Since I've been bombarding y'all with gift guides, jewelry posts, and emails about Valentine's Day, I thought I'd take a step back and do something a little different this week. I've been wanted to do the Friday Five for awhile, and I finally thought "why not! I'll give it a chance." My hope is that once a month, instead of Friday Outfit of the Week posts , I'll do a Friday Five where I come up with a topic provide my top 5 suggestions! These will vary each week, so if you ever have anything you want to see, just give me a shout out and I'll try to incorporate it in an upcoming post. This week, I'm focusing on one of my favorite past times and sharing some of my favorite books!
*Precursor to the list, I love Classics! I had to contain myself from posting five of them, so I tried to pick books from all different genres.
Tale of Two Cities
Ever wanted to learn about English grammar? This book has examples of every literary tool and every type of grammar used in the English language. In other words, it's tough. Reading a Tale of Two Cities isn't an easy venture, but once you're through, you'll understand the beauty of Dickens' writing style and a love story that tests the limits of time.
The novel, published in 1859, is set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading up to the revolution, the corresponding brutality demonstrated by the revolutionaries toward the former aristocrats in the early years of the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same period.
It's the most un-Dickensian of Dickens' novels, but it's absolutely beautifully written and will give you a glimpse into historical period of the The Terror in France.
Present over Perfect
I read this book right during the first semester of my masters program, and throughout the entire thing I was going "Me too, Shauna, me too!" It changed my outlook on how I should treat my life. I'm a natural perfectionist, always trying to be number one. I worked overtime to get into the best schools, to get the best grades, so I could eventually get the "best" job. By the time I started my Masters, my perfectionism had taken over my life. I stressed over everything, especially when it came to school. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love what I'm going to school for, but there comes a point where I needed to learn to give myself a break and just enjoy life.
Present Over Perfect is writer Shauna Niequist’s motto for how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life in the midst of what often feels terribly messy and imperfect. In vulnerable, honest stories Shauna offers an invitation to a new way of living: Be Present -full of grace, space, and connection, Not Perfect.
This book is perfect for anyone who needs to remember we can't be perfect, but we can be absolutely present in our imperfect and beautiful lives.
The BIg Sort
This book is political in nature, but it's honestly something I think anyone interested in the well-being of America should read. Bill Bishop, a journalist, coined the term "the big sort" in 2004. It's the idea that even though America is so diverse, we have "sorted" ourselves into homogeneous neighborhoods of people who think, look, and act just like we do. Think about elections, we know how almost every state is going to go, except the few "swing" states. That's sorting at it's finest.
Bishop argues that we’ve built a country where we can all choose the neighborhood - and religion and news show - most compatible with our lifestyle and beliefs. Our country has become so polarized, so ideologically inbred, that people don’t know and can’t understand those who live just a few miles away. This book discusses the problems of the "big sort" and some ways Americans can try to fix it.
Very timely, if you ask me.
Love a good mystery? This book is perfect for you. It was extremely popular a few years ago, but it's still one of my favorites. If you haven't read it yet, you need to! Then watch the movie; it's also pretty good.
Flynn does an amazing job of keeping the mystery and suspense alive throughout the entire novel. I stayed up all night reading this book and whenever I'm not sure what I want to read for fun, I turn to this one. It's well-written, suspenseful, and great for a night in. I promise you won't stop reading.
I'd give you a synopsis, but it would give it away, so you'll just have to trust me on this one and pick up a copy!
PRide and Prejudice
This is by far my ALL TIME favorite book. I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice the first time I read it. I absolutely love Austen's eloquent writing, and Pride and Prejudice is the perfect love story. I collect different copies (I have about 15 right now), so if anyone has a first edition lying around email me!
The romantic comedy showcases all of the humor in the manners, education, marriage, and money found in a very non-humorous British Regency. Even though it's set in 19th century England, the book provides insights into life, family, and love for the modern reader. Do strong-willed women find love? And if so, how are they perceived by the rest of the world?
If you don't like romance, this book might not be for you. But for those of you who love a good love story, this novel is perfect. Once you read Pride and Prejudice, you'll be buying the rest of Austen's novels to read next.
I hope this helps you pick out some books to put on your reading list! If you've read them, comment what you think below! If you haven't and read them because of this post, let me know when you're done! I love to hear other people's opinions.