I’m Back/New Direction for Blog

Hey there! I have sadly failed as a blogger for the last few months (like has it really been almost 6 months??). I have no excuses for why I have been gone so long, so I will not even try to make any. The good news I hope is that I am back and hopefully will be blogging consistently (Like, at least once every 6 months…).

I have been thinking, and finally decided to take this blog down a new path. I am very interested is history. History textbooks, historic museums, historical fiction, historic dancing, sewing historic thing and really anything that has to do with history.

I would like to turn this blog into a historical blog. I will plan to blog about historic sewing and dancing mainly, with occasional picture dumps of historical reenactments and such that I attend. I will also blog about random stuff too, I am sure! Historical book or movie reviews maybe?

So, I will be working on  redesigning my blog (You may notice some changes already :)) and my new posts! I hope y’all stick around and find my new historical posts interesting (don’t worry, I won’t be giving history lectures or anything!)!

Happy Friday,



Do you think you will enjoy this new type of posts? Let me know in the comments!

See Y’all In September

I can’t think of a title that is not extremely cliché…

Anyhow, I just wanted to pop in and say I am taking a blogging break! I know, you will miss me *cries* ;). I will be back in September, hopefully with scheduled posts. I am working on that and hopefully I can pre write some posts this month.

Have a great August!


Pride and Prejudice

Hi there! Have y’all been enjoying this 95+ degree weather we’ve been having? Today I am doing a fangirl post. Y’all are probably about to see a new side of me 😀
I have mentioned Pride and Prejudice before as one of my favorites, but I have never told you how much I love this book. I love it so much, I totally fangirl over it. 🙂

Pride and Prejudice

Here is an unashamed book nerd (I really am… there is no denying it) confession. You ready for it? Since last June (2016), I have read Pride & Prejudice 6 times, listened to the audio book once, watched the old BBC movie once, and watched the newer, 2005 version 3 times (once with some of my family and twice when I was sick and needed something to watch. That was the movie that sounded good.). I’m actually quite proud of my accomplishment! 🙂 Oh, and I am considering reading it again… Because I definitely don’t have 1297547647 books on my TBR shelf and about 20 I just borrowed from the library today.

I absolutely LOVE this book (in case you haven’t caught that yet) and each time I re-read it, I find something I didn’t notice the time before. I fall even more in love with all my favorite characters each time, and I remind myself how much Miss Bingley annoys me. ;P

I love the wit of this book. There are so many laughable, memorable parts of this book. Dear Mrs. Austen, you were a brilliant writer. Sincerely, Emma. 

The character though, they all were excellently developed. Yes, even the ones who get on your poor nerves (get my reference? DO YOU GET IT?? :)).

Favorite Characters:

Mr. Darcy. Just… yes… he is totally the best!


Elizabeth Bennet. She is just a character you have to like. 🙂


Mr. Bennet

Mr. Bingley.

Jane Bennet. I didn’t love her as much as some of the others, but she is just so sweet.

Mr. Collins. Yes, the strange, annoying clergyman.

Mrs. Bennet. She was sorta annoying too… at first I didn’t lover her,  but after I read it a few more times, I decided I did like her. 🙂


Mr. Wickam. I know, he’s not the best kind of man, and definitely not someone I would NOT want to marry (What was Lydia thinking?). For some strange reason, I still liked Wickam.

My Not-So-Favorite Characters

(more like the ones who totally got on my poor nerves)

Miss Bingley and Lady Cathrine annoyed the life out of me… Lydia was ridiculous and Kitty and Mary were just… ehhh.


Random Pictures Related to Pride and Prejudice:

Well, I hope y’all enjoyed this post! Now please…
Have you read this book? Did you love it? I’d love to hear what you think! What did you think of my thoughts? Let me know in the comments. 

Life Update

Hi there! I’m back with a new type of post for you. What my life has been like these past few weeks! Ok, be warned this is going to be a random post. My brain didn’t have enough energy to really organize all of this. So, yeah…

I helped out with our churches VBS all of last week. I was exhausted by Friday! My poor introverted self needed some recharging ;), but it was totally worth it! 🙂

Independence Day was Tuesday. We celebrated with some friends and family. We ate dinner, pained our fingernails red, white, and blue and played Frisbee. After that we walked to where we were going to watch fireworks. We arrived at our spot at around 7ish. In the two and a half hours we spent waiting for the firework show to start, we ate desert (homemade ice cream, strawberry cake and chocolate covered cherries and strawberries), ECDed and had a fun time talking and laughing. After the fireworks, we went back and did sparklers and played more Frisbee (in the dark :)). We didn’t get home until 11:45pm!


On Wednesday we went to an Atlanta Braves game with our cousins and pawpaw. Even though we lost 10-4, we had a fun time. We didn’t get home until 12:45am! That’s two extremely late nights in a row!! I was SO exhausted, I am just now starting to wake up at my normal time! 🙂

 I have gotten a fair amount of reading done recently. Not as much the last few days (can you see why? ;)), but still.

Some things I have been loving recently are:

Sewing these adorable headbands and matching necklaces.


(note: I did not take this picture for this post… I think I took it and sent it to a friend. So, yes, that is our bathroom counter. :))

English Country Dancing

Flip flops



Sterling (my cat). He is just the most adorable, sweetest “baby”, kitty! (Even though he is not a kitten, he is almost two years old)

Here is a random photo dump! I took all these pictures of flowers around our yard.

Y’all can call me crazy, but I can’t wait to start back school. We are going to the best homeschool book sale we know of next week. We will try to find some curriculum we need for next year (they also always have great books).

I have alreay made myself a school schedule and am ready to start using it. It needs a little tweaking, but I like the general idea of it.

Well, that pretty much sums up what I have been up to these last few weeks! Sorry if this post was just way random… 🙂

Have a lovely weekend!

Emma Grace

The Interrogation Tag

Hi there! This week I will be doing a tag-ish thing. I asked my friends, Zane from Simple Impossibilities, and Olivia from Important Nothings, to ask me some questions. I will be answering some of those. I am sure y’all are ready to interrogate me and learn my answers, so lets jump right in! 


Get To Know Me:


1. What are 3-5 little known facts about yourself?

I am very shy and quiet. Like I really don’t like to be in the center of attention (if you know me pretty well I can be pretty talkative though). I have taken quite a few years of Latin. I am teaching myself violin and guitar. I love school. Anything learning! 

2. If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Hmmm… We will assume it is a different country. I could chose zillions of places (even in the U.S.) I would have to say England, France or Germany (or all three). 

3. What is your favorite and least favorite food? 

This is so hard… I’d have to say my favorite food would be Mexican (even though that is a type of food, I think it counts). My least favorite food is cereal. I don’t like milk either. Never have… Call me weird, but I just don’t.

4.What are some of your hobbies?

Blogging, writing, reading, sewing, crocheting, English Country Dancing and music (piano mainly, but also violin and guitar).

5. Tea or Coffee?

A bit random, but I liked this one! My one word answer is: TEA. My 3 word answer is: Totally Hot Tea. Seriously guys, hot tea is 150 times better than coffee. 


Bookish Questions:


1. Do you like books or movies better? 

Books. Totally, 100% books. Though sometimes I have liked the movie better than the book the movie was based off of (not usually). Overall, I would prefer to read.

2. What is your favorite genre to read?

Historical fiction, fantasy and realistic fiction. Really anything as long as it’s not horror or anything like that…

3. What are some of your favorite books? 

The original question was “what is your favorite book?”. I kinda had to change that to… ahem… some of my favorites… ahem… yes… *screams at people* “HOW CAN YOU ONLY HAVE ONE FAVORITE BOOK PEOPLE????” *calms down slightly* now what was I saying? Oh, yes… favorite books.

I would have to say a couple favorites would be: 

Pride and Prejudice

The Millie Keith series (the revised version)

100 Cupboards

Anne of Green Gabbles 

*runs to bedroom to look at all my bookshelves* 

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

A Wrinkle in Time

4. A fictional character (or maybe 3) you’d like to be friends with?

This is a brilliant question I never would have though to ask myself! It is is so hard, but I think I have three. First would be Millie Keith. Then also, Brianna O’Toole and Mikkel (those are 2 characters from the same book). Finally, *freaks out ‘cuz I don’t know how to chose a last one* (probably) Anne Shirley.

5. Prettiest book cover that you own.

The Count of Monte Cristo and my collection of Jane Austen books.


Writing Questions:


1. What is your favorite writing snack? 

Orange juice and potato chips. Oh, and hot tea.

2. When did you start writing? Why do you write?

Writing stories has always fascinated me. When I was somewhere around 8-10 years old, I had an idea for a story. I was so excited. The story was heavily influenced (by which I mean, even the MCs shared the same names) by a few series of books I was loving at that point. I have been writing off and on since then.

Earlier this year, I had an idea for a story. I finished it in less than 2 weeks. Since then I have been writing pretty regularly. I am currently working on a realistic, contemporary fiction, novella.

I write because I love it! I can write a story that I love to read, I can make it end like I want it too, I can kill off whoever I want and I just love making all the characters!

3. What is your favorite genre to write?

Contemporary fiction, fantasy, and realistic fiction. Sometimes historical fiction…


Now, for the fun part! I tag Olivia Rollins from Important Nothings, and whoever wants to answer these questions.

What did you think? Did you not realize any of those things about me? Let me know in the comments! 


My Summer TBR* List

 Hi there! I’m back after a week break that I was not planning on taking… Last post was 2 books you should read, this time I am going to tell you about what I am planning on reading this summer.

I tried my best to narrow down the list for this post to fifteen (at the most) books. But… I could only narrow it down to…*cough cough* Ahem, eighteen. So, please bear with me as I ramble about books.

*you will be seeing this term (TBR) a few times. It means To Be Read. 😀

 I am currently reading, Redwall by Brian Jacques. I have never read this book before. My older brother loved the series, and I have heard it mentioned several times by friends. So far, I am enjoying it.

Books I PLAN on reading this summer (well, probably over the summer AND autumn :)) are:


The Dragons Tooth by N.D. Wilson. I’ve heard great things about this book and loved one of Mr. Wilson’s other books, 100 Cupboards. I am planning on reading this book ASAP, because its due to the library next week.

Dandelion Fire by N.D Wilson. Another Nate Wilson book. I am wondering why I have not read this one yet… I started it once and only got 6 or 7 chapters into it, but then I put it down and, I guess, just forgot about it. This is the sequel to 100 Cupboards.


On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is another book I should have read forever ago. I love Andrew Peterson’s music and many people have said this book is awesome. So, I am hoping to give this one a try soon!

Raiders from the Sea by Lois Walfrid Johnson. This book would be a reread. I have read it twice over a couple of years. I borrowed it both times from my cousins. We own the entire series except the first one. My mom recently purchased it because one of my sisters is supposed to read for school next year. So since we own it now and it has been awhile since I have read it, I think it is due for a reread.

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne. Don’t laugh, please! (“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.” – C.S. Lewis.) I grew up watching the cartoon, and I think my dad read this aloud to us a LONG time ago, but I have never read the book myself. I have heard it is very witty (I like witty books) and it actually sounds pretty good. I am planning on giving it a try!

Out of the Silent Planet by C.S Lewis. I have heard great things about this book for awhile now. When I saw is on one of our bookshelves a couple of weeks ago, I pulled it off and stuck on my TBR shelf. Dad saw it there one night and was like “Emma, that book is really good! You’re going to really like it!” I was like, “Ok then, I am definitely keeping that on my shelf so I can read it soon.”. Also, I heard it recommended on a podcast I trust.

Watership Down by Richard Adams. I also heard this book recommended through a podcast. I found it at a thrift store this week. and when a book is only 25 cents, you just get it! 😉

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. This is also due for a reread. My dad read the book to me and my brother quite a few years ago. I read the book for myself (I can’t remember if I actually finished it), and have seen all the movies. I have not read it since seeing the movies (we watched each one at the theater when it came out and I have not seen them since. Those are probably due for a re-watch too.)

Persuasion by Jane Austen. (I wish my copy looked like that ;)). This is just the next Jane Austen book I would like to read. 🙂

The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton. Another book I have heard recommended and the saw on the very top shelf in our home “library”. I haven’t read many mysteries lately, so I am excited to read this!

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. Both my mom and dad, said when they heard they had to read this book for a class in high school they were like “seriously? That sounds like torture!” (You have to admit, it kinda does), but they both said they really enjoyed it. I have been wanting to read it and then I found it beside G.K. Chesterton on the top shelf (Guys! I thought I knew all the books we own, but I guess I don’t).

(allow me to fangirl over my cover for a minute) *dies* the cover of mine is just… gorgeous! There is me with it… It is SO old and I LOVE it! IMG_5471

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. I love any kind of story about WWII. I have read a few short stories on Corrie Ten Boom. I also own the Focus On the Family audio drama on her which I have listened to multiple times. I have been wanting to read this one for awhile now.

God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew. I recently heard about this one. I read a little about Brother Andrew for school last year. When I found out he wrote an auto-biography, I had to read it (though I still haven’t read it yet). He has a very interesting story. I hope to learn even more about him by reading this book.

The BFG by Roald Dahl. Another children’s book. It looks funny!

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. A classic I am excited to read! I read Jane Eyre by her sister earlier this year.

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey. I found this at a thrift the other day.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy. Now this book probably should have been closer to the top. I have been really wanting to read this for a while now. (also, note the author’s first name! ;P) I also found this at a thrift store the same day I found the others I mentioned.

Those are the 18 books from my summer TBR list. I hope y’all enjoyed my rather ramble-y blog post!

 Have you read any of these? Do you have recommendations for my TBR list? I’d love to hear you thoughts! Let me know in the comments. 



2 Books That Should Be On Your Summer TBR List


2 Books You Need To Read This Summer:

Guys, it is June already! Can y’all even wrap your head around that fact? Anyhow, June is practically summer, and in summer you read (Obviously. School is out and what else would you do? ;D). We all probably have our summer TBR lists that are a mile long, but don’t you need just a few more to add to that list? Here are two suggestions I would add to your TBR list this summer.

100 Cupboards:


If you have never read 100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson, I suggest you quit reading this blog post now, and go read that book. Just joking (about not reading the post… I am definitely not joking that you should read the book :D). Seriously y’all, this book is fantastic!

“Lying in bed at night, twelve-year-old Henry York can’t ignore the thumping and scratching he hears on the other side of the attic wall. He scrapes off the plaster and discovers doors–ninety-nine cupboards of all different sizes and shapes. Through one he hears the sound of falling rain. Through another he sees a glowing room–with a man strolling back and forth! Henry and his cousin Henrietta soon understand that these are not just cupboards. They are, in fact, portals to other worlds.”

I need to confess up front, that I did NOT want to read this book when I saw it on my “suggested reading” book list for the school year, about 2 years ago. The books on that list were for me to read at my own pace, as long as I read them by the time we were done with that school year. I read all the books until I got to this one…

I put off reading “100 Cupboards” until the very last possible minute. When I finally started reading the book, I hated it (I think I just had in my head I didn’t like it). I made myself push forward. It took days, but once I was half way through I couldn’t bear to put it down! I remember lying in bed at, like, 12:00am, thinking “I HAVE to put this thing down or I will have nightmares”. Well, I couldn’t put it down. It was the scariest (in a good way) and most exciting book I had ever read (at the moment anyway. I tend to think that about every book I read that is exciting :P) and I just HAD to know what came next. I can’t remember what time I finished, but I DID finish that night.

Here is my short summary/review of this book:

Henry York, who is staying with his aunt and uncle, discovers that there is an entire wall of cupboards in his attic bedroom. He and his cousin, Henrietta, go on an adventure to discover what each of the cupboards hold. They don’t realize the danger that is hidden behind each one.

Henry and Henrietta face a witch, a wizard, and a… raggant? (I really want a pet raggant now… *sighs* they sound so adorable). They also befriend a young boy from a different world. Through all the hardship, they learn the power of friendship and redemption.

This book will not disappoint. Once you finish the book, you won’t want to leave Henry, Texas, believe me. (But, don’t blame me if you end up begging your mom to buy you the next book in the series. :D)

My rating is 4.5 stars.

Genres: Children’s Lit and Fantasy

Suggested age rage according to amazon: 8 to 12 years old. *Personally I don’t think my almost 8 year old sister or even my 10 year old sister could handle it… I am over that age range and I really enjoyed it.

On to the next book.


The Giver:


“Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the Community.

When Jonas turns twelve, he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of true pain and pleasures of life. Now it’s time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.”  

My thoughts:

‘The Giver” by Lois Lowry is one of my all-time favorite books. This thought-provoking story will stay with you and make you think different about the world we live in today.

The people in this story do not see things the same way we do. They do not know what color, joy, sadness, war, or even love is. The Giver is the only one who holds, and knows, what the true joys and pains of life are.

The people know somewhere deep down that they are missing something in life. The people think the best thing for them is to know almost nothing. Over the years they lose the memories of joys and sorrows. They all end up with The Giver.

There is only one Giver. The current Giver in the story is growing old and needs someone to transfer all his memories to and to take his place once he dies. A boy named Jonas is chosen for this task.

*minor spoiler*: there is a major cliff hanger at the end *huge spoiler* and it never resolves, even in the other books in the trilogy. *end of spoilers*.

I am not going to say any more about the story because I don’t want to spoil ANYTHING forget about the former paragraph^. You just need to read “The Giver” for yourself to know the rest of the story.

My rating is 5 stars.

Genre(s): YA Fiction, Utopian and Dystopian fiction and Sci-Fi (I wouldn’t have thought Sci-fi but that is what the internet said)

Suggested age range: YA


Do you think you will try one of those? Have you read any of them? What are some books you want to read this summer? Let me know in the comments.

Happy reading,

Emma Grace Hornsby

P.S. I have decided to try and post every Friday unless I forget and then don’t 😛. Hopefully and I can keep that goal *crosses fingers*.


Hi. I’m Emma. Welcome to Real And Official Matters. I am so happy you found my humble little blog in this vast world of blogging! To learn a little more about me, click here.

I suppose I should tell y’all about this blog. About the name, and what I am planning on blogging about.

First off, the name, Real and Official Matters. I got the idea for the name in the third book of one of the best series of books “The Mysterious Benedict Society”. It was one of the chapter titles. From what I remember of the chapter, the society was not quite off on their adventure. Also, there was a lot of Miss Constance Contraire, she makes any chapter better!

I am planning on blogging about life, crafts (DIY projects), books and maybe even and a little writing. I still haven’t decided for sure, but for now, thats the plan!

I will plan to post once a week, sometimes more. I will figure out a day that works best for me to post and go from there. Though, please don’t kill me if I miss a week (or two :P), sometimes this thing called Life happens, and well, we kinda forget about blogging!

Before I go, I just wanted to thank a good friend of mine, Zane Jones. She helped me set this blog up, and without her I would have been lost! Thanks, Zane!

~Emma Grace~