Pretty Reads: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding


As you may recall, this is the 200th anniversary of Pride & Prejudice and I’m participating in a year round challenge hosted by Austenprose.

For February, I re-read Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. I selected this book because it is probably the most famous modern adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. It’s also one of my favourites and I haven’t read it since the movie was released.

I clearly remember reading this book for the first time. Half of the time, I was trying so hard to figure out what a stone was. I wasn’t quite the accomplished anglophile that I am today. Ha! Re-reading a book after so many years (and so after so many viewings of the movie) made it feel like a whole new experience. I even found the copy I read at my parents home so I could read the same edition. The book is still laugh out loud funny.

For instance, “It struck me as pretty ridiculous to be called Mr. Darcy and to stand on your own looking snooty at a party. It’s like being called Heathcliff and insisting on spending the entire evening in the garden, shouting “Cathy” and banging your head against a tree.” – Bridget Jones

I think Bridget Jones became so popular because she’s a relatable heroine. It’s easy to dismiss her as a bit of an idiot when in my opinion, she’s just not bothered. She has a job but she’s not really passionate about it. She wants to lose weight but she’s never actively doing anything about it. She only goes about two days without smoking or drinking. It’s as though she’s worked out in her head how she has to achieve certain tasks to be perfect and she’ll only be happy when she’s achieved them.

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The movie, although fairly different from the book, still manages to capture its essence. Certain events are moved around or changed but the best bits of the dialogue are included and I think they did a really good job with it. I remember when it was announced that Colin Firth was going to be Mark. It made me so happy because although I barely knew who he was, I knew that Bridget had a crush on him in the book. It was so clever to include him. This has become one of my favourite movies as well. We won’t talk about the sequel (although I still watch it often).

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Top 10 Tuesday : Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

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Here are the books I hoping to read this summer:

1.  The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton: It’s my book club book for last month but involves a garden & fairy tales. I’m so on board for this.

2.  Honeymoon with my Brother by Franz Wizner: Also a real life book club pick. I love reading memoirs in the summer. The author’s fiancee calls off the wedding days before so he & his brother go on the honeymoon together and end up travelling around the world. Love the idea of that.

3. The Little Shadows by Marina Endicott: The story revolves around three sisters who are in vaudville.

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4. The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts: Nothing screams a summer read like Nora. It’s the second book in her latest series which is told from the perspective of three brothers as they restore the local inn to its former glory.

5. Where’s Alice Bliss? by Laura Harrington : See the last Top 10 Tuesday. I’ve been meaning to read this for ages.

6. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano: See above.

7. Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure by Suzanne Anderson: I won this on Firstreads by Goodreads! Very exciting! It’s a historical fiction book set in WWII Germany. It’s always a thrill to read something by a writer you’ve never read before. You never know what you might discover.

8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: I want to read before the film comes out.

9. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: I’ve wanted to read this forever. I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet.

10. Through No Fault of My Own: A Girl’s Diary of Life on Summit Avenue in the Jazz Age by Coco Irvine: This was recommended by a friend through Goodreads. I didn’t even know you could do that. It’s now my new favourite function on Goodreads overtaking the barcode scan feature on the app.

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That’s it! I think I should remind myself to take a look back on September 1 to see what I accomplished from this list. Challenge accepted! What’s on your summer reading list?

Top 10 Tuesday : Rewind!! 10 Books I just had to buy…but are still sitting on my bookshelf

I haven’t done a Top 10 in awhile. Mostly because I found that I kept repeating the same books or authors. I’ve decided I’m only going to join in a Top 10 Tuesday if I’m going to be able to include something new. Top 10 Tuesday is a book meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Check them out and join us!

Surprisingly, for someone who reads as much as I do, I don’t actually buy that many books. My reasons are basically that I probably won’t read them a second time and I really have no space for them. If I do buy books it’s usually because they’re on sale, they’re secondhand or I need to purchase for my book club. I also like picking up classics as they’ll probably be re-read and they’re very inexpensive. I prefer getting books from the library because if we don’t use the library, they’re likely to shut them down. I think if I had an e-reader, I would purchase more books.

Here are the books I have waiting to be read that for one reason or another, I’m keeping on the back burner.

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1.  Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: I’m not sure why. I’ve started it then I got distracted by something else. I have to be in the mood for a classic. Purchase at Chapters at least 6 months ago.

2.  Dr. Jeykll & Mr. Hyde by Louis Robert Stevenson: I was so inspired by Scottish literature when I visited Edinburgh in 2009. I actually ended up eating in a cafe that was the home of the person who inspired Dr. Jeykll & Mr. Hyde. Purchase at Chapters. I believe my roommate has this one which is probably why I forgot about it.

3. The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn: Picked up for $6 at a second hand bookstore while waiting for fries at Mrs. Mike’s (local drive in). I’ve only had for a couple of weeks.

4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson: This one was actually a gift I received from a friend. I completely forgot about it until this weekend when I was organizing a couple of shelves. Now I feel really bad that I haven’t read it yet. 😦

5. Where’s Alice Bliss? by Laura Harrington : I received this for free as well and I need to write a review on it but I can’t actually find it! I have no idea where it’s ended up. New goal! Find, read and review by the end of the month.

6. The Boleyn Inheritance by Phillipa Gregory: I picked this up at McNally Robinson (local bookstore). They have so many great books in their bargain books section. I can never seem to get away without purchasing something.

7. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano: See above.

8. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald: This one is really embarrassing. I had to read it for a course over 10 years ago but never got around to finishing it. I think now is the time though. I want to read in advance for the new film adaptation.

9. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde: I purchased this with Dr. Jeykll and Mr. Hyde. I think my roommate might have this as well. I’ve read it before but it’s been so long I barely remember it. I need to re-read.

I can’t think of a #10 so not too bad.  I think I should make it my personal goal to read these by the end of the year. What do you think? What books are still hanging around on your shelves?

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Top 10 Tuesday : Favourite Quotes from Books

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Sorry so behind with this today. I just finished work and I’m all over the place! lol

1.  “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” – Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

2.  “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” – Shakespeare, Hamlet 
Not so much a book but I use it so often I think it counts.

3. “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” – Jack Kerouac, On The Road

4. “It’s a truth universally acknowledged that when one part of your life starts going ok another falls spectacularly to pieces.” – Helen Fielding, Bridget Jones’s Diary

5. “Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing. ” – Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

6. “Remember well and bear in mind a constant friend is hard to find.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Long Winter

7. “There are exceptional people out there who are capable of starting epidemics. All you have to do is find them.” ― Malcolm Gladwell, The Tipping Point

8.  “Winter is coming.” – George R.R. Martin, The Game of Thrones

9. “She understood that her heart operated on its own instructions, that she had no control over it or, indeed, anything else.” ― Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

10.  “Never give up on something you really want. However impossible things seem, there’s always a way.” ― Sophie Kinsella, Mini Shopaholic

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Top 10 Tuesday : Books You’d Like to See Made Into a Movie

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This weeks theme is Top 10 Books you’d like to see made into a movie. This was actually really difficult because there were so many books I love that have already been made into movies.

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1. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran: This has shown up on many lists so I apologize for the repetition. I think the unique story with the set design and costume of revolutionary era France would be perfection.

2. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden: I’d love to see this on the big screen because it’s not a story usually told. This book has two different points of view. The first is from an old bush pilot in a coma in Northern Ontario. The second is his niece Annie whose been all over trying to find out where her missing sister Suzanne is.

3. Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella: This might be my favourite Sophie Kinsella novel. I find it so laugh out loud funny. I’d love to see this as a movie but let’s face it. They pretty much ruined Confessions of a Shopaholic when they brought that to a screen. I still like that movie but it’s nowhere near as good as the book was.

4. The Prairie Bridesmaid by Daria Salamon: The main reason I added this book to the list is because it’s local. However, it’s a bit dark and I’m really not sure how it would work as a movie but it’d be interesting to see a movie adaptation.

5. Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders: I found the premise of this book so cute and I like the gender role reversal of it. I think society in general puts way too much emphasis on gender role expectations.

6. Jemima J by Jane Green: I really miss the Brit based books that Jane Green used to write. Now it’s all about Conneticut. Out of all of Jane Green’s earlier novels I think Jemima J would be the best one to translate to a screenplay because of the kind of transformation that Jemima goes through. Her dream scenario that she ends up living isn’t the most realistic setting but somehow you believe it.

7. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake: Although this wasn’t my favourite book (I rated it 3 stars), I think the plot would lend itself well to a screenplay. It might be one of those rare cases where the film is able to add things visually that just don’t come across in the book.

8.  Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson: This would be such a great movie but I’m not sure how it would work without being able to read her diary entries.

9. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt: Such an interesting story. There’s a lot of internal dialogue with the main character but I think it could be translated to film. There’s a lot of violence and physical hardship which would work really well.

10.  Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese: The plot of this book is the most interesting story. I love the story of how the twin boys come into the world and how they end up making their way through it. It’s very compelling. 

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Top 10 Tuesday : All Time Favourite Characters

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This weeks theme is Top 10 All Time Favourite Characters. I found this one a bit of a challenge. It wasn’t because I couldn’t come up with 10 characters, I just feel like I keep repeating the same books or characters. Does anyone else have this problem? I wonder if there are just books I’m forgetting. lol. I wish I started goodreads when I was 9! Although I suppose in a meme about Top 10 anything, your favourites are always going to be the first ones you think of.




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1. Elizabeth Bennett (Pride and Prejudice) by Jane Austen: I actually thought of not including this because I felt I was being so repeatative in these memes but it would be dishonest. Elizabeth is strong, smart and witty. I would love to be as quick with the banter as she is.

2. Lula (Stephanie Plum series): I think I actually like Lula more than Stephanie. I really admire her. She wanted to change her life around so she just did it. Granted, she’s a bit lazy and a bit too quick with a gun but she makes up with that with her charm and her incredible fashion sense.

3. Calliope Helen Stephanides (Middlesex) by Jeffrey Eugenides: Middlesex is one of my favourite books. I’d love to reread it again to see if I still feel that way a few years later. Calliope was one of the most interesting characters I’ve ever met in literature. She was going through something I could not relate to but yet I so empathized with her. Literally caught between to selves, she struggled to define herself and I have so much admiration for her. One of the bravest characters in fiction.

4. Mrs. Havisham (Great Expectations) by Charles Dickens: She’s not a very nice character and I would never want to be her but she’s definitely left an impact on me. Anytime I’ve feel I’ve been hermited away too long, I think of Mrs. Havisham and get out of the house! One shouldn’t be covered in cobwebs no matter how much work is left in your inbox.






5. Aminata Diallo (The Book of Negroes) by Lawerence Hill: Another of my all time favourite books. While you read Aminata’s story, it’s as though she lived five lives. It’s so hard to believe that any one person could go through so much. Yet, we know they did and some still do. I admire Aminata’s strength and her ability to use her brains to protect her and get her one more day ahead.

6. Tess Durbeyfield (Tess of the D’Ubervilles) by Thomas Hardy: Another story with a heroine who faces such hardship with grit and determination. This book was one that literally made me gasp. Tess has such a difficult life yet the book fills me with optimism.





7. Arya Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George RR Martin: Arya is awesome! I love that she’s so determined to be a fighter. She says what she thinks and is fiercely loyal. I can’t wait to see where George takes Arya next.

8.  Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) by L.M. Montgomery: Anne was the first literary character I ever wanted to be. Plain old unromantic Anne Shirley (her words! not mine). She was definitely herself. You could never believe that she could be anything but. Even when she’d twist an ankle or tell off the neighbour,  it’s almost as though I wanted to do those things as well even though we’d both be punished. I wanted to get in trouble too just so I could be a little more like Anne. I’m including another Anne gif like last week because the Anne Shirley tumblr tag is my new favourite thing and I’m not even on Tumblr.

9. Lisbeth Salander (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) by Steig Larsson: Easy to put Lisbeth on the list. She is so incredibly strong and smart. I’m very envious of her computer hacking skills as well. No matter what life throws at her, she fights back and she never gives up.

10.  Hester Prynne (The Scarlet Letter) by Nathaniel Hawthorne:  Just thinking about this book makes me depressed. Not because of how things were but because of how things can still be. Hester perseveres under society’s scorn to raise her child. I have such admiration for her struggle. Funny how being an unwed mother was still so looked down upon only a few short years ago.

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Top 10 Tuesday : Fictional Crushes

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This week’s theme is actually, Advice for other book bloggers but considering I haven’t  been blogging long I’m not sure I really have any advice to give. Instead I looked through the back catalogue of Top 10 Tuesday themes and chose one I hadn’t done before: fictional crushes. This list is in no particular order except #1 because he’s my all-time favourite.

1. Gilbert Blythe (Anne of Green Gables) by LM Montgomery: How could you not love Gilbert? I admit my first intro to the Anne series was through the CBC movies. I clearly remember the first time I watched them, (I think I was about 6). It took me ages to realize that Gilbert’s teasing was his way of flirting. Carrots indeed. I love that he smart, kind and treats Anne like an equal. He’s also got the patience of a saint. Poor Gilbert after Anne stringing him along all these years.  He knew she’d come around and he never wavered. Swoon. This actually makes me want to gather up the books the next time I’m at my parents’. It’s time for a reread. Seriously, ruined me for life.

2. Jon Snow (A Song of Ice & Fire Series) by George R.R. Martin: I’m completely Team Stark so this was really narrowed down to Jon or Robb. They were running neck to neck at the beginning but I always had a soft spot for Jon. He’s the forgotten son but he is kind and good. He is also a bit emo but so would I be given the circumstances.

3. Luke Brandon (Confessions of a Shopaholic) by Sophie Kinsella: Everyone loves Luke. He’s a bit of a safe choice : Good looking, wealthy, smart…it goes on and on. However, he always sticks up for Becky and he seems to find her completely enchanting even when I think she’s pushing it.

4. Joe Morelli (Stephanie Plum series) by Janet Evanovich: One of two men that Stephanie is torn between. Quite frankly, I think it’s an obvious choice in Joe Morelli although I know there are some die hard Ranger fans. Ranger just scares me a bit. I picture him as a massive guy who grunts all the time not unlike Khal Drogo from SOIAF. In fact, I really thought the actor who played Khal in the HBO series should’ve been Ranger in the movie. Anyway, back to Joe. Joe is sexy, a good guy and just slightly rough around the edges. He used to be bad news but seemed to have grown out of it. Now if only Stephanie would make her mind up. Seriously Janet, enough’s enough.

5. Mr. Darcy (Pride & Prejudice) by Jane Austen: Of course he’s on the list. He’s probably on 80% of the lists if I were to look back. Why we love Mr. Darcy : complicated, honourable, intelligent and just moody enough to make him interesting. The one thing that makes the Lizzie & Fitz relationship work so well is their banter. They love to challenge each other and that initial indifference or irritation they felt for each other became one of admiration and later adoration.

6. Robbie Turner (Atonement) by Ian McEwan :  I am suddenly remembering how much I cried at the end of this book. Ugh. The tortured life of the wrongly accused. My heart breaks for Robbie & Cecilia.

7. Simon Stein (In Her Shoes) by Jennifer Weiner: I love Simon! He’s so nice & sweet and obviously adores Rose. He’s not a typical fictional crush but sometimes you just need to read about a really great guy.

8.  Levin (Anna Karenina) by Leo Tolstoy: This may be a controversial choice. Anna is all about Vronsky the playboy and man about town.  Honestly though, Vronsky does nothing for me. Plus, I thought he’s mother had an unhealthy influence on him. It was all about shy, lonely Levin for me. Sure, he was often accompanied by hundreds of pages describing farming techniques but he is so kind and completely enamoured of Kitty that he hands her his diary so she can discover more about him. *Melt*

9. Mikael Blomkvist (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) by Steig Larsson: Let’s make one thing clear. I never considered Mikael to be very good looking. He certainly had a way about him since he had the admiration of so many ladies but there was something about his respect for his partner Erika and his fondness for Lisbeth that I really enjoyed. He’s completely in awe of her and her capabilities.  Although he is older than her, it never feel predatory but more protective. He is stubborn and arrogant but he protects those he loves. I definitely thought there was something sexy about him.

10.  Mark Darcy aka. The other Mr. Darcy (Bridget Jones’s Diary) by Helen Fielding: Of course, Mark Darcy is a modern day version of the aforementioned Mr. Darcy. He has the same haughtiness and awkwardness in social situations. However, he has a bit more of a sense of humour and he’s a Human Rights Barrister! That job is second only to Veterinarian in the heartthrob dream job list (according to me anyway).

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Top 10 Tuesday : Books That Were Deceiving

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At first, I really didn’t know how to approach this week. Should I go by covers, perception, reviews? Deceiving just sounded so severe and deliberate on behalf of the author and publishers. In the end I went books that were different than I had anticipated.

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1. The Next Always by Nora Roberts: I had never read anything by Nora Roberts prior to this book which I only picked up because my library has a limited English section. It’s our city’s French library so although they have English books, they just don’t have as large of a selection for browsing as other locations. In my mind, I had imagined that Nora Roberts was granny lit: really old fashioned, chaste, boring. I have no idea why I felt that way. It turns out, I was completely wrong. Since then I have read other books by Nora Roberts and thoroughly enjoyed them. They do seem to follow a similar pattern that might be repetitive if you read too many in a row but they’re still great for a nice light read.

2. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte:  The ultimate in tragic romance and one of my all time favourite books. I clearly remember purchasing this book at a book fair (remember those?) in Grade 8. I was so pretentious. I had seen this book referenced in other books, movies, etc. and expected a really safe romantic tale. I couldn’t have been more wrong. It took me quite a few years before I was mature enough to read the book. Now I can really appreciate it’s darkness.

3. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough: This book was kind of the opposite of Nora Roberts. Having only ever heard of (but have never seen) the miniseries, I expected this book to be cheap and tawdry. This is another time when I have no idea why. However, last summer, I downloaded the audiobook to my ipod for my 36 hour bus journey. I really didn’t want to read it but it was one of the only things available at the time. I completely loved it. Even off the bus, I would lay in bed and listen or pretend to sleep so I could find out what was happening. The book lasted for 20 hours and I loved them. It’s one of the few audiobooks I’ve listened to that I actually want to read the physical book. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes curling up with a saga.

4. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Steig Larsson: I started to read these books for my bookclub at the height of the craze in late 2010. Judging the book solely by title and cover, I imagined that it was a typical crime thriller with a male protagonist and I would not be interested in it whatsoever. Only when I actually picked up the book did I find out how wrong I was. Lisbeth is now one of my favourite literary characters. Something I might have discovered earlier if I wasn’t so judgemental.

5. Then Came You  by Jennifer Weiner: You know when you LOVE a book by a certain author so you just keep picking up their subsequent books only to be disappointed? That’s what happened here. This book was disappointing. I keep forgetting how depressed I feel after reading Jennifer Weiner’s books. I loved Good in Bed and In Her Shoes but I think I just have to stay away from now on. I don’t think this was as depressing as the last couple of books I read from her. It’s just the trick though. I see a new book with her name and I get so excited that I forget that I didn’t like the last couple. I think I’m always expecting the next one to be as good as the first.

6. Bake Sale Murder  by Leslie Meier: This is another don’t judge a book by its cover entry. A book I never would have picked up if not desperate for something to read in the French library. Although it was book 13 in the series (you never really have to start at #1 in these things do you?), I found it really entertaining and I actually didn’t guess who the murderer was till the reveal. That rarely happens. I have read a few more by these author since and they’re great little cozy mysteries.

7. Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard: I had imagined this story to be a bit more light hearted with a touch of whimsy. It was darker than expected. It was fairly well written although I remember skimming a lot in parts. Also, I found the author came off as pretty pompous and horrid to her own family with no sense of redemption. Almost like she didn’t recognize how unfair and awful she was being to those around her. However, I have seen other reviews where people loved this book so I wouldn’t want this to disuade you from reading it if you were interested.

8. Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran: This book is exactly as presented so why was I so surprised by the story? I think it’s because I had never heard of Madame Tussaud’s actual life. In fact, after reading I had to google, google, google. It is historical fiction but the most bizarre and shocking parts of the story are all documented to be true. I had thought this would be another French Revolution story that had been told time and time again. However, this was a completely new story and one that could only be unique to her. A must read!

9. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin: This falls into the I-loved-the-first-book-she-wrote-so-I’ll-keep-reading pile. I couldn’t finish it. I thought it was going to be more positive that in was the initial conflict just felt forced. It didn’t make any sense to me and I was so disappointed.

10. Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: I know I know! This one is controversial. I have to preface this by saying how much I really wanted to love it. I really did! After watching the whole Oprah episode, I booked it at the library and was so excited when I could finally pick it up. Then I read it. This book does seem polarizing. Everyone I know either loves it or hates it. I think I might have loved it more if I wasn’t living in my friends’ basement working at La Senza at the time but I guess we’ll never know. I had thought it was going to be about a woman’s journey to discovering herself and enriching her life. I suppose that is how some people see it and it could have been but I only made it through Italy. I just thought she was full of herself but like I said, I was living in my friend’s basement at the time.

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Top 10 Tuesday : Books to Read in a Day

Top 10 Tuesday is my new favourite meme. It really gets you thinking about the books you’ve read and want to read. I also love scouring the lists other bloggers have posted and adding their recommendations to my goodreads. To participate in Top 10 Tuesdays, check out The Broke and the Bookish.

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Here are my Top 10 Books to Read in a Day:

1. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella: It’s a typical Sophie offering. Lots of fun and banter. I have a tendancy to devour all her books in one sitting.

2. A Visit from The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan: This Pulitzer prize winning book follows the lives of a various members from a band from their time together in the 80s through to the present. Using different points of view, we’re able to follow their individual lives and see themselves through the eyes of each other.

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: I haven’t read this book in years that I kind of forget what it’s about. I know I loved it but I think it’s time for a reread.

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: If you haven’t read this book by now, you probably won’t. I will say though,  that it’s incredibly addictive and I completely understand why it’s started a craze.

5. Tell it to the Trees by Anita Rau Badami: I found this book in the library’s Express Bestseller shelf. I had never heard of it or it’s author but once I started reading it I could stop! Such an engrossing thriller and the ending is quite unexpected.

6. Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal: Disclaimer – This book is awful. However, if you’ve ever read the Sweet Valley High books you will enjoy it. It was a quick read (a few hours tops) and made me laugh at how ridiculous the writing was. I enjoyed catching up with the Sweet Valley gang though if only for a brief period of time.

7. One for the Money by Janet Evanovich: The book that started it all! One for the Money is the first of the Stephanie Plum books and by far it’s grittiest. To be honest, the characters and the plots have become more and more reductive (thanks Madonna for bringing reductive back) and it’s a bit dissappointing to read the newer books in the series. However, I recommend reading the first couple of books in the series at least. This one in particular had me up all night reading it and then I was unable to sleep because I was so scared!

8. Goodbye Jimmy Choo by Annie Sanders: I really enjoyed this book. It seemed different from other Chick Lit. It was a little more centred on the main female character’s sense of self than chasing after a man.

9. The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger: The ultimate teen angst classic.

10. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen: A rainy day, a cup of tea and snuggling up under a cozy blanket is the perfect setting for reading this book. The ultimate romantic classic. Prepare to swoon.

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