I posted before about the fact that I like to read and various books I like...so I have plenty to choose from for today's Favorite Fridays - Chick Lit, girly books - a genre I love! I think I'll discuss favorite authors as well as books, since there are way too many individual books to choose from!
Right now my iBooks is filling up with Janet Evanovich - I've just recently been turned on to her and am currently going through her numbers books (the alphabet books have also been recommended to me, but I haven't started those yet - can't remember that author's name either - will have to look that one up). I am on my 5th book now! Her books are an awesome mix of funny, scary, sexy, playful, who-done-it books. I can't wait to see what kind of escapades Stephanie gets herself into!
I love fantasy novels (yeah, I know these next two authors don't really write girly books) - I love books about worlds very much unlike ours! Narnia is an amazing world full of fantasy so I have to say I love C. S. Lewis. I haven't read the entire Narnia series, though, but I plan to. That's the same reason I love J. K. Rowling b/c of the awesome adventures in the wizard world that she took Harry through - and both these authors have such an amazing imagination to come up with some of the craziest characters!! In the beginning it's hard to keep up with what kind of creature many of these characters are!! LOL!
And yes, I know they are tween books (but still very girly) - I loved Stephanie Meyer's Twilight Saga. I love the monsters being the good guys in these books!! And yes, I will admit that I loved the way-to-old-for-teenage passion the characters had, too!! I ready through each of these books in just a few days! I also loved all the powers that all the characters had - whether they were vampire or wolf - the powers of either reading minds, telling the future, protection, the ability to alter moods - whatever they were it was interesting to read. Just before Eclipse came out The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner was put on the bookshelves - it was basically the Eclipse novel from another character's perspective. I loved that - I would love to read something from Meyer about the history and story of the Volturi as well - I think that would be something that a lot of people would enjoy - though it wouldn't have as much of that teen appeal anymore! LOL - I could live with that, though!
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs was an amazing read! I think I made it through this book in only a few days, too. That's my problem - when I find a great book I read through it so fast and then I get disappointed b/c it's over!! I loved the relationship of all the women in this book - they were all so very, very different from one another, but were all
linked knitted so closely together. It showed how they each overcame their initial impression of one another and came together to really support and help the other when they each needed it.
And I think I could probably list quite a few more, but I'll just add one more!! The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold. This book was hard to read being a mommy, but it was still a very good book. They made a movie out of this one, too but I have yet to see it. I think I should though b/c the murder that happens in the beginning of the book is very graphic in my mind and I've heard that it's really skipped over in the movie - which maybe would replace the scene I created myself. The book was a great image, though of the love this little girl had for her family and how she looked after them from beyond.
I have always wanted to join a book club, but who has the time to go to book club meetings!?!? I have looked online to find good sites for book clubs & book reviews, but I guess I haven't searched enough b/c I haven't found one yet that I've wanted to join. If you have any suggestions I'm very open to checking them out!
And one final note - if you're looking for a good book to sit in your room & cry over - read Same Kind of Different as Me. It's a true story and it will really give you a new perspective on things!