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Time for another #fandayfriday post! If you haven’t seen my posts before, this is a series where I’m collaborating with some other bloggers to share a few of my favorite things on Fridays. Each week I’ll tell you some favorites of mine and then share a link to another blogger who will share a favorite of theirs.
Here goes my #fandayfriday five books that I’d recommend reading!
Best Young Adult
I don’t think that there is a person on the planet who hasn’t heard of JK Rowling or Harry Potter: The Complete Collection (1-7). If you haven’t read the books or seen the movies then there’s a pretty good chance that you’re the only person you know who hasn’t.
While this is a wildly popular series with kids, it seems like adults are just as taken by this magical series of a normal boy who realizes at a very young age that in reality he’s not normal at all, but a wizard who may just be the hero who will save the world from the evilest of evils.
These are no small feats of reading. Each book had hundreds of pages, but as each page turned, kids fell in love with reading in a time when video games were taking kids world’s by storm.
The reason I liked this series isn’t because I personally fell in love with the characters, growing my love for them as they traveled through their adventures, but because the series got kids reading again after a long lull in young adult fiction.
“Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.”
Harry Potter has never even heard of Hogwarts when the letters start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in green ink on yellowish parchment with a purple seal, they are swiftly confiscated by his grisly aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed giant of a man called Rubeus Hagrid bursts in with some astonishing news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. An incredible adventure is about to begin!
I remember my mom reading Memoirs of a Geisha by long before I did, it was a very popular choice for book clubs to read and I remember it causing a stir with a lot of people, blurring the lines of fact and fiction with it’s intense story of young geisha’s being plucked from their every day lives to be given a career before they even knew what the word career meant.
My first brush with this book actually was AFTER I saw the movie. The imagery in that movie was so great and the drama so strong that I knew I needed to read what was going on in the character’s heads!
A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.
Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men’s solicitude and the money that goes with it.
In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
When I started to write novels as a kid I really just liked playing around with words, but the moment I read a Danielle Steel novel I knew that romance novels were going to be what I wanted to write.
I’m not the only one who would choose Danielle Steel as their favorite romance novelist. She’s been around for a long time. Her first book was published four years before I was born, but that doesn’t seem to hold her back from reaching recording breaking numbers of readers.
With over 590 million copies of her novels sold, there is no denying her popularity. She’s written almost 100 novels, some of which have been made into movies.
Her book Fine Things was one of the first “big” romance novels I’ve ever read. Before that I’d read the types of romance books you can find in the grocery store.
Smart, likable, Bernie Fine was the wonder boy of Wolff’s, New York’s most glamorous department store. A senior VP moving up, he arrives in San Francisco to open a West Coast store. His career is skyrocketing, but his life is lacking a center. When he looks into the wide, innocent eyes of five-year-old Jane O’Reilly, and then into the equally enchanting eyes of her mother, Liz, Bernie knows he has found what he has been looking for. Bernie thought he had found love to last a lifetime, but when Liz is stricken with cancer shortly after the birth of their first child, time becomes painfully short. Alone with two children, Bernie must face the loss and learn how to move on. New people, new experiences, a new life alone with two kids. He meets it with courage and humor, and learns some of life’s hard but precious lessons as he does.<br><br><br><i>From the Paperback edition.</i>
One name to remember if you’re trying to get into science fiction writing… Nathan Lowell.
I came across Nathan Lowell more than six years ago when I came across the story Quarter Share on a podcast site that was specifically of chapter books. I was instantly hooked on his space adventures and 10 books later I’m still looking forward to each and every word that he puts out!
What if we sent freighters instead of frigates?
In a universe run by corporations, where profit matters more than life, how can an orphan with no skills, no money, and no prospects survive?When Ishmael Wang’s mother dies in a senseless accident, he’s given a choice. Leave the planet on his own or the company will remove him. To avoid deportation, Ishmael finds work as a mess deck attendant on an interstellar freighter.
Find out what Ishmael must do to earn his Quarter Share.
I’d never really been into self-help or motivational books, but as a part of my business training working with a really experienced BeachBody Coach, The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy came into my life.
I wasn’t a fan at first, but when a positive person like Darren Hardy speaks to you the way he does, you tend to buy into the idea that The Compound Effect principle is real. If you’re looking to read a great motivational book check this book out.
No gimmicks. No Hyperbole. No Magic Bullet. The Compound Effect is based on the principle that decisions shape your destiny. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default. Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine, presents The Compound Effect, a distillation of the fundamental principles that have guided the most phenomenal achievements in business, relationships, and beyond. This easy-to-use, step-by-step operating system allows you to multiply your success, chart your progress, and achieve any desire. If you’re serious about living an extraordinary life, use the power of The Compound Effect to create the success you want.
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