9 Best Books

Although I am not a huge reading fan, if a book is about a topic I am interested in, I will usually enjoy reading it. Below are my nine favorite books of all time.

9. Any book from the Hank The Cowdog series by John R. Erickson. (I would read these all the time when I was younger!)

Murder in The Middle Pasture (Photo from the Official Website of Hank the Cowdog














8. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

7. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

6. Holes by Louis Sachar

5. City of Ember by Jeanne Duf’rau

4. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

3. The Hobbit or There and Back Again (and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy) by J. R. R. Tolken

2. Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, and Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (still need to read Beautiful Redemption)

1. Dracula By Bram Stoker

I am hoping to read the Hunger Games soon as well.




~belonging to or suggestive of autumn; produced or gathered in autumn: autumnal colors.

The word “autumnal” fits perfectly for the word of the day. The beautiful, colorful, autumnal leaves are covering the fading grass giving the ground a stunning hue. The beautiful Autumn colors creates picture-perfect scenery, and brings a sort of “magic” to the people who enjoy this beautiful season most. Autumn is truly a spectacular time of year.

If I Could Be Little Again…

If I could be any age again for one week, I would choose to be seven again. When I was younger, my sisters and I always came up with different and creative games to play, and we were always doing something. We were a crazy group of girls, and we were not afraid to do anything; from jumping off the trampoline into a shallow plastic pool (landing on our hands and knees!) to trying to fly down a flight of stairs using a “parachute” made of plastic bags, sheets of computer paper, or even with feathers in hand.

We always had such creative ways of playing, and we would always be willing to try a new game someone would come up with. We rarely watched TV, and we were outside whenever possible. Even in the frigid, snowy winter, we would go outside and pretend we were the last dinosaurs alive. The crazy things we did when we were young! It surprises me to think that none of us ever broke a bone “flying” down the stairs.

If I could be any age agin for just one week, I would go back to when I was seven and my sisters and I would do the wildest, craziest things!


Lycanthrope (lahy-kuh n-throhp):

— a werewolf or alien spirit in the physical form of a bloodthirsty wolf.

Basically, the word “lycanthrope” is another term for the legendary werewolf. The word “lycanthrope” is actually derived from the Greek word lykanthropos, which translates into “wolf-man”. Although a lycanthrope is believed to be a myth by a majority of people, a condition called  lycanthropy does exist. Lycanthropy is a condition where a person actually believes they are a wolf\lycanthrope. 


Pulchritudinous (puhl-kri-tood-n-uhs):
–beautiful; comely

I chose the word “pulchritudinous” due to the inspiration of the beautiful world I live in. I am so privileged to be able to live near such pulchritudinous mountains and lakes.

Pictures I took this past Saturday.

Random Quote Response

It’s a dangerous business going out your front door.
J. R. R. Tolkien (1892 – 1973), In The Fellowship of the Ring

This quote is actually quite true in today’s society. Danger is everywhere in this world, and sometimes you can never be sure about which people you can trust. With all these murders and kidnappings coming up in the news lately, it is scary to think what the world is coming to. I know these crimes have always been around, but it seems to me they are happening more frequent lately. It is frightening to think that maybe somebody you know and trust could be heading down the path to such a crime, because most of the time, the criminal is someone you know. It is becoming so dangerous to be alone, and it might not even be safe to walk around a college campus alone or at night. It truly is dangerous walking out your front door.