Miscellaneous & Sundry

book meltdown

As you read this, I am most likely on the way to try out a keyboard that my grandfather actually purchased — purchased, I tell you — and wishing that the ride could be just a tad bit shorter than it is =) I am praying it works out. Those of you who know me know I have been praying for a keyboard. For one, our house is old — built in the 1920’s. And that means no air conditioning and we have a wood stove for heat. Which means our antique upright grand piano, from the same era as our home, stays out of tune. Which means it doesn’t play very nicely with my violin, or the mandolin, or the guitar, bass guitar, or banjo my brothers are learning. Which means when we host church in our home, there is no piano….unless we are looking for a cringeworthy effect. Which we never are. So it never gets played.

And, I may’ve mentioned this a time or two, but we have a wedding coming up. A wedding that my sister and soon-to-be-brother-in-law have asked me to play the piano for. But we can’t very well move an acoustic piano out to the field because it would need to be tuned once there, and it’s kinda just a little bit on the heavy side to move around. A keyboard is much more efficient.

I had a sweet friend offer me to borrow a keyboard if I needed it…..but my grandfather bought this one yesterday. He called me last night, and asked me to come up. And showed it to me. He said he had to purchase it quickly, ’cause the ones we have looked at have sold relatively quickly. So he did. He said if I didn’t want it, he would re-sell it…..but there’s no way that’s gonna happen. =P

If you can’t tell by the ramblingness of this post…..I. am. so. excited.

Anyways…..thats why I decided to go ahead and do this tag, that I was tagged for quite awhile ago now, by the lovely Lilian, who blogs at Green Tea With Books.


  • Credit and link to the creator of the tag (@greenteawithbooks)
  • include the rules (here they are!)
  • the BEST part: choose at least 8 books that you can’t wait to get your hands in the very nearish future!
  • tag at least 3 people to do this on any social media platform you choose.
  • let the 3 know! I’ve been tagged so many times for things but was never notified so that’s why I’m including this rule.
  • optional: you can use my featured post image if you’d like =)


Do books that I have piled up on my desk waiting for me count? Cause if they do, I have about 20 of them. But, technically, I guess I’ve had my hands on those, so I’ll list those I am wanting to add to my library :D They are not listed in any particular order, just as I think of them.

*Disclaimer: I have not read any of these books, so cannot endorse them. I only think they look promising. Read at your own risk. 


First up, Melody of the Soul. But really, the whole Music of Hope series.

I have never read anything by this author before, but I saw this series, and it intrigued my music loving soul. Violinists? yes, please! Better yet, a jewish violinist? Even more perfect! And better than that, a setting of one of my favourite time periods? Absolutely!

But, I am one of those weird people that *has* to have the whole series before I can even begin to contemplate starting the first book. Unless it is a series that is being released into the world and I get into it on book one. Because, what’s the use of reading the first book, if I can’t find the others? (As a side note, I will never, ever, ever start reading a series in the middle. I will always start at the beginning. I have no idea why.)


Second, Within These Lines. I saw this book on another blog, and I knew then that I had. to. read. it.


But it’s not even out yet, so I am rather impatiently waiting on it’s release into this world so I can get a copy :D

The whole concept of a Japanese-American relocation camp is a part of our history that I haven’t read about much, at all. And this sounds like a good way to start learning this part of our history. I have heard of these relocation camps, but I have never studied into them in depth like I should have. Or like I want to. We barely touched on these during our school studies, mainly focusing on the war itself and the effort on the home front. And yes, if you’re wondering, there’s a reason I am focusing on WW2 right now :D


Next up, Where Dandelions Grow, by Lydia Howe.

Forget judging the book by the cover, I judge it by the title, apparently :D It sounds like a sweet read, and just the title has me hooked. When this book was released, I saw it reviewed on several blogs. Several of my blogging friends have read it, and highly recommend it. I just haven’t gotten around to purchasing it yet.


Looking Into You, by Chris Fabry, has to be one of the books I was *so* excited to see released. I fell in love with Treha in the first book he wrote about these characters. I thought it was way to short, and I wanted more. A few years later, the author released this into the world and I have yet to get it. Soon, I keep telling myself. Soon.


I have read only one of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s books in the past, but I fell in love with her writing style and the words she uses to weave a story into life. Bringing Maggie Home sounds like a sweet book, and I am looking forward to getting it one of these days.

William Henry is a Fine Name

For the sixth book, William Henry is a Fine Name. But really, the whole Civil War series sounds wonderful!

I have read books by Cathy Gohlke before, and she is a wonderful writer. A writer who can draw you in with her descriptions, and make you feel as if you are there. The historical aspect of the story is always factual, and never forced, woven into the fabric without sounding like a history book. Not that there’s anything wrong with history books, but, you know…:D

I can’t imagine how she would go about telling such a story as this, but I am anxious to read it :D


All the Light We Cannot See definitely comes in number seven! I actually found this at the thrift store, and wasn’t sure about it. But I had my hands full of books, and wanted to check the reviews on Goodreads, and noticed this was a newer book nay a newer author and put it down.

It was quickly snatched up by another person, who din’t put it down.

I know this, because I watched very closely after I looked up the review.

To this day, I have no idea why I set the book down, but I keep telling myself if I found it once, surely I’ll find it again.


Number eight…..Ronie Kendig’s Thirst of SteelI have read the other books in the series, and this one actually came out on my birthday…..I just haven’t gotten it yet. I appreciate how this series delves into different biblical accounts of history and expands on them, keeping it biblical and historically accurate. I have learned a lot, and if I have questions about what the author is saying, I can google it and find the answer :D This is the series that my sister got me into reading, and it is surprisingly good. I’ve enjoyed it, a lot. I just need to get this book,. ’cause the second book had a terrible ending for where it left off.

And there you have it! Eight books I am wanting to read at some point in this next year!

:::TAG, Your It!:::

I couldn’t decide on just three bloggers. So I am tagging:

Anna, over at A Storynerd’s Life 
Leona, at Great Books for God’s Girls
Penny, at a Southern Belle With Stories to Tell
Bekah, over at Bekah’s Books Blog
Pearl, over at Life Without A Latte
Lydia, at Noveltea

And if you’re reading this and you have a blog, well, consider yourself tagged :D


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I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.


  • Bekah

    Thanks for the tag! Several of these books sound intriguing! I actually have “Bringing Maggie Home” in a nearby book pile waiting to be read. It sounds really good. (My fiancé took me to a nearby book store that sells books really cheaply and he spoiled me and got me some books and that book mentioned was one I chose.) A book by that same author called “Grace and the Preacher” is very good. It was one of my favorites of 2018.

    How exciting you’re getting a keyboard! Yay!! So happy for you.


  • Leona

    Thanks for sharing all these books! The first one you mentioned sounds good; please review it on here if you read it!! Oh, and I also hope you can get the keyboard. :)
    Sorry, but I don’t usually do tags. :( Thanks for tagging me, though!

    • Kaitlyn S.

      I will! I have no idea how good any of these are, but they sound and look intriguing! And I DID get the keyboard! YAY! I *needed* it for my sister’s wedding, and all we had was an actual piano, that wouldn’t have transported very easily :D

      No problem about the tags — I usually only do them if I am desperately in need of something to post and will be too busy to write something in-depth =)

      Are you on Goodreads, Leona? Do you accept friend requests? I wold love to se more of your reviews, but I couldn’t fine you….but then, I’m technically challenged, anyways.

  • Lilian

    GIRL. YOU MUST READ WHERE DANDELIONS GROW AND MORE OF KIM VOGEL SAWYER’S BOOKS. ahhhh. They’re seriously amazing and teach so much truth but are also really entertaining and funny. :D Let me know if you read ’em!

    • Kaitlyn S.

      I know I need to! I have so many on my TBR list it isn’t even funny =P I have a list for the next time I am near a McKay’s Used Bookstore — we are about two-and-a-half hours from one, but that store is worth the wait. Plus, I have a couple books I can sell there, and get credit towards new books =) Like I need that!

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