Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday's Five (2)

A couple of weeks ago, 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!

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I love this enduring classic and revisit Jo, Beth, Amy and Meg once a year (at Christmas-time, natch). If you have never read Little Women, I suggest you drop everything and pick up a copy right away! (Well, finish the post first, don't be crazy.)

Reading this beautiful novel inspires me to give more, appreciate more, follow my passions and spend more time with my family.

2. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See

Shanghai Girls follows sisters, May and Pearl, from their glamorous lives in pre-war Shanghai through the Japanese invasion and eventually to their arranged marriages and assimilation in America. I loved losing myself in a different society, time and culture.

Shanghai Girls is a poignant story that deeply examines not only the complex relationship between sisters, but also the meaning of family and sacrifice.

3. The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlene Harris

You have probably already heard of this series, either based on their own merit or because of their crazy-popular adaptation on HBO: True Blood. Harris' series is a staple in the Paranormal Romance genre.

It was certainly my first exposure to this type of series and I was hooked! The Sookie Stackhouse Series is fun, sexy, campy, mysterious and sassy. You really cannot take it too seriously (this is no Twilight series), you just need to simply enjoy the ride.

4. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I'm sure you have read books that have moved you to the point that you pass it immediately to your best friend, mother, cousin, aunt, and boss as soon as you finish it (That would entail buying multiple copies, I guess, but it would be worth it. On second thought, maybe they just need to break down and buy their own. Bunch of cheapskates! ) Anyway...

The Secret Life of Bees was that book for me. It follows the story of young Lily Owens and her "stand-in mother" Rosaleen in 1960's era South Carolina. After a racial incident the two must flee. The tale of their journey and destination is magical. The Secret Life of Bees is a must-read for fans of The Help.

5. About a Boy by Nick Hornby

About a Boy is the story of two boys, Will and Marcus. One is an actual boy, Marcus, and one is a man who just acts like one, Will. I am not a man, so I have no idea what those crazy males are thinking about on a daily basis (well, I have one idea...). Therefore, Hornby might be in "time out" with the male populace because he is spilling their man-secrets in spades.

He creates such brutally honest characters that have absolutely zero interest in making themselves look perfect to the reader or justifiying their bad-boy behaviour. Hornby does vary from other authors who specialize in "men behaving badly" (such as Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk) in that Will, for all of his human flaws, is ultimately likable if not loveable by the time all is said and done.

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. Please don't forget to link back to your host here at Steph's Stacks!


  1. I loved Shanghai Girls! I have never read Little Women...shame on me!

  2. Mrs. Q - shame on you :) You better stop everything and grab a copy of Little Women straightaway! I have the sequel to Shanghai Girls in my TBR pile and shame on me for letting it sit there for so long. I really need to find out what happens to May and Pearl!

    Thanks for stopping by,

  3. I am dying to read the Sookie Stackhouse series. How many books are there in the series? I heard that its very different to True Blood with the stories... is that true??

  4. Nice meme. I like your picks. Friday is the only day that I don't have a meme. I would like to join in, but I will have to see if I can fit it in. I take Saturdays off (mostly anyway) and prep Shelf Candy on Friday.

  5. Great list. Nice to see you keeping it going. I hope you're not going to shame me too much for not having read Little Women. It's on the list.

    One thing I tell my creative writing class is that if they want to challenge themselves, try writing from the point of view of the opposite sex (although I believe this is easier for women to do. In response to your comment in "About a Boy," we are pretty easy to deconstruct. :)

    Have a good weekend.

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

  6. @Kris - The HBO series loosely follows the books and I usually hate it when shows stray to far away from the original, but for some reason I actually love it in this instance because the show's so good and I never know what's coming! I think there are like 9 books in the series. You should check them out!

    @FAB - I would LOVE it if you had time to do Fri Five! Thanks for stopping by!!

    @Paul - I won't chastise you too harshly for not reading Little Women :) Loved your scary movie post! I want to have a spooky movie marathon all day today!

    You guys rock!



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