Wow, it has been so great partying with you all! I loved hearing what your favorite books were, helping you find new things to read, and even getting few recommendations myself. 😉 You all were truly awesome! I definitely have quite a few people to thank, so in just a few hours Rebekah will say those thank-yous for all of us on her blog (as well as announce the prize winners!).
Of course, she didn’t say anything about herself. (Which is really quite humble and cool of her, you have to admit.) She was AMAZING!!! I timidly brought her this tiny idea and asked her for her thoughts. She grew it, organized 103% of it, and was generally a very good and enthusiastic brain behind the operation. Go tell her how much you appreciate her! 😉
Just a couple more things before I throw my “bonus” genres at you. I’ve created a shelf on Goodreads for the books I’ve recommended during this party. (I’ll be bringing that up to date later today. 😉 ) Have fun adding a ton of them!
Also if you missed any of my posts from the party, here’s a nice map for you…
And now for the bonus genres. (I think these two are pretty fun.) 😉
Top 5 Favorite Classics
Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
A quiet, frail girl with eight hilarious, boisterous, and slightly prideful boy cousins? Sign me up! 😉 I love this book, and I personally think it’s the author’s best. Each character is unique and lovable, and it’s certainly very lighthearted. Just a note there is some slight feminism and discussion of worldviews typical of that time period.
Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
Sorry about the drippy cover. That’s not the entire point of the whole book, but you know how illustrators are. 😉 (It is a big point of the book though.) ❤ This was such an amazing follow-up book! Everyone’s character traits set up in the first book were followed to the conclusion as they grew up. (I love Archie.) And without giving spoilers, I’ll just say that the romance was perfect. 😉 Just a note that once again there is some slight feminism and discussion of worldviews typical of that time period and a general romantic theme.
Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
I cannot get over this one! It’s so sweet and heartbreaking, so full of British wit and satire. It used to leave me not wanting to grow up, but now that I read it as an adult and realize what a tragedy it is that Peter never grows up. I still love him though. 😉 Just a note that this is a magical story although it is light. (Don’t read the sequel though, it’s just weird; although the recent movie prequel was pretty good.) 😀
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! It’s clever, clever–and you know I love clever! My favorite kind of hero is the one who uses wits instead of weapons when he can, and a secret identity thrown in is always amazing. 😉 I don’t know what more to say that will make you go read it except–GO READ IT! Not recommended for younger readers because of slight romance and the fact that it is set during the French revolting revolution (although that is handled pretty well).
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
This book starts off pretty slowly, but it picks up in the second half. Pretty interesting story of survival with a cool mystery thrown in. It’s a sequel to Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, so if you are curious about Captain Nemo… *grins happily*
Top 3 Favorite Christmas Books
(As you can see, I’m a little short on Christmas books, so I’m up for recommendations.) 😉
Through the Tunnel by Rebekah Morris
This isn’t exactly a Christmas book, but I had to get it in here somewhere. 😉 It’s a pretty sweet story, and I love the solid family relationships. Don’t worry, Christmas does figure highly in it and is probably my favorite part. For more reasons to read it and a short content advisory, see my review. 😉
At the Christmas Lodge by Rebekah Morris
AAAAAAAND the snow angels sing!!!! This is sooo cute (painfully so). Being snowed in with really fun family and friends, Christmas, cute/sweet romance, and the Gospel = this book. Not recommended for younger readers because of the slightly romantic theme. 😉 ❤
The Twenty-four Days Before Christmas by Madeleine L’Engle
What a cute concept–a solid family doing something special every day until Christmas. I really enjoyed it especially the cute illustrations. 😉 Here’s my review.
That’s really, truly all folks! Have a great rest of your weekend (reading, right?); and I’ll be back on the blog next Monday! 😉