Bookshelf Tour: Part 1

I’ve been looking forward to writing this post, and I’m so stoked that I’ve finally found the the time to sit down and make this happen.

Welcome to my first ever “Bookshelf Tour” where I will introduce (or reacquaint) you to some of my favorite novels that currently sit happily on the limited shelf-space in my room.

On this tour, I will talk about the title/author, genre and content of certain books. For further information and book recommendations, I can refer you to my Goodreads page (link found in the scroll bar on the right), or you can message me and I’d be MORE than happy to chat! Books are my passion, and I hope I can encourage you to read some of my favorites!

So here it goes!

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Some of my Favorites:

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Stranger Maiden by B. Diaz

GENRE: Fantasy, Fairytale, YA

CONTENT: This is Diaz’s debut novel, and a terrific one at that! It is full of adventure, packed with suspense, and laced with clean romance. There is mild violence, no language, and the action-packed adventure definitely keeps readers on their toes. I could not put this book down, and I am eagerly awaiting her next books. I would recommend this novel to anyone, honestly – just that good!

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: “Books of Dalthia” by Annette K. Larsen
Titles include: Just Ella, Missing Lily, Saving Marilee, Painting Rain, and Keeping Kinley

GENRE: Fantasy, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: I grouped all of Larsen’s books together because I believe you can’t read just one. They are all so good. All of the storylines are different from book to book, however, many of the same characters pop-up throughout the five novels. This makes for a deeper, and more engaging read since we are able to delve further into the lives of these characters, seeing them from multiple angles. The romance is clean, no language, minor violence (Saving Marilee deals with domestic violence but it’s handled tastefully), and a whole lot of adventure.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: by Gail Carson Levine
Titles Include: Fairest, Ella Enchanted, Ogre Enchanted, The Two Princesses of Bamarre, The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre, The Princess Tales, The Fairy’s Return, Stolen Magic, and A Tale of Two Castles

GENRE: Fantasy, Fairytale, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: So this is a loaded group of books. She writes a lot of independent reads, however, A Tale of Two Castles and Stolen Magic are part of a series, and The Two Princesses of Bamarre and The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (I wasn’t a huge fan of this book) are best read together. Levine writes incredibly. Honestly, Ella Enchanted got me through one of the darkest parts of my life, so that book will always hold a special place in my heart. Overall, Levine’s stories are clean, beautiful, whimsical, and transport you to far off places. I would recommend all of her books (there are more not pictured here), but I will say that Ever was one of my least favorites that she wrote (hence why I don’t own it). I honestly don’t think that book is worth anyone’s time, but the rest are great!

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: “Books of Bayern” by Shannon Hale
Titles include: The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born

GENRE: Fantasy, Fairytale, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: Okay, so these are my absolute favorite novels ever. Please read these, that is all I can say. The romance is clean, no language, minor violence, lots of adventure, great characterization, incredible plot lines, and overall too beautiful to ever put down. I was so sad to finish these, but once I knock a few more off my “to read” shelf, I’ll be revisiting this series for sure!

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: “The Princess Academy” by Shannon Hale
Titles include: Princess Academy, Princess Academy: Palace of Stone, and Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters

GENRE: Fantasy, Clean Romance, Middle Grade/YA

CONTENT: This series is another great one by Hale geared towards a younger audience. However, that did not stop me from loving it. Honestly, this series felt like home, if that even makes sense. It is just so warm and comforting, I think this series leaves you with a “stay-at-home-during-a-snow-storm/rainy-day” type of feeling. Everything about this series is cute, clean, and whimsical. I would recommend it for any age.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: “Pennyroyal Academy” by M.A. Larson
Titles include: Pennyroyal Academy, Pennyroyal Academy: The Shadow Cadets, and Pennyroyal Academy: The Warrior Princess

GENRE: Fantasy, Fairytale, Middle Grade/YA

CONTENT: I didn’t know what to expect when I opened the first book of this series, but I was blown away. This series has some dark moments, but it is absolutely compelling and so well thought out. I am dually impressed that these books are written by a man – not because men can’t write this genre, but because I honestly had NO IDEA who this author was. Most of the authors I read are women, not out of choice but out of coincidence. So I was super stoked to know I stumbled upon a male’s writing that I loved! This series is incredible – clean, suspenseful, thought-provoking, mild violence, and packed with adventure.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: “An Uncertain Choice Series” by Jody Hedlund
Titles include: The Vow (e-book novella), An Uncertain Choice, A Daring Sacrifice, For Love and Honor, A Loyal Heart, and A Worthy Rebel (e-book)

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: This book series is entertaining, suspenseful, and left me wanting more. All of the characters interact throughout the series to some extent, which makes for a more interesting plot development. Overall, clean romance, minor violence, no language, and Christian elements.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: “Valiant Hearts” by Dina L. Sleiman
Titles include: Dauntless, Chivalrous, and Courageous

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: These books were pretty good, but the last one was definitely my favorite. Each book is set in a different region which makes the series feel as though they can be read independently. Thought-provoking, a little slow in places, suspenseful, intriguing, clean and Christian elements.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: by Melanie Dickerson
“Hagenheim Series” – The Healer’s Apprentice, The Merchant’s Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, The Princess Spy, The Golden Braid, The Silent Songbird, and The Orphan’s Wish
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fairytale, Clean Romance, YA

“A Medieval Fairytale Series” – The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, The Beautiful Pretender, and The Noble Servant
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Fairytale, Clean Romance, YA

“The Regency Spies of London Series” – A Spy’s Devotion, A Viscount’s Proposal, and A Dangerous Engagement
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Regency, Mystery, Clean Romance, YA/adult

CONTENT: You can’t go wrong with any of these books. The “Hagenheim Series” and “A Medieval Fairytale Series” seem like they are interchangeable with not much differing between them except the specific time period. “The Regency Spies of London Series” are vastly different since they are placed in the Regency time period and the plot line is driven by mystery rather than adventure. The Regency novels are geared towards a little older of an audience due to the content – still clean just more mature. Overall, these novels are really good, they are just very similar in structure and can be very predictable. Still great reads though!

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Out of the Ashes by Alicia Buck

GENRE: Fantasy, Fairytale-retelling, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: A unique spin on the classic tale Cinderella. This was one of the most original ideas I have seen yet in regards to a fairytale retelling. Buck included magic, sorcery, and and so much more. Unfortunately, this novel took me a lot longer to get through, but that could be because of all the vivid imagery and attention to detail. A great read!

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Ella and Ella’s Will by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee

GENRE: Fantasy, Fairytale-retelling, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: One of the more creative ways to share the story of Cinderella. Both these books are essentially the same, however, Ella’s Will is told from the male protagonist’s perspective which just makes this whole story amazing. I mean, who doesn’t want to know what every character is thinking, especially a love interest? Ella is portrayed as one of the most selfless girls I have ever had the pleasure of reading about, and none of her characterization felt forced. Honestly, these two books are pure gold.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: Unlike most novels, this one is written as an epic poem, and it is beautiful. It is a Medieval story taking place in King Arthur’s court, involving details about culture, fighting, and life on the road. This book will not disappoint! Everything is also clean: mild violence, no language, and clean romance.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

GENRE: Fairytale, Adventure, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: Like the title suggests, this book is very sweet. Ranking in as one of my favorites, this book captivates from the very beginning. A unique story line, interesting characters, and a charming setting, this book has it all.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

GENRE: Contemporary, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: I believe I have read this book at least three times, I just really really love it. It takes place in France, and though the title may sound suggestive, the book is not! It’s completely clean, cute, and all around enjoyable.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: On The Fence, The Fill-in Boyfriend, By Your Side, The Distance Between Us, P.S. I Like You, and Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West

GENRE: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: West does a great job of writing realistic stories about realistic struggles/ideas. Her books are both heartfelt, moving, adorable, and captivating. I kid you not, I can read these books as easy as taking a gulp of water. They go by super fast, and that’s largely due to the fluffy/easy-to-read plot-lines/content. Overall, clean romance, mild/no language, and some mature elements which are handled tastefully.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Love & Gelato and Love & Luck by Jenna Evans Welch

GENRE: Contemporary, Clean Romance, YA

CONTENT: I loved Love & Gelato so much. It took place in Italy and just seemed like the perfect story. Love & Luck on the other hand irked me. The tone of the travel guide was annoying and there was some language and some content that I felt was unnecessary, but oh well. Overall, both stories are enjoyable, but I definitely liked her first book best.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: by Julie Klassen
Titles include: Lady of Milkweed Manor, The Apothecary’s Daughter, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, The Tutor’s Daughter, The Dancing Master, The Secret of Pembroke Park, The Painter’s Daughter, and Lady Maybe
“Tales From Ivy Hill” – The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill and The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Regency, Clean Romance, YA/adult

CONTENT: All of Klassen’s books are breathtaking. Pick one up and you will be amazed! Most all of her books are stand alone, however she recently published two in their own series titled “Tales From Ivy Hill” in which her third novel comes out this December! Klassen’s novels are beautiful, well thought out, have incredible plot lines, great character development, and Christian elements.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR:
“Ladies of the Manor Series” – The Lost Heiress, The Reluctant Duchess, and The Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Mystery, YA/adult

“Hawthorne House Series”A Lady Of Esteem (e-book novella), A Noble Masquerade, An Elegant Facade, and An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Regency, YA/adult

CONTENT: Both of these series felt very similar even though they were written by two different authors. I loved them both! This was my first time reading anything by White and Hunter, and they did not disappoint. The content is clean, suspenseful, intriguing, some violence (especially in the “Ladies of the Manor Series” but handled tastefully), and thoroughly enjoyable!

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR:
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Romance, WWII

Major Perrigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
GENRE: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, European Lit

CONTENT: Both of these novels reminded me of one another, though I will say I enjoyed Guernsey a bit more. I can’t remember a lot from Simonson’s novel, but I know that I enjoyed it. The romance isn’t perfectly clean (nothing is explicit, just implied) but it is still tastefully done. Guernsey was perfect in every way for me, and I really want to visit that tiny landmass in the English Channel before I die. Overall, both are great books that are well worth your time!

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: by Josi S. Kilpack
“Proper Romance”The Vicar’s Daughter
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Regency

“Historical Proper Romance”Forever and Forever, The Lady of the Lakes, and All That Makes Life Bright
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance

CONTENT: Everything is clean and beautifully written. The last two books are some of my favorites as they talk about famous writers Longfellow and Scott, telling the story of how they fell in and out of love and used their writing as part of the healing and growth process. All of these are amazing!

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR:
To Win a Lady’s Heart by Sian Ann Bessey
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance, Medieval

The Governess by Kristen McKendry
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance, Regency

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden
GENRE: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance

CONTENT: Not much differs in content in regards to these stories. Yes they are all drastically different from one another, but they hold to the same standards and convictions. They are clean, full of adventure, heartache, joy, beauty, and true love.

TITLE(S)/AUTHOR: Heir to Edenbrooke (e-book novella & hard copy inside middle book as pictured), Edenbrooke, and Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson

GENRE: Historical Fiction, Clean Romance, Regency

CONTENT: What better way than to end on my absolute favorite author? If you know me, I have probably recommended these books or bought you one of them. Donaldson is a word genius, a plot line guru, and an incredible character developer. I can’t even explain to you how these books made me feel, but just know that after I read Blackmoore, I balled my eyes for a solid five minutes. It was that good. Yes, there is nothing wrong in the slightest with these two books, they are perfect in my eyes. I would recommend these above anything else 🙂

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Wow, if you’ve stuck with me until now, kudos to you! I didn’t realize how long this would be. I hope you found this interesting and or helpful, I know I’m a biased reader, but most if not all of these books you can’t go wrong with! Truly, they are some of the best.

Let me know if you have any other questions, and stay tuned for Part 2 of my bookshelf tour coming soon!

🙂

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