Top Ten Tuesday: My Five-Star Reads

In this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, we’re sharing our latest five-star reads: the best of the best, la creme de la creme, our very own A-game! As luck would have it, in the five years that I have been blogging, I have only given a five-star rating to exactly ten books, out of 107 books total!

I’d say that less than 10% is reasonably selective, so if you’re searching for a perfect springtime read, make sure you pick up one of these!

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  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  3. The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
  4. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  5. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Ed note: sequels not recommended, so read at your own risk!)
  7. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
  8. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
  9. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  10. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

So which books would give five out of five stars? Share your top recommendations in the comments!

Top Ten Books When You Just Want to Laugh

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, has us talking about moods. There’s a book for every emotion your heart desires: anger, sadness, and even fear (Side note: Why in the world do people like to feel terrified? I will never understand you, horror fans!)

So what should someone read if she just wants to laugh? Here is my list of my top ten funniest books–and if you can get them on audio, even better!

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Celebrity memoirs

  1. Tina Fey, Bossypants
  2. Amy Poehler, Yes Please
  3. Chelsea Handler, Uganda Be Kidding Me
  4. Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?
  5. Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck

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Love, lunacy, and LOLs

  1. Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
  2. Alida Nugent, Don’t Worry, It Gets Worse
  3. Sophie Kinsella, I’ve Got Your Number
  4. Vicki Lewis Thompson, Talk Nerdy to Me
  5. Mallory Ortberg, Texts from Jane Eyre

So which books have you rolling on the floor laughing? Recommendations are always welcome!

‘Tis the Season! My 3 Favorite Books About Weddings

I just got back from a bridal shower of a friend who’s practically family. I’m one of her bridesmaids, and it was great to spend such a special day with her…which, of course, got me thinking about literary weddings. I decided to make a list of my three favorite books which deal with the chaos, stress, but also fun of planning a wedding:

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot (2009). This finale of the Queen of Babble trilogy follows Lizzie Nichols as she makes the difficult decision between Luke, the man to whom she’s engaged, or Chaz, Luke’s best friend, with whom she’s also in love. The twist here is that Lizzie happens to work in wedding gown restoration, so how does a woman who’s already knee deep in bridal manage to get to the altar? If you’ve read the series up until now, you’ll know who Lizzie ultimately chooses, but this book’s so entertaining that you won’t care. Another gem by Cabot!

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The Little Lady Agency and the Prince by Hester Browne (2008). Another end to another great trilogy, this novel tells the tale of Melissa Romney-Jones, a curvy bombshell who dons a blonde wig and calls herself “Honey”–all for the sake of turning fixer-upper men into marriage material. Her current project is prince Nicolas von Helsing-Alexandros, who can’t seem to blind his wandering eye. And what happens when her fiance Jonathan Riley starts acting controlling? Can they work it out, or will she fall for her best friend Nelson? Clearly, there’s no shortage of love triangles in chick-lit!

I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella (2012). This book published on Valentine’s Day of this year has got to be one of the cutest stories I’ve ever read. Poppy Wyatt has just lost her engagement ring, an antique that’s been in her fiance Magnus’ family for three generations. So when she comes along a lost cell phone, what better thing to do than to enlist the phone owner’s employer to help find the ring? But when that boss turns out to be a sexy businessman named Sam Roxton, Poppy’s happily ever after just got way more complicated. The perfect book for the 21st-century reader, full of text talk, emails, and footnotes! Check out my full review here!

So there you have it! Three adorable stories if you can’t get enough of dresses, rings, cakes, and true love! I’m currently reading Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon, about a woman decades into her marriage, but it’s always nice to remind yourself of the newlywed stage! And for any of my readers attending weddings left and right, please share your own wedding reads!

Book Review: I’ve Got Your Number

Rating: 5 out of 5

Well, I’m on a roll so far, blogging yesterday, twice today, and of course tomorrow to review “The Hunger Games.” I was planning on saving this review for next week, but I loved the book so much that I have to recommend it to you all right now!

There’s a reason that Sophie Kinsella is the queen of chick-lit: she’s good at what she does. I’ve Got Your Number is her fifth stand-alone novel under her pen name, which rose to fame with her Shopaholic series. She also has written seven novels under her actual name Madeleine Wickham [Read my reviews for A Desirable Residence and The Wedding Girl]. I would say that she has definitely gotten better with time, as this is probably my favorite book of hers yet.

I’ve Got Your Number tells the story of Poppy Wyatt, a physiotherapist who’s lost her engagement ring days before her wedding. Not to mention, as she’s frantically looking for it in her hotel, her phone is stolen. Luckily, she spots a phone dumped in a trash can and can continue her search. However, big-time PR businessman Sam Roxton is not too pleased that his personal assistant Violet has abandoned her post–and the company phone.

You can probably fill in the rest, but Poppy and Sam cross paths through their texts and emails, all while dealing with in-law drama and rumors of corporate corruption, respectively. Yes, the novel is predictable, but it still contains enough twists and turns to keep you entertained.

So entertained in fact, that I finished the book in just a few days. The whole time I kept thinking how it would make the cutest chick-flick. I fell in love with these characters, and their messages felt so fitting in this technological age. There’s even footnotes! What’s not to love?

If you’re not a fan of bodice-ripping romances or depressing “real life” women’s fiction, then you’ll adore this piece–and everything else–by Kinsella. It’s the happy medium with just enough pop culture and profanity, sexiness and sweetness to satisfy her readers.

I highly, highly recommend this novel, and I bet that if the film rights haven’t been sold already, they will be very soon! So Ms. Kinsella, please keep on doing what you’re doing, and do it quickly because I’m already having withdrawals!

In the words of Poppy…xxxxxxxx BCB 🙂