Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Favorite Books

Okay really quick - so my first day at Maurices was short but good. Basically I sat down with Shannon, my boss, to go over what's expected of me, the schedule, etc. Then I hung out with Amy, on of the associate managers, up front and went over store safety, did a little store tour and that kind of stuff. I'm going back on Wednesday and Thursday for more training but overall so far I'm so, so happy I got this job!

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?



    Happy Reading!

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    31 wonderful thoughts:

    caffeinerd

    I haven't read We Need to Talk About Kevin or Why Girls Are Weird---but the rest are all on my favorites list, too! Oh, J.K. Rowling. I just love you. Seeing The Elephant House (where she started writing Philosopher's Stone) was my top priority when visiting Edinburgh! :)

    Star-Light

    I love Harry Potter :))

    Diana Mieczan

    So happy you are enjoying your first days at work:)
    Memoirs of a Geisha is a fantastic book...I couldn’t put it down...I have to note few of those for my reading list!
    Kisses and thanks my darling :)
    Muah

    Helena - A Diary of Lovely

    oohso happy sweetie!! so glad for yoU! harry Potter is on my top list too, I tried the memories but didnt really work out hahaha!
    xoxo

    Kattrina

    I love many of those book too - Harry Potter, Memoirs of a Geisha, and the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Amazing - all of them. Great choices!

    SogniSorrisi

    I've never read any of these books! I'll have to get on it. I'm terrible at picking fave books, movies, songs, I just can't narrow down the list!

    Brittany Ann

    We love some of the same books! You have excellent taste;)

    Salt

    I need to get into Harry Potter. I have avoided the series because I am not a fan of the movies, but I heard the books are SO much better.

    So glad you had a great first day!!

    Sami

    We Need to Talk About Kevin looks like something that's REALLY up my alley - I love gripping emotional books, no matter how hard the subject matter can be, and once I'm done here I'm going to put it on my library list. :)

    YAY Harry Potter!! The books were amazing and I don't care what anyone thinks! I want to live in JK Rowling's imagination...

    Cafe Fashionista

    Ah, the Harry Potter series is one of my absolute favorites! I have already told my family that once the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Theme Park opens at Universal Orlando Resort I'm moving in - how amazing is that place going to be?! :)

    Kimbirdy

    can you believe i've never read any of the harry potter books (nor seen any of the movies)?! they came out when i was a busy college kid so i never took the time. i've heard so many amazing things about them, but at this point it feels a little overwhelming to start now. i'm sure i will someday though.

    foxy

    I've read We Need To Talk About Kevin and I totally agree... it's an emotional read - and a truly great story. Hard to get into at first, but once you do, it's ridiculously hard to put down! And I swear I had to keep a dictionary close by because I came across so many new words... I kinda like a book that "ups the ante" like that one did. So sad, but poignant, and definitely worth the read.

    The HP series is on my list. I have the box set just waiting for me to dive in!

    Have you ever read The Red Tent? That's one of my top faves... I laughed and cried intermittently while I read it.

    THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE

    yay for a great first day at work! i'm so happy for you sweetie :) xoxo

    daisychain

    I do believe Memoirs of a Geisha was the first book I fell in love with (once I'd moved on from kids books!)

    Nikki

    I'm about ready to re-read the Potter series. I will be sad when the movies are all over.

    Now whenever you talk about Maurice's I think of Beauty and the Beast. "Maurice! The baguettes, hurry up!"

    Chana

    So glad you had a good first day! Thats always the hardest day for me! I love your book choices too...I've actually read 2 of them!

    Shelley Ann

    i completely agree about HP..i dont see how she created that entire world! its amazing!

    and i cant wait to read divine secrets! its coming up on my list of books to read over the summer!

    Shana

    Totally agreed about Harry Potter. I was often amazed while reading those books at the entire world Rowling was able to create. I can't even keep it straight...it amazes me that someone just made it up out of thin air.

    Jaime @ La vie...J'aime

    I LOVE the Ya Ya books... great characters and plot. Really enjoyed the movie too.

    the "L" spot

    Why girls are weird! I want to read that right now!!

    Kristi

    Memoirs of a Geisha is one of my faves too and I love HP and also Divine Secrets! I never saw the movie but the book was wonderful! Why Girls are Weird is on its way and I just ordered We Need to Talk about Kevin. PS Paperbackswap.com is the bomb :)

    Claire

    I put off Harry Potter til my boss bought me the first one then i was hooked.., Memoirs is an old fav i loved it, didnt rate the film much (but then never do) and I read we need to talk about kevin in a day, it's one of those books you just cant forget.
    Haven't read the others on your list but may look out for them as we seem to have the same taste! Glad you love your job!:)

    missy.

    glad the job is going well!

    such great book choices. i haven't read a few of them so i'll have to check them out.

    xoxo

    Mara

    I'm glad your first day was good!! These are all great books. I think there's only 2 I haven't read

    Emily Jane

    I've really got to finish the Harry Potter series before #7 hits the screens!!

    SabinePsynopsis

    I'm glad the 1st day went well. Great favourites. HP is a no-brainer for me too. We need to talk a. K. I heard a lot about, but I think it would affect me too badly. Memoirs of a Geisha I think I started once - will give it another try!

    amandaaaa

    I JUST posted about my favorite books for the summer and then checked my google reader and saw yours! Great minds think alike =) & I loooove the Harry Potter series!! I'll have to check out your other suggestions.
    <3 Amanda

    as told by kiki

    nice choices! i cant wait for the last installament of HP. :)

    Hutch

    I need to read Why Girls are Weird. I've almost picked it up several times!

    Erin

    Harry Potter makes me oh-so happy. I could go back to Hogwarts over and over again!

    Kaitlin

    I haven't finished the Harry Potter series, but I really need to. They're just so long! And way too big to carry around on a daily basis.

    I haven't read any of the other four. But I do own Why Are Girls Weird? and I've wanted to read it for awhile, maybe now I will. I've heard good things about Ya Ya, but don't own it. And I'd love to read Memoirs of a Geisha.