Merry Christmas

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."

"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown." ~ Linus

Fall into Reading - Wrap it Up!

The Fall Into Reading Challenge has ended and I’m pretty pleased that I was able to get through my original list with a few more added, reading a total of 13 books. I have to admit that I slacked off after Thanksgiving and didn’t do as much reading as I would have liked, good thing I was able to read more in the earlier months.

My favorite new read for this challenge was My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier and my least favorite was Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) by Melissa Marr. Also from this challenge I added another author to my “read more from” list… Nicholas Sparks, I just have to remember to have plenty of tissue handy when I read his next novel.

A big thank you to Katrina for hosting another wonderful reading challenge and thank you to Bethany House for graciously sponsoring Fall Into Reading 2009 with weekly giveaways.

The Last Song ~ Nicholas Sparks
This is the first Nicholas Sparks book that I read and after reading it I had such a headache from the constant stream of tears! It’s a love story of two teenagers/young adults, but its focus is on forgiving and loving as the main character learns to forgive her father and what his love for her really means. Very touching and would recommend it. I’m looking forward to reading other Nicholas Sparks books.

A Walk to Remember ~ Nicholas Sparks
I knew ahead of time of the ending since I watched the movie many years ago and yet it still didn’t stop me from getting choked up. Although the book and movie are set in different time periods, they followed pretty closely. It's sweet, sad and beautiful, an easy read for a snowy afternoon. I was pleasantly surprised at how much it touched me. I would definitely recommend it.

The Total Money Makeover ~ Dave Ramsey
Over the years I have enjoyed listening to Dave Ramsey’s radio show, his listeners call in about financial questions and he tells it like it is. Live within your means, stay out of debt and have a large savings, he does provide a plan to do this and motivation, it takes self-discipline. If you’re trying to become debt free, this is a great book to read!

My Cousin Rachel ~ Daphne Du Maurier
I really liked this book. It was a little slow going at the beginning, but once I got into it I could hardly put it down. This book keeps you guessing about his cousin Rachel. The ending seemed to end rather suddenly, but overall it was an enjoyable read. If you are a Du Maurier fan this is one of her best!

Mary Anne ~ Daphne DuMaurier
I am a fan of Daphne Du Maurier, I just love her writing… but this book is so different than Daphne du Maurier's other novels. I couldn’t get into the story and I wasn’t interested in the political details. The court scenes did drag with endless pages of testimony and dialogue…ugh. Although this isn’t one of my favorite from this author, I'm glad I read it.

Wintergirls ~ Laurie Halse Anderson
This is not a book that I would typically read; my daughter Riley let me borrow it. I didn't care for the writing style but I did enjoy the story. It is written more like in thoughts- the narration is constantly interrupted with bits of Lia's haunted mind. Wintergirls is a haunting and powerful book that takes you into the world of eating disorders. The story is emotional and raw and is a powerful and gripping story.

Speak ~ Lauri Halse Anderson
This is another book that my daughter Riley recommended to me, a powerful book. Melinda’s inability to speak is related directly to what happened the night of the senior party; Melinda was raped. Her life in high school is now miserable and she feels no one would listen even if she did speak. However, in the victorious ending, you cannot help but cheer when Melinda finds her voice and someone finally listens.

Wicked Lovely ~ Melissa Marr
While this may have been about faeries, it definitely wasn't your average fairy tale. It has just the right mixture of fantasy, adventure, suspense, friendship, and love. The love story in this book is gripping. Very enjoyable read, I couldn't put it down.

Ink Exchange (Wicked Lovely #2) ~ Melissa Marr
I have to admit that I didn’t like this book as well as I liked Wicked Lovely. The first few chapters or so were disappointing to me when I realized that it was not exactly a sequel or a continuation of the story in Wicked Lovely. Aislinn, Keenan and Seth are still around, but Aislinn's friend Leslie is the focus in this book and I couldn't bring myself to like the characters.

Fragile Eternity (Wicked Lovely #3) ~ Melissa Marr
All in all, it was an okay book. I enjoyed how the love triangle between Keenan, Asilinn and Seth is heightened, but after awhile it was redundant (Aislann loves Seth but is attracted to Keenan, Keenan loves Donia but wants Aislann, over and over and over and over. I felt the book didn't move the story along as well as it could have. I was rather disappointed when I realized the story didn’t end… she set it up for another one book and I felt cheated. I’m not sure if I’ll continue reading this series.

New Moon ~ Stephenie Meyer
Eclipse ~ Stephenie Meyer
Breaking Dawn ~ Stephenie Meyer
I had to read New Moon once again before I see the movie this month (November) and of course I couldn’t just stop at New Moon, I had to continue the series with Eclipse and Breaking Dawn (which were not on my original challenge). I can only say that I LOVE the Twilight Saga.

Happy reading and thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Mary Anne by Daphne DuMaurier

Mary Anne by Daphne DuMaurier
An ambitious, stunning, and seductive young woman, Mary Anne finds the single most rewarding way to rise above her miserable cockney world: she will become the mistress to a royal duke. In doing so, she provokes a scandal that rocks Regency England. Mary Anne glitters with sex, scandal, corruption, and the privileged world of high society.  Based on the true story of one of du Maurier's own distant relatives, Mary Anne's love of money and the men who spend it embroil her in risks that threaten her very existence.

I am a fan of Daphne Du Maurier, I just love her writing… but this book is so different than Daphne du Maurier's other novels.  I couldn’t get into the story and I wasn’t interested in the political details.  The court scenes did drag with endless pages of testimony and dialogue…ugh.  Although this isn’t one of my favorite from this author, I'm glad I read it.

My goodbye to stamping??!!

I made this card in October and here it is already December and I’m barley posting it… I’ve turned into a blogging slacker lol. In all honesty this will probably be the last card that I do post (or at least post for quite some time).

As most of you know I hadn’t stamped for about ten month, had no desire. In October I gave stamping a try one more time. I even bought new House Mouse and Happy Hopper stamps and goodies from Stampin Up… I made four cards and my new stamps have never been inked! Just making those four cards was a struggle… I’m just not into it anymore! I’ve been seriously thinking about selling all my stamps and supplies, I just wouldn’t know where to start and just thinking about it gives me a headache… lol.

Even though I wouldn’t be blogging about stamping, I’m sure that I will still blog about my motorcycle adventures, my piano journey or whatever it is that interests me. For those of you that subscribe to Inky Impressions by email I will understand your feelings if you decided to unsub. Since my blog Inky Impressions has turned into a little this and that I’m considering changing the name… so don’t be surprised if you stop by and see a different blog name (any suggestions would be greatly appreciated) ;) Until next time thanks for visiting ~ Jovi

Harvest Mouse

Stamps ~ Harvest Mouse (Great Impressions), Say it in Style (Close to My Heart) ~ Ink: Noir Palette, Burnt Umber Palette ~ Paper: Cream, Honey, Barn Red (all from CTHM), Boom-di-ada Reflection Kit (CTMH) ~ Other: Autumn Terracotta Ribbon (CTMH), Sakura Gelly Pen, Prismacolor Pencils blended with Gamsol