Happy Five Fall Favorites!! (Intro and Everything)

Happy Five Fall Favorites!! (Intro and Everything)

Hello everyone, and happy Five Fall Favorites! Before we get started, I just wanted to say I’m so happy you’re here, and I know our fabulous bloggers have some really good book recs to share with you. πŸ˜‰ Have fun browsing and don’t forget to check out the giveaway and daily FREE ebooks!

I also wanted to be clear that anything I link out to is not an across-the-board endorsement from me. πŸ˜‰ Each blogger is responsible for their own recommendations.

All right, all that housekeeping out of the way… PARTY TIME!

Fall is my favorite season. Something about the melancholy lighting, cooler temperatures, earthy foods, and cozy, cozy sweaters just bring my creativity and bookishness alive, and I’m never happier than when this happens. 🧑

Today we’re all sharing our top 5 books that have inspired us, feel like home, and make us who we are today.

Go meet your new bookish friends!

Katja 🍁 // Abigail πŸ“š // Kelsey β˜•οΈ // Lillian (her book is FREE today!)πŸ‚

Sarah🧣// Bella πŸ₯§ // Jana β˜•οΈ // Ryana Lynn🧣// Mac πŸ“š

Sophia Ellen 🍁 // Heaven πŸ“š // Hannah πŸ₯§ // Mikayla πŸ‚

And I’m Kate! Your main host, home base for the giveaway and #details. πŸ˜‰

Borrowing my husband’s hardcover copy of The Book Thief 🧑

My Top 5 Favorite Books That Make Me Me

1. The Shield Ring by Rosemary Sutcliff

I’ve mentioned this book a couple times here on my blog, but it’s always one I come back to. The copy I grew up on was so worn it didn’t even have a dust jacket anymore, but eleven-year-old me was obsessed with the medieval setting, loyal characters, hope in a hopeless place, and platonic but absolutely shippable main characters. πŸ˜‰ It pretty much became a core part of my personality (and teenage crushes, oops) and is the reason I still adore writing medieval stories. 🧑 (Read my review.)

2. Evangelists in Chains by Elizabeth Wagler

If you’ve been here a while, you might recognize this one too. *smile sheepishly at my predictability* This book was incredibly inspiring to me as a teen. The strong Christian love shown in the Moravian Anabaptist community, their strength and trust in God as they were asked to go completely against their nonviolent convictions, and the way God used their trials to spread the Gospel. 🧑 I *believe* this is based on true events, but whether or not it is, it’s still definitely worth the read.

3. Red Rain by Rachel Newhouse

This book (the first edition, that is) was one of the first ever indie books I experienced, and I’ve been in love with the genre and the creativity it allows ever since. I’m so excited to see the series rebooted and continued this year, and I can’t wait to read more about these compelling characters and their complicated world. πŸ‘πŸ‘

4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I experienced the movie first and fell completely and utterly in love with the setting, characters, message, and ultimately just the bookish vibes. 🧑 I bought the book without knowing much about it, and when I read a (censored for language) it just brought all the tears, sank into my soul, and both broke me and inspired me. (Yes, I have made it part of my personality. Yes, I adore Max. πŸ₯Ί) Truly one of the most beautiful books ever, and the writing style showed me how there really are no limits to creativity. (Read my review.)

5. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

I wasn’t lucky enough to grow up with this book, but I decided to try it as an adult when I heard all my Goodreads friends raving about it. I could not have enjoyed it more. πŸ‘πŸ‘ The brilliant puns and puzzles, the wonderful, dear characters, and hopeful themes just wrapped me up and felt like home. 🧑

I also rarely relate to fictional characters, but I felt a kinship with Reynie, and I loved watching his growth. I also got to buddy read the rest of the series with Mikayla and then buddy watch the show too, so I like to think it’s been a big, important part of our friendship. 🧑 (Read my review.)

Grand Prize giveaway!

The Five Fall Favorites giveaway includes…

  1. Decorative fall items (pumpkins, gnomes, and blanket scarf)
  2. A fall mug (there will be tea!)
  3. Annie’s Life in Lists by Kristin Mahoney
  4. Hedgehog journal
  5. Kiera by Kate Willis (hardcover)
  6. Brothers and Betrayal by Sarah Holman (paperback)
  7. Should We Tell Her? by Lillian Keith (paperback)
  8. The Road to Bremen by Kelsey Bryant (paperback)
  9. Anthology including a story by Abigail Harris (paperback)

Most books are contributions by participating authors. Ships to contiguous US only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond after being contacted.


Today’s FREE ebook is…

Grab on Amazon!

Happy Five Fall Favorites! We’re going to have so much fun. 😁🧑

83 thoughts on “Happy Five Fall Favorites!! (Intro and Everything)

  1. So excited to see FFF starting!!
    I’m not in the US – does that mean I can’t enter? I know all the years before, the non-US winners just got ebooks and the others stuff was given in a second prize – does that apply this year too? Or can I not enter at all? πŸ™‚

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  2. Yay, FFF! πŸ™Œ
    I love reading about books that influenced people. πŸ™‚
    I’m not the biggest fall-fan ever, but I do love pumpkin cookies, hot choc and all the good things you can enjoy while reading. :))

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  3. Yay, Five Fall Favorites! The best part of Fall is books, is it not? πŸ˜‰ Lately what I have been especially enjoying the opportunity for clothing variety (layers, etc.) that comes with cooler weather.

    CutePolarBear/Hanna Kraft

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  4. My favorite thing about fall is the lovely weather that makes it easier to spend more time outside! I also am happy for boot weather and pretty fall decor. I absolutely love fall!

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  5. Ahhh, thanks for hosting, Kate! I’m soooo glad we get to do this again. Great list, too… I haven’t read any of them but they’re all on my tbr… I need to find a censored copy of Book Thief lol. And Sutcliffβ€”I specially need to read that one! I loved the first 3 books in the series…

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  6. Oh, those look like such cool books! I remember reading The Mysterious Benedict Society a few years ago *hugs all the kids*. I thought the show did pretty good. Thank you for sharing these books; can’t wait to check them out! πŸ™‚

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  7. I absolutely adore The Shield Ring. Bjorn and Freya are ❀ ❀ ❀ It's my favorite Sutcliff novel, hands down, because I love how Freya is such a strong and central presence throughout the story.

    I'm excited for this party! Thanks so much for hosting, Kate!

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  8. So excited for fall! The sights, the smells, the cozy warm feelings that come with candles and warm blankets. I’m so excited to be following along with this!

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  9. My favorite thing about fall is being able to bake all those wonderful fall treats that one can technically do any other time of the year, but for some reason it just feels so much more blissful doing it in fall.

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  10. I’ve never read The Mysterious Benedict Society, but it’s on my TBR! If you like kids’ novels with lots of puns and wordplay, I recommend The Phantom Tollbooth. It’s one of my favorite books, and it’s so fun and cute and sweet!

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  11. My favorite things about fall are the changing trees and cozy blankets. The leaves give me a whimsical, restless vibe, while the blankets are cozy and feel like home. Just enough to balance me out. πŸ™‚ The Shield Ring looks interesting! I’ll have to check it out.

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  12. EEE!!! So exciting!! My favorite thing about fall (apart from everything else XD) is the foods and drinks! Pumpkin pie, apple cider, etc.!!

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  13. This post just makes me so happy! Fall and books are my two favorite things!! My favorite aspects of fall are the beautiful colors, warm sweaters, and hot apple cider! I haven’t read Book Thief or The Mysterious Benedict Society, but I seriously need to because I’ve heard so much about them!

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  14. EEP The Book Thief is really good. *sniff* My favorite thing about fall…uhhh…the family memories (including the ones we have yet to make!). But pumpkins, chai lattes, campfires, and the beautiful colors are also amazing.

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  15. These are so fun! I’m not a big fall person in general, but I’ve really been enjoying it this year. I’m loving fall instrumental music and nice sweaters. And all the colors. 😊

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  16. I still need to read the Mysterious Benedict Society… I’ve heard a lot of people recommending it! πŸ™‚

    My favorite thing about fall is the leaves changing. Driving along the streets edged by red, yellow, orange trees is just… *happy sigh* I don’t really like the cold weather, though. *burrows in blankets and sweaters*

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