Books We Couldn’t Live Without – Featuring Brooklyn Mays

Welcome back Banana’s! I’m SOOOOOOOOOO exited to share this post with ya’ll! It is featuring a great friend of mine, who you should already know, Brooklyn! We have worked FOREVER on this post, and had a TON of fun doing it! So without further adieu…

Books We Couldn’t Live Without


The Seeds of America Trilogy by Laurie Halse Anderson


As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight…for freedom. Promised freedom upon the death of their owner, she and her sister, Ruth, in a cruel twist of fate become the property of a malicious New York City couple, the Locktons, who have no sympathy for the American Revolution and even less for Ruth and Isabel. When Isabel meets Curzon, a slave with ties to the Patriots, he encourages her to spy on her owners, who know details of British plans for invasion. She is reluctant at first, but when the unthinkable happens to Ruth, Isabel realizes her loyalty is available to the bidder who can provide her with freedom. 


Brooklyn: I started reading the Seeds of America Trilogy when I was 13, and I absolutely fell in love with them! This historical fiction series (the best genre if you ask me!!…) is full of dedication, sacrifice, and love. If you LOVE history, and are a passionate reader, I would definitely suggest these books! I’ve read some of her other books, and quite frankly, I think that they are pretty historically accurate! It is one series that I would definitely suggest reading!! 


The Elven Alliance by Tara Grayce 


Essie would do anything for her kingdom…even marry an elf prince she just met that morning.

The human kingdom of Escarland and the elven kingdom of Tarenhiel have existed in an uneasy peace after their last wars ended with both kings dead. As tensions rise once again, desperate diplomacy might be the only way to avert war. If only negotiations between elves and humans were that simple.

When a diplomatic meeting goes horribly wrong, Essie, a human princess, finds herself married to the elf prince and warrior Laesornysh. Fitting into the serene, quiet elf culture might be a little difficult for this talkative princess, but she’s determined to make it work.

With impending war and tenuous alliances, it will be up to Essie to unite her two peoples. And maybe get her hands on elven conditioner while she’s at it.


Hannah: I originally had this second on the list, then I realized I couldn’t do that to this series! It has the most ADORABLE romance you will EVER read! Yeah, and that’s a lot of coming from me! I’m serious! You just have to put this on your TBR list! It would mean SOOOOO much to me!

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

When aging siblings Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert of Avonlea, a small town in Canada’s maritime province of Prince Edward Island, decide to adopt an orphan boy to help with their farm, they never expect to get talkative 11-year-old redhead Anne Shirley instead. Anne’s arrival at Green Gables immediately stirs up the Cuthberts’ predictable, even-keeled lives — and before long, they’re so attached to her that they can’t bring themselves to send her back to the orphan asylum after all. With her vivid imagination, mile-a-minute chatter, and impulsive, love-starved heart, Anne has an impact on everyone she meets in Avonlea, from busybody Rachel Lynde to “bosom friend” Diana Barry to handsome Gilbert Blythe, the boy who dares to call Anne “Carrots.”


Brooklyn: Aaahh….Anne Shirley and Prince Edward Island! This is one of the cutest novels that you could ever read! While I haven’t finished the whole series, I hope to here soon! If you haven’t read this book, I really suggest doing so! I can safely say that this is a book that will capture your heart and make you feel all warm inside! 

The Kingdom Chronicles by Camille Peters 


Eileen has never been interested in love. Ever since her father’s abandonment, she’s vowed to never experience such pain again. But the enchanted forest has different ideas. When the continuously shifting pathways lead her to a mysterious stranger, Eileen finds her promise to fiercely guard her heart increasingly difficult to keep.


One night when she becomes lost in a storm, the enchanted forest’s pathways lead her to the castle, home to the kingdom’s Dark Prince, where Eileen finds herself entangled in what many consider an opportunity but which Eileen believes to be a curse: competing for the Dark Prince’s hand through a series of tests that judge one’s royal worth. Eileen is neither royal nor interested in becoming a princess. But the mysterious stranger she met in the woods has his own reasons for helping her succeed, although the cost of his assistance may be too high: that of Eileen’s heart, the one thing she’s vowed never to give.


Inspired by “The Princess and the Pea” and “Rumpelstiltskin”


Hannah: Unlike Brooklyn, I normally stick to the fantasy with a touch *smirks* of romance. Okay, maybe more than just a touch… But still, I’ve always had a hard time finding CLEAN fantasy/romance. Until Camille Peters! She has this knack for writing sweet romance in such a way that makes you feel like you are IN the moment. She is definitely in my top authors! 

(Brooklyn: Okay, so I absolutely love reading and if y’all haven’t noticed, I adore historical fiction!! (not too noticeable, right?!) As I was writing down some of my favorite books, I noticed that pretty much 100% of them were historical fiction…so I guess that I’ll give you another genre instead!)


Cloak of the Light: Wars of the Realm, Book 1 by Chuck Black


Drew is caught in a world of light – just inches away from the dark

What if…there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if…our world wasn’t beyond their influence?

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over–until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.

As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?

With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?

Brooklyn: I thought that this was an AMAZING book!!! I borrowed this from one of my friends (thanks Hannah!), and while it took for ages to finish it, I am so eager to read the second book! This book is full of emotions and I have NO idea how many times I almost cried! It definitely gave me insight and kinda opened my eyes a bit more to the reality of the evil and darkness in the world. If you have not read this book, please, PLEASE do so! It will take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions, but it will be so worth it! 


Blades of Acktar by Tricia Mingerink 


A Blade never fails his mission.

Third Blade Leith Torren never questions his orders or his loyalty to King Respen until an arrow wound and a prairie blizzard drive him to the doorstep of the girls whose family he once destroyed.

Their forbidden faith and ties to the Resistance could devastate their family a second time.

Survival depends on obedience, but freedom beckons. How far does he dare go to resist the king and his Blades?

No matter what Leith chooses, one thing is certain.

Someone will die.


Hannah: I love this series! My BFF/Cousin Daisy told me about if several years ago, and like she is *rolls eyes* only told me the gory/intense parts of the book, so i just figured that my mother would never let me read it. Also, I HATED sad books… which it kinda is… But when I started reading them, i could NOT put them down! The romance is adorable, and Leith is one of the biggest cinnamon rolls ever! *fangirl lingo* Sorry, I couldn’t help it! *blushes*

Hannah’s Honorable Mentions 

Drumroll please! *hits desk until palms hurt* 


But anyway, these are books that I LOVE but didn’t think there was enough space to add them. *cries* 

I had also wondered if ya’ll wanted me to start a series of in depth book reviews and such… you tell me! But here goes!

BTW you need to check out ALL of these books! There are so many in both of our lists that I’m sure there is something for everyone!


Ilyon Chronicles by Jaye. Knight

Wars of the Realm by Chuck Black

Circle C Milestones  by Susan K. Marlow (and all the backstory books!)

The Knights of Arrethtrae by Chuck Black 

The Original Mildred Classics by Martha Finley 

Baker Family Adventures by C.R. Hedgcock

The War Rages On by Cecelia Schmidt (and the other two books in the series)

The Wormling Series by Jerry B. Jenkins (a MUST TBR)

I think that’s it for me! But I’m probably missing a few that i’ll remember later *cries in advance*.


Brooklyn’s Honorable Mentions

My honorable mentions are books that I have LOVED, but that I decided wouldn’t give descriptions on….otherwise this post would be 20 pages long!!! So, here they go! (and they are in no certain order! It is hard for me to pick my favorite books!!)

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (and practically all her books!)

The Anne Frank Diary by Anne Frank

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Code Word Courage Kirby Larson

Refugee by Alan Gratz

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell

I Survived Series by Lauren Tarshis

The Hiding Places by Corrie Ten Boom

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I hope that y’all can check out these books! There are probably more that I didn’t list but hey, I’ll remember what they were two days after we post this!

That was SO much fun to do with ya Brooklyn! She’s an amazing girl BTW! 

I’m trying to get her to do a guest post by her self, maybe some encouragement in the comments would help her along! *winkity-wink-wink*

Bye-bye for now Banana’s!

17 thoughts on “Books We Couldn’t Live Without – Featuring Brooklyn Mays”

  1. Great books ladies! (You should definitely do in depth book reviews, Hannah) Brooklyn, you could so totally do a guest post!!!!!!!!! I would also love to see everyone comment with their favorite books…

    1. Thx! The only thing with doing a in depth review is the fact that I would probably start fangirling over all of my favorite characters…. I have a feeling that you already knew that tho………..

  2. Thanks Hannah! *blushes* I absolutely loved doing this with you! I’m pretty sure if someone saw our conversations, they’d think we were absolutely crazy! ?? I can’t wait to see what y’all put on your favorite books, and I just might do that guest blog post! (wouldn’t that be exciting! ?) anyway, Hannah, you’re an absolute joy to write with! Thank you so so much!!

  3. Heyyy my name is Emily Bollenbacher and I’m really close friends with Lilly and Rosie! Through Lilly’s blog I found your blog! Just wanted to say I think it’s A-MAZ-ZING and to keep it up!
    Also Brooklyn, YES GIRL TO REFUGEE! I LOVE that book! I also like the book Allies by Alan Gratz as well!

      1. You’re welcome! Also, do you know how to change my profile pic? I have no idea what the deal with the squirrel is… XD

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