Note: All pictures are not my own.
Second Note: Some books below contain the concept of slavery. This does not mean I indorse slavery. The Bible forbids slavery, and I believe all men (and women) are created equal in the sight of God.
Okay, so this post is only of one of my many bookshelves. I have an extreme collection of books that keep me company, and they are stuffed in every imaginable place in my bedroom. This is my bookshelf of favorites, or things I’ve had for a while. It’s in the easiest place to get to, and so you’re going to see what’s on it.
First up we have,
So I just recently received these for my birthday, but they quickly made it to my top favorites. My favorites out of the series are Sir Bentley, Lady Carliss, Sir Quinlin, and Sir Rowan. I enjoyed every single one of these, and if you are needing something wholesome to read, this would be one of my first suggestions.
Oh my. I’ve read these so many times. I just love them, and I love everything about them. I don’t think they have one bad review. Okay, yes, I’ll admit that they’re pretty predictable. At least, she uses well known mystery plots, but gives them exciting twists. You won’t be disappointed if you read these. (My favorites are the fourth through seventh. I really can’t decide. My favorite character is Phil all the way. Phil is amazing.)
This book makes me furious. I have to shut the book a thousand times as I read it. Oh, poor Ishmael! A word of warning. If you are twelve and under, don’t read this book. Also, this author is questionable, so talk to your parents before you read it. Other than that, it’s a great book that will teach you about the sin of silence. (Grr, I hate that sin.)
Yep, she’s one of my favorite authors, even though I don’t agree with a lot of what she stood for. This is the (much needed) sequel to Ishmael. This book doesn’t make me mad. In fact, I have this smug feeling as I watch one character get her just desserts. I sit through out this tale thinking, “Finally. Hah, I was waiting for you to get a taste of your own medicine.” Not very Christian of me, huh? Well, I would recommend this book with the same warning as Ishmael.
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Oh my! Probably my all-time second favorite book. My parents tell me I’m Capitola to the dot. Anyway, I read this book aloud to my family, adding in the different voices. Oh, how I loved to rage as Old Hurricane. “You….You…You ungrateful vagabond! You street urchin! You!” I also really liked Capitola. My mom started laughing so hard when Mrs. Condiment was introduced. 😉 Oh, and Black Donald? I’m gettin more and more excited as I continue typing. This book is a MUST read, though I would attach the same warning to it as with Ishmael and Self-Raised.
(Yep, unable again.)
Okay, this book….I had to throw it across the room a few times. Oh, it makes me just as mad as Ishmael. That….GRRRR! Okay, I’d spoil it if I tell anything other than a teaser. Pearle is a beautiful, happy girl who is bound to be married to the love of her life. On her wedding day, everyone for miles around comes. All are astonished when the bride is as white as marble, and the groom? He isn’t the right groom. This is not a romance really, as I would never read a romance, though the setting does include Godly true love and all that nonsense.
My all-time favorite book. Famous when it was first published, this book is referenced in book four of the Elsie Dinsmore series, and Little Woman. It has successfully made Jo, Elsie, and Amie cry. I tell you, it takes a lot to make me cry. Little Ellen is heart wrenchingly taken away from her dying mother and placed in her step-aunt’s house. Her step-aunt has no love for her, and heart-broken Ellen has no love to bestow on her cruel aunt. The story follows Ellen’s sad story as she lives with her aunt and strives to have a true relationship with her Savior.
Hmm, a good, yet predictable, mystery that has a terrible ending. I like it because I enjoy mysteries, but it’s not my absolute favorite. When Kenneth Fortscue is summoned to his dying father, little does he dream the mystery that will unravel because of that simple action. The story that follows is interesting, and will fill an afternoon.
I bought this book while I was in Nashville, and I stayed up until twelve that night to finish it. It is a work of art! Cassandra certainly did an amazing job. Join twins Virginia and Travis, who are WWII refugees in the US. Their aunt has just died, leaving them alone in the big United States. Suddenly mysterious things start to happen that are all wrapped around one thing…A music store.
Can you tell I like mysteries yet? 😉
A must have for every author. It really changed my outlook on outlining, and hopefully changed my writing for the better. That’s all I really can say. It’s a book that every aspiring author should have on their shelf.
Um, I haven’t read this yet, so we’ll pass over this.
An amazing book for all Civil War buffs. Mary’s brother died during the war, leaving his son and wife. Mary undertakes the huge task of writing an account of the war for her nephew, for as she phrases it, “If we do not [write our own account] do it ourselves they [Southern Traditions] will be swallowed up in oblivion.” A true account of what life was like in Decatur, Georgia, during the war. (If you plan to write a historical fiction during the war, I would buy this and read it. It contains songs they sang, how they earned money for the troops, and what letters from brothers and sister looked like.)
Andersonville Georgia by Peggy Sheppard
(I have no idea where you can buy this. I would look it up on Ebay, since Amazon doesn’t have it.)
Yep, another Civil war book. Can I just tell y’all that I’m hooked on history? Most of the history books I’ve read are in my older brother’s room because he owns them. On average in our house, every room has at least one bookshelf, with the exception of our kitchen and our craft room. Yikes! A lot of books. Anyway, on to this book.
If you are anti-reb, you shouldn’t read this book. Sorry. This book kinda makes the Yanks look pretty bad. Peggy defends the poor Rebs with all of her might as she points out how they tried to improve the condition of Andersonville, though the North wouldn’t agree. So, this is a very controversial book.
If you don’t know about Morgan, Forrest, and Mosby, you aren’t into the Civil war, sorry. This book deals with some of the most respected, and hated, men of their day. Mosby, and his infamous Rangers. Morgan, and his cutting the Union telegraphs. Forrest and his cavalry. Each man played a huge role in the fight for Southern Independence, which was sadly a losing cause. (Or maybe not sadly. Guess God willed it to be a losing cause.)
(Has anyone heard “The John Hunt Morgan song”? The tune’s Bonnie Dundee. Great history in that song, just saying.)
Gulp. Um, this book is both good and horrible. No young person should read this book, to say the least. I know it isn’t historically correct, but novelists can get away with that if they write the story well enough. If you can find a better book to read, by all means do that. Don’t read any of Robert Hicks’ other books. Just save yourself extreme disappointment, because they just get worse. So, I’d say pass this book if you can. Read everything else on my bookshelf before you read this.
Oh, amazing book, y’all. If you have ever enjoyed studying Thomas Jackson, this book is a must. It’s really the best book I’ve read on him so far, and after you read it, go listen to “Stonewall Jackson’s Way.” Guys, these old songs are so rich with history. Before I read history books, those songs just didn’t make much sense. Now, I can totally understand what they were talking about, and why this is happening in the song and such. Great book.
All right, shall we move to the second shelf of my book shelf? *Looks at what I have on it*. Actually, you’ll have to come back for part two of this amazing post.
Have you read any of the books on my bookshelf? What one sounded most promising? Are you going to check any out?