Friday, October 7, 2011
Friday's Five (5)
Please feel free to start your own Friday's Five and post your link below. I would love to hear about your personal faves!
You may have heard of this novel because of the movie starring a former sparkly vampire... well the book is twenty times better.
Water for Elephants tells the tale of Jacob a retirement home resident who, through a series of flashbacks, shares his adventures as a former circus animal vet during the Great Depression.
This book has it all: great heroes, a beautiful love story, evil villains, clowns and of course an amazing elephant.
Many of you have either already read or at least heard of this series. I was a little late to the party because, after a while, it seemed like all vampire books were running together in my mind.
I picked up the first book in this series because it was on sale, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Needless to say, once I finished book one, I immediately went back to the store and bought every other book in this series.
The story was a fast-paced page-turner, with characters that I really cared about. A must-have for any YA collection.
Astrid is forced in the foster care system after her mother is incarcerated. The story follows the evolution of their relationship as well as the women who influence Astrid's life.
This novel made me want to rescue Astrid and slap several other characters. White Oleander is beautifully written, poignant story that should be added to your to-read list.
This the story of Ayla, a pre-historic orphan adopted by the medicine woman of the Clan of the Cave Bear, a people vastly different from her. Ayla's struggles to fit in and then ultimately discovers her differences can save the clan and perhaps alter the course of humanity.
Bottom line: it's a great series. You'll find yourself rooting for Ayla every step of the way.
Thought I would throw in an old-school tidbit for your reading pleasure this week. If you haven't read this tale of Ponyboy, Sodapop, Johnny and Greasers vs. Socs, then you have been missing out.
Hinton's classic is a quick but beautiful read. Coppala's movie version isn't too shabby either as it kick-started the careers of many of today's Hollywood stars such as Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe and Diane Lane.
That's my Friday's Five for the week, folks! Hope you'll be inspired to revisit some old faves or discover some new ones! I can't wait to hear about some of your favorite books in the comments section below or feel free to like up a Friday's Five post of your very own: