Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday's Five (1)

Last week I wrote a post listing ten of my favorite books. Many readers noted that it must have been hard to chose just ten and they were right!

I liked that post so much I've decided to make it a weekly thing. I hunted for an existing meme to no avail. (There must be one somewhere, but I couldn't find it!) So, I decided to start my own! Here we go with Friday's Five, just a quick listing of five of my faves and a bit telling you why I love them.

Please feel free to start your own Friday's Five and post your link below. I would love to hear about your personal faves!

Less Than Zero1. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis (Less Than Zero)

It could be said that Ellis defined a generation with this debut novel. (Written when he was 19 and still in college.) Granted, the generation in question was represented in this novel by wealthy, self-serving and self-destructive characters. His writing style is raw and Ellis is never one to shy away from any of his character's moralistically devoid thoughts and cravings.

Less Than Zero is much like a modern Catcher if the Rye and Great Gatsby, truly showing that money can buy many things, but happiness is certainly not one of them.

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel2. Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel)

I'm just gonna tell you right now, I'm not a fan of the movie adaptation of this novel. The movie came off as a jokey "look at these kooky southerners" romp.

The book is much more serious and a little dark at times. Divine Secrets beautifully explores love, loss, addiction, family and the enduring bonds of friendship.

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel3. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel)

This beautifully written novel follows the story of (you guessed it) a geisha girl in 1930's Japan.

Not only is Memoirs of a Geisha an interesting glimpse into the rituals and intricacies of geisha culture, you also genuinely care about the fate of Chiyo/Sayuri and enjoy her journey to discover her destiny.

byAlice SeboldThe Lovely Bones: Deluxe Edition Paperback4. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones)

The Lovely Bones starts with a horrific incident that quite frankly is a little tough to read. What follows is equal parts mystery/fantasy/tragedy/story of hope that will linger with you long after you have finished it.

Pride and Prejudice5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."

With this first line, Jane Austen begins one of the most famous (and most wonderful) of her novels. Pride and Prejudice has influenced numerous novels including Bridget Jones' Diary, Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to name a few.

Elizabeth Bennet is the original independent, sassy girl. Her relationship with the elusive and mysterious Mr. Darcy is a love story for the ages.

Well, that's it for this week, readers. Hopefully, you will be inspired to discover a new novel or revisit a old favorite!

To participate in Friday's Five, please enter the link to your Friday's Five below. Don't forget to please link back to your host, Steph's Stacks!


  1. Fantastic Five this week!! Mine is up too!

  2. Great idea!

    Memoirs of a Geisha and Lovely Bones are fantastic!

  3. I haven't read the first one but I agree with the next three. I am not a Jane Austin fan, though, so you lost me at number 5. Great idea for a meme.

  4. Great new meme. I'm sure it will catch on. Not a big Austen fan, but as a good friend of mine once wrote, "Despise Jane Austen; Read her anyway."

    And if you like Jane Austen and fantasy, I'm reading a book that many have likened in style to Austen entitled "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke. I'm not a huge fantasy fan, but I'm pretty well sucked in.

    Paul D. Dail A horror writer's not necessarily horrific blog



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