What’s on My Bookshelf?

Note: All pictures are not my own.

Second Note: Some books below contain the concept of slavery.  This does not mean I indorse slavery.  The Bible forbids slavery, and I believe all men (and women) are created equal in the sight of God.

Okay, so this post is only of one of my many bookshelves.  I have an extreme collection of books that keep me company, and they are stuffed in every imaginable place in my bedroom.  This is my bookshelf of favorites, or things I’ve had for a while.  It’s in the easiest place to get to, and so you’re going to see what’s on it.

First up we have,


The Knights Series by Chuck Black

So I just recently received these for my birthday, but they quickly made it to my top favorites.  My favorites out of the series are Sir Bentley, Lady Carliss, Sir Quinlin, and Sir Rowan.  I enjoyed every single one of these, and if you are needing something wholesome to read, this would be one of my first suggestions.


The Baker Family Adventures by C.R.Hedgcock

Oh my.  I’ve read these so many times.  I just love them, and I love everything about them.  I don’t think they have one bad review.  Okay, yes, I’ll admit that they’re pretty predictable.  At least, she uses well known mystery plots, but gives them exciting twists.  You won’t be disappointed if you read these.  (My favorites are the fourth through seventh.  I really can’t decide.  My favorite character is Phil all the way.  Phil is amazing.)


Ishmael by E.D.E.N. Southworth

This book makes me furious.  I have to shut the book a thousand times as I read it.  Oh, poor Ishmael!  A word of warning.  If you are twelve and under, don’t read this book.  Also, this author is questionable, so talk to your parents before you read it.  Other than that, it’s a great book that will teach you about the sin of silence.  (Grr, I hate that sin.)


Self-Raised by E.D.E.N. Southworth

Yep, she’s one of my favorite authors, even though I don’t agree with a lot of what she stood for.  This is the (much needed) sequel to Ishmael.  This book doesn’t make me mad. In fact, I have this smug feeling as I watch one character get her just desserts.  I sit through out this tale thinking, “Finally.  Hah, I was waiting for you to get a taste of your own medicine.”  Not very Christian of me, huh?  Well, I would recommend this book with the same warning as Ishmael.

(Sorry, I was unable to find a picture.)

The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth

Oh my!  Probably my all-time second favorite book.  My parents tell me I’m Capitola to the dot.  Anyway, I read this book aloud to my family, adding in the different voices.  Oh, how I loved to rage as Old Hurricane.  “You….You…You ungrateful vagabond!  You street urchin!  You!”  I also really liked Capitola.  My mom started laughing so hard when Mrs. Condiment was introduced.  😉 Oh, and Black Donald?  I’m gettin more and more excited as I continue typing.  This book is a MUST read, though I would attach the same warning to it as with Ishmael and Self-Raised.

(Yep, unable again.)

A Lost Pearle by Mrs. Georgie Sheldon

Okay, this book….I had to throw it across the room a few times.  Oh, it makes me just as mad as Ishmael. That….GRRRR!  Okay, I’d spoil it if I tell anything other than a teaser.  Pearle is a beautiful, happy girl who is bound to be married to the love of her life.  On her wedding day, everyone for miles around comes.  All are astonished when the bride is as white as marble, and the groom?  He isn’t the right groom.  This is not a romance really, as I would never read a romance, though the setting does include Godly true love and all that nonsense.

(And again.)

The Wide Wide World by Susan Warner

My all-time favorite book.  Famous when it was first published, this book is referenced in book four of the Elsie Dinsmore series, and Little Woman.  It has successfully made Jo, Elsie, and Amie cry.  I tell you, it takes a lot to make me cry.  Little Ellen is heart wrenchingly taken away from her dying mother and placed in her step-aunt’s house.  Her step-aunt has no love for her, and heart-broken Ellen has no love to bestow on her cruel aunt.  The story follows Ellen’s sad story as she lives with her aunt and strives to have a true relationship with her Savior.

(And again.)

The Lost Clue by Mrs. O.F.Walton

Hmm, a good, yet predictable, mystery that has a terrible ending.  I like it because I enjoy mysteries, but it’s not my absolute favorite.  When Kenneth Fortscue is summoned to his dying father, little does he dream the mystery that will unravel because of that simple action.  The story that follows is interesting, and will fill an afternoon.


Through His Eyes by Cassandra Driver

I bought this book while I was in Nashville, and I stayed up until twelve that night to finish it.  It is a work of art!  Cassandra certainly did an amazing job.  Join twins Virginia and Travis, who are WWII refugees in the US.  Their aunt has just died, leaving them alone in the big United States.  Suddenly mysterious things start to happen that are all wrapped around one thing…A music store.

Can you tell I like mysteries yet? 😉


Outlining Your Novel by K.M. Weiland

A must have for every author.  It really changed my outlook on outlining, and hopefully changed my writing for the better.  That’s all I really can say.  It’s a book that every aspiring author should have on their shelf.


Structuring Your Novel by K.M. Weiland

Um, I haven’t read this yet, so we’ll pass over this.


Life in Dixie by Mary A. H. Gay

An amazing book for all Civil War buffs.   Mary’s brother died during the war, leaving his son and wife.  Mary undertakes the huge task of writing an account of the war for her nephew, for as she phrases it, “If we do not [write our own account] do it ourselves they [Southern Traditions] will be swallowed up in oblivion.”  A true account of what life was like in Decatur, Georgia, during the war.  (If you plan to write a historical fiction during the war, I would buy this and read it.  It contains songs they sang, how they earned money for the troops, and what letters from brothers and sister looked like.)


Andersonville Georgia by Peggy Sheppard

(I have no idea where you can buy this.  I would look it up on Ebay, since Amazon doesn’t have it.)

Yep, another Civil war book.  Can I just tell y’all that I’m hooked on history?  Most of the history books I’ve read are in my older brother’s room because he owns them.  On average in our house, every room has at least one bookshelf, with the exception of our kitchen and our craft room.  Yikes!  A lot of books.  Anyway, on to this book.


If you are anti-reb, you shouldn’t read this book.  Sorry.  This book kinda makes the Yanks look pretty bad.  Peggy defends the poor Rebs with all of her might as she points out how they tried to improve the condition of Andersonville, though the North wouldn’t agree.  So, this is a very controversial book.


Ghost, Thunderbolt, and Wizard by Col. Robert W. Black

If you don’t know about Morgan, Forrest, and Mosby, you aren’t into the Civil war, sorry.  This book deals with some of the most respected, and hated, men of their day.  Mosby, and his infamous Rangers.  Morgan, and his cutting the Union telegraphs.  Forrest and his cavalry.  Each man played a huge role in the fight for Southern Independence, which was sadly a losing cause.  (Or maybe not sadly.  Guess God willed it to be a losing cause.)

(Has anyone heard “The John Hunt Morgan song”?  The tune’s Bonnie Dundee.  Great history in that song, just saying.)


The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks.

Gulp.  Um, this book is both good and horrible.  No young person should read this book, to say the least.  I know it isn’t historically correct, but novelists can get away with that if they write the story well enough.  If you can find a better book to read, by all means do that.  Don’t read any of Robert Hicks’ other books.  Just save yourself extreme disappointment, because they just get worse.  So, I’d say pass this book if you can.  Read everything else on my bookshelf before you read this.


They Called Him Stonewall by Burke Davis

Oh, amazing book, y’all.  If you have ever enjoyed studying Thomas Jackson, this book is a must.  It’s really the best book I’ve read on him so far, and after you read it, go listen to “Stonewall Jackson’s Way.”  Guys, these old songs are so rich with history.  Before I read history books, those songs just didn’t make much sense.  Now, I can totally understand what they were talking about, and why this is happening in the song and such.  Great book.

All right, shall we move to the second shelf of my book shelf?  *Looks at what I have on it*. Actually, you’ll have to come back for part two of this amazing post.

Have you read any of the books on my bookshelf?  What one sounded most promising?  Are you going to check any out?


42 thoughts on “What’s on My Bookshelf?

  1. Laura says:

    The series by Chuck Black looks interesting. I’ve already had some friends recommend them, so I think I’ll check them out!

    I’ve read Ishmael and Self Raised, as well as the Hidden Hand and the Lost Pearle. I love the Hidden Hand, though I wish it would have had more spiritual qualities. Your right about Ishmael and Self Raised. Some of the characters had really good morals, but I didn’t see too much of a spiritual/Christian theme throughout those books.

    I love books, and I’m always looking for more! Please do more posts like this! 🙂 🙂

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  2. Liberty H. says:

    The kingdom series!!! We love that series! I really enjoyed Chuck Blacks newest trilogy, the Wars of the Realm. Super cool! 😀

    The Baker Family series! I bought the whole thing last year, even though I only needed Iceland Intrigue. I love having the whole series y’know?

    Ooh! Ishmael! I started it but then I didn’t finish it………

    The Hidden Hand is my favorite lamplighter!! 😀 I absolutely adore Capitola! She’s the sweetest thing! And I love the plot twist in the end! 😀

    That’s all I’ve read……….I need more books now. 😛

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  3. Sam(antha) B says:

    This was a very interesting post Amie! I’ll have to look for Life in Dixie…it sounds really neat. (Yup, civil war buff. Or rather, War of Northern Agression buff…just kidding. Kinda. 😜) I’ve read the Kingdom series by Chuck Black, which I didn’t like. Is this series better?

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    1. Mandalynn says:

      Haha! War of Northern Aggression! Or you could call it Lincoln’s War. I like to call it The War Between the States.
      I’ve never met you, but from your comments and what Amie says about you (all good things of course) calling it that sounds like you.

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    2. Amie says:

      The Knight Series is so much better. The Kingdom series is extremely boring, but I couldn’t put the knight series down. Lol! I try to keep it civil 😉 (Pun intended.)


      1. Sam(antha) B says:

        I didn’t find the Kingdom series boring, just poorly written and way more violent and graphic then it needed to be.
        And I’m glad my reputation has proceeded me… XD But really, what made you say that it sounded like me, Mandalynn? I always find it interesting what impression I make… 🙂

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      2. Amie says:

        Hmm, I don’t remember finding them like that. Sometimes *cough* the romance in it can get disturbing. But other than that they’re great.


  4. Rosy Marr says:

    Those look like such fun books! I have always wanted to read the Kingdom series… I’m looking forward to part two! (Maybe next time you’ll have something that I’ve read, lol! 🙂 )

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  5. Amanda Davis says:

    Great books! I’ve only read Sir Quinlin, but it was so good! I think I cried during it. I haven’t read anything else on that list, but they look great!

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  6. Aria Lisette says:

    Oh my word, I LOVED Ishmael! So good. I think I read Self-Raised too. Also another Baker Family Adventures fan! My brother LOVES those books and I think they’re pretty good too. I also started the Knights series and thought the first book was pretty good but didn’t have a chance to continue. Wow, you MUST be a Civil War buff! I haven’t read any of those, sadly, but I would like to! Also I remember The Wide, Wide World being referenced in Elsie and Little Women and I should read that too! And Through His Eyes, since I’m a WWII buff. These all look so great, Amie! Thanks for sharing!

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      1. Aria Lisette says:

        Yes, I should! Ha ha, yep. Reading was my absolute favorite pastime for years and years – and I still read a lot. 🙂 It’s a good thing to do.

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    1. Sam(antha) B says:

      Yes! You are so lucky (or shall I say blessed 😉) to have her as your sister…If you ever get tired of her I’ll just steal her to come be my sister instead. 😁
      I happen to know that she thinks that you’re a pretty great sister too! 😊 💜💜

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    2. Mandalynn says:

      I think Amie really loves you as her sister too. 😉
      You should have come to the Memorial picnic we went to on Monday. They had people volunteer to be in a contest with different categories, one of which was who can do the best scream 😉


  7. Rose says:

    I have read the kingdom series and the knight series they are both amazing!!!!! The baker family series is very good.And the wide wide world is so sweet I cried once or twice 😋

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      1. Mandalynn says:

        Hmm, You don’t? What do you mean by they aren’t your kind of reading? The audio drama are almost the same as the books…
        I have read I think one Ballantyne maybe I will read another sometime. They see m to me pretty similar to Henty. I know my brother’s loved Henty best, but they are boys and you’re a girl and Henty books were specifically written for young men so maybe that’s why.

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      2. Amie says:

        Eh, the characters aren’t that Christian, and it’s much more Christian in the audio dramas. I usually like boy books, but Henty is just so-so. Ballantyne is so exciting, and he always has an extremely excitable character, like Peter in “Post Haste”


  8. Lizzy says:

    I need to read The Knights Series! They sound really good, and I’ve never read them…THE BAKER FAMILY ADVENTURES!!! Haha, as you already know, those are some of my favorite books… 🙂 🙂

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