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British Books Challenge

Hello Everyone!

I am very excited to announce that I will be taking part in the British Books Challenge for 2017! Each month I will be required to review at least one book written by a British author.

Since I already love British literature and plan to read some British books for my own reading challenge, I thought this would be a fantastic fit!!

Here are the books I am hoping to/have reviewed.

-Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

-Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

-Emma by Jane Austen

-Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

-Lady Susan by Jane Austen

-Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

-Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

-Persuasion by Jane Austen

-Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

-Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

& many more!!

If you guys want to participate in the challenge there will be a link to the blog post on our home page very soon! There are monthly bookish prize packs to be won so why not take part? If you are a book lover, this might be the challenge for you 🙂

< 3 Jamie


Booklist -Week One: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Week One: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


“I open at the close.” For the beginning of my reading challenge (one book a week!), I’ve read the last book of the Harry Potter series and I must admit, I’m feeling rather empty at this moment (see my IT-CAN’T-BE-OVER face below).


Believe it or not, this was my first read through! I was not one of those kids who grew up with Harry Potter, as I’m sure many of you did. I wasn’t allowed to read it when I was younger, and then I didn’t rediscover it until I finally picked up The Philosopher’s Stone a few years ago. WHAT took me so long!!

I had a lot of expectations going in, of course. Nearly every single one of my friends had read the books and were shocked that I had never before made the journey to Hogwarts. I wondered if the books would live up to the hype, if after completing the series that has been cherished by millions, I would come to cherish them as well. Turns out, I have. This was the first book series that caused me to love every single book within it. The first series that always made me laugh, cry, made my heart beat fast with anticipation, and certainly the one which made me dread turning that last page the most. It felt like it could have gone on forever but, like all good things, it had to end.

I knew I wanted to finish The Deathly Hallows in my last year of university and with my graduation ceremony in a few weeks, I have just managed it! I was torn between desperately wanting to know how it ended and trying to make it last as long as possible and, finally, the former won out. These books have taught me wonderful things about friendship, love, and where true bravery lies. If I ever get the chance, I would gladly shake J.K. Rowling’s hand and thank her.

While I didn’t get the chance to grow up with Harry, reading these books through my university years is an experience that I wouldn’t change for anything.

Tell me, how was your experience finishing Harry Potter? Anyone else reading for the first time?


Lead Me to the Cross

This piece just sort of poured out today and I thought I would share it with all you lovely people 🙂 I have been struggling in my faith for a long time, but I am working my way back to where I need to be. For all of you who are afraid or feel like no one really cares, I can assure you that HE does!

Happy Easter ❤ Jamie

Lead Me to the Cross
I have been drifting for a long time-I let the current pull me deeper and deeper
I can’t breathe, I haven’t breathed in a long time
All of a sudden it comes rushing back, light brighter and more beautiful than the dawn
A light that penetrates down to the very depths of my soul
I feel loved, that great Love by which we are saved
I am saved
It’s a gift that I forget, I feel shame creep over me
My eyes fill and my heart aches
The one thing that can fill it is distant
Distant because I pulled away
Pulled away because I am afraid, I am overwhelmed
When I feel it, I am afraid to lose it
It never stays, but that is not because of Him
It is because of me
I miss the light, when the darkness swirls around me I can still feel Him
Hear Him
“I will never let you drown”
And I never have
Thank you never feels like enough, but today of all days I will say it
Without ceasing
Because there is a Love that is older than time
Older than fear, hate, and war
Stronger than my fears, stronger than the darkness that moves against us
And it is a Love that is always there
Always waiting, always reaching
Awake my soul
Give me the strength to be who You intended me to be
And thank you
Thank you for never giving up on me




I Will Not Trade Them: Reflections of a Soon To Be University Grad


❤ Jamie

Four years, three schools

They caught my heart, enriched my mind

The emotions run fast and clear like a waterfall, everything shimmers

My memories, your beauty astounds me as you flood past, drawing me in like the tide

Friends lost, made; hearts broken and healed

Passion found

There’s a moment, indescribable, when your eyes are transfixed

By a thought or image that catches you by surprise, that opens your eyes

By a person who’s changed what you see

How you see

Words fail me, they often do, there’s a wellspring underneath it all that won’t burst

Four years of memories bounding across

I wish I’d had a camera for every moment, every smile

Every inspiration

But photographs lie, they depict the no more-it’s their beauty, it’s their power

Their power over me

I wish I’d paid more attention, do I remember what I’ve learned? Was it worth something?

But then names, stories fly past clearer than daylight and I know that I paid attention when it mattered

It’s useless, some say

English is useless


It is the world, the feelings and hopes and dreams of countless generations

It is discovery, guesswork, creation and invention-dynamic and fluid, never interpreted the same way twice.

It is the idea that we can’t go on but we will, an unravelling of the human mind in all of its complexity

Without it would I know empathy, compassion, endurance?

Don’t tell me it’s useless, you have not seen what I’ve seen

I’ve become a poet, a detective, an author, a listener

A believer

These faces have changed me and I love them

I would not trade them

I will not trade them

Four years

So much more than a chalkboard and lines on a page

I became who I am

In four years


For anyone who’s ever felt fear in the face of change

❤ Jamie


Farewell is the hardest word to say

It cuts through my heart like a razorblade, it leaves my lips only with resistance that leaves me


Fare-thee-well, it is not such a sad phrase, wishing for goodness and good luck for those that we have loved

Those we HAVE loved

When your heart is open, it is vulnerable, you feel naked

But how else can I live? How else can I exist but with my arms spread wide ready to welcome all these beautiful things in this world?

My beautiful memories, I hold onto you so desperately, I want you to stay

I want you to say, but you’re gone

You’re already gone

You’re a moment that has passed out of reality, the reality is now so different, the reality has changed.

Farewell my childhood, the years of innocence spread out like the warmth of daylight

Farewell years of trial that make me shrink and feel small

Farewell to the years that made me who I am. To the people that made me who I am

I will never see you again, I must forget your faces

I don’t recognize you anymore, I see twisted shapes and people that stare at me expectantly

What do they expect? What can I give them? I cannot give them anything anymore.

But when I go back, your faces are no longer disfigured. They are true and beautiful and they remind me of who I am

Farewell, my darlings. Farewell to safety, to limits, to cages masquerading as doors wide open

I say farewell, but as I do you’re closer than you’ve ever been before. You’re more real than you ever were. You’re more beautiful for me having said farewell.

When I say farewell, you become real because you are no longer my limit. You are my strength.