Currently: July 2019

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Currently July 2019

Currently: July 2019

Reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I have slowly found my way back to reading fiction that isn’t “Christian fiction.” It’s easy to feel like I always need to be very spiritual even with my “fun reads.” But now I’m remembering just how good books exist out there, and I’m venturing out again this summer.

Enjoying exploring new cities in Finland. Just today I visited the HΓ€me Castle and the Holy Cross Church of Hattula. I also got to cross two items off on my summer bucket list: visiting a castle and a church. Then I visited the Iittala glass factory, which is the largest operating Finnish glass factory. It was pretty cool to get to go up the viewing balcony and see the production of different glass items.

Finding that life at the summer cabin is good for the soul. Our summer cabin is by a lake so the scenery is beautiful. It’s a bit old school with no running water, which makes it all the more interesting!

Tasting new ice cream hopefully soon. Trying a new ice cream flavor is on my summer bucket list so I’m working on that. Eating ice cream is a very important part of summer holidays, yes? However, just as my vacation started, we got a cold front with strong winds and rain. So it hasn’t quite been the right weather for ice cream yet. Soon, though!

Saving all the new books to my to read list, as well as putting new movies on my to watch list. It seems like there’s so many new books to read and movies to watch! But for now, I am focusing on enjoying whatever feels good that day and moment.

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  1. If this is your summer cabin, it looks like such a beautiful and peaceful setting! Enjoy!

  2. I loved reading The Nightingale last year. I read more nonfiction than fiction, but I do like to have a novel going almost all the time. And when I read one, I want it to be good! πŸ™‚

    1. I read a lot more nonfiction as well but I’m trying to get back to reading more fiction because I really enjoy it.

  3. Oh, I love this cabin and even the fact that it has no running water!! What a precious time! Your bucket list checkoffs sound wonderful, Ronja! Truly a time to feel the grace and peace of God. Just telling me about these things makes my mind and heart travel to times and places where I felt the peace of God rain over me. So I am an armchair traveler now! But I am grateful to have had some experiences that my mind can return to. I am only 71 and still able but there are some things I just cannot or should not do! I have The Nightingale on my list to read. Thank you for sharing. I feel like you are right here with me telling me these things. loving you, ~ linda

  4. That cabin is amazing!!! Even without running water πŸ™‚

    I haven’t read The Nightingale, but I did read her book, The Great Alone this year and loved it! I like to find balance in my reading, but also have to remind myself there are great books out there that aren’t “Christian.”

    Hope you find a new ice cream flavor to try! We have a place that makes their own peach ice cream and I tried it last summer. Soooo good!

    1. I’ve heard good things about the Great Alone and it’s on my reading list! Also, peach ice cream sounds absolutely delicious!

  5. It’s so funny, but before I sat down to read your blog post, I was thinking, I need to do some research to find a fiction book that isn’t Christian fiction. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Christian fiction, but like you, there is a time and place for just plain ole fiction. A few consecutive summers ago I read Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility for the first time! There are so many wonderful classics too.

    We will be going to a lake house in a few weeks (with running water πŸ˜‰ ) and one of my favorite things to do when relaxing on vacation is to read.

    I enjoyed reading about what you have been currently up to. Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  6. You might enjoy maeve binchy – Irish fiction writer. and of course, jan karon. (: I don’t care for Christian fiction in general. Daniel Silva is good if you like spy novels. (:

  7. Ah, that view is just GORGEOUS. And my summer bucket list always includes something ice cream related – that is essential to summer, in my opinion πŸ™‚