Saturday, December 30, 2017

Rainy Thoughts: Year in Review 2017

This post is more of an archive for me, but if you're interested in people's years, then keep on reading!

So 2017. This was a rollercoaster of emotion type of year for me. My year started off emotionally unstable. My grandmother passed, my dog passed, and my car died...3 times! On top of two jobs, full-time classes and my senior project, it was like the world was coming down around me and I couldn't stop it. I just watched as the embers of the evening sun slide behind the wall and the darkness came up and over my dreams.


The year also brought good memories though. Memories with family and friends. I ended up purchasing my new car, was nominated for the top senior project, printed a book, wrote another book, graduated college, got my first real paying job, moved to a bigger apartment, got my wedding dress and went to Lousiana where I gambled and won some money.

When I brought Civi home in February

I had a really crazy, busy, and all together, awesome year. I am somehow surviving juggling three jobs (not because I need to, but because I want to. I know, it's weird. Millenial thing?) I have some news coming up and new plans that I'm sure will make the 2018 year just as crazy. But in everything, I am always grateful for my family and friends and hope you all have a new year filled with lots of joy, tons of laughs, plenty of shoulders to cry on, and all your family and friends. Cheers to a New Year!

Cousins on Christmas Eve

Graduated in August

Hanging with friends after my grandmother's funeral 

Capstone celebration in April


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Book Review: The Heart of the Night by Judith Lennox

Sorry about taking forever to do another review. I participated in my first NaNoWriMo, which was a very challenging expereince but I did it! And I plan on publishing my book in February so stayed tuned! Anyways, the book I'm about to review is another gem I found at the Dollar Tree. It might actually be my favorite book that I've gotten from there so far. It's been a while, so lets get on to my  review of The Heart of the Night by Judith Lennox! (SPOILER ALERT!)

A Little Bit of Background

Let's talk about the author a bit. So Judith Lennox is a German native romance novelist who has been writing for the past 30 something years now. Her sixth book, The Winter House, was her breakthrough novel for both in Germany and around the world. Three of her novels have been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award. 

Judith published The Heart of the Night in 2009. As a short overview of the book, it basically follows the lives of five unforgetable, individuals through pre, during, and post WWII. The two main people that you first meet and what the book revolves around are Miranda and Kay. Miranda lives a high and wealthy life with her father and one day her father dcides to hire Kay, a girl who always had just enough, to chauffer and watch over Miranda. The two spark a friendship and travel all of Europe until afrightful day arrives...and now you have to read the rest to find out!

What was most enjoyable

I really want to point out the fact that there were a handful of charcaters in this one book, but you never feel overwhelmed. The characters do not come out all at once, they have their time and moments when they come out. Having a ton of charcters can be hard to execute at times, but Judith does a great job at not letting the reader get confused and feel overwhelmed.

Another thig about this book is that even though it was a pretty long book, I still wanted to know more. The reader becomes entranced with these people's lives and event after event happens and it keeps you glued in and not wondering off into lalaland.

The last thing is that I really enjoyed the historical context. Being from the states, the only history I really know about the other countries, ecspecially the axis countries, is what I read in history class and what I watch on History channel. So it was a real eye opener to find out what the Prussians and the English and everyoe else went thorugh during this time.

What was least enjoyable

There wasn't anything I didn't enjoy about this book. The only thing I would say is that I was a bit confused when we meet the other charcaters, since we are only reading about two for 85 or so pages and then we get the point of view from another character, I was like, "who is this." But it was detrimental, it just might throw off some readers for a bit, but this book wasn't necesarilly not enjoyable because of it. Other than that, all was good!


Overall, this was a very enjoyable book. I completely was imersed in it and I never felt overwhelmed with characters. I never forgot a chacrters name and I think the historical context was spot on. Love the visuals and I was glad for the happy ending. I recommend The Heart of the Night if you are looking for a great romance/adventure/historical book. Until next time, Happy Reading!