Hello! Welcome to the Literary Lodge. I’m so glad you could come and join our party! Is it chilly outside? The wind was pretty brisk when I went out earlier. But if you get cold, there are plenty of blankets or you can visit around the bonfires. Would you like anything to drink? We have hot apple cider, coffee, tea and hot chocolate. I think there might be cookies and pies later. Probably apple pie, because we have bushels of apples this year. And if you want to look over any books, there are quite a few benches around that you can sit and rest on while you sort though the stacks you want to read.
Oh, great, you brought your book bags! You might need them with all the titles we’ll be giving you. I wonder how long it will take to fill them up with new books to read.
But please, come on in, find a seat and let’s get this party started!
As you know this party is all about our Five Fall Favorites. We’ve chosen two different genres for each day and are going to share our Top 5 books in each one. But to make this a little more fun, there are 5 Party Rooms. Each of these rooms are on a different blog, but don’t worry, I will provide you easy access to them.
Each room will feature a different “B” word: Blankets, Books, Bonfires, Benches, and Bushels. (Just because we like being alliterate here at the Literary Lodge.)
You can discover which room you are in by finding the posted picture somewhere in the blog post . They will look like the ones you see right here.
Pay attention to which room you are in, because the Books room will be doing a Door Prize giveaway to a random writer of a comment posted that day on their blog. (So be sure you leave a comment!)
Each day the rooms will be on different blogs, so keep visiting!
Also, in this Literary Lodge, um, I mean blog, we will be hosting the Grand Prize! There are dozens of ways to enter this giveaway, so be sure to take a look before you get completely lost in the lists of books we’ll be sharing.
All prizes will be announced here on this blog on Saturday, so be sure you come back.
So, let’s get started. After I share my Top 5 favorites in Mystery and Christian Fiction, I’ll give you the links to all the other Party Rooms and you can start exploring. But don’t forget to come back and enter the giveaway here!
Most of these books are in series. Sorry, that just seems to be the case with mystery books. So, since I could only list one, I chose the first of each series.
- The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax (My mom introduced me to this sweet, older lady a few years ago. I couldn’t put the book down! Talk about reading on the edge of your seat! Just be careful, a few of the characters don’t watch their language all that well. Either read an edited version, or be prepared to white-out some things. This is the first in several exciting stories about the daring and darling Mrs. Pollifax.)
- Scout (If you like mysteries and dogs, you’ll like this one. Oh, and it has horses in it too! Much to my dismay, there are no other books about Scout and Jeff.)
- The Hardy Boys (I have the first one down here, but I’ve enjoyed all the ones I’ve read, at least, if they are republished from the original by Applewood Press. The “blue” versions are so chopped, edited and altered, that some of them hardly resemble the original story at all! If you have read the altered ones, I challenge you to go read one of the original stories and see what they changed!)
- Bob & Arty (Daring missionary pilots, exciting mysteries, and a loving family make this series very enjoyable! There are five books in this series.)
- The Scarlet Pimpernel (Who is the one who is called “The Scarlet Pimpernel”? The one who rescues men, women and children from the French Revolution and right under the noses of their fierce enemy? I’ve enjoyed listening to the audio of this because the reader does so much better at pronouncing French names than I ever could!)
This was so hard to decide my favorites! There are so many that I could have chosen, so many I love to read over and over. This is probably the biggest genre I read. But I tried to give you some variety.
- Little Fishers and Their Nets (This story is by my favorite author and shows just how much influence children can have when they are walking with Jesus Christ. It is set in the 1800’s.)
- The Deepening Stream (I think this might be my favorite book by this author. When a small time reporter gets stranded in an isolated town just before a huge winter storm hits, he has a choice to make. But is this really God’s leading?)
- The Browns at Mt. Hermon (The most humorous book Isabella Alden wrote. The first time I read it I started laughing. But it was also challenging. You’ll just have to read about all the Browns. And I really want to go visit Mt. Hermon!)
- Summer with the Moodys (Even if this series was written for young children, Sarah Maxwell did such a wonderful job of telling a simple story with humor, good principals and godly examples, that I’ve enjoyed every one of her books.)
- Treasures of the Snow (If you haven’t read this story, you should. A story about forgiveness and love. Of doing hard things to make a wrong right. I love it!)
Now that you’ve had a glimpse of my Top 5 books for Mystery & Christian Fiction, it’s time you headed over to the Party Rooms and see what they have chosen. Leaving comments on all the blogs, though not required, is strongly encouraged. (Think of entries for the Grand Prize.) Mention one of your favorite books, or your Top 5, ask a question, just do something to let your hostess know you came by. Just don’t forget to look for the Books Room if you want to enter for the door prize! (Now just click on any of the graphics below and they will take you to a Party Room.)
This giveaway is open to both US readers and International readers. The prizes will be different, however. Sorry. We just can’t afford to ship internationally.
A US winner will get a “bright ideas” jar full of story prompts, plus four paperback books.
If we have an International winner instead, they will receive a $20.00 Amazon gift card and three kindle books.
And that’s all for today, folks! I hope you enjoyed it and will be back for more tomorrow! Remember, some of those entries for the Grand Prize can be done every day! And if you thought it was fun, invite a friend or two.