28 April 2011

favorite things thursday - favorite book(s)

Week 1
Show us your favorite book!

I have several because it is always difficult to choose just one for these types of topics... so enjoy!

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

I'm not sure if there will ever be a book that could hold a candle to The Bell Jar; at least, in my opinion. It is a classic, semi-autobiographical story that grips you from the very beginning. 

Synopsis: (taken from courses.vcu.edu)
The Bell Jar takes an extremely perceptive look at adolescent alienation. The novel’s protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is a thinly veiled persona of Plath herself, and the whole novel is autobiographical. The Bell Jar follows Esther, excellent student, prize-winning writer, and socially awkward adolescent, through one summer of gradual mental breakdown, and her subsequent time in mental hospitals.

The Weight of Silence - Heather Gudenkauf

The Weight of Silence was the author's first novel but you would never know it. I read this book in less than two days. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down. 

Synopsis: (taken from the back of the book) 
It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn's shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night. Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler.

Calli's mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter's voice.

Petra Gregory is Calli's best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

My Horizontal Life - Chelsea Handler

Not for the easily offended... but hilarious all the same. This was another book I read in less than three days. I couldn't wait to hear the next ridiculous story. I'm eager to read the rest of her books.

Synopsis: (taken from amazon.com) 
In this raucous collection of true-life stories, actress and comedian Chelsea Handler recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one-night stand.

You've either done it or know someone who has: the one-night stand, the familiar outcome of a night spent at a bar, sometimes the sole payoff for your friend's irritating wedding, or the only relief from a disastrous vacation. Often embarrassing and uncomfortable, occasionally outlandish, but most times just a necessary and irresistible evil, the one-night stand is a social rite as old as sex itself and as common as a bar stool. 

Enter Chelsea Handler. Gorgeous, sharp, and anything but shy, Chelsea loves men and lots of them. My Horizontal Life chronicles her romp through the different bedrooms of a variety of suitors, a no-holds-barred account of what can happen between a man and a sometimes very intoxicated, outgoing woman during one night of passion.

From her short fling with a Vegas stripper to her even shorter dalliance with a well-endowed little person, from her uncomfortable tryst with a cruise ship performer to her misguided rebound with a man who likes to play leather dress-up, Chelsea recalls the highs and lows of her one-night stands with hilarious honesty. Encouraged by her motley collection of friends (aka: her partners in crime) but challenged by her family members (who at times find themselves a surprise part of the encounter), Chelsea hits bottom and bounces back, unafraid to share the gritty details. My Horizontal Life is one guilty pleasure you won't be ashamed to talk about in the morning.


  1. So now I have to go get My Horizontal Life for my kindle. :) Sounds great!

  2. I haven't read any of these books! My Horizontal Life does seem interesting though!

  3. I'm adding these books to my book list (of like 20) gahh. but oh well thats what making a book list is for! Can't wait to check these out

  4. The Bell Jar has always been my favorite!

  5. I haven't read either one of those but Handler is HILARIOUS!!!