• Madison Brown

Five Fall Favorites--Adventure

Happy fall, y'all!

Welcome to day one of the Five Fall Favorites party--I’m so excited to celebrate all things fall and reading with you over the next few days! Our party takes place on the large and beautiful Literary Lodge, a virtual retreat with sweater weather, campfires, falling leaves, and a plethora of autumn activities to enjoy.

Each day of the party, I’ll be sharing my top 5 favorite books in that day's genre, and several other amazing bloggers will be doing the same. Visit each of their posts to see their book recommendations, get FREE ebooks, and gain entries in our grand prize giveaway!

Today’s FFF genre is adventure—and what better place to have an adventure than on Literary Lodge’s bike trails? So pack a picnic lunch, load your books into the basket, and explore the paths with me!

Before I share my top five adventure books, I want to give a huge thank-you to Rebekah Morris, who organized this amazing party. Click the button below to check out her blog post for today and find links to the other bloggers’ posts!

If you know me very well, you know it’s near impossible for me to pick favorites. But I’ve managed to select five adventure novels that I love and would recommend without hesitation. So, without further ado, here my my top five adventure books, in no particular order…

Around the World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne

One night in the reform club, Phileas Fogg bets his companions that he can travel across the globe in just eighty days. Breaking the well-established routine of his daily life, he immediately sets off for Dover with his astonished valet Passepartout. Passing through exotic lands and dangerous locations, they seize whatever transportation is at hand—whether train or elephant—overcoming set-backs and always racing against the clock.

I knew I had to start off the FFF party with a classic! To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to like this book when I first picked it up. But I was quickly enchanted by the intriguing characters, clever plot, and dash of humor that make this journey one worth taking!

Find it on Goodreads here.

The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

This famous story of man's progress through life in search of salvation remains one of the most entertaining allegories of faith ever written. Set against realistic backdrops of town and country, the powerful drama of the pilgrim's trials and temptations follows him in his harrowing journey to the Celestial City. Along a road filled with monsters and spiritual terrors, Christian confronts such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, Talkative, Ignorance, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death. But he is also joined by Hopeful and Faithful. An enormously influential 17th-century classic, universally known for its simplicity, vigor, and beauty of language, The Pilgrim's Progress remains one of the most widely read books in the English language.

Perhaps no adventure has touched me more than Christian's journey in The Pilgrim's Progress. This book is packed full of amazing truths and themes of mercy, forgiveness, love, and faithfulness. It's truly a must-read!

Find it on Goodreads here.

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.
But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up.
Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

If you want a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat, look no further than If I Run. It's the first book in a trilogy, and each subsequent book only gets better. It's a wonderful blend of compelling character development and thrilling suspense!

Find it on Goodreads here.

A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard

Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art--one that's surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about the art thief who murdered her grandfather. She's joined the FBI Art Crime Team with the secret hope that one of her cases will lead to his killer. Now, despite her mother's pleas to do something safer--like get married--Serena's learning how to go undercover to catch thieves and black market traders. When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Jones leaps into action. The clues point in different directions, and her boss orders her to cease investigating her most promising suspect. But determined to solve the case and perhaps discover another clue in her grandfather's murder, she pushes ahead, regardless of the danger.

If thrillers are a little too intense and you're looking for a cozier read, A Fool and His Monet is the perfect mystery (I mean, can we just take a moment to appreciate that title?!). As an artist I love that each mystery in this trilogy revolves around a piece of art, and a pinch of humor and romance add flavor and variety to the stories.

Find it on Goodreads here.

Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death. But what if death finds him first?
Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King. The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other. No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

I might have cheated on this one a bit... technically, Fawkes is a historical fantasy novel. But at its heart it's a historical adventure, so I don't feel guilty putting it on this list! Though I knew very little about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot before reading this book, I had no problem following along with the story, and there was enough magic sprinkled in to keep this non-historical reader hooked.

Find it on Goodreads here.

So there you have it--my five adventure recommendations! Comment below and let me know if you’ve read any of these books, and don’t forget to check out the other bloggers’ posts and enter our giveaway below!

Tomorrow’s FFF genre is family, and I'm really excited about the books I’ll be sharing. I’ll see you then (as long as I don’t get lost on the bike trails)!


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