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The Goodreads Tag

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You scream

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We all scream for books!

What a greeting! Anyway, I saw The Goodreads Tag on The Write Books Blog and she said anyone and everyone could do it. That’s why I’m here today. πŸ™‚

What was the last book you read?

If the question’s referring to the last published book I read, then this one:

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I’ve been reading the Warriors series… and it feels like there is a zillion books or something. Anyway, I’m reading the Dawn of the Clans, a spin-off of the books that started it all. I recently finished book two, Thunder Rising. Now I’m currently reading book three, The First Battle.

What are you currently reading?

Um, on GR I have a lot listed that I’m currently reading (and some of them are still packed away), so I’ll list the most recent ones.

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Befriending the Beast

Ten: How the Commandments

The First Battle (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans #3)

What was the last book you marked to-read?

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I like this author’s Minecraft books, so don’t judge me. (although the cover is a bit iffy) πŸ˜›

Do you use the star system?

Yeah, but I pretty much base it on my liking of the book and if it was good. I really don’t don’t give any in-depth reviews unless I need to (such as reviewing it for someone) or I really like it.

Are you doing the 2017 Reading Challenge?

Yes and I think I am doing quite well.

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Crystal has
read 101 books toward
her goal of
207 books.
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Although, half of the books I read might be picture books. πŸ™‚

Do you have a wishlist?

Who wouldn’t?! Well, I really don’t have too many. A few:

Tigerheart’s Shadow (Warriors Super Edition #10)

The Book Thief

Indian in the Cupboard

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Who are your favorite authors?

I’m not an author-person…. for some series, yeah, but otherwise… Here are some that I like: Erin Hunter, Janette Oke, and Mark Cheverton.

Have you joined any groups?

Yes, multiple groups. Either they’re christian, Marvel, or poll related. Fun Fact: I’m not really active in most of them unless I want to be.

How many Goodreads Shelves do you have?

Eh, I have 38 shelves. I do need them. πŸ˜›

Star-Wars, classics, favorites, library-books, etc.

I tag… dun dun dun da- You! I’m not certain who’s been tagged, and we all know it can be annoying having to do the same tag again, so makes sense.

~ Crystal

Book Reviews, Christian, Christian Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, Uncategorized, Young Adult

Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

This is the second book review I have posted on my blog and I hope to post more! πŸ™‚

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~Buy on Amazon~

~Shelf it on Goodreads~


“Rose Red trusts no one with her secret. She hides in the forest, her face veiled in rags, shunning the company of all save her old father and her nanny goat. Her life is bleak and lonely.

Until she meets a privileged young man sent to spend his summer in the mountains. Headstrong young Leo startles everyone by befriending Rose Red, and together they begin searching for the monster rumored to be stalking these lands.

But the hunt, which began as a game, holds greater risk than either imagines. Soon both are forced to test their trust in each other as a far more terrifying scourge puts their entire land at risk.


Book: Veiled Rose (Tales of Goldstone Wood #2)

Author: Anne Elisabeth Stengl

Rating: 1 Star/DNF


To be honest, I couldn’t finish this book.
First, I really didn’t understand a thing that was going on. Of course, this is the second book so I should read the first one at some point. Second, I’m a little disappointed in Bethany House. I thought that they only published good books. I suppose you could think that I’m expecting books that I will like for sure from them, considering that they’re a christian company, but that’s not the case. I haven’t seen a thing in Veiled Rose that made me feel like this was christian fiction. It really seemed secular, in my opinion. I decided to check out/research the author… it never mentioned her being a christian so now I’m questioning if the book was even aimed at Christians at all. Perhaps Bethany House only published it because it was supposedly “clean”? I even checked out reviews to see what everyone else thought of it… and it’s apparently dark, frightening, etc. I wasn’t aware of this, and that, in my opinion, is not god-honoring… plus, in my heart, I felt like God was telling me not to read this, so I listened after I finished chapter 4.
The book in general: Like I said, I didn’t understand a thing. To me, Leo is a boring character… at least from the point I stopped at. I honestly did enjoy chapter 4, about Rose Red. Otherwise… πŸ˜›

The book did seem to possibly include magical elements, since dragons and stuff were discussed, but I’m not completely certain about that part.

I don’t recommend it, unless you somehow like dark books. I don’t understand how anyone could, but everyone is entitled to their own opinions. πŸ™‚


I’m sorry for the short review, but there wasn’t too much to say about Veiled Rose.

At least this book can finally go back to the library.

~Crystal

This was written in my own words and opinions.

For the categories, I used Goodreads to check what genres the book was listed under.

Goals/assessments, Uncategorized

March and April Roundup + May Goals

March and April were the distraught months of the year! As most of you know, I moved. Plus, I’ve been sick every month of the year so far. Guess what?

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I’m sick again… It’s getting a little old. πŸ˜›

I wasn’t able to post my March Assessment and I needed to do April’s, so I’m cramming a lot into one post!

Continue reading “March and April Roundup + May Goals”

The-Move, Uncategorized

Before the Move – Part 4

I finally got around to putting together this post. I decided to keep posting about the move from where I left off. That means you’ll have to wait longer for the awesome pictures I got while driving to Wisconsin drowning in boredom half of the time… sorry. #sorrynotsorry

Now first…. let me do something.

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Butterflies in my stomach… get it? πŸ™‚

Starting with my awesome cereal box collection. And there is also a granola bar box.

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I’m not even sure why I didn’t take another picture…. this is way too blurry, but it’s the best I have. 0.0

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My awesome Star Wars collection. I did keep this stuff, if you want to know. πŸ˜‰

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I even have some Star Wars shirts that I could’ve posted, but that would’ve been too much, if you catch my drift. #imastarwarsnerd
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My awesome bags #stillastarwarsnerd

And look! I also found some movie tickets in my collection…. πŸ˜›

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Well lookie there… I’m a Marvel nerd too. I especially love collecting the same ticket 3-4 times. -_- And yes, I finally got rid of them.

I apparently loved collecting Moshi Monsters trading cards and Mcworld (A McDonald virtual world that was removed) codes. I even have some Club Penguin trading cards as well…. 0.0

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Brings back so many memories…. I still call Ice Cream, Ice Scream… lol. Thx Moshi Monsters.

So there. My awesome stupid collecting pack-rat skills has been revealed!

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~ Crystal

Totally Random

Bring out the cake and ice cream..

Sweet sixteen!

I feel like nothing’s changed.. But I also feel like I hit a milestone in life. I can drive (technically no since I don’t even know how to do that. I might as well just crash though a window destroying everything and ending my pathetic life.. That would TOTALLY happen… πŸ˜‹… could it??? 😲), I can volunteer for stuff unless it’s different from California in Wiconsin, buy LEGOs… Okay just kidding about that..πŸ’­

I’ll post about what I did soon when I actually have access to a computer…πŸš›πŸš—πŸ“· πŸ’»πŸ“’

And yes, I have an obsession with LEGO gifs… Especially Ninjago. 😳

~Crysyal

The-Move, Uncategorized

This is it.

I decided that I cannot post Before the Move- Part 4 anytime soon, so just be patient with me.

Even with the boxes lying around, the animals gone, leaving my friends… It never felt real. Now that the moving truck has left a few hours ago…


My stuff is gone…. except a backpack full of clothes, notebooks, and my Kindle Fire for ebooks/downloading episodes off of Netflix.

I actually might have one more chance to see my friends tomorrow, but wow. We had planned to leave last Saturday, then yesterday… now it’s being put off until early Thursday morning.

I really miss my books… although my dad did let me have a Terminator book he had planned on getting rid of yesterday.

Drinking a Mcdonalds’ Frappe helps, but still… the struggle is real.

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Can’t I just stay in California…? Even though the CA government wants to pass stupid laws? IN-N-OUT ain’t in Wisconsin… and my shake shop The Grind?

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Just let me scream now… at something or someone.

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Anyhow, I’ll just be miserable in the car with my notebooks for writing and my Kindle Fire for some ebooks.. but I am planning on taking a zillion photos of everything that is humanly possible including the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore. Ugh and don’t get me started on how nauseous I’ll be in the car!!! 😱

 This is probably the last post I’ll make for awhile…

Wish me luck… pray for me and my family to have travel mercies and for my aching, sore body,

~ Crystal

P.S: I plan to do a huge post on the moving thing… I also want to change my blog a bit, so expect some changes happening sometime this month.

The-Move, Uncategorized

Before the Move- Part 3

Maybe this and the upcoming posts should be called the “Embarrass me time” posts. πŸ˜›

Anyway… some progress from a few days ago…

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My baby sister is in this shot.
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Moved some stuff around…

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Do you like my stuffed animal “collection”? I had maybe 40+ before, but I was able to get rid of a couple that weren’t special to me.

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Sorry for the mess on my bed. I was just doing a little reading, writing, and cleaning all at once. πŸ˜›
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And yes, I was a fan of Cub Penguin… like my small pink puffle and purple penguin? πŸ˜›

Stay tuned for Before the Move- Part 4! I plan to post my collections of my “amazing” treasure I’ve had for years!

~ Crystal

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Before the Move- Part 1

The last few weeks and days, I’ve been taking some pictures of what’s been happening.

Let’s start with a few animals…. πŸ˜‰

This is Spike the turkey. He left our house on March 10th to a new home. He was a friendly turkey…. he didn’t mind being pet, although moving too quickly towards him made him nervous. I miss him so much. πŸ˜₯

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This is Gwendolyn (aka as Gigi to my mom and brother) the cat. She left to a new home on March 13th. She was such a sweet cat. She had once been an indoor cat with us, but we decided to have her outside. (She kept waking us up at night when she was inside… πŸ˜› )

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The chickens were my favorite… most of them left to a new home on March 21st. They were so nice and never tried to hurt us. 

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This is Trump, the rooster. πŸ™‚
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Trump again πŸ™‚

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I’m going to post several things regarding the movie, including updates and how I feel about it. I’ll will also post some more pictures for Before the Move Part 2.
Stay tuned for more. πŸ™‚

~ Crystal