Hello friends! Isn't it lovely to wake up and realise that you don't have to lesson plan for the coming week? As much as I love teaching kidlets in the classroom, I sure do appreciate a few weeks of alarm-free holidays. :) Since we're all having a break from teaching-related things (at least for a few days!) I thought I'd stop past to share 5 of my all-time favourite novels - linking up with Kacey and Five for Friday. Whether you're relaxing by the pool on your summer vacation or snuggled under a blanket during winter break like I am, you won't be able to put these books down!
1. Three Wishes - Liane Moriarty
You might have heard Liane Moriarty's name mentioned recently - Reese Witherspoon is turning one of her recent books, Big Little Lies, into a movie. Three Wishes is her first novel - and, in my humble opinion, her best. It's all about the lives of Lyn, Cat and Gemma - 33 year old triplets who are just about as different as three sisters could be! Each of them are dealing with the ups and downs of their own lives, as well as the challenges that come with being part of a trio. This story is beautifully written - it's funny and heartwarming. You feel like you know the girls so well that you must keep reading to see how the twists and turns unfold for them.
2. Tully - Paulina Simons
If you've read any Paulina Simons books, most likely it was the Alex & Tatiana trilogy (The Bronze Horseman, Tatiana & Alexander, The Summer Garden) - also three amazing books and well worth reading! Tully has been one of my favourites since I was about 18 and I've read it probably 10 times. I'll be honest - it touches on some dark topics. It follows the life of the main character, Natalie, through her teenage years and adulthood. She struggles with tragedy and loss early in her life and in the years afterwards she's kind of searching for acceptance, love and closure.
3. Plain Truth - Jodi Picoult
This was the first of Jodi Picoult's books that I read and it's by far my favourite! It's set in an Amish community where a newborn baby has been found dead in a barn. An unmarried, teenage girl named Katie who lives on the farm is is charged with the baby's murder and is believed to be the mother. A big-city lawyer comes to live with the family as she represents Katie during the trial and she experiences 'plain' life in a way that opens her mind and heart. As with all Jodi Picoult books there's a great twist at the end! (Another fabulous book by the same author is My Sister's Keeper.)
4. Bridget Jones's Diary - Helen Fielding
I know, I know! We've all seen the movie so I don't need to explain what this book is about. :) But if you haven't read the book you are seriously missing out. It is hilarious.
5. The Forgotten Garden - Kate Morton
I've only started reading Kate Morton's books in the past couple of months and I'm so glad I discovered them! She writes stories set in the English countryside and all of them stretch across generations. The Forgotten Garden is all about a girl called Nell, and her search to find the family she believes abandoned her and her real identity. Another page-turner that you won't be able to put down - I had to keep reading late into the night just to find out what the ending would be!
Narrowing down favourite books to just 5 is tough! I could easily add another 10 or so to this list without too much extra thought. :) Hopefully one of my suggestions has caught your eye. Please click on the images to go to the Amazon listing for each book to read the full blurbs because I'm sure I have done an awful job in describing the stories. Don't forget your local library will more than likely have a copy of these books that you can borrow for free!
If you have any great novel suggestions I'd love to hear them.