Top 5 Tuesday | Books I Will Definitely Read in 2022

One of my resolutions this year is to tackle my TBR pile. (I’m actually typing these posts in December lol).

1) Eragon by Christopher Paolini. This will be my first re-read of the book since 2003 or 2004. I plan on rereading both Eragon and Eldest so I can finish the series, now that I’m over the ending being spoiled.

2) The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman. This book has been on my TBR every year since I bought the trilogy bind up, and every year I don’t read it. Why am I like this? I don’t even know.

3) Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Again, this is similar to The Golden Compass. My parents bought me the trilogy a decade ago. I actually started reading Inkheart and got about 20% before I started reviewing for publishers. It got put on the back burner, and I forgot about it.

4) And The Mountains Echoed by Khalid Hosseini. I’ve tried reading this book a few times. Every time, I get bored. It makes me a little sad because I loved A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner so much. This will be the year I finally read it.

5) The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld. Westerfeld is pretty hit or miss for me. I loved The Uglies series, and the Levithan trilogy, I wasn’t a fan of Midnighters or Peeps. I bought both books years ago, and the fact he’s hit or miss makes me really nervous about reading them. lol

Devotional Review | The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer

The Pursuit of God: A 31-Day Experience by A.W. Tozer was recently published by Moody Publishers. Moody really outdid themselves with this one, and I’m really hoping they do more books like this. This is such a cool devotional with very unique black and white high contrast artwork.

The Pursuit of God is a Christian classic. Tozer is easy to read and understand, but sometimes he gets a little too wordy for me and I get a bit lost and have to re-read. His thoughts are definitely something you want to slowly read and think about, and this devotional breaks down his writings enough you can enjoy his writings in such fun way.

If you’re looking for a devotional for yourself, a friend/family member, or even a study group, this is a great choice. It will certainly challenge readers.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

What I’ve Been Watching | January 2-8

Last week, I watched the anime and the live action J-drama adaptation Erased (I’m catching up on anime I have missed while being consumed by K-dramas). I have not read the manga, so I can’t do a compare contrast of the source material, but I do know that the anime finished airing before the manga was completed, and the J-drama is more faithful to the story.

Erased follows a 29-year-old man who is a manga artist and pizza delivery driver. He has this ability called revival where he can go back in time a little bit to stop things from happening. The show shows how this happens early on when a man who had a heart attack at the wheel.

One night, the main character comes home to find his mother dead. While on the run from the police (who think he’s responsible for the crime) he jumps back in time not only a few minutes, but 18 years. Turns out the multiple childhood kidnappings and murders during middle school are tied to his mother’s death, so he has to stop the murders from happening to save his mother

The anime and live action are nearly identical. There are a few things here and there that are different (like a house fire vs being pushed off a second story balcony), and of course the endings are essentially the same, but the locations and details are different.

Overall, I enjoyed both the anime and the J-drama and highly recommend them if you’re looking for something short to watch.

Top 5 Tuesday| Anticipated Reads for January – March

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to focus on the books I already own. Another resolution is to avoid requesting books from publishers unless it’s a bible study, or a book my dad might be interested in… So! While these are anticipated releases, it doesn’t mean I will actually get around to reading them any time soon. I’m mostly just looking forward to seeing reviews.

January:
12th: The Mission of the Triune God: A Theology of Acts by Patrick Schreiner

February:
5th: A Dozen Things God Did with Your Sin (And Three Things He’ll Never Do) by Sam Storms

March:
1st: Before the Throne (An 8-week Bible Study) by Crickett Keeth
22nd: Strange New World: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution by Carl R. Trueman
26th: The God Who Hears: How the Story of the Bible Shapes Our Prayers by Sarah Ivill

Devotional Review | God With Us by Justin S. Holcomb

God With Us by Justin S. Holcomb is a unique devotional. Each entry is by a different theologian, so every day you read the words of some classic author in recent church history (1500s onward).

What I like about this devotional is that it’s short enough it holds my (also short) attention span, and it is thought inducing. It also doesn’t have personal stories, which I absolutely loathe (they’re a massive distraction). It’s just about Christ, and his person and work.

I am determined to read this every day this year and reflect on Christ!

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Author bio (via Google):
Justin S. Holcomb, Ph. D., is a professor and Episcopal priest. He has written or edited more than twenty books on abuse, theology, and biblical studies. He teaches at Reformed Theological Seminary, and serves on the boards of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments) and REST (Real Escape from the Sex Trade).

What I’ve Been Watching

I haven’t made a post about what I’ve been watching since June. I’ve been focusing on Instagram, so a majority of my reviews can be found there…

Since June I’ve watched these dramas: The Rational Life, Her Private Life, My Roommate is a Gumiho, Hometown Cha Cha Cha, Touch Your Heart, My Name, River Where the Moon Rises… I think that’s it? Out of the shows I didn’t drop that is. I’m currently watching Bulgasal: Immortal Souls and Our Beloved Summer.

I recently watched the variety shows Busted and New World, which I loved. They’re so hilarious, I recommend them.

I got back into anime recently and watched Violet Evergarden and Erased. I watched Demon Slayer and didn’t care too much for it. I’m slowly watching My Hero Academia as I wait for Attack on Titan.

I have been focusing more on shows than books, I’ve been feeling super burned out!

Top 5 Tuesday | Bookish Resolutions for 2022

Every single year I make resolutions, and every single year I never have success with any of them. This year, I’m going to try to be practical.

Resolution 1: Read every single day, no matter what. (This includes listening to audiobooks when I’m doing other tasks… I know, I know, it’s not really reading but it’s still consuming some book I need to read.)

Resolution 2: Not just read every day, but read at least 20-30 pages a day. Depending on how engrossed I am, this should take 30 minutes. It’s realistic, especially considering the slump I’ve been in.

Resolution 3: FOCUS ON MY TO BE READ PILE. Ever since I started reviewing books for Christian publishers a few years ago I haven’t read very many of the books I’ve purchased… And I keep buying books. It’s a huge problem.

Resolution 4: Chill out on requesting books from publishers. Its an addiction, I swear.

Resolution 5: If I don’t like a book, I won’t force myself to read it. Life is too short, and my TBR is too long.

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