Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Favourite Reads- September 3

"My Favourite Reads" is hosted by Alyce over at At Home With Books. Each week Alyce highlights a book that she has read in the past and has resonated with her in some way. Anyone is invited to join in!

This week I chose "Something Blue" by Emily Giffin as one of my favourite reads from the past.

From the Publisher's Website:

"From the New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin comes a novel that shows how someone with a “perfect life” can lose it all—and then find everything.

Darcy Rhone thought she had it all figured out: the more beautiful the girl, the more charmed her life. Never mind substance. Never mind playing by the rules. Never mind karma.

But Darcy’s neat, perfect world turns upside down when her best friend, Rachel White, the plain-Jane “good girl,” steals her fiancĂ©, while Darcy finds herself completely alone for the first time in her life…with a baby on the way.

Darcy tries to recover, fleeing to her childhood friend living in London and resorting to her tried-and-true methods for getting what she wants. But as she attempts to recreate her glamorous life on a new continent, Darcy finds that her rules no longer apply. It is only then that Darcy can begin her journey toward self-awareness, forgiveness, and motherhood.

Something Blue is a novel about one woman’s surprising discoveries about the true meaning of friendship, love, and happily-ever-after. It’s a novel for anyone who has ever, even secretly, wondered if the last thing you want is really the one thing you need."

Why I chose this book:

This book is one of my go-to "comfort books". What I mean by this is that if I am having a bad day, or I'm a little down, or a little overwhelmed, I know that I can open up this book, read, and I will start to feel better. I've read this one, oh, maybe 20 times over the past couple of years, and it never fails!

What I love about this story is the transformation that the main character, Darcy, undergoes. She begins the novel as a selfish, spoiled woman. She wants what she wants, and she will stop at nothing to get it. She will manipulate, she will lie, but she will get what she wants in the end. Partway through the book, things begin to change. She's pregnant, and suddenly she realizes that she needs to start thinking about this little person growing inside her. This is the point at which she begins to make positive changes, and she develops into a better, less-selfish version of herself. I enjoyed this book immensely the first time that I read it, and I continue to enjoy it now.

So here's what I'm wondering: Do you have a go-to book for when you're having an off day? What is it? I'd love to know!

1 comment:

  1. I love books like that that stand the test of time. I have a few of those comfort books that I've read over and over too.