• Madison Brown

Five Fall Favorites--Hope

Can you believe we’re over halfway through our Five Fall Favorites party? My fellow FFF bloggers and I have collectively shared over 100 of our favorite books over the last three days. And there are just as many recommendations still to come!

Today’s FFF genre is stories about Hope. Encouraging stories are becoming increasingly more important in a world that seems so upside-down. The following books have each given me hope in their own unique ways, and I hope they’ll be uplifting to you as well.

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 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.

This book made yesterday’s Go-To Favorites list. One of the reasons this is my favorite series to reread is that the story is founded on hope in Christ. It reminds me that no matter how difficult or hopeless things may seem, we always can trust God to work all things for our good and His glory.

Find this book on Goodreads here.

If I Live by Terri Blackstock

The first two books in this series, If I Run and If I Live, have already been mentioned in my previous FFF lists. While If I Run is thrilling and If I’m Found is my favorite to reread, the message of hope really shines through in If I Live, which concludes the series. Though the trilogy explores some intense themes, it also places heavy emphasis on God’s mercy and faithfulness.

Find the first book in the series 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. On his journey to the Celestial City, Christian confronts such emblematic characters as Worldly Wiseman, Giant Despair, Talkative, Ignorance, and the demons of the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Okay, I know I've mentioned this book a lot during the FFF party. But I couldn’t not put The Pilgrim’s Progress in a list of books about hope (I mean, there’s literally a character named Hopeful)!

I'm just going to keep listing this book until you put it on your TBR list. :) So add it to your to-read list on Goodreads here!

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

Though Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy was a tough read for me, it’s a beautiful story of friendship and bravery. The message of hope really shines through in the final book, The Return of the King. Even if you’ve seen the movies, the books are still worth the read—they give you so much insight into the world of Middle Earth and the themes woven into it.

Find the series on Goodreads here.

Romanov by Nadine Brandes

Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. It might be her family’s only salvation. But the leader of the Bolshevik army is after them, and he’s hunted Romanov before.
Nastya’s only chances of saving herself and her family are to either release the spell and deal with the consequences, or enlist help from Zash, the handsome soldier who doesn’t act like the average Bolshevik. Nastya has only dabbled in magic, but it doesn’t frighten her half as much as her growing attraction to Zash. She likes him. She thinks he might even like her.
That is, until she’s on one side of a firing squad . . . and he’s on the other.

It’s a pretty sure bet that I’ll love anything Nadine Brandes writes. Her most recent novel, Romanov, fits today's genre perfectly. It’s a historical fantasy about Anastasia Romanov and her family. The book contains some heavy themes, but sometimes darkness helps the light shine through all the more in the end.

Find it on Goodreads here.

That concludes my top 5 picks for stories about Hope. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing some of my favorite Sci-Fi novels!

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Until tomorrow!


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