Monday, March 30, 2009

Herding Cats Challenge II

I didn't do this one last year because I had sooo many books going on with the Triple 8 Challenge - but I saw lots of other bloggers were doing it and it looked like fun, so I'm glad I can participate this year!

Renay at Let's Get Literate is hosting it. Full details can be found here.

Here are the rules, briefly:

1. Make a list of five books you love.
Five. I'm as serious as a beached whale.
- All titles must be books you've read in 2007, 2008 or 2009.
- Please don't list a series; just the first book. If you really want to list a book in the middle of a series, you can, but it has to be that specific book.
- Feel free to share why you're putting the book on your list, because I am nosy.

2. Post your list:

3. Browse the new booklist.

4. If you review your books, you can share your review.

It's SO hard to pick just 5 books, rather like Sophie's choice. But here are some that I love and I hope some of them are a bit (pardon the pun) novel.

The View From Mount Joy by Lorna Landvik - I really enjoy her books and I love that they take place in my second-home-by-marriage, Minnesota. This book really is about joy, particularly finding it in the people and places you love even when life throws you some bad situations.

East of Eden by John Steinbeck - This is one of my husband's favourite books and when I read it last year I couldn't believe that one book could just have so much to it. It's quite amazing.

Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross - This series just makes me happy. It's light, funny, Southern and Miss Julia is a great character - an old-fashioned lady but when she does speak her mind, look out!

Candy Girl: a year in the life of an unlikely stripper by Diablo Cody - This one has stuck with me since I read it in 2007 - it's a hoot, a bit shocking and a bit bizarre. It also has the bonus of being written by Juno It-girl Diablo Cody before she was famous (also takes place in Minneapolis, woo!).

The Pajama Girls of Lambert Square by Rosina Lippi - I know some bloggers didn't care for this one, but I just loved it. Partly because of my love affair with South Carolina last year but also because it's funny, romantic and a bit quirky and a bit sad. Also, I loved the idea of a shop full of women who go to work in beautiful pajamas!


Becky said...

So happy you listed East of Eden. I'm on a Steinbeck kick and I hope to get to this one!

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Becky - it's a big book, but a great one. I noticed your Tortilla Flats, I think I'll give it a try. It'll be a Steinbecky challenge for both of us! :)

Penny said...

Are you from MN as well? (I saw your comment about Candy Girl).

tinylittlelibrarian said...

Penny - No, I'm from Canada but my husband is from MN and we visit every summer. I've always felt really at home there, from the very first visit. So I've adopted it as a second home. :)