Highlight Reel (June 2019 Favorites)

I thought it would be fun if I took a moment each month to let you know what things are currently striking my fancy, so here goes the June installment! 

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This month, I read:

  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. RowlingI’m ever so slowly working my way through this series as the books come into the library. I never read them as a kid, but I’m thoroughly enjoying them as an adult!

  • Still Me by Jojo Moyes— another great book in the series full of characters I just can’t get enough of! Each book takes a new direction, with some sort of big life change, but they’re all so good!

  • The BBC Radio production of The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien — The sound quality on this wasn’t great, but it did pique my interest in reading the book!

  • Longbourn by Jo Baker — I loved this different perspective on Pride and Prejudice (a long-time favorite)! It reminded me that stories always have more than one side, even if this retelling was completely separate from Austen’s original story.

  • Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern— I thought this book was pretty interesting! It wasn’t necessarily a new favorite, but it was a good read!

  • The Chemistry of Calm by Henry Emmons— I LOVED this audiobook! I unknowingly picked up this book about the plethora of ways to manage anxiety and stress in the midst of a very stressful season of my life, and it could not have been more appropriate! The author meets readers right where they’re at, offering a wide range of options depending on your commitment level, financial situation, time constraints, and more. I highly recommend it!

To find more details about my reviews and see all the books I’ve been reading lately, check out my account on Goodreads!


“Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams]…” —Ephesians 3:20 AMP, emphasis mine

I’ve always liked this verse, but I really love the phrase “superabundantly more” and the mental image it creates of God going far above and beyond our wildest dreams. My pastor talked about this verse this weekend, talking about how we often don’t pray big enough, like we don’t believe this verse is true. Yes, it means God can accomplish great things in our lives— healing, provision, comfort, peace, reconciliation. But it also means God can accomplish great things through our lives— mainly, the reconciliation of His people to Him. We just have to believe it and live like it’s true, trusting that He will work it all out and walking step by step in faith with Him.



I’m still watching Royal Pains, and it’s still so good! I love medical dramas, and this one has a touch of intrigue with the characters’ stories.


I got some glass nail files a little while back, and they’re so great! They leave my nails feeling smoother than the two-for-three-dollars ones I’ve been buying all my life, and they leave my nails less ragged. Plus you just wipe them down with a damp rag, and you’re good to use them again, making them last far longer than the more common kind.



I made some really good food this month!




I went camping with my fiance and some friends, went to a fun music festival with my family, and got to help run a week of VBS!



I’m going up north with my fiance’s family for their annual cabin week, and I can’t wait! I also start my new job!


What were some of your favorite things this month? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!

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Mary Poppins Returns image credit: www.eventcinemas.co.nz

Royal Pains image credit: fanart.tv