Thursday, April 30, 2009

My Fave Five

In thinking about this blog, I decided it might be a good way for readers to get to know us. Since this blog is based on books, what better way to know us than to see our list of faves?!

1. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden). I’m finding myself losing words regarding this book, which nearly defeats the purpose of this site! The story of the woman who became the world-famous geisha, Sayuri, is so captivating, it’s easy to forget that this book is a work of fiction.

2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen). Little needs to be said about a classic. The love story of Elizabeth and Darcy transcends most countries and all ages, and has been the inspiration in a lot of today’s movies, books and television. It even adds a bit of humor that you wouldn’t expect from the Georgian era.

3. Something Borrowed (Emily Giffin). I’ve read this book and the one below three times each. It’s a movie-like read. The subject of cheating is always touchy, with the heroine (Rachel) having an affair with her best friend, Darcy’s fiancĂ©. Emily Giffin, however, does it in a way that makes the reader root for love no matter how it happens.

4. Something Blue (Emily Giffin). The sequel to the above is told through the eyes of the woman scorned, Darcy. Picking up the pieces of her ego, the reader sees Darcy grow from vengeful into a reflective 180. Giffin ties both story-lines up nicely in another round of “chick-lit.”

5. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold). Alice Sebold has had a dark enough past to channel such a tragic story, yet she’s able to do so with a unique perspective on death and the loved ones left behind. Amazing.

There you have it, my top five favorite books…for now! At the risk of making this post much too long to be worth reading, I didn’t do any of these books real justice. Each copy is well worn on my bookshelves because they’re all that good!

I have an eclectic taste in books. I’m a fan of the easy, fun chick lit, but I’m also down for a good tear or two—whether it’s a love story or a tragic one. It’s for this reason that you’ll probably see a wide variety of genres on my end!

(First review coming soon!)


Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Welcome to our Book Club!

So let's start this blog off on the right foot. We are two sisters, wives, mothers (well, one of us so far), daughters and friends. We also happen to be your not-so-average literary fiends. Patrick (my husband) says I "inhale" books. This part is mostly true, since words are, to me, an amazing portal to countless worlds and emotions.

For Tanya and me, sharing our love of books has been a bit of a challenge. I'm firmly planted in Orlando where Tanya moves around at the whim of the Air Force (her husband's office is in a B1). We usually share our latest book obsessions via Skype, and tend to mail our favorites across the country when we are able to part with them.

Starting off, we'll both share our Top 5 Favorite Books, which should be an interesting challenge when we get right down to it! In the future, we hope to review books as we read them and be our brutally honest selves. We invite you to follow along and give us your input!

Our blog's main characters: Meredith (L) and Tanya (R). Robby is our main man in the middle (Tanya's son, my Godson)

Stay tuned!