- An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott-I first picked up this book at my local Borders in San Diego in 1998/1999, and I read about two pages before I deemed it boring and put into my closet and forgot about it for several months. As it happened, I was bored one “early” Saturday morning (when you’re sixteen “early” is 7:30 in the morning–I wish I slept that late any more), and this book was staring at me from the closet. I started reading it, and I couldn’t put it down. It’s hands-down one of my favorite books. I have reread it so many times, it’s very worn. I’ve had to get a Kindle edition so I don’t ruin my original copy.
- The Likeness by Tana French-I have been in a Tana French haze for the last month and a half. Introduced to her by some article on Tumblr about actors/actresses they would cast as her characters. I finally got the latest book recently, and I am doing a happy dance. Basically Ms. French writes crime novels that take place in Dublin, Ireland. And because I have spent the last eight months in Irish actor heaven, I hear their accents in my head. This book is the second in the series, and it’s was the most character-heavy of the books, besides Faithful Place.
- The Bungalow by Sarah Jio-This is Sarah’s second book, taking place in Bora-Bora during the second World War. It’s the story of a nurse engaged to some rich guy in Seattle who falls in love with one of the soldiers. Their love story is the common tale of love in wartime, and the feelings of hopelessness with the life society has planned for you (in her case). In the middle of it all is a murder mystery that spans the decades. Do they stay together, or does war in the South Pacific tear them apart? I read this book in one day, it was that good.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte-I’ve seen just about every major motion picture adaptation of this novel, as well as BBC productions. I decided to give this book another try as an adult, and I LOVED it. To summarize this would take forever, so here goes a short one: girl with shitty life gets a job as a governess for a wealthy family, falls in love with her employer, they get engaged, bad stuff happens, and they live happily ever after. Even with that bad summary, please read this book!
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen-Another one I have seen just about every adaptation of. It’s the story of the five Bennet sisters who are faced with finding a husband before they dry and up and no man will every marry them. By happy circumstance, Mr. Bingley comes to town with his friend, the snooty Mr. Darcy. Attachments form, fights ensue between Mr. Darcy and Lizzie Bennet, society separates the couples, English countryside and London make appearances, and an illicit romance occurs. It’s a classic that took me many years to read. I don’t normally enjoy Austen’s work, but so far only Northanger Abbey has bored me to tears.