Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday's Five (5)

If you're anything like me, it would take forever to review every single book you've read in your life and loved. I wanted to find an outlet to share some of my favorites with you each week beyond my full reviews. So, Friday's Five was born!

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

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
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.

Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead
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.

White Oleander by Janet Fitch
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.

Clan of the Cave Bear Series by Jean M. Auel

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.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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:


  1. I loved White Oleander. It's a book that I could reread. Great selection. I loved Water for Elephants.

  2. I LOVE all these books, except Cave Bear, haven't read that one! But now it's on my list!

  3. havent read any of these, but have heard of them, as with water for elephants ... for the same reason you said.... sparkly vampire,lol.
    I am working on mine now and will get them added here shortly :)


  4. Ooh, Outsiders is a good one! I read that back in grade 7... great picks :) I'm gonna participate this week!

  5. Thanks guys for stopping by and participating! I can't wait to see your picks this week.

  6. I really liked The Outsides when I read in in junior high... movie was good too. Still need to start the Vampire Academy series though!

    I really like this! I'm going to start on my Friday's Five now...

    New follower:)

    jenn | writer's block

  7. @ Jenn I'm so glad you like it! I'm off to check out your Friday's Five right now! Thanks for following :)

  8. Some good additions this week. Although with your past posts, I'm getting quite a backlogged list of TBR :)

    As a teacher in addition to being a writer, I'm pleased to see that kids are still reading (and really enjoying) The Outsiders.

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



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