“This, my friends, is a list too long for one simple blog entry. I put all my favorites in order – there were over 20 – and pulled out five at random. (The snippets after the photos are taken directly from the Amazon and/or Goodreads pages listing the books. That’s why I put them in quotes)
Pride and Prejudice Of course this would be the number one pick– I’m a romance writer, after all!! I put the Kiera Knightley version in for the movie because I simply adore Mathew MacFadyen.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues. Renowned literary critic and historian George Saintsbury in 1894 declared it the “most perfect, the most characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author’s works,” and Eudora Welty in the twentieth century described it as “irresistible and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be.”
Gone With the Wind Simply, the best, hardest to read, most explicit book about the demise of the Old South ever written. Many have tried to recreate its original genius…many have failed. “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn.” Number 1 best exit line EVAH!
“Widely considered The Great American Novel, and often remembered for its epic film version, Gone With the Wind explores the depth of human passions with an intensity as bold as its setting in the red hills of Georgia. A superb piece of storytelling, it vividly depicts the drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction.
This is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.”
Atonement I will admit I loved the book and movie equally. McEwan’s lyrical voice is like a cup of hot chocolate for the soul. Another Kiera Knightly roles, done to perfection.
“On a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece”
Fried Green tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe I want Fannie Flagg to come over for coffee at my house EVERY DAY! If you’ve never read any of her books ( and why haven’t you??) start with this one and then read them all.
“Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a now-classic novel about two women: Evelyn, who’s in the sad slump of middle age, and gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode, who’s telling her life story. Her tale includes two more women—the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good coffee, southern barbecue, and all kinds of love and laughter—even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present will never be quite the same again.”
the Dressmaker Rosalie Ham was a new author to me when I heard about this book, but it sounded so intriguing I just had to read it. Damn, I’m glad I did! And who doesn’t love Kate Winslet??? She is truly one of the most gifted –not to mention gorgeous– actresses of our time!
“After twenty years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar. Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat—the town’s only policeman, who harbors an unusual passion for fabrics—and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly’s mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.”
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