amazing season, though!!
  • I finished my Algebra 2 math book, and now I’m on to geometry, which I actually kind of enjoy
  • I started a new blog called “A Catholic Girl’s Musings“. If you want to, please check it out! I’ll be posting things about my Catholic faith, my beliefs, and I’ll also share recommendations for good Catholic books, movies, music, etc.

Conclusion

May was a pretty good month for me! โค I had some visiting with family, which was super fun, and Stranger Things 4, which is my absolute favorite show, was amazing. I’m going to post a review for it on this blog sometime soon!

How was your May? Did anything important happen this month? I’d love to chat in the comments!

Thank you all for reading! I hope you all have a great week, and I’ll see you next week!

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2022

Hey! ๐Ÿ˜Š Sorry, guys, that I haven’t been posting regularly! Things have been kind of crazy, but I’m going to try to post more consistently in May!

Books I read

Saint Gianna: Her Life of Joy and Heroic Sacrifice by Giuliana Pelucchi. I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about this saint! The book was pretty well-written, though it did get a bit boring at certain points. (I feel like this is the case for a lot of biographies.) I definitely did learn more about this heroic saint through this book! I rated it 4.75/5 stars.

St. Maria Goretti in Garments All Red by Godfrey Poage. This is another saint biography. My sister found it at a thrift store, bought it, and read it. I decided to read it, then. I think that Saint Maria Goretti was such a brave person, and this book was also written really well. 4.5/5 stars.

I Am Margaret by Corinna Turner. My cousin recommended this book, so I decided to get it. I loved it! There were only a few things that I didn’t like, such as the unusual font, but I got used to it as I read. Another thing about it that made me not enjoy it as much as I would have, is the fact that my cousin was hyping it up a lot. I still rated it 5/5 stars, though!

The Case For Easter by Lee Strobel. I watched the movie”The Case For Christ” a while ago, so I decided to pick this book up before Easter. It definitely gave a lot of great evidence of Jesus’s death and resurrection. I would recommend it to anyone! 5/5 stars.

Twelve Years as a Slave by Solomon Thompson. This was another autobiography I was assigned to read for my English class. I found the details very descriptive, and it was written very well. 5/5 stars!

Echo by Pam Muรฑoz Ryan. I started this book a little while ago and then stopped reading it. I picked it up again and finished it in a few days. I absolutely loved it! It’s a few different stories in one book, following one harmonica as it transforms three different children’s lives. I also loved the ending, because it just tied everything together nicely! I’m thinking about doing a full book review for this book! I gave it 5/5 stars!

Writing updates

I did not get much writing done this month. I feel like I’ve been busier with school and soccer, but I’m going to try and get more writing done in May! I’m just going to try to focus on one of my books, the contemporary one!

Crochet

I got a good amount of crochet done this month! I even posted a pattern for Easter bunny keychains! I’m running out of yarn now, though!!!! I might do a yarn haul soon!

Running

I actually reached my goals this month! I aimed to run 20 miles, and I did *exactly* that!

Posts

Thank You For 100 Followers! ๐Ÿ’–

10 Minute Crochet Easter Bunny Keychains

Happy Easter!

Celebrating 100 Followers: Beckyโ€™s Springtime Photography Contest

Reviewing goals for April

Get 100 followers and do a special post Yesss! Thank you for 100 followers! I never thought that in less than a year, I’d reach this many followers! ๐Ÿ˜Š I am doing a photography contest to celebrate! The deadline is May 20th, but I might have to push it back because no one has entered yet.

Run 20 miles (actually do it this time!!) I did! Like I said, it was exactly 20 miles!

Post a crochet pattern I did! Here is my pattern for cute little crochet bunny keychains!!!

Do a book review I didn’t get around to this. I am going to try to do one in May, though! โ˜บ

Get some bike rides in! Yup! I was trying to focus on doing more cross-training this month on the days I didn’t run!

Do at least one lesson of Spanish a day There were some days I didn’t get around to doing a lesson, but I tried to do one lesson a day! In case anyone’s wondering, I’m learning Spanish on Duolingo.

Practice piano every day Yes!

Goals for May

  • Post every Monday
  • Do a book review
  • Follow my 10k running plan
  • Focus on writing my contemporary novel
  • Finish reading “The Return of the King”
  • Get to 60,000 words in the first draft of my contemporary nove

I’m not going to be able to add any of my pictures from April right now. I might come back and add them later!

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Thanks for reading! How was your April? If you celebrate it, what did you do for Easter? Did you reach your goals? I’d love to hear from y’all in the comments! Thank you for reading! I hope everyone is having an amazing Monday! Have a great week! ๐Ÿ˜€

~ Rebekah

Monthly Wrap-Up: March 2022

Hello everyone! Today I am posting a monthly-wrap up for March! This was a very good month for me, though nothing very exciting or big happened. Soccer has started up again, so that’s been fun! I didn’t get too much reading done, mostly just books for school!

Okay, here we go!

~ Books I Read ~

Geronimo’s Story of His Life by Geronimo. This was an autobiography that I had to read for my English class. It wasn’t my favorite, but wasn’t that bad, just a little boring, but pretty average. I rated it three out of five stars.

The Autobiography of Charles Darwinย by Charles Darwin. This was another book I read for my English course. It was definitely not my favorite in the class, and I only rated it two stars.

The Searchย by Chris Stefanick and Paul McCusker. I rated this one 4.5 stars because I think it was a pretty good book. It gives a lot of good questions, and things to think about, but I feel like it was more geared toward people who weren’t Catholic or Christians yet. But, overall, it was still pretty good.

John Thompsonโ€™s Autobiographyย by John Thompsonย was the final book I read this month, and yet again, it was one I read for my English class. It was one of my favorites so far. It was written by an escaped slave, and he offers many different powerful stories throughout the book. I rated it 4.5 out of five stars.

~ Writing updates ~

I took a bit of a writing break this month. I still got some writing done, but I was doing more planning and character development.

~ Crochet ~

I did some crochet, but not a whole bunch of different projects. I’m adding a few pictures of a baby blanket I made after this too! But, other than that, I didn’t really get much crocheting in.

Here’s a picture showing the whole blanket!
Here is a baby doll wrapped up in it!
Haha, I tried to make this one look all artistic showing the stitches up close! ๐Ÿ˜„

~ Running ~

I’m finally getting back into running more regularly! Although I didn’t get the 20 miles done, like I planned for this month, it was close!! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

~ Posts ~

Doing the โ€œKnow Your Buddy Tagโ€ With Raegan

What Itโ€™s Really Like Being a Writer

Recipes I Use A Lot

My Daily Routine: A Collab With Sawyer

A Small Blog Redesign

The Be You Challenge

Childrenโ€™s Books That Always Make My Mom Cry

A Spring Aesthetic

A Bookwormโ€™s Life: A Poem

~ Reviewing my goals for March ~

Run 20 miles. I almost got this done, but not quite! In April, I’m really going to push to achieve my running goals!

Work on my book for half an hour a day (it could be writing, or it could be planning or something else book-related). Yep! (At least, almost every day.) I didn’t get too much writing done like I said earlier, but I did do a lot of planning and everything!

Crochet something every day. Nope. I started doing it for the first half of the month, but it just got to be too demanding, and it made me feel like I had to crochet, so I stopped doing it.

Finish readingย The Return of the King. Ummm…

~ Goals for April ~

~ Get 100 followers and do a special post

~ Run 20 miles (actually do it this time!!)

~ Post a crochet pattern

~ Do a book review

~ Get some bike rides in!

~ Do at least one lesson of Spanish a day

~ Practice piano every day

~ Pictures from February ~

For Saint Patrick’s day, we made homemade shamrock shakes! We just made homemade vanilla ice cream, and added some green food coloring and mint extract! It was really yummy! Have you ever made homemade shamrock shakes? โ˜˜
I really like Saint Gianna, so I drew this picture! I’m definitely not an artist, but I’m really proud of how it turned out!
The other day, we had some graham crackers with yogurt, chocolate chips, marshmallows, Nutella, and bananas, and I made mine into a house!! (Lol, I tried to build a little snowman in front of it with the marshmallows, but it didn’t really turn out! ๐Ÿ˜†)
Here’s what one of my brothers made! It’s so cute!
Homemade pretzels and cheese sauce!! ๐Ÿ˜‹
Here is March’s bookshelf display! It shows different books that have made me cry. Books shown: Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah, A Sky Beyond the Storm by Sabaa Tahir, and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. These are all super sad books!!! ๐Ÿ˜ญ
Here’s a better look at the sign!

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Okay, that’s all for today! ๐Ÿ˜€ How was your March? Did anything really exciting happen? I’d love to chat in the comments!

See you guys on Saturday, and have an amazing rest of your week! ๐Ÿ˜Š

~ Rebekah