I just finished an amazing book yesterday. It's not going to win the Pulitzer or be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize any time soon, but it served its purpose: It made me happy. I love books that leave me feeling satisfied, cozy, and in a cheerful mood. Very good chick lit does that for me, especially every book written by Sophie Kinsella (author of the Shopaholic series). Her latest book, "Twenties Girl," was so funny and entertaining and delightful, I stayed up all night finishing it.
The book revolves around Lara, a girl who, like a lot of Kinsella's characters, reminds me of myself. She works too hard and has a tough time letting go of the past. That is, until she encounters the ghost of her great aunt Sadie, a fun, glamorous girl from the 1920s, who likes to dance and drink cocktails. The two become very close friends and it made me long for my own Sadie...a ghost who would be my closest friend and hang out with me all the time and understand my problems. Someone to go on adventures with...
I loved this book so much, I thought I would share other books that have made me feel the same way.
These are some of my favorite books that feature strong friendships and relatable characters. I highly suggest them all.
"Firefly Lane" by Kristin Hannah
This book spectacularly paints the friendship of Tully, a gorgeous fabulous party girl, and her pretty, but sensible, best friend Kate. It spans several decades and is so realistic, you will swear that you are right there along with them for the ride. Make sure you have tissues for this one.
"Bookends" by Jane Green
This book made me fall in love with Jane Green's writing. All of her books are hilarious and sweet and honest. I even hate to call it chick lit, even though that's essentially what it is. Bookends follows a group of college buddies who remain friends until their 30s. Suddenly, a beautiful and mysterious former member of their pack emerges out of the woodwork and turns everything upside down. Warning: This book is impossible to put down.
"Watership Down" by Richard Adams
Yes, it's about rabbits. But most importantly, it's about friendship and survival. You will get so emotionally attached to each character that you will be heartbroken when the book ends. Trust me. If you've been following my blog for a while, you will know that I am completely in love with bunnies. They are my favorite animal. And I think after you read this book, they will be your favorite animal too.
"The Razor's Edge" by W. Somerset Maugham
My boyfriend (who reads SERIOUS stuff) recommended this book to me because I reminded him of the materialistic and spoiled Isabel and he always considered himself Larry, her long lost love. Of course, I had to read this book and prove him wrong. I was so outraged that he could just label me in such a way. But, alas, after reading the book I couldn't argue with him. That made me sad. On a happier note, one thing I loved about this book was the strength of the friendships among the characters throughout the years. Some grew stronger, while others waned. Some grew apart, while others became closer. It is a beautiful story. And I think every girl I know has a little bit of Isabel in them...