• Madison Brown

Five Fall Favorites--Go-To Favorites

I am so excited about today’s Five Fall Favorites post—we’re talking about our top five go-to favorites that we love to read over and over again, and I can’t wait to share my picks with you! So come join me on the benches near Literary Lodge’s massive campfire, and we’ll eat some toasted marshmallows as we discuss our favorite reads!

A Time to Die by Nadine Brandes

Like everyone else on the east side of the Wall, Parvin Blackwater has a clock counting down the days until her death. At only seventeen, she has only one year left. When the authorities find out she has been illegally sharing a clock with her twin brother, she is cast through the Wall—her people's death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about God, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. If she can get the word to them before her time runs out.

Oh. My. Goodness—I love this trilogy! It’s what I always pick up when I’m not sure what to read. The stories are a perfect balance of excitement, intensity, and encouragement. This year alone I’ve read this book multiple times, and each time I find something new to love!

Find it on Goodreads here.

When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke

Nothing in her cultured East Coast upbringing prepared Elizabeth for a teaching position on the Canadian frontier. Yet, despite the constant hardships, she loves the children in her care. Determined to do the best job she can and fighting to survive the harsh land, Elizabeth is surprised to find her heart softening towards a certain member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Canadian West has been one of my favorite series for years. Back when the When Calls the Heart Hallmark TV series first aired, I bought the book out of curiosity. I loved it, and each week I picked up the next book in the series. If you like historical fiction with a tiny bit of romance, this series is perfect for you!

Find the book on Goodreads here.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I tried to pick only one book from this series to put as my go-to favorite, but they’re all so good I just decided to list them all. :) The Lunar Chronicles is a series of fairytale retellings set in a dystopian future. When I started the series I wasn’t a huge fan, but by the time I read Cress and Winter, the last two books, I was hooked. The characters are varied and memorable, the world building is amazing, and the bottom line is… this series is fun.

Here's the synopsis for the first book, Cinder (which, if you haven't already guessed, is a Cinderella retelling):

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless Lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Find Cinder on Goodreads here.

The Electrical Menagerie by Mollie E. Reeder

The Electrical Menagerie, one-of-a-kind robotic roadshow, is bankrupt.
Sylvester Carthage, illusionist and engineer, has the eccentric imagination the Menagerie needs to succeed creatively -- but none of the people skills. Fast-talking Arbrook Huxley, meanwhile, has all the savvy the Menagerie needs to succeed commercially -- but none of the scruples.
To save their show, Carthage & Huxley risk everything in a royal talent competition, vying for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform for the Future Celestial Queen. In this stardust-and-spark-powered empire of floating islands and flying trains, The Electrical Menagerie's bid at fame and fortune means weathering the glamorous and cutthroat world of critics, high society, and rival magicians -- but with real conspiracy lurking beneath tabloid controversy, there's more at stake in this contest than the prize.
Behind the glittery haze of flash paper and mirrors, every competitor has something to hide... and it's the lies Carthage & Huxley tell each other that may cost them everything.

The Greatest Showman set in a steampunk-fantasy world? Yes, please!

The Electrical Menagerie takes place in an incredibly unique setting, and the characters are so intriguing. I love how it has a little bit of everything—some mystery, competition, a little fantasy, circus… it’s a fantastical and wonderful blend of all my favorite tropes!

Find it on Goodreads here.

If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

If I’m Found is the sequel to If I Run, which made it into day one’s top five Adventure picks. When I first read If I Run I didn’t really care for it. But about a year later I decided to try If I’m Found, and I absolutely loved it. Now I love all three books in the series. And while they're each great in their own ways, but I think If I’m Found is my favorite of the three.

Find the first book of the series on Goodreads here.

And that concludes my top five go-to reads! Comment below if you’ve read any of these books so I can geek out about them with you! :)

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