All about those YA series and creativity books {QuickLit – April}

I expected to read so much less than I did last mont, but I still read 13 books. I blame it on these YA series bookending the beginning and end of my reading month. I’m so glad I had all the books in the series when I started. It made it easy to know exactly which book I wanted to pick up next. And they were winners. Here’s what I read!


  1. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton – 5 stars – See Below!
  2. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton – 5 stars – A YA trilogy with magic, a touch of falling in love, saving the kingdom, a lot of hilarity, great characters and friendships, and a story you have to inhale! :) 
  3. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton – 5 stars – See Above!
  4. Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder – 5 stars – I read this aloud with the kids. They enjoyed it. So much food, and so much work. And such a contrast between the the Wilder’s well-off life and the Ingalls’ family barebone existence. Things I didn’t really notice when it was read to me as a kid.
  5. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi – 5 stars. Reminds me of The Mixed Up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankweiler, with a little bit of The Phantom Tollbooth, and a lot of A Wrinkle in Time. Magic, adventure, friendship. So fun.
  6. Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi – 3.5 stars. Like a dark cousin to Furthermore. It was a little much for my HSP self, but I read it through in spite of it’s slightly morbid/gross dead body descriptions. Same themes of adventure, magic, and friendship.
  7. Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky – 4-5ish stars. I’m never sure what to make of satire, I constantly have to remind myself it’s satire. haha. But I was thoroughly entertained by this take on online businesses and the odd culture of spiritual growth/wellness in businesses. I’m not even sure how to describe it. Lots of familiar things that might be kinda daily for us, ramped up for a laugh. 
    I was entertained alternating with wondering if i should be offended. Haha. 
  8. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson – 5 stars. see below
    Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson – 4 stars. I loved this series with its take on the gold rush with a twist of magic and a slight penchant for social justice issues. Intriguing story, spirited characters, and lots of twists. 
    Into the Bright Unknown by Rae Carson – 4 stars. see above. Just have them all on hand. They are great for binging on.


  1. Wolfpack by Abby Wambach – 5 stars. A book version of a commencement speech. I never watched the speech so reading the written version was short, helpful, and empowering.
  2. Called to Create by Jordan Raynor – a good and helpful read for anyone struggling to weigh their hopes of building a small business (or creating art) with their faith. Great food for thought and very affirming of creativity/ the entrepreneur mindset. read full review here
  3. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon – 5 stars. This book surprised me with how useful it is and I loved the graphic elements. Definitely will be checking out the other similar books by this author.

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Linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy‘s monthly quicklit party. Be sure to get on her email list for her summer reading guide coming out in a couple days. It’s always a great way to fill out your TBR. :)

(Disclaimers: Post contains Amazon Affiliate Links. I received a review copy of Called to Create from Baker Books. All opinions are mine!)

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