New Blog!

Just a quick announcement to let y’all know I’m blogging in a new space and my new site, Purple Ink Studios just went up.  If anyone here has followed me on Popcorn and Purple Ink, you’re going to want to slide on over to my new site because Popcorn and Purple Ink is saying farewell.  I still love the name but my blogging life needed an overhaul and with all the change, a new name was in order.  So here’s the link to my new space:

Purple Ink Studios

 

No worries, Unscripted is staying put!  I have so many book reviews to catch up on but school comes first sooooooo yeah. *giggle*

Stay tuned and have a great rest of the week :)

Happy reading!!

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twentysomething | book review

Hello, hello!!

I hope everyone has had a beautiful, adventure-filled summer!  My summer has been a whirlwind to say the least, leaving me with absolutely no time to read or blog!  But as summer winds down and a new season settles in, I enter a new life season of my own filled with many changes and life questions… But none of that right now, I’ve got a book to share!

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Twentysomething: Surviving and Thriving in the Real World by Margaret Feinberg

Rating: 3.0 – 4.0

I started reading this book back in the spring and only now just finished it this morning.  I wish I had finished it awhile ago, I could have used some of the counsel and encouragement this summer!

Like any season in life, the characteristics of being a twentysomething will differ from person to person.  For some of us it means the hustle and bustle of a brand new career, for some of us it means seemingly endless job hunts and wondering if, perhaps, you’ve started down the wrong path, and for the rest of us it means minimum wage grunt work until you get your big break.  No matter what twentysomething looks like on the outside, we’re all trying to figure it out – who am I, what do I want to do, how do I get there, and who do I want to do it with?  And further more, where is God in all of this?  What does He want me to do with my life? Feinberg offers great wisdom and encouragement on how to make the most of this great life season. Everything from making and keeping friendships to handling stress, facing hard times, taking risks, setting priorities and learning from mistakes, she addresses some of the questions you may have asked yourself and maybe some you didn’t think to consider.

I gave it a 3 star rating because sometimes you have to take what you read with a grain of salt.  I didn’t agree with all she said but it was worth the read and I’m glad I have a copy on my shelf.  It’ll be good to refer back to it in the future or lend to someone else.

If you are a twentysomething like I am, I recommend this one.  It’s a light, encouraging, read that could jumpstart all sorts of thoughts and considerations.  It definitely has for me!!

Happy reading, y’all!

when God writes your love story | book review

Good Morning Everyone!

So I continue in my reviews of books on relationships, singleness and purity.  This is turning into a bit of a series!  It has been more than a few months since I’ve finished this one so I have to go back aways in my brain but this is a super fantastic read and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you!

When-God-Writes-Your-Love-Story1When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric and Leslie Ludy

Rating: 4.0 – 4.0

My Thoughts: For anyone who’s read my review of When God Writes Your Life Story and Teaching True Love to a Sex-at-13 Generation you know that Eric and Leslie Ludy are two of my favorite authors.  I’ve read almost every one of their books (several of which I’ve yet to review :P) and I think they’re pretty awesome writers and Christians!

When God Writes Your Love Story is a beautiful, practical look at romance God’s way. True to their style, Eric and Leslie serve up honesty, humor, and biblical counsel on all things romance and purity.  I love their personal stories, struggles and victories. They challenge readers to consider what/who controls their life, to evaluate their current relationships, and seek after a “sweeter song” than the one this sex-saturated world is singing. They challenge readers to pursue honor and God-driven passion.

When you think about, the message is simple: follow where God leads, but the application can seem ambiguous.  Where exactly is God leading?  Eric and Leslie offer practical ways on how to follow His unique plans for your life.  They show that romance is a beautiful thing when we let the Author of romance script His special story for us.  He knows our hearts, our desires, and our needs and His plans for your life are so much bigger and better than anything we could ever dream up for ourselves.  But first, we’ve got to give Him the pen!

As you can imagine, I highly recommend this book, it’s fantastic.  It’s filled with Bible verses and discussion questions to prompt further study and conversation. Read it, share it, read it again. You won’t be sorry, I can promise you that!

Happy reading!

Elyssa

Questions for the Book Lover #2

I’m so happy with myself right now!  I got two book reviews done, a blog post over at my other site, and finished some other bloggy housekeeping tasks done :).  I deserve just a little reward for my hard work, yeah? ;)

I really enjoyed the questionnaire post from last week so I snooped around the internet a bit and found another one good ol’ Goodreads!  You can find it here.

BOOKWORM QUESTIONNAIRE

1. What book are you reading right now?

I just started The Great Gatsby this afternoon and I’m about to start 1776.  I’m also reading Christ’s Object Lessons, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill  and Les Miserables.

2. What will you read next?

East of Eden, Robinson Crusoe, Anne of Green Gables, and Betsy and Tacy go Downtown

3. What was your favorite childhood book?

Childhood spans many years…

Dr. Suess’s The Hair Book before I learned to read.

Alcott’s Little Women in 8th grade.

4. What were your reading habits like as a kid?

I was an avid reader when I was a kid.  American Girl was really popular and I read almost every single one of the series.  I also loved The Boxcar Children and the Little House books.

5. How many books do you have checked out from the library?

I don’t even know…upwards of 25 at a time.  I know I’ve payed exorbitant late fees! :S

6. What books do you have on hold at the library?

The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future(Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30) by Mark Bauerlein

Redeeming Love by Francis Rivers

The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement by Jean M. Twenge & W. Keith Campbell

7. Do you have a bad book habit?

. . .Not that I know of.  Well, maybe reading too many at one time.

8. Do you read one book at a time, or several?

Refer to #1 & #2

9. What is your favorite book you’ve read this year?

Probably Jeff Goins’ You Are a Writer.  I also loved re-reading Anne of Green Gables :)

10. What is your least favorite book you’ve read this year?

T. S. Elliot’s The Waste Land. Waste. Of. My. Time. :/

11. What is your reading comfort zone?

Definitely children’s lit and YA fiction.  Just because revisiting my favorites feels so homey.

12. How often do you read outside of your comfort zone?

More and more often.  The many of the classics on my CC list are way out of my comfort zone.  Text I have to read for my courses is way out of my comfort zone.  I like it though.  It stretches my brain and that’s important.

13. What is your favorite place to read?

My bed or on the couch.

14. Do you lend out books?

Yes.

15. Do you dog-ear books?

Nooooooooo.

16. Do you write in the margins of books?

Only my Bible and textbooks I own.

17. What makes you love a book?

A well written story.  Well organized thoughts.  Inspiring ideas.  Punchy copy.  Loveable characters; complex characters. Great dialogue. Even if the story if frustrating, if it’s legit and well written, you have to give the author props for being gutsy.  I like that.

18. What will inspire you to recommend a book?

If the book inspired me.

19. What is the one book you will always recommend to everyone?

The Bible

20. Is there a book you love that nobody else seems to?

Not that I can think of.

21. Do you read while you are: Eating? Taking a bath? Watching TV? Listening to music? On the computer? On the bus?

Yes.

22. What is your favorite genre to read?

Historical fiction.

23. What genre do you rarely read, but wish you read more of?

Biography

24. What is your favorite biography?

Ha! Right now, Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass.

25. What is your favorite non-fiction?

Right now, anything by Leslie Ludy.

26. Have you ever read a self-help book?

Many.

27. What is your favorite reading snack?

Popcorn!

28. What is the most inspirational book you’ve read this year?

You are a Writer

29. Are there any books that have been ruined for you by all the hype?

No.  I hardly ever read pop lit in any genre.

30. How often do you agree with critics about a book?

Eh, I’d say about 80% of the time.

31. How do you feel about giving negative reviews?

Truth’s the truth.  If you didn’t like the book, be honest and the explain why.

32. What book are you most intimidated to begin?

Those by Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.

33. What book are you most likely to take on vaction with you?

Either fiction by Austen, Alcott, Lovelace or Montgomery, or non-fiction off my TBR list.

34. What is the longest you have gone without reading?

Never.

35. What is a book that you just couldn’t finish?

Currently, Dicken’s The Old Curiosity Shop.  But I’m going to give it another shot.

36. What is the most money you have spent on books at one time?

Couple hundred.  But they were gifts :).

37. How often do you skim through a book before reading it?

Depends on the book.  If it was on my reading list, then rarely.  If I’m at the library, I skim.

38. Do you keep books or give them away once you’ve read them?

I keep.

39. Are there any books that you’ve been avoiding, or refuse to read?

Specific titles?? I don’t know…there are genres that I generally avoid or do not touch.

40. What is a book you didn’t expect to like, but did?

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch in grade school.  I remember thinking I wasn’t going to like it but ended up devouring it in a couple of days!

41. What is your favorite guilt-free pleasure reading?

Probably L.M. Alcott or Joan Bauer.

42. What reading materials are in your bathroom right now?

None.

43. What book do you most remember reading for school?

So many!  I really liked The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare.

44. What was the last book that you couldn’t put down until you finished it?

Teaching True Love to a Sex-at-13 Generation by Eric and Leslie Ludy

45. What book is (physically) closest to you right now?

My Betsy-Tacy Treasury and my Kindle Paperwhite.

46. What is your favorite book series?

Anne of Green Gables

47. What is the longest book you’ve ever read? Shortest?

Gone with the Wind.  I think The Waste Land? I don’t know…

48. Who is your favorite book character?

It’s a tie between Jo March Anne Shirley.

49. Who is favorite author?

Yeah right.

50. What is your favorite book?

Good one.

Actually, one of my absolute favorite stories and go-to audiobooks is The Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson.  It’s a really great story and I need to review it one of these days.

. . .

Whew!! That was long!

Time for bed :)

Goodnight, readers!

Questions for the Book Lover

This questionnaire was originally posted by Hero @ Heroic Endeavors but I found it on Kelli’s blog, She Learns As She Goes.  I love quizes & questionnaires so I thought I’d try it out too :).  Here we go!

Do you snack while you read?

Sometimes.  If I do, it’s usually popcorn :)

What’s your favorite drink while reading?

I love the herbal coffee Teeccino.  I put almond milk, sugar, and vanilla syrup in it and it’s super delish!  Of course, when it’s too hot outside for a hot drink, I love homemade lemonade.

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Do you tend to mark your books as you read, or does the idea of writing in books horrify you?

It kind of does horrify me even though I read somewhere that it’s good to write in your books.  The only book I mark in is my Bible.  Wait, that’s not true, I mark all over my textbooks if I own them.  But beyond that, I do not highlight or write in the margins of my books.  If I want to remember something, I put a sticky tab or note on the page and write on that.

How do you keep your place while reading a book?

I use bookmarks.  My neighborhood library, when I was growing up, always had bookmarks at the front desk and I would get a new one every time I visited.  I still have a handful of those bookmarks and they’re super nostalgic and homey and sweet.  I do pick up new bookmarks every now and again at bookstores or libraries.  I do want some of those monogrammed ones….

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Are you the type of person who tends to read to the end of the chapter, or can you stop anywhere?

I can stop anywhere.  I’d prefer to finish a chapter in one sitting but it’s just not realistic.  I snatch time to read in bits and pieces.

Are you the type of person to throw a book across the room or onto the floor if the author irritates you?

Is the author irritating me or the storyline?  Because it depends.  Gone with the Wind irritated me but I stuck through it.  I’ll only quit on a book if the writing isn’t clear, the arguments are bogus or I get bored with a weak storyline.  But to answer the question, haha, no I have yet to throw a book across a room.

If you come across an unfamiliar word, do you look it up right away?

I usually just figure it out by the context.  Lately, I’ve been writing down cool or unusual words to look up later.  I’m usually too lazy to stop and look words up in a dictionary.

What are you currently reading?

  • The Bible
  • Christ’s Object Lessons by Ellen White
  • Of Thee I Zing by Laura Ingraham
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • On Writing Well: What Every Blogger Needs to Know by Denise J. Hughes

Yeeaah.  I’m not one to read just one book at a time :P.

What is the last book you bought?

1776 by David McCullough.  It’s list price is $32.00. I bought it on Amazon for $0.01 + &3.99 for S&H.  Aw yeah, babe, I was a happy camper!

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Do you have a favorite time/place to read?

I can read anytime and almost anywhere but I especially like reading curled up in bed or on the couch or armchair.

Do you prefer series books or stand alone?

I love both :).

Is there a specific book you find yourself recommending over and over?

I usually match book to person but I have recommended Crazy Love by Francis Chan several times, as well as Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy.

How do you organize your books?

I’m real specific about my books.  I sort by genre and then by height.  I’m not all alphabetical with my library, I prefer my books to look good on my shelves.

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That was lovely!  Feel free to fill in this little questionnaire, and leave me a comment and link so I can check out your answers :).  I will be linking mine to Kelli’s post.

Y’all have a blessed Friday :)

don’t waste your life book review//nerdy non-fiction 2013

“Desire that your life count for something great! Long for your life to have eternal significance. Want this! Don’t coast through life without a passion.”

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I’ve added this title to my list of books to buy.  I got a free copy of the audiobook from Christian Audio and decided to listen to it for the 2013 Audio Challenge.  I’m so glad I did.  However, I’m finding that it’s a bit more challenging to review an audiobook than to review a hard copy.  Here are a few of my thoughts on this great read!

SPOILER ALERT: This post does contain spoilers!! You have been warned ;).

In Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper, also the author of Desiring God, challenges readers not to live a life of selfish gratification.  He proposes that a life not wasted is a life fully devoted to the cause of Christ.  I believe that 100%.

“My joy grows with every soul that seeks the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Remember, you have one life. That’s all. You were made for God. Don’t waste it.”

It’s so easy as Christians to feel discouraged and downtrodden or worse yet, complacent and comfortable with the mediocre.  Neither of those conditions are what God intends for our lives.  He’d rather us live passionately and boldly and completely sold out to Him, making Him front and center of everything we say and do.  Piper pleads with his readers to take God and our lives seriously and not waste it on that which doesn’t last.

“But whatever you do, find the God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated passion of your life, and find your way to say it and live for it and die for it. And you will make a difference that lasts. You will not waste your life.”

“God created me—and you—to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion—namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life.”

This is why I need a hard copy of this book, so many great life quotes!!  Here are a couple more:

“You don’t have to know a lot of things for your life to make a lasting difference in the world. But you do have to know the few great things that matter, perhaps just one, and then be willing to live for them and die for them. The people that make a durable difference in the world are not the people who have mastered many things, but who have been mastered by one great thing.”

“Life is wasted if we do not grasp the glory of the cross, cherish it for the treasure that it is, and cleave to it as the highest price of every pleasure and the deepest comfort in every pain. What was once foolishness to us—a crucified God—must become our wisdom and our power and our only boast in this world.”

This book deserves a re-read.  I’m so glad I finally got to listen to it!  Life is a precious, precious thing and we owe it to our Creator and Lord of the Universe to live it in such a way that brings continual glory and honor to His name!

Y’all have a blessed day :).

the happiness project review//nerdy non-fiction 2013

I really do need to hop into bed but I have to finish this review while the material is freshest in my mind.

Today I finished Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project as part of a book swap with my friend Eddie.  I must say, it was quite the delightful read!  It was light, funny and the writer in me jumped at the bits of lists, quotes, and tips!  I’m happy I read it ;).

The Happiness ProjectSPOILER ALERT: If you have not yet read this book and plan to in the future, keep reading. I won’t give too much away! ;).

Gretchen Rubin was happy.  Or so she thought.  One day, on a crowded bus, she realized that she wasn’t as happy as she could be.  She wasn’t taking the time to enjoy the present. She realized that “The days are long, but the years are short,” and if her life was going change, she would have to change it.  So after much reading, thought, and questioning, she set out on a year-long happiness project.

She decided to set resolutions for each month of the year targeting different areas in her life from ‘Tackling a Nagging Task’ to ‘Give Proof of Love’ to ‘Laugh Out Loud’.  All the while she continued to glean inspiration from her favorite writers from past generations.  Some of what she discovered along the way about herself and her family proved surprising.  Determined to be Gretchen, she remains honest with herself as she struggles to break bad habits, acquire new skills, play more often with her girls, and quit nagging her husband.

In the end…well I’ll leave that for you to discover.  Let’s just say that with all adventures in self-discovery, there really isn’t an end.  There’s always more to learn, more to work on, more to experience.

I, of course, couldn’t help but filter this book through the lens of the Christian experience.  Everyone is searching for happiness, contentment, and fulfillment in life.  While I think that it’d do everyone a world of good to look for the tangible things that can improve that which is intangible, I personally believe there is a peace that passes all understanding and that is something that can only come from knowing Jesus Christ for yourself!  And I may be grasping at semantic straws when I say that I’m not looking for a happy life so much as I’m seeking to live a joyous one.  And that idea struck me even deeper this afternoon when I went on the Christian Audio website to check out this month’s free audio book.  I chuckled when I saw the book cover.

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How funny is that?  I’m looking forward to what this author says about joy and happiness!  You can download the audiobook for free this month at christianaudio.com.

Have any of you read The Happiness Project?  Better yet, have you embarked on one of your own?  What do you think about happiness and joy? Is there a difference?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Good night!

Stay blessed :).

update

Hello!

I only have time for a quick note! Excuse my rushed tone (if you can feel it oozing from my fingertips, that is)! I have been absent for awhile. I’ve been slacking on reading events and what not. Ergh, not cool I know. While I’m happy to say I have not dropped out of the blogosphere, I’m even more excited to say that I have a pretty legitimate excuse for being away.

Ready for it?

A NEW BLOG!!!!!

I have been waiting for this opportunity for a looooong!!! To get a domain name and drop the ‘wordpress.com’ off the end of my url! Well, it has happened and let’s just say it’s been a great few weeks. I hope to have the finishing touches finished in the next few days and will announce the launching :).

What will happen to this site? Good question. I was going to scrap it and move everything over to the new site but thought better of it. This blog will remain as my book blog. I’ve put so much into this space that I didn’t have the heart to hit the delete button! Unscripted will remain as my haven for all things literary!! Ha, well I’m not ditching the ‘wordpress.com’ after all.

Not yet anyway!

So stay tuned, dear readers! I will be keeping you posted.

Y’all have a blessed day :)

audio vs. hard copy: how do you read?

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With all this reading and book reviewing I’ve been doing will will be doing, there is a question that I’ve never quite been able to answer for myself:

I still haven’t decided whether or not I count audiobooks I’ve listened to as books I’ve read.

Part of me says yes and part of me says no.  I’ve been an audio bookworm for years and still haven’t settled that in my head.  I just think reading and listening are two different things.  Or has reading become the all-purpose term for taking in information from a book?  Whether you physically hold the book in your hands or your parents read it to you before bed or you pop the tape into your player doesn’t matter, but rather that you are taking in the story or information that the author penned.  It certainly sounds better to say, “Oh yeah I read that book awhile ago,” instead of “Yeah I listened to that on tape once.” (Okay, I know books-on-tape are so very antiquated, but you get my meaning!) Often, after I’ve finished an audiobook, I’ll want to get my hands on a physical copy so I can read it and pick up on anything I might have missed.  This is usually the case with non-fiction titles.  However, I don’t hesitate too much to say that I’ve read a novel I’ve only listened too.

I don’t know.

I know I’m probably over-thinking this :P.

What do y’all think?  How do you read?  Which do you prefer?  Do you consider audiobooks and hard copies equals?

Y’all have a blessed day =)

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nerdy non-fiction challenge 2013

I found another reading challenge XD.  Oh yes indeedy, I found a great one!  It’s over at Bookmark to Blog and it’s called the Nerdy Non-Fiction Challenge.  This is perfect for me since my reading list has a plethora of non-fiction titles (a few of which are included in my TBR 2013 list) and more importantly, I’ve got to do a lot of reading (boring reading!) for my classes this semester.  Soooo why not have some fun being a nerd, yeah?

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Here’s how it works:

Choose a Level:

Geek: 4-6 books in at least 2-3 different categories
Dork: 7-10 books in at least 4-5 different categories
Dweeb: 11- 14 books in at least 6-7 different categories
Nerd: 15+ books in at least 8+ different categories

Pick from these or other categories:

* Health, Medicine, Fitness, Wellness
* History- US, World, European, etc
* Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy
* Technology, Engineering, Computers, etc
* Business, Finance, Management
* Sports, Adventure
* Food- Cookbooks, Cooks, Vegan Vegetarianism, etc
* Autobiography, Biography, Memoir
* Art, Photography, Architecture
* Music, Film, TV
* Self Improvement, Self Help, How To
* Home, Garden
* Science-Nature, Weather, Biology, Geology
* Anthropology, Archaeology
* Animals-Insects, Mammals, Dinosaurs, etc
* Family, Relationships, Parenting, Dating, Love
* Crime, Law
* Poetry, Theatre
* Politics, Government, Current Affairs
* Literary Criticism/Theory
* Cultural Studies
* Travel
* Crafts

The rules are pretty flexible and basic.  For full details and the link up, click here

I’m going to try for Dweeb and read 11-14 books in at least 6-7 categories.  Who knows, I might make Nerd status!!

Now back my book on Organizational Behavior (which is first on my nerdy book list ^.^)!

Happy Reading y’all!!