Ten Day You Challenge: Four Books

December 23, 2011

The holidays are now officially here, for me at least! The hubs and I drove down to my parents’ house this afternoon to begin our holiday stay. Of course, we stopped by the outlets in Gaffney and got a few gems at J. Crew (everything in the store was 30% off…I repeat EVERYTHING!!). I’m pretty impressed with my choices. You’ll see them a little later on.

Just as a heads up, I haven’t read for pleasure in quite a while (I just cannot bring myself to do it during the school year, I have guilt or something like it for not reading for school…). This is quite a diverse selection, if I do say so myself!

4. Baby Proof by Emily Giffin
It was really difficult to choose just one of Emily’s books to feature, but since they are not part of a series I felt it only fair to pick one. Being someone who has always wanted children, it was really interesting to hear another side. I especially identified with Claudia because she is a very determined woman (and works for a publishing company… did I mention that another one of Emily’s characters influenced me to change my career path?). I love the fact that elements of Emily’s own life are weaved into her novels, especially parts about Atlanta. :)

3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
This is probably my favorite book that I had to read for school (damn you, AP classes and your long reading lists!).  I had to read it during the summer before my senior year, and decided to get the book on tape to facilitate the process. This was such a great decision. I sat in my room for hours upon hours listening, following along, and highlighting. It didn’t feel like a school assignment; I really enjoyed the character of the monster and the frame story design. It’s also probably one of the earliest signs that I would be a sci-fi geek (a not-so-hidden secret of mine!).

2. The Southern Vampire Mysteries (True Blood novels) by Charlane Harris

Okay, since these books are related, it was extremely hard to choose just one (although Living Dead in Dallas is probably my favorite). I started reading Dead Until Dark after watching True Blood, and seriously read all 11 novels that were out in the time in just a couple of months. They are so easy to read and even though they are somewhat different from the television series, they are still extremely gripping. And the romance scenes aren’t bad either ;)

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
These books are by far my favorite of all time. Again, I can’t really split up the series as I love them all. (If I had to choose, it’d probably be the 5th book, Order of the Phoenix.) I started reading the books in the 8th grade, and didn’t miss a midnight release. Of course I love the movies as well, but there are the details weaved into the books that the movies just cannot capture. I was so sad after reading the last book and I have to admit that I am a self-proclaimed “Potterhead.” I even had parties at my house before book releases, complete with Butterbeer and pumpkin bread. Rowling’s writing makes it so easy to get through hundreds of pages. I admit that there are a few flaws, but I still cannot wait for my children to discover this series just as I did.

Does you have any book suggestions? (I’m currently reading the Hunger Games, so we can skip that recommendation!)

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