I’m so happy to be participating in the Five Fall Favorites linkup this year! For six days in a row, I am sharing five of my favorite books in six categories. To find the links to all the bloggers who are part of this blog tour and to see what books they are posting, visit the hosting blog. There are free books and a giveaway, so make sure to check it out. And now, let’s take a look at five of my favorite second-hand books!
When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee.
1. Rainbow Garden by Patricia St. John
“When Elaine leaves her home in London to stay with the Owen family in Wales, she feels miserable and left out. It’s only the little secret garden that she finds at the end of the rainbow that makes staying there seem worthwhile. And then something happens that changes everything.”
Patricia St. John was one of my favorite authors when I was younger (I still absolutely love her writing) and this was possibly my favorite book of hers. The personalities of the children in the pastor’s family are one of my favorite parts! There is also plenty of adventure to enjoy as well as Elaina’s emotions while going through struggles to pull at your heartstrings. The adorable little kids make this story, from Robin with his stuffed elephant he sneaks to church to quiet, sweet little Francis who steals your heart. A good story with great lessons for all ages! Our copy is thoroughly used and well-loved, with the cover off and some of the pages detached from each other.
2. The Robber’s Cave by Charlotte Maria Tucker (A.L.O.E.)
“It all happened so quickly! Horace’s ankles are locked in chains, preventing him from rescuing his terrified mother as she is dragged away by their captors. She has only seven days to return with the answer that could save her son! During her absence, Horace is held hostage in their dark cavern and wonders if he’ll ever escape. Through a risky venture he learns that God’s light can penetrate even the darkest evil.”
This is a captivating story by one of my favorite authors! It has the themes of honoring your parents and sacrificial love. While Horace the reckless youth is the main character, there is a side story of the two brothers, Enrique and Raphael. The way Raphael sacrificed for his brother’s soul is very touching. It’s not a very long read, and since it’s in the public domain, you can get it as a free download. I highly recommend this book.
3. The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
“On the empty winter prairie, gray clouds to the northwest meant only one thing: a blizzard was seconds away. The first blizzard came in October. It snowed almost without stopping until April. The temperature dropped to forty below. Snow reached the roof-tops. And no trains could get through with food and coal. The townspeople began to starve. The Ingalls family barely lived through that winter. And Almanzo Wilder knew he would have to risk his life to save the town.”
This book is probably my favorite of the Little House series, and it has so many good memories for me. My Mom has read it aloud to me and my sister more than once. It’s a good read any time of year, but especially in the wintertime! There are some slang words that she skipped, but overall, it’s a family-friendly story.
4. Evangelists in Chains in Elizabeth Wagler
“Nineteen-year-old Peter suddenly finds himself in the middle of intense excitement and adventure that tax to the limit his physical and spiritual resources. As an untimely death stares him in the face, should he speak the few simple words that will bring deliverance?”
This is another book I enjoyed a lot when I was younger. I’m not sure where we got it or if it was new or used, but it was definitely used when I was reading it. Some of the pages were falling out. Evangelists in Chains is based on a true story. It’s great for both teens and adults, and I’d like to reread it again sometime. It’s been so long since I read it that I don’t remember it well, but I liked it! A friend of mine even tried writing a sequel to it back then. We both wanted more of the story!
5. Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman
“Since its first publication in 1925 Streams in the Desert has become one of the most loved and best selling devotionals by inspiring generations of Christians. Enjoy this classic work and be filled with rich insight of God’s love and purpose for his people.”
So it’s probably confession time. I haven’t actually read this book from cover to cover. But I have read excerpts of it, both in my hardback copy and online. A friend of mine sometimes sends me quotes from it. It’s a great collection of encouraging thoughts, and I’d like to read through the whole book someday. It often seems like the reading for a particular day fits well with life that day.
And there you have it! Five of my favorite secondhand books. Some of them are crumbling and have loose pages from years of wear and hours of reading enjoyment.
Did you see any books you’re interested in? Any that you’ve not heard of before? Any that you’ve already read?
Until next time, find a good book to read and enjoy some cozy fall reading!