Books Read in 2016

I read nearly 60 books this last year. Yay! Some were pretty short, but I managed to get a good deal of loooong ones in, too.

Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
This was such an amazing book. It is in my top five favorite books. It was so beautiful and well written and sad. There’s not question why it has remained a classic over a century and a half later.

Image result for mr. popper's penguins book Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater

Magic for Marigold by L. M. Montgomery 
This was such a rotten book! I was so sad, I thought it would be terrific because of the author, but I hated it.

Puddin’head Wilson by Mark Twain

Heart of the Wilderness  by Janette Oke 

A Gown of Spanish Lace by Janette Oke

First Test by Tamora Pierce

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke 
I loved Inkheart! It was just as good as the movie (although the movie’s a bit lame, I love it) and I was glad to not be disappointed. The way Cornelia makes books even more magical then they are, and she does so much with a simple concept!

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi  
This book used to be a favorite, but as I read it this time, it didn’t have the same wonderfulness. Still a good book, and interesting, but not quite what it used to be. “We shall either live by believing one another, or, by not believing, die.”

War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Danger at the Zoo by Kathleen Ernst

The Secret of the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

Behind Rebel Lines by Seymour Reit

Friendly Persuasion by Jessamyn West

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie 
Peter Pan can seem like a very sad book. Because it is. It’s also a truly magical book, but it was depressing this time around. I still love it though, because, how can you not?

Image result for all children, except one, grow up peter pan quotes

Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy

Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
How can you not love it? I had read the book once before (in addition to reading an abridged version millions of times) but this read I liked it even more!

31 Quotes From Children's Books That Will Inspire You At Any Age:

Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 
This was my year of Jane Austen. Several of these are gems, but after the fourth book, you might find yourself a little tired of the same plot lines, romances, and even characters being in every book. Still, it is obvious to me why she is such a renowned author.

Jane Austen books tags/labels digital collage sheet. DIGITAL DOWNLOAD:

Warriors Don’t Cryby Melba Pattillo Beals 

Super human Habits by Tynan

The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution by Dr. Phil

Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket books 1-8
Sigh… these books are… unfortunate. And wonderful.


The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Set Apart Feminity by Leslie Ludy

Girl Defined by Kristen Clark and Bethany Baird

When God Writes Your Love Story  by Eric and Leslie Ludy

No Flying in the House by Betty Brock 

Hattie Big Sky and Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson

The Queen’s Own Fool by Jane Yolen

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
The Willoughbys took me back to my childhood. It’s an awesome book perfect for children like I was.

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The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
This book was rather boring, but wow, it was interesting in that it was so, so different than the movie. It was sad. That’s a fact.

Love this!!! The phantom of the opera:

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

The Passing Throng by Edgar A. Guest

Ballet Shoes, Theater Shoes, and Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield
I can’t even describe how much I love the Shoe books.

Once: Six Historically Inspiried Fairytales by Various authors books 1-3

Of Knights and Fair Maidens by Jeff and Danielle Myers

All the Wrong Questions by Lemony Snicket books 1 and 2
I love these books, it pulls together so much of Snicket’s life, and, while asking all the wrong questions, answers some at the same time. A must read for all Lemony Snicket fans.

This quote... I love it and one of the many reasons I love it is because it makes referencing SO much easier! What's the news mom? Not to mention the fact that Lemony and Moxie are such awesome friends I think I might explode.:

So those are most of the books I read last year. There’s a few others I read that I didn’t record, and I can’t recall what they are, but that’s most of them.

Thank you for skimming this long-winded post.

 Have you read any of these? Have you ever kept a book log?


Five Favorite Fictional Couples Tag

This is a follow up to my Fictional Male Characters Tag and my Fictional Female Characters Tag, and this is also taken from Coffee, Classics, and Craziness and has basically the same rules as the previous two.

[Disclaimer: I watch these movies (the ones that need it) with filters, so I do not endorse the parts of the movies that are not appropriate.]


1.) Pick one couple from each category
2.) Tagging is optional
3.) Link back to Meanwhile, In Rivendell


1) Period Drama Couple
2) Sci-Fi/Fantasy Couple
3) Superhero Couple
4) Preferred Couple (from a love triangle)
5) Couple Ended Too Soon

1) Period Drama Couple


Jane Bennett and Charles Bingley~ Pride and Prejudice (2005) First of all, I’d like to note that I simply adore both these characters on their own, but together they are just terrific. They are both so sweet and complying, though, their relationship must have been interesting. But I can picture them as an old couple, Bingley’s amazing hair no longer so red and full, Jane’s posture less straight, but both still so elegant. Bingley would be telling a silly joke and doing his funny little laugh thing while Jane smiles sweetly at him.

(also I’d like to give a shout out to Maria and Captain Van Trapp from Sound of Music as a favorite)

2) Sci-Fi/Fantasy Couple

The Island (2005) Dir: Michael Bay Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Ewan McGreggor, Djimon Hounsou, Steve Buscemi In 2019 a mercenary (Djimon Hounsou) pursues two clones (Ewan McGregor, Scarlett Johansson) who escaped from a research facility after learning their true fate. Watch the movie here:

Lincoln Six Echo and Jordan Two Delta~ The Island This is one of the few Dystopian movies I enjoy, I’m not big on Sci-Fi, but this one was good. I love Jordan and Lincoln’s relationship in this movie, and the way the interact with each other and the people they meet on their trip is pretty amusing.

3) Superhero Couple

Amazing Spiderman .gif, chocolate house :)
Look at that huge dopey grin and terrific eye roll! How can you not love ’em?

Gwen Stacey and Peter Parker~ The Amazing Spiderman (1 and 2) They’re so cute look at that gif, you can just see their adorableness! But I’m not a huge fan of most of the superhero couples (even though I love superhero movies), so this one is out of a few I like.

(of course, I also love Mr. and Mrs. Incredible!)

4) Preferred Couple (favorites out of a love triangle)

hehe Pirates of the Carribean

Captain Jack Sparrow and Elizabeth Swan~Pirates of the Caribbean  I honestly don’t like Will and Elizabeth together at all, but I really wish Jack and Elizabeth had become a thing. They are hilarious together and although it’d be horrendous for Elizabeth, it would have been really funny.

5) Couple Ended too Soon

Okay, I have two.

Ellie & Andy were just so cute together! She was definitely my favorite of Andy's many girlfriends.:

Andy Taylor and Ellie Walker~The Andy Griffith Show Especially when you compare her to Helen Crump or Miss Peggy? She’s so terrific and their quarrels are always resolved in the cutest ways and they are both so wonderful together!

Carl and Ellie~Up  *spoiler* Okay, yes, they got a whole life together, but still! It’s so sad when she passes! He loved her sooooo much! I wish, for their sake, their relationship could have lasted forever! (and no I didn’t intentionally have two Ellies in this category)

Hope you enjoyed this post! Are any of these your favorite movie couples? Let me know in the comments!

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Emotions ~ A Poem

I am no poet, but I was just thinking of how incredibly interesting emotions and feelings are, so I decided to jot down some thoughts about them.

Feelings are unexplainable
They move us in everending rythym
We do not understand them
There is no rhyme or reason

What even is a thought?
Emotions intertwined with ideas
That reach each other and touch,
Affecting what we do,
Affecting what our actions are

Sometimes I am happy,inexplicably joyful
Full of euphoria and delight
Beautiful images of prancing girls,
Flowers, the moon, and evening gowns
Dance across my mind, making me happy.

As a result of joy, I am kind
I speak evenly, with care and sensitivity,
I enjoy others by looking for the good,
Therefore they enjoy me.

Other times, I am angry, lonely, sad, confused
At these moments in time,
All I do is drown in my sorrow,
Frowns, broken glass, and such

And I am rude, angry, even hateful
I don’t think of the one I am talking to.
I am all that matters
But then, perhaps by just the sight of a dandilion,
I envision peace, and so envisioning,
I become peace.

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2016 Year in Review

Isn’t this a neat photo?

First of all, may I say, Happy New Year! 2016 was a pretty good year. Interesting, and as every other year I’ve lived through, full of changes, some good, some bad, and some in-between.

January, February, March, April

Okay… Umm… Well, I’m sure something happened in January, but I really can’t think of anything significant. February was a good month, because, low-and-behold! here is a blog! I created ‘An Attempt to be Classic’ in February, though I didn’t do much with it for several months, I would know like to think it’s running smoothly. March… I can’t remember much about this month either, but I do know that was the month my Grandpa died. So that was very sad. I don’t have any grandparents anymore, and he was so wonderful! April, we had his funeral in Oregon, and I got to see some relatives I hadn’t seen in ages, which was very interesting.

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May, June, July, August

 In May, my sister graduated high school, so I’m left here alone (well, kinda, my mom’s homeschooling my nephews, too). The first half of June was rotten, ’cause I was bed-ridden from a seriously sprained ankle for weeks. But the latter half was great, we went to Idaho/Wyoming and saw the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, and it was a pretty good time. July was terrific, definitely one of the highlighted months of 2016. I went to a camp and then got to spend a good long time with some friends, and it was a pretty jolly time. In August, our family had its traditional family vacation, in a rather run down but fun place and we had a pretty good time, although, like all family get-togethers, it was not without its troubles.

September, October, November

(You can hear about my December in my Winter Review in a few months)

So September wasn’t very exciting, we went to a great concert, and were in great anticipation of our upcoming trip, and lots of running around packing and preparing. October was amazing, our trip was fantastic. November was pretty chill but Thanksgiving was great.

Sometimes days I felt like this:

My life:

And occasionally, I woke up like this:

The Nutella effect!:
But not very often…

some favorite quotes i found this year

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice that thorn bushes have roses.” ~Abraham Lincoln

“Sometimes you gotta remember; not everyone was raised the way you were.”

“I am homesick for a place I am not even sure exists, one where my heart is full. And my soul is understood.”

“Maybe I love too much and maybe I show too little.” ~r.m. drake

Goals Met/Accomplishments in 2016

  • From November of 2015 to December 2016, I lost 50 pounds, and since just June, I lost 30 pounds. I needed to lose them. It was incredibly difficult, and incredibly worth it. It was a long, long journey, and if I hadn’t given up or slacked off as much, I could have lost it all so much faster. At Thanksgiving it was great being enourgaed as people told me how noticable it was and how muhc healthier I’m looking, but shortly after Thanksgiving I got discouraged just by comparing myself to others. It’s so hard to get back on track sometimes, but I can do it, I’ve done it before! (Also, it’s really amusing when people are like “Lis, you look so great, you’ve lost so much!” and I’m stuffing potatoe chips or something like that in my mouth.)
This hits a little too close to home.
  • I kept a book log this year, and that’s been really interesting. I hit my goal of and passed it by . So I’m pretty happy with myself, and I am definetly going to keep a book log again this year.


  • I started learning the guitar, and although I am not very good at all, it has been really fun and it’s great to be able to play a little bit.
  • I traveled to two countries this year, both of which were on my mental bucket list, so yay!
Rainbow World Map : World Globe : Maps : Painting : Street Art : Hand Painted : Bellerby and Co Globemakers
I wish I was that talented at painting! But anyways, I can’t wait to travel more around this beautiful world!
  • Oh yes, and this is really, really awesome, perhaps the best part of the year, I got an amazing camera! I love, love, love it, having it around is so nice and such a blessing, and soon I’ll be doing family photos several families I know, which is awesome!

Look upon beauty, and you shall transform yourself to it. For that which did make use of beauty shall convince all beauty of it's use. - Kodak Cameras in Vintage Camera Portraits:

This year seemed kinda crazy, and it’s really interesting having a blog, because you’re recording parts of your life and then you can just look back. But, this year! So weird and good and I feel like I’m finally older, I’m not a little kid at all anymore (I mean, I haven’t been for a few years, but I feel completely not a little kid). 

I hope you had a good year, and will have an even better 2017! Oh my goodness, guys! This is 2017!!!! Yay! Happy New Year!

funny new year quotes 2017:

Please, remember, comments make me happy! 😀 Also, Happy New Year!

Last light in Wyoming | ( by Samuel Elkins ):
To a brand new year!!!