Friday, 6 September 2013

five faves friday.

Happy Friday, y'all! I hope your week has been as good as mine. I've spent most of it celebrating Boyfriend's birthday, traveling, and reading books. We spent a day in Boyfriend's hometown early this week and took a spontaneous trip to Loch Lomond yesterday. It's a good life, isn't it?

Here are my five favorites for this Friday, and to no one's surprise, they're books!

1. Stay by Allie Larkin

I picked this book up at Malaprop's in Asheville, NC, on a roadtrip last summer. And thank goodness Jenn was there to drive, because I could. not. put. it. down. Seriously. In the first chapter, I thought this was going to be another Something Borrowed-esque story of a girl in love with her best friend's man. Boy, was I wrong. This is a story about a girl, her dog, and true friendships. For anyone who loves dogs, this is an absolute must-read. Larkin is definitely someone to keep an eye on--her second book, Why Can't I Be You, was equally enjoyable. 

2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

I have been a John Green fan since the age of 15, when a friend from summer camp recommended Looking for Alaska. Since then, I have systematically devoured every book he has written. TFIOS is the incredibly moving story of a teenaged girl with cancer. This book will tug at your heartstrings, anger you, and inspire you. I also have it on excellent authority that it's a pretty accurate representation of how it feels to be a teenager with cancer. I picked up this copy as soon as it came out at the completely terrible Books-a-Million in Lakeland. It's hard to believe that a store that doesn't carry King Lear would have a signed copy of TFIOS, but here it is. It'll be a movie soon, so make sure to read the book!

3. Persuasion, by Jane Austen

I first read Pride and Prejudice after seeing the Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle film, and I haven't stopped loving Jane Austen since. That being said, there are still several of her books I haven't read. This one was a Christmas gift, and now that my dissertation is done, I can devour books at my normal rate. I liked Persuasion, though not as much as some of Austen's other books. The pacing of the story seemed off somehow, but Anne Elliot was a charming heroine. 

4. Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, by Courtney Martin 

If you're anything like me and enjoy a good examination of life in this world for women, you will adore this book. Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters takes a hard look at the way we, as women, see ourselves. It'll make you question why certain things are accepted as "normal" and how many women experience the need for perfection through their bodies. I bought this on my kindle, and it was worth every penny. 

5. North and South, by Elizabeth Gaskell

Ok, ok, I know this isn't a book cover. But Richard Armitage is entirely SA-WOON worthy in the BBC adaptation of this equally fabulous book. 
Margaret Hale and her family move from the warm, idyllic English countryside to the harsh northern city Milton. You wouldn't think culture shock could happen within the same country, but you'd be wrong. Add in some industrial age tensions, mistaken judgements, and the strong-but-silent type, and you've got a winner: North and South.

Have you read any of these? Have any five favorite books of your own to add? Let me know in the comments! 


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