Your New Favorite Book & Mug (a Giveaway!)

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Friends, I have been looking forward to this post for a long time. You see, it’s about one of my favorite things in the whole world – reading! My husband and I are both huge fans of reading books. We’ve each got a stack of books on our nightstands – books on Christian living, books on training dogs, books on the Civil War, books on farming, books on the Vikings, books on psychology… 🙂 We can’t get enough!!

You can tell from that list that Bjorn and I do totally love nonfiction. But, aside from my occasional Amish fiction novel, and for whatever reason, it’s been harder for me in my adult years to continue discovering and loving fiction! :/


Bjorn and I discovered and fell deeply, madly in love with a fiction series that we will NEVER forget! You know how some books meld themselves into your everyday? How you find yourself musing about names or situations in the book, or creating inside jokes about the funniest quotes? That is what this book series has become to us, and since we talk about it with anyone we can, we just HAD to turn our attention to online friends and share it with y’all!!


Meet: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, your new favorite book! (And the book you could win. Keep reading!)

This is Book One in a 4-book series called The Wingfeather Saga. Here’s how Andrew Peterson, the author, describes the series on his site:

What’s the Wingfeather Saga?

It’s a series of four fantasy-adventure novels about the three Igiby children, Janner, Kalmar, and Leeli. At the beginning of the story Janner is twelve, Kalmar (whose nickname is Tink) is eleven, and their little sister Leeli is nine. They’re accompanied by Leeli’s dog Nugget, their mother Nia, and their ex-pirate grandfather Podo Helmer.

They live in a world called Aerwiar, which is exactly like our world–except they don’t have electricity or gunpowder, and there are all sorts of creepy animals, like sea dragons and toothy cows. Janner, the eldest, is about to discover that the ordinary little town where they live is anything but ordinary. In fact, he and his family are at the center of a great mystery that will change their lives forever.

I hope you’ll get your hands on a copy of the book and join the adventure. But beware of the toothy cows. They’re horrifying.”

WE. LOVE. IT. Andrew Peterson is one of the most brilliant, interesting authors I’ve come across. Bjorn and I have only ever read these books out loud to each other (hello, long road trips and cuddly evenings! 🙂 ) which has been amazing. We’ve gone from laughing out loud at the most absurd situations, smirking at witty sarcasm, exclaiming at plot twists (ALL THE TIME), to getting quiet and somber at the most heart-wrenching scenes (okay, I have shed tears). It has been FOREVER since a book series has affected me in this way, and Bjorn and I know that reading these books together will be one of our favorite memories from our first couple years of marriage. (We’re nearing the end of the last book now, which is super sad. I don’t want to talk about it.)


Not sure if fantasy-adventure is your thing? We challenge you to pick up the book and give it a shot anyway. A couple good friends of ours recommended this first book to us, and when we borrowed it from them and got into it, we knew there was no going back. We know you’ll find yourself utterly absorbed in The Wingfeather Saga, too!

Now here’s your chance! We’re giving away a brand-new copy of Book One, On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness to bless you and your home’s bookshelf! 🙂 And…since you can’t cuddle up and enjoy a good book without a hot drink, we are also including my very favorite diner-style mug from the Darling magazine company! (Ahem- you will not get the mug pictured. That’s mine. I use it everyday. You get a new, unused one. 😉 )

Go ahead, jump on in! You won’t regret it! Enter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And, friends, if you would please fill out my short Reader Survey, I would be so grateful!

This super short anonymous survey will help me guide the direction of this blog and the types of posts you’ll see! Also, filling out the survey will give you additional entries for this giveaway! 🙂

** This is NOT a sponsored post! We seriously just love this book series so much that we want to share it with you!  signature


  1. Looks like a great read (I’ll have to give it a go, giveaway or not xx) And reading out loud with your sweetheart sounds like such a cute idea! I wonder if I could get the boyf to sit still for that long… haha xx

      1. Haha yea, I believe that. Maybe if I suggested Harry Potter, he’d get excited about it. I suppose I don’t know if I have the patience for it, more than anything else. bahaha Either way, it sounds like a great read, and I can’t wait to get to read it!

  2. I’m so excited that you posted this because fiction has been really difficult for me to read lately too! I just can’t get into any fiction book I read these days. I definitely want to check this one out! & to answer the question:: I like to read on my bed!

    1. Me too, Anna! It’s the perfect way to wind down at the end of the day! And yay! I’m glad this post brought you a little inspiration then. 🙂 Yeah, this book series is technically geared towards kiddos, but it’s got such wit and depth of characters and plot..and a bit overarching battle of good and evil. Lots to think about.

    1. I love that, Brianna! I’m actually currently sitting in our big chair in the living room! 🙂 You’re inspiring me – maybe I should go get a hot drink too! 🙂 I’m glad you’re excited about the giveaway! We’ll find out who wins in a little while! Meanwhile, thanks for reading along! 🙂

  3. My favorite place to curl up with a good book is near my bay window or on favorite couch.

    1. It is a fun mug! I love it because of how sturdy and heavy it is while being little…and how it feels in my hands! (is that weird, haha?)

  4. My favorite place to curl up with a book is my bed; so comfy!

    The book you are giving away really do seem good. 😀 Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. I totally agree on curling up with a book in bed, Marie-Pier! My husband and I have quite the stack of books on each of our nightstands! 🙂

  5. On the front porch, with a blanket, listening to the quiet at night and in the early morning before the world wakes up 🙂

    1. Wow, that sounds just amazing!! A dream come true for an avid reader – I also love the nighttime quiet but especially the promise of a new morning in the sunshine! Thank you for reading along, Holls!

    1. Hi Amy! How fun that you are doing a book club!! I think my answer for you is “probably.” 🙂 These books (4 total) are technically designed for kids/teens, but I’m a firm believer that adults can totally relish child/teen lit too. 🙂 It depends on the “book-taste” of the people in your book club. There is great intellectual (and just plain ridiculous) wit in these books, though, making it really fun to read them as a 20-something.

      The author is actually a Christian singer/songwriter and I LOVE how he gets some really heart wrenching and deep messages across!! So it’s important to note that while there is an overarching intense fight of good and evil throughout the books (and even battles and sad things like that),the author holds that he is including these things because the stories “are about beauty, resurrection, and redemption. But for those things to ring true in a child’s [reader’s] heart, the storyteller has to be honest…and acknowledge, the world can be a scary place.”

      Here’s a link to the author’s explanation/note to parents wondering what the books are like:

      I didn’t grow up reading Harry Potter books (but I eventually read them in high school). To me, this Wingfeather Saga is even (gasp!) better! 🙂 Hope that helps some, Amy! Let me know if you have more specific questions after you read his explanation 🙂

  6. This book sounds awesome and I just put a hold on the copy at my local library! Did you ever read Tamora Pierce novels? I love her stuff and she writes some amazing fantasy books. It’s mostly YA stuff, but lots of strong females in her books and writing that just sucks you in! Thanks for the recommendation!

  7. My family recently discovered Andrew Peterson, and ohh, how we love his books and his music. We own three of his albums and have read all of his books. I was teary-eyed all the way through the last book, and a few hours after reading it, caught sight of the cover – that was enough to make me start wiping my eyes again.

    I usually read books on the floor in my bedroom, or in the chair in the living room (the living room is best, because then I can drink tea or coffee without having to worry about small children running in and knocking my mug over. :P)

    1. 🙂 What a great plan! We have a chair in the living room, too, that works pretty well for reading – though we don’t yet have kiddos around! 🙂 That sounds great!

      It’s so neat that you already know about Andrew Peterson and love his books. I totally agree – I was super teary-eyed through much of that last book! He is truly talented.

  8. My favorite place to read is…anywhere I can! Lately, though, my most successful place to read is in the passenger seat while my husband and I do our errands. I will admit to finishing The Warden and the Wolf King on the floor by my bed with a flashlight, though! (and a box of tissue…)

    I am not a “re-run” person: if I have seen a tv show or a movie, I won’t chose to watch again; if I have read a book, in general, I won’t re-read. But I have decided that this is a series we need to buy so I can have it to read as many times as I desire. I will also be using it as my go-to-gift when asked to birthday parties.

    I was sent a link to your blog because of the book giveaway. It has been a pleasure to meet you and I’ll be reading often. (but I don’t often comment, so two from me in a day is almost as unusual as a re-read from me!)

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