Book Club Friday

Yesterday, as I was checking out fellow bloggers’ It’s Ok Thursday link-up posts, I stumbled upon a couple who participate in Book Club Fridays. How have I not heard of this before? This is pretty much my ideal topic since I am an absolute bookworm (case in point: I’ve read 43 books since Memorial Day). I’m so excited to jump in and share some of my favorite books!

I’m going to talk about two books today because I read really quickly and ended up finishing the one I wanted to blog about and then getting 1/3 of the way through a new one.

I am a sucker for anything free, especially books, and have weekly visits to the Kindle Top 100 Free list to download everything I can. This was a free featured book a couple weeks ago and I decided to give it a go this week.

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Book One in the Daughters of Fortune series. The beautiful heiress daughters of newspaper magnate August Price have been given everything their hearts desire. But what if they want only to be loved–without an enormous price tag attached? When one daughter pursues a desirable marriage, she secures for herself a comfortable and glamorous life. But among the duties of privilege, will she also find the happily-ever-after she seeks? Her sister rejects the trappings of wealth, choosing instead to build a new life on the still-untamed frontier. Will she find happiness in independence or discover that she’s left her heart behind in New York’s glittering society? Set in the opulent world of the Gilded Age, each woman discovers that being an heiress just might cost her everything–including the chance for true love.

My review:

I love this time period. I was lucky to visit Newport this year during the off-season for practically free and could not get over the giant mansions and the pageantry that accompanied the Gilded Age. This is what drew me in, but the characters and stories are what kept me. It was so interesting to see young women pursuing what they think they want in life and what the outcomes are. I definitely related to it on a personal level since I have often mistaken what I really want. This book had a bit of a Downton Abbey feel to it, with plenty of scandal, and since I’m a huge fan of the show I really enjoyed this novel.

I just started Triangles last night, and I’m already enthralled. Ellen Hopkins is one of my favorite authors. I’m still a sucker for YA (even though I’m a super old 23) and I was introduced to Crank by a friend in college. I’ve since read everything she’s ever written and was so excited to finally borrow this from a friend. If you’ve never read anything by her, you should. She explores a myriad of social and family issues in the most beautiful way. These are also some of the only books I refuse to read as ebooks – her verses are formatted in a way that creates a complementary visual art.

Description

In this emotionally powerful novel, three women face the age-old midlife question: If I’m halfway to death, is this all I’ve got to show for it? Holly, filled with regret for being a stay-at-home mom, sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Andrea, a single mom and avowed celibate, watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for—a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband? Then there’s Marissa. She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts. As one woman’s marriage unravels, another one’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s is reconfigured into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all three of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness before it is through.

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I’m not a player, I just crush a lot.

I will freely admit that I am one of those girls who fall in like very quickly. Whether it’s the cute Coast Guard boy in my accounting class, Alec Baldwin, or someone I have an actual shot at dating, I tend to read people fairly well and assess their potential in my large pool of daydream scenarios.

When I’m not crushing on a real, live human being, I sometimes turn to fictional characters. That’s right, I’m a fictiophile. I wouldn’t say I’m quite as creepy as the middle aged women who gets tattoos of Edward Cullen’s face on their bodies, but I’m heading in that direction.

Some of my current and former crushes include:

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Oliver Wood (book version, not movie version)

In the books, we get to see him as a man in control (and maybe a little OCD). Yum.

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Super Grover

Yes, I have a crush on a Sesame Street character. But it’s the superhero version, so back off.

Marius from Les Mis
If you’ve never seen Les Mis, you really should. I relate so much to Eponine, admiring Marius from afar and dreaming of being with him.
Cory Matthews

How can you not love Cory Matthews? I remember being young and watching Boy Meets World, dreaming about the day I’d meet a guy just like him,  loving and goofy.

Peeta Mellark (book version since I haven't seen the movie)

Oh, Peeta. He may be the perfect guy. Loving, protective, creative, and funny. Plus, he can bake.

Matt Saracen

I dare you to watch Friday Night Lights and not fall in love with Matt. He is so sweet, shy, and dorky, it makes me squeal. Watching him pursue and then love Julie is the most adorable thing ever.

Henry Alden from The Boxcar Children

One of my biggest childhood crushes. I used to dream I was their neighbor and got to go on adventures and fall in love with Henry.

Ephram Brown

Everwood was my favorite show through middle school/early high school. Ephram was my dream guy and probably the reason I dated a pianist. He was dark and brooding, and yet had this sarcastic humor I just loved.

 I’ve left out one of my biggest crushes: my Disney “prince” crush! You can see him revealed here tomorrow. (Ah, the anticipation).

And now that I’ve ‘fessed up, who are some of your fictional crushes?