Almost any of you know by now that reading is my favorite thing. It’s a way to escape reality, go to other worlds, meet characters that will stay with me forever. It’s truly a form of magic I believe. As John Green said in “Looking For Alaska, “When I look at my room, I see a girl who loves books.” That’s me. In my opinion you can never read too much, there’s always more books and stories to explore and enjoy. Anyways, as much as I discuss my love for reading, I’m not sure I’ve ever gone through and made a list of my all time favorite books for you. The list was hard to make, considering I read more than anyone I’ve ever met but here’s a few that will stay with me forever. Enjoy!
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.” ~ John Green – The Fault In Our Stars
The best way to get children excited about reading is to read to them from the beginning of their lives.” ~ J. K. Rowling
I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book. ~ J. K. Rowling
7. Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge
This book is an inspirational, Christian book written to “Unveil the mystery of the Woman’s Soul”. Wow. Ok, I realize that sounds uber cheesy and weird but it’s actually really good. It’s hard to explain really but it’s a book I think every girl (and any guy that wants to understand women better) should read. John Eldredge wrote a book called “Wild at Heart” that was the guy’s version of this book then him and his wife Stasi decided to write Captivating. Amazon’s website has this summary about the book:
“Every little girl has dreams of being swept up into a great adventure, of being the beautiful princess. Sadly, when women grow up, they are often swept up into a life filled merely with duty and demands. Many Christian women are tired, struggling under the weight of the pressure to be a “good servant,” a nurturing caregiver, or a capable home manager. What Wild at Heart did for men, Captivating is doing for women. Setting their hearts free. This groundbreaking book shows readers the glorious design of women before the fall, describes how the feminine heart can be restored, and casts a vision for the power, freedom, and beauty of a woman released to be all she was meant to be. By revealing the core desires every woman shares-to be romanced, to play an irreplaceable role in a grand adventure, and to unveil beauty-John and Stasi Eldredge invite women to recover their feminine hearts, created in the image of an intimate and passionate God. Further, they encourage men to discover the secret of a woman’s soul and to delight in the beauty and strength women were created to offer.”
Anyways, you should all read it. :)
6. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
I discuss quite often on here how C.S. Lewis is one of my all time favorite people and is my role model and inspiration for life. These books were the first things I ever read by him, in second grade. Since then, I’ve re-read them all, yes, all 7 of them every single summer. I know they’re children’s books but something about the magic, the allegory of Christ, the wit, the characters, it makes me feel this need for something. The need for adventure and excitement. “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” ~ C.S. Lewis – I feel like that quote is relevant about these books especially. These books were some of the first that I ever read and probably impacted my view on reading a great deal. These books remind me of one of my favorite quotes, one that happens to be by Lewis.
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
5. Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
Another book that has changed my life forever and one that is actually being turned into a movie that will be released later this month! This book is described as “Nonreligious thoughts on Christian Spirituality” and follows the life of Donald Miller as he grows in his faith. It’s a really interesting read and so good that I immediately bought it off of Amazon (Jared had the book and I borrowed it from him to read it). Definitely a must read. What Amazon said:
“”I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.” ―Donald Miller In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God. For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a postmodern culture.”
4. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
In addition to being a nerd in every other sense of the word, I am deeply interested in the fantasy world of Middle Earth created by Tolkien. The elves, the hobbits, the story, the whole adventure of it. Fantasy books mean so much to me because of things like that. I can immerse myself in other worlds and pretend that I’m on the adventures with the Fellowship. I fell in love with these books for the first time in 6th grade and I’ve stayed in love since then. In fact, that is of course where my blog name came from, my love of the elves and of Jesus. :)
3. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
I read this one over Christmas break simultaneously with my dear friend Jared then once we were done (We live like 4 hours apart) we Skyped about it and discussed it’s amazingness. It’s one of the most amazing and encouraging books I’ve ever read. It’s truly like C.S. Lewis had an inside conversation with God. Amazing.
What Amazon said:
“A forceful and accessible discussion of Christian belief that has become one of the most popular introductions to Christianity and one of the most popular of Lewis’s books. Uncovers common ground upon which all Christians can stand together.”
2. The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Yes, I’m sure this being on the list comes as a shock to you all. There’s clearly no love of Harry Potter from this girl right? Anyways, I’m pretty sure you all know my deep love of these books. They’ve changed my life, permanently, and made it so much better. The characters are some of my favorites of all time, they’ve taught me to be brave, courageous, loyal and never give up on things that matter. They’ve taught me that and so much more. J.K. Rowling is amazing. For more of my thoughts on the series, here is an older post I wrote: https://elvishjesusfreak.wordpress.com/2011/07/07/my-harry-potter-story/
1. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
Before this book came out I had a post about how excited I was for it and how I had pre-ordered it but I’m not sure I ever wrote my thoughts about it. That’s because this book was the most amazing book I’ve ever read. I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s perfect. I’ve liked all of John Green’s books that I’ve read and I absolutely adore watching his and his brother Hank’s videos on YouTube but this is like nothing I’ve ever read. As much as the other books listed mean to me, this one touched me in a way none other has. Through this book I literally laughed and then cried, no book has ever led me on such an emotional roller coaster and despite the hundreds if not thousands of books I’ve read in my life, I’ve never felt such an emotional connection to any characters in my life. I warn you all, it’s not a happy book but I believe if you read it, you will never regret it. If I don’t remember any other book in my life, I will remember this one. It will stay with me forever.
What Amazon said:
“Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.”
“Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.” ~ John Green – An Abundance of Katherines
I’ve been making a lot of lists recently and this post is no different, this one however is the list of my favorite movies. :) Enjoy!
(500) Days of Summer
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs
The Princess Bride
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Dark Knight
Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy (I have a lot of trilogy movies here don’t I?)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Beauty and the Beast
I’ll probably add to this list eventually, maybe make it a bit better. What about all of you? What are your favorite movies?
Dear future husband,
As I’m sure you know about me whenever (if you ever) read this. I’m a huge nerd. Whoever you are, you’re just going to have to accept that about me. I will always love Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Doctor Who and I will not apologize for that. :) I’m hoping you will like them as well (or at least will be willing to learn to like them) seeing as they mean so much to me I’m not sure I could bear being with someone who didn’t at least give them a chance. I’ll love you first and foremost darling but I will always love the fictional characters from those stories, they’ve gotten me through a lot while I’m waiting for you.
Another thing I should say, and again, you’ll find this out very soon after meeting me but I can’t cook. I admit that I could perhaps learn to cook and for you my love, I’d be willing to try but the few times I’ve tried before have not gone well. Just a warning. I can make cookies and mac and cheese, I hope you don’t expect much more than that.
One last thing for the day, and again, you’ll know this if you know me at all but my past has left me scarred. I’ve been hurt and forgotten and unloved. I don’t expect those scars to go away but please, help me get through the hurt. Teach me how to trust in love and believe in it. In my heart I know it’s out there, I know God created this longing I have inside to love and be loved but I don’t see it anywhere and sometimes have trouble believing it’s there. I’m sorry for that but please, prove me wrong. I can’t promise that I’ll never mess up but I promise I’ll always be there for you to love and care for you.
From To My Future Spouse Tumblr:
– I have just discovered that waiting and being patient are not the same things. While I wait for you, I will try to remember that “it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” I will try to be happy and content and joyful instead of pine or be envious. I pray that God can help you to be patient too.
– My only New Year’s resolution is to meet you.
– Show me what real, unconditional love looks like.
– I want a Lily and Marshall kind of love.
I was going to write a meaningful post today but then the trailer for the new Hobbit movie was released.
I don’t quite think I can explain to you guys my love of the stories of Middle-Earth written by J.R.R. Tolkien. I read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy in Middle school and have been in love with the books and the movies ever since. Since the first time I even read the Hobbit I’ve been excited for them to make it into a movie and now, though we still have to wait a year, the time has almost come. The trailer looks absolutely epic. The movies (They’re splitting the book into two movies) are still being done by Peter Jackson who of course did the Lord of the Rings movies and many of the same actors are returning as well with the addition of Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins. To say that I’m excited for this movie is definitely an understatement and I might’ve fangirl-ed quite hard whilst watching the trailer. I guess that’s really all I have to say about it other than these movies are gonna be totally awesome and I’m sad we still have to wait a year for the first part. Here’s the trailer, all of you should let me know what you think!
Ok so after a terrifyingly stressful weekend of studying, my hard finals are finally over. I have one more final on Thursday but I have an A in that class and it should be easy. But anyways, sorry I haven’t written but I have been doing so much studying my brain has turned to mush. Fortunately though even though I’m worried about what my final grades will be I have this awesome feeling of accomplishment similar to how Frodo felt after throwing the ring into the fiery chasm from whence it came. *Sigh* Relief. Never again will I be taking Anthropology. Will not happen.
Anyways, my weekend consisted of, studying, ice skating Friday night (and falling only once! Well sorta twice but the second time was just because of a domino affect that knocked me over when I was standing at the rail), Christmas shopping for a While Elephant party on Saturday, more studying and getting a drastic haircut (I’m at work now so I don’t have the access to my pictures but I’ll post some later!), having a deep discussion Saturday night til 3am, going to church Sunday morning, studying, having a floor Christmas party where we watched a Charlie Brown Christmas and I got a pack of fake mustaches for the White Elephant gift (Thanks again, Connor, I kinda love them!) and studying some more. Yesterday I took my Cultural Anthropology final, played with NERF guns for a while, studied for today’s Physical Anthropology final (hearby known as the most evil thing in existence), watched Lord of the Rings: Return of the King for inspiration, then was rudely awoken at 3 this morning by the fire alarm in my building. This morning I studied some more, took the final and went to work so now I’m feeling quite relieved and much happier (though quite tired as well). So sorry that this post has been a random jumble of thoughts but there you go! I’ll post pictures of my hair and our Christmas party later!
Hope you’re all doing quite well! :)
I’ve never been one of those super girly girls. I mean, I have my moments, I read sappy books on occasion, I “ooh and ah” over cute pictures of couples, things like that happen but I’ve never been one of those that has completely had my wedding planned out since I was 5 or one that loves chick flicks. I’m still not, but recently a lot of people I know have been getting engaged or married and after Facebook stalking all their adorable engagement/wedding pictures, I’ve decided there are some things that I want to have in the future at my wedding (When and if such a thing ever occurs).
1. I want to be wearing Converse Chuck Taylors. I would prefer if my bridesmaids do too but if they don’t want to that’s fine, I definitely will be wearing mine. (The color of them is as of yet undecided)
2. There will be a lightsaber somehow involved. I don’t know how, maybe my husband will carry it as we walk down the aisle together to leave (That just happened at one of the weddings of a friend) or maybe it’ll be used elsewhere. I just want it to be quite prevalent.
3. Something Lord of the Rings related must be there. Perhaps our wedding rings will look like the One Ring? (Ok… that’s probably too nerdy.. I doubt my husband will go for that one.. though since I don’t know who he is yet, maybe he will!) Hmm, I’ll have to think about this one a bit more. Maybe just have the soundtrack playing as we walk down the aisle to leave.
4. I want all the guys in the wedding to wear bow ties. Bow ties are cool. And not just because the Doctor thinks so either, I freaking love bow ties. Always have, always will. But yes, I do want them in there for the Doctor Who reference as well.
5. I want there to be a TARDIS. Maybe not a life size one, maybe stick it on the cake or something but I want it there.
6. Harry Potter is obviously necessary in my wedding, I’m thinking Unbreakable Vow during the ceremony? :)
Ok, short list, all pretty nerdy but I do want these things to happen. Knowing me how could anyone expect anything less? I’m a nerd, I’m proud of it and I think weddings should reflect your personality. I mean, obviously I don’t think too much money should be put into these things, weddings are just one day after all, it’s the marriage people should focus more on but I think it would be really cool to have at least most of these things at my wedding whenever it happens.
I just finished re-reading the Chronicles of Narnia series for the 11th time in my life And like every other time I’ve read them I’ve just been so touched. They’re so perfect, the characters are brilliant, the world is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. The Last Battle especially always gets to me, the clear allegory of Heaven and Earth at the end of time is so inspiring, I can’t wait to get to Heaven to experience that, to get away from the pains of the world. I mean I’ve talked about it a lot but my family life kinda sucks a lot right now. That’s why I read so much fantasy, to get out of this world, plus the fantasy world is always more exciting. Hence my obsessions with Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings and Doctor Who.
I mean, even without my life situation, how could you not get excited by these stories? And with quotes like these!
“You will go to your death, then,” said Jewel.
”Do you think I care if Aslan dooms me to death?” said the King. “That would be nothing, nothing at all. Would it not be better to be dead than to have this horrible fear that Aslan has come and is not like the Aslan we have believed in and longed for? It is as if the sun rose one day and were a black sun.”
”I know,” said Jewel. “Or as if you drank water and it were dry water.”
“In our world too, a Stable once had something inside it that was bigger than our whole world.”
“It is as hard to explain how this sunlit land was different from the old Narnia as it would be to tell you how the fruits of that country taste. Perhaps you will get some idea of it if you think like this. You may have been in a room in which there was a window that looked out on a lovely bay of the sea or a green valley that wound away among mountains. And in the wall of that room opposite to the window there may have been a looking-glass. And as you turned away from the window you suddenly caught sight of that sea or that valley, all over again, in the looking-glass. And the sea in the mirror, or the valley in the mirror, were in one sense just the same as the real ones: yet at the same time there were somehow different — deeper, more wonderful, more like places in a story: in a story you have never heard but very much want to know.
The difference between the old Narnia and the new Narnia was like that. The new one was a deeper country: every rock and flower and blade of grass looked as if it meant more. I can’t describe it any better than that: if ever you get there you will know what I mean.
It was the Unicorn who summed up what everyone was feeling. He stamped his right fore-hoof on the ground and neighed, and then he cried:
”I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that is sometimes looked a little like this. Bree-hee-hee! Come further up, come further in!”
“The term is over: the holidays have begun. The dream is ended: this is the morning.”
And as He spoke, He no longer looked to them like a lion; but the things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world and all their adventures in Narnia had only been the cover and the title page: now at least they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.”