Borders Trip pt.5 // Scotland

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Sorry for the very long break from Scotland pictures. Did you miss them? I really like doing these posts but they take a lot more time and energy than my book posts. Have you enjoyed this week of posts? I’ve really enjoyed doing it. Anyway, onward to the post.

Ok, we’re almost done with this day trip. If you haven’t seen the other posts be sure to check them out: Part 1Part 2Part 3, and Part 4. In this stop we explored Rosslyn Chapel.  Continue reading “Borders Trip pt.5 // Scotland”

(28) I’ll Give You the Sun // Bookish Blurb

16109340I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

This is a YA coming of age story about twins Jude and Noah.

This story is about family, guilt, loss, being broken and trying to put your life back together and yet it manages to still have moments of humor and . I don’t really know how to explain this book very well without giving too much away. Continue reading “(28) I’ll Give You the Sun // Bookish Blurb”

(27)The Secret Life of Bees // Bookish Blurb

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I had been meaning to read this book for a while especially after I read The Invention of Wings and realized that it was written by the same author. I knew I needed to read this book. In this book we follow 14 yr old Lily Owens as she escapes the horrors of her existence and tries to find out more about her dead mother. It is about race and strong women who have lots of hardship.  Continue reading “(27)The Secret Life of Bees // Bookish Blurb”

(26) Uprooted // Bookish Blurb

uprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik

Finally I got to read some fantasy. I thought this book started a little slow but once it got going I was totally hooked and didn’t want to put it down. I’m not exactly sure how to explain this book but it is about magic and an evil forest that corrupts people and wants everyone to die. That sounds very dark and I guess it is actually quite a dark book (I mean, a lot of people die just not very many people I cared about) but it is also a book about hope and discovering yourself.

This book is set in kind of your typical kings and townspeople sort of world where there are rich people who live in the city and all the villagers who do their own thing and then there are randomly magical people and evil creatures. Continue reading “(26) Uprooted // Bookish Blurb”

(25) The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry // Bookish Blurb

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I read this book because my mom had to read it for book club and she thought I might like it. It’s a British book about a retired man (Harold Fry) who receives a letter in the mail from an old friend and spontaneously decides that he needs to walk to where she is (on the other side of the country). In doing so he leaves behind his wife and failing marriage and reflects upon all the things that have happened so far in his life. Continue reading “(25) The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry // Bookish Blurb”

(24) Little Women // Bookish Blurb

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After reading March I got a hankering to read Little Women again and since I was able to get it for free on my kindle, I did. The book tells the story of the four March daughters (Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy) and all the adventures they have and lessons they learn. Continue reading “(24) Little Women // Bookish Blurb”

(22) March // Bookish Blurb

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This book takes the story of Little Women and tells the story of Mr. March when he goes away to be a chaplain during the civil war.

I was really intrigued by the premise of this book since I have fond memories of Little Women but ultimately that was my downfall concerning this book. Continue reading “(22) March // Bookish Blurb”

(21) The Tin Woodman of Oz // Bookish Blurb

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This is actually the 12th book in the original Oz series. Most people don’t seem to be aware that it is a series at all but it is. I’m slowly working my way through all the books (I read the first 11 last year) which shouldn’t be very hard since they are all quite short and easy to read.

This book concerns the Tin Woodman and is essentially a quest to find the girl he loved before he was made into tin. Along the way we meet many new characters and they go on funny little adventures. As in most of the oz books, the majority of the book is them wandering around meeting odd people/creatures and getting in and out of danger. Continue reading “(21) The Tin Woodman of Oz // Bookish Blurb”

Borders Trip pt. 4 // Scotland

CIMG1934aAt long last (after an evening in Edinburgh, a very old house, and a beautiful garden) we reach Melrose Abbey. I don’t really remember the history of this Abbey except that I’m pretty sure some king got really mad and tore it down. Also some terrible things probably happened here but when we saw it, it was just so beautiful that I can’t seem to narrow down my pictures any further so you get a bunch of them.

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This is apparently where Robert the Bruce’s heart is buried.

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It really was an absolutely stunning place and even though the weather was awful (I mean, what would you expect) it meant that pictures turned out really well. Sorry for this kind of rushed post. I hope you enjoyed all the pictures. It really was a very beautiful place and fed my love of old ruins.

This is not even the last stop on this day long adventure so prepare yourself for more to come.