Highlight Reel (May 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 May installment! 

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This month, I read:

  • Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery— not my favorite in the series (I actually had the library loan expire twice because it took me so long to get through it), but I love the characters, and I still want to finish the whole series.

  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly— I preferred the movie version of this story because it was so full of technical details about the race to space and the math and science involved, which went a bit over my head. But the story is an important one, and I liked the characters and the glimpse into their lives.

  • Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder— This was a very intriguing listen! It kept me entertained during walks, runs, errands, drives, and more with its interesting combination of settings and narrative like blending Survivor with Peter Pan.

  • Ghosts of Greenglass House by Kate Milford— I loved the first book in this series, with its complex characters and interesting plot full of twists and surprises. This sequel did not disappoint!

  • A Family Shaped by Grace by Gary Morland— I’d had this book on my shelf for a bit, and I was really happy to finally have time to read it! It’s a quick read, and while nothing inside it is earth-shattering in its novelty, it’s a fresh perspective and wonderful reminder of the simple steps we can take to be the kind of person who can shape their family from the inside out by changing their own actions instead of trying to change others. I highly recommend it!

  • Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan— This book wasn’t my favorite, but it was an okay read. It took me a bit to get into and to get through, and I wonder if I was just looking for something a bit more fast-paced or action-oriented.

  • The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines (actually read at the end of April, but didn’t make it on my April list)— this was a fun, quick read! I was kind of disappointed when it was over because I loved listening to Chip and Jo talk about their lives and tell their story.

  • The Path Between Us by Suzanne Stabile (also read at the end of April, but didn’t make it on my April list)— my friend loaned this book to me after an enneagram session (she’s an enneagram coach), and i devoured it in one afternoon! It was so good to learn more about the enneagram and feel like I have a better understanding of how I’m wired, along with a handful of people in my life who are also fellow enneagram fans.

  • Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff— I listened to the audiobook version of this story about marriage, family, growth, heartache, and how they all weave together in the lives of individuals and communities. I was interested enough in the storyline to work through the large amounts of sexual content and strong language— two things I normally try to stay away from.


“If it wasn’t for our dreams, they might as well bury us.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne’s House of Dreams

How beautiful is that? No matter where we’re at, we are created as dreamers, and our dreams can keep us focused on the future, holding onto hope. If not for our dreams, we might get stuck. We would likely get far less done, and we would probably get caught up in our fear more often. So let’s not forget to dream!



I started re-watching Royal Pains, which I’d seen a few seasons of years ago. I forgot how good it is!

I watched Mary Poppins Returns, too, and I went to see Aladdin with my cousins— so much Disney love!


I’m loving the new battery pack I got to charge my phone away from home. My old one took too long to recharge itself (36+ hours) and could only charge my phone once. My new one charges faster and can charge my phone twice before it needs to be plugged back in.



I made some really good food this month!



I visited some family out of state, enjoyed some tacos for Cinco de Mayo, and got to enjoy a pretty quiet Memorial Day weekend of rest.



I’m going camping in June (hoping it will be nicer weather than when we went in October), have a music festival I’m going to with my family, and am looking forward to enjoying summer weather!


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

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Aladdin image credit: www.fanpop.com

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

Royal Pains image credit: fanart.tv