Monday, 26 September 2016

It's Time to Partyyyy!!!! // Five Fall Favourites


IT'S HERE!!! Party Time, you guys! SO EXCITED!!!!! Y'all ready? ;) Hope so, cause we're jumping right in this. Find new books, (possibly new) blogs, and enter to win some amazing prizes! :) So....let's go! 


There will be two different genres for each day. Today, the two genres are Mystery and Christian Fiction. I added little blurbs under each book, some of them reviews, some summaries, some a mix of both. Hopefully it won't be too confusing ;) I wrote some of my own summaries, but most of them are  from Goodreads, due to time flying by too fast and leaving me waaayyyy behind :P 

Oh yeah, and I might have gone a teensy little over-the-top crazy on choosing fonts for each genre ;P (Of course, now you're going to see the first genre and say "What? The font doesn't look that interesting. . . " But it's special just the same. See, the font type is called Baskerville - for that Sherlock Holmes mystery The Hound of the Baskervilles. So now ya know ;)) 

Mystery 


My absolute favourite Agatha Christie book! Anne Beddingfield lives an utterly mundane life - until one day she sees a man killed on the subway tracks. Caught up in a tangle of questions, robberies, and impostors, Anne travels from Britain to Africa, in search for The Man in the Brown Suit. During her journey, she is joined by the ebullient Suzanne James, a jolly old man named Sir Eustace, sturdy Colonel Race, and the rather mysterious Harry Rayburn. News reaches her about a dangerous murderer going by the name “The Colonel” and her suspicions lead her to believe that one of the members of her own party is the killer. Will she find out who it is before it’s too late?  


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It's Sherlock Holmes, people. That's all I have to say ;)   



A peaceful vacation in the Welsh mountains seems sure to keep the children out of trouble, but the mystery of a rumbling mountain soon has them thirsty for more adventure.
Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, and Jack are determined to explore the mountain and uncover its secret, but first they must escape from a pack of ravenous wolves and a mad genius who plans to rule the world!


Enid Blyton writes some of the best mysteries ever! If you find Sherlock Holmes boring, (I sincerely hope you don’t, but I suppose it’s a possibility) try one of Ms. Blyton’s books. The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, and the Adventure series are mysteries that are hard to resist. They are written more to draw in a younger audience, but I enjoy them immensely. They are fun, light, and humorous; it'd be hard to not like her books!



Don’t judge a book by its cover. You’ve heard that before, right? Well, I’ve learned to also not judge a book by its title. When I first picked up this book, I was dreading it. Cue For Treason sounded - oh, I don’t know - awful for some reason. Boring and awful. But then I read it. . . and got lost in it only several pages in.

Fleeing from the evil Sir Philip Morton, Peter Brownrigg finds himself on the wrong side of the law - and on the run. As he makes his way to London, he meets Kit, another runaway, and the two decide to stick together. With luck on their side, they find jobs as apprentices to William Shakespeare, but a chance discovery endangers their lives once more. Soon Peter finds himself on an adventure that takes in murderous plots, secrets and even treason, and will test his bravery to its very limits. Set in the turbulent days of Elizabeth I, this classic story of danger and intrigue conjures up a magical world of mystery, twists and turns and thrilling action.

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Favourite mystery series of mine for almost 5 years now. When I first read Mandie and the Secret Tunnel, I was hooked. I would say they are more for an age group of 8-13, as I found them much more interesting when I was younger. But they are a good Christian mystery series and I would definitely recommend them for mystery lovers!
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Christian Fiction



When Amy, Danny, and Jenny show up at the Morgans' doorstep half-frozen, the reader goes on a fascinating adventure as the family helps the trio and tries to find out who they are and where they came from. 

I'd definitely consider this a re-read. And I'm SO glad I decided to get a paperback copy as opposed to a kindle. Holding an actual book while reading just makes it 110% better :D

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Bonnets and Bugles (series) - Gilbert Morris

Leah Carter thought that nothing could ever shake her or turn her world upside down. But then the Civil War begins - and her best friend Jeff Major is on the opposite side. The series follows Leah, Jeff, and their families as the Civil War rages through the United States, tearing apart family and friends alike. Will the bonds between the Carter and Major families be able to withstand the horrors of war? 

Loved this series so much! Read the first book a few years ago, but then last year, my sister and I decided to buy the entire series because we simply could NOT wait any longer to read the rest of the series. And we didn't regret it. It's awesome! Historical and Christian fiction mixed together, can it get any better? ;) 

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The Prussian Baron von Dortmann and his daughter face the uncertainty of life just before WWII as their faith and relationships are tested.

A really, really good series! Just finished the second book and it's amazing!! 

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Viking Quest - Lois Walfrid Johnson 

Viking raiders capture Bree and her brother Devin and take them from their home in Ireland. After the young Viking prince Mikkel sets Devin free on the Irish coast far from home, Bree and Devin embark on separate journeys to courage. 

Eeks, Lois Walfrid Johnson writes some awesome books, let me tell you! Pretty family friendly as well, so if you're looking for a book to read-aloud or something, I recommend this ;) 

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Eeks, how does one describe this book? I read this book very recently, but it instantly jumped to one of my top favourites. It. is. AMAZING.

Leith Torren, a King’s Blade, finds himself wounded and winds up in the care of Renna and Brandi Stetterly. The only problem? He had killed their parents - and what with his loyalty to the King and all, he’d have to kill the girls too. But as time passes, Leith discovers the Christian God - and wants to learn more. In this fast-paced tale of courage and faith, Leith fights to find where his loyalty lies, Renna discovers the true meaning of trust, and along with their friends, they battle against King Respen and his relentless hatred of Christians. 

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Prize Time!!!! 

Okay, so you all ready to hear about the prizes now? Yeah, I'm sure you are ;) So....let's get started shall we? 

Doesn't this graphic look soooo nice? Kellyn made 'em and I think she did an awesome job! I can just imagine myself in an orchard, picking apples. "Eye to the sky and twist"; were you ever told that? *shakes self* Getting off topic. ANYWAY...                         You need to keep an eye out for these graphics on all our blogs (links below), especially the BOOKS one. Why? The blog with the books graphic will be having a giveaway, for THAT DAY ONLY. Want to guess what the prizes will be? Yep. BOOKS!!!! *hugs self in delight* Now, you're not just looking out for the book blog for one day. It's every single day for the next five days, you guys! Five different giveaways on five different blogs on five different days? Make sense? 


Here are the links to the others' blogs, with the graphics made by Amanda! 

HOPEFULLY all you should need to do is click on the picture and swoosh you'll find yourself at another blog. If you click on it and find yourself still in the mundane world of my blog, let me know and I'll have a talk with that little temperamental thing called Blogger xD 








Oh, oh, oh, and we can't forget about this! 

*drumroll* 

THE GRAND PRIZE!!! 

Feast your eyes on this awesome amazing too-good-to-be-true prize! :D 


IMPORTANT: In order for this Grand Prize to work, we're going to need at least 50 different people entering. So spread the word!! :D To find out more on how to enter and win this AWESOME prize, head on over to Rebekah's blog HERE 


And that about wraps up this post! See you all tomorrow! :D 

Are you as excited as I am about the party? 
Did you recognize any of the books? Any of them favourites of yours? 
Share some of your Top Five books in these genres, I'd love to see them!! :) 

44 comments:

  1. Great first post, Blessing! :) Love the list of books and everything.

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  2. Oh I love the Bonnets and Bugles series!! It's so good. :) It's been a while since I read them, so I definitely need to again. :)

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    1. Bonnets and Bugles are SO good! Hehe, yes, go re-read them :)

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  3. Love your book list, Blessing! I've read and really enjoyed a few of those, and now I have to look up the others. And thank you for the shout-out about the graphics, but I actually had a very enthusiastic team that did most of the work. ;) I just helped them find a few pictures.

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    1. Thanks, Kate! Oh, ok, thanks for the heads up. Did some changing around with the names ;)

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    2. Cool. ;) By the way, I'm reading Sherlock Holmes for the first time every so it's a ton of fun to see it one your list! ;)

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  4. This looks like a really fun party!! :D
    It’s always fun finding out about new books. :)
    I have read “Gift from the Storm” and “Dare”. I enjoyed both. =) I also want to read “Mandie and the Secret Tunnel”. I’ll have to look into the other books you recommended!

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    1. Glad you think so, Rebekah! This party is going to be SO. MUCH. FUN! xD

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  5. The "Cue for Treason" sounds very interesting. I'll have to read it! My sister is reading some of the Mandie books also. I also want to read "Gift from the Storm." I've read at least one book in the Bonnets and Bugles series. It was enjoyable, but not a favorite. I think I read the Gettysburg one.

    Now, "Dare" was a far different story. I read it and it became my TOP FAVORITE book of all time. So wonderful!!! I'm so happy that you shared it. :) They whole series is awesome if you haven't read them.

    I'm already enjoying the party! Thanks for participating!

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    1. YES, Cue for Treason - just pure amazingness. You should definitely read it! How is your sister finding the Mandie series? You haven't read Gift from the Storm yet? GO READ IT!!! xD Oh ok. Thanks for your honesty on Bonnets and Bugles! :)

      Dare. Haha. Yes. It just shot right up to my top favourites :D So awesome. Actually haven't read the rest of the series yet, but I really really want to!

      Thank YOU for participating, Bethany! And so happy to hear that you're enjoying the party =)

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    2. I'm not sure how she's liking them. I'll have to ask. XD I guess that the Bonnets and Bugles just wasn't my style. Oh well. :)

      You absolutely have to read the other books in the Blades of Acktar series. I can't tell you how amazing they are! Did you read my review of Defy?

      Can't wait for the other posts!

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    3. No, actually, I didn't see your review on Defy! Tried looking for it on Goodreads, but it's not there :/ Was the book as squeal worthy as Dare? ;)

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    4. Absolutely! (And I actually wrote the review for the blog tour, so you'll find it on my blog. Sorry about the inconvenience!)

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    5. Oh, ok! Just finished reading it....boy do I really want to read the book now ;) Your review was lovely!

      And don't worry, no inconvenience at all! :)

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  6. I love Agatha Christie books! Although I've never read that particular one. I've really only read Hercule Poirot books. And And Then There Were None, which was probably my favorite. :)

    CutePolarBear

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    1. Isn't Agatha Christie an awesome mystery writer? Oh yes, I remember And Then There Were None. It was awesomely creepy. Made the mistake of reading that book late at night :P

      By the way, love your pseudonym ;)

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    2. Yup, she is! :D It must be exceedingly difficult to write a good mystery. Hehe, whoops! I usually read at night, but my biggest problem is that I have to finish the book, and stay up way too late. ;)
      Thanks! ;)

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    3. YES. My exact problem too :P There are some nights where I've stayed up until 2 *guilty grin*

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  7. Ah!! I love book lists, so this blog hop is possibly my favorite ever!! :D

    So, Mandie Mysteries are the best. And I just added Bonnets and Bugles to my Goodreads to-read shelf!! Thanks so much!!

    //Read the latest at:
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    1. SO glad to hear that, Kimberly! :D

      Oh, you're welcome! You won't believe how happy I am knowing you're adding more books to your TBR list ;)

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  8. There are so many good books! :D I don't think I'll ever have enough time to read all the ones I want to. XD
    The party looks like it'll be amazing!

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    1. Haha, yeah, time is always something we need more of, don't you think? ;) Hopefully you'll be able to squeeze in some of the books you want to read! :D

      Thank you so much, Sarah! Glad you think so :)

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  9. Oooooh!!! Dare is an AMAZING book!!! Serena H.

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  10. Good post!I loove Gift from the Storm!

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    1. Thank you, Pearl!

      Yes, Gift from the Storm is simply amazing, don't you think? :D

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  11. This is so exciting! Now I really, REALLY need to read Gift from the Storm ... people keep telling me how amazing it is. :)

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    1. *squeals* Yes, sooooo super exciting!

      Oh goodness me, Kellyn! YES, you really really really need to read Gift from the Storm!!! :D

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  12. I have a bunch of the Mandie books, and I love them! The first one in the series was so good and an awesome choice for mystery! :) We have the Viking Quest series, too, but I haven't read them, yet. But I totally should, right?? :) I also want to read Gift from the Storm and...AHHHHHH!!! Too many good books to read! :) I am super excited about this party. It sounds like it's going to be really fun!

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    1. Hehe, glad to hear you're so excited, Abigail! And YES, if you have the Viking Quest series, go read it!!!! It's super good! And same for Gift from the Storm! :D

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  13. The Mountain of Adventure looks interesting!

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    1. It is, Emma! Have you read any of Enid Blyton's books before? If you have, and enjoyed them, then you'll love Mountain of Adventure :)

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    1. I know, isn't Sherlock Holmes awesome?! :D

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  15. The Viking Quest series remains in my top 10 favorite series of all times. I don't think I'll ever tire of reading it. ;)
    And "The Secret of the Rose", "Gift from the Storm", and "Dare" are all AMAZING! And the Mandie books are awesome. Have you read the college one? It made me so mad! ;P
    Anyway, I'm so excited for this!! I mean, i'ts a book party!!! What can be better than that?!

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    1. Haha, I know right, Jesseca? Viking Quest is just awesome :)

      Yes, I did read the college book. A looonng time ago. And then when I went in search of sequels, I was horrified when I found out that Ms. Leppard died. Wonder if any one's going to continue the series?

      Haha, my thoughts exactly! Book parties are just awesomeeeee! :D

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  16. Yay!! The party's here! :D
    The Viking Quest series were a good read! My sister had bought them and told me I might like them, so I read them. I think I was a little young to totally understand them the first time I read the series, but I went back a while later and reread them all. Great books!
    I think I commented the same thing on most of the other hosting blogs, but The Hardy were (and probably still are) my very favorite mystery series. And The Boxcar Children definitely was a great series!

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    1. Viking Quest seems like a popular series around here ;) Yes, they are really awesome! Did you have a favourite character? :)

      Actually never tried The Hardy Boys before, but I'm going to have to try them sometime soon! And yes, Boxcar was a a childhood favourite of mine! :D

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  17. Ahh... I loved "Gift from the Storm"! That should be a must read for everyone! Hmm.. the Bonnets and Bulges series looks interesting. My sibs might enjoy those!

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    1. Yes, I second that! Gift from the Storm is simply amazing! Oh yes, they should try Bonnets and Bugles! Let me know if they like it! :D

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  18. Bonnets and Bugles looks cool! :)

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    1. Oh, it is, Lily! If you haven't read it before, you should totally give it a try! :)

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  19. Dare!!! Mandie!! Gift from the Storm!! Haha, loving this blog hop! :D

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