Now, during my Formspring day someone asked what my top 5 favorite books are.
I will start by saying that this list may not contain the most amazing of books but it does contain books that have either A) Made me cry, B) Made me incredibly happy or C) I just simply think are amazing. This list is in no particular order…
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I mean, for real, how could these books not make my list? I began reading them in high school, around the time that the 4th book was coming out. I remember wondering how on earth someone could create a world as wonderful as this wizarding world. HP has been a way for me to escape and the stories are just so wonderfully written and great for all ages. Not to mention that they’ve made me laugh, cry and when I put down that 7th books I truly felt like I was losing some of my favorite and most dear friends. I couldn’t even tell you the number of times I’ve read each of these books and, in turn, seen each of the movies. I don’t care what anyone says, these books are amazing fiction. Amazing.
- We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver – I love and hate this book and I’ve said that before. I’ve only read it twice and both times have started off like pulling teeth for me. It’s a hard book to read because of the subject matter. However, the story itself is so horrific and well written that it stays in your head. The first time I read it I SOBBED at the end and felt depressed for days afterward. I’ve always felt that a book that can give you that kind of emotion has to be good. Although it’s hard for me to read I will still consider this fictional work to be one of my favorites. I don’t know what it is about it but I love to hate it.
- The Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells – If you have seen this movie but not read the book please don’t judge. The movie didn’t do the book any justice at all. The book is incredibly bittersweet, real and at time very, very sad. It is filled with so many Southern things that I have never been able to experience but have always wanted to. Once again, this is a book that made me cry and made me want to be best friends with all the characters inside. It’s another of those books that when you finish you truly feel like you’re saying goodbye to friends. And when you reread it again (and you’ll want to) it’s like giving your best friends a big hug.
- Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden – This is another book that you shouldn’t judge based on the movie. The movie actually wasn’t that bad but it left out a lot of things that made me adore the book – namely, all the history and traditions of being a geisha. The book itself is beautifully written and so rich in description and, once again I’ll say it, history. I tend to not be much of a history buff myself, for some reason it bores me (which is bizarre because I was at one time a social studies ed. major) but for some reason the history of this book is one of the main reasons I fell in love with it. It’s a really amazing read and a gorgeous story that really makes you think.
- Why Girls Are Weird by Pamela Ribon – I swear to you that Pam Ribon does not pay me to endorse this book. I just adore it! It’s different from the other four books in that it’s not a book that will really make you think or a book that is completely inventive of something new. However, I have reread this book numerous times and every single time it makes me laugh out loud. It’s a book that when you’re feeling low you’ll want to read because you cannot help but smile. I’m telling you, if you haven’t read this book already (and why haven’t you, I’ve told you to multiple times now) you really, really need to. It will make you happy! And what’s better than a book that leaves you smiling?