On Her Shelf: Vicki Christine

Hey all. So back a couple weeks ago, I came up with my current Top 5 books. The list came about from a conversation I had had with the lovely Vicki Christine. So I thought I'd invite her to drop by with her Top 5 books, as well. And of course, if you have not stopped by her blog, you definitely need to. She is fabulously funny and adorably pregnant! Go say hi!

Hello Loves! It’s time for story corner with vickichristine! That’s me, Vicki. I love to read, just like your fave, Emily. I have hoards and hoards of books and they are all organized by color on my bookshelves. I’m a visual gal so finding my books by cover color rather than by alphabet is sorta my bag. Oh hello, I’m weird! Also similar to Em [can I call you Em, Em?], I’ve been an English teacher. I taught second language learner adults and would have continued on to grade school teach status but here in California, where I lay my head, teaching isn’t the most secure of careers so I’ll wait that one out a bit.

So books, this is about books. Emily asked me to list my top 5 faves here and while I am a lover of lists and top 5,10, 20,100 anything!..this was a very difficult task for me. But I’ve done it, by golly, I’ve done it! And so, I hereby give you my top five favorite books! They’re my faves, the utmost of the utmost! The pussy cat’s meow! It does not get better than what you’re about to discover.

{this list created at 11pm on a Monday evening, after a long day of working with a pregnant belly and intense back “sensations”. it is entirely possible that this list will vary from day to day, month to month or year to year.}

Like I said, you can take my recommendations to the bank! Cash it in and smell this cheese.

1. Catcher in the Rye - I have named this book my most favorite since the very first time I read it in middle school. I had never related to a character more than I did to Holden Caulfield. I was 13 and angsty and even now when I read it, I fall right back into that state of mind. It’s so human, it kills me. I’m dead.

2. The Bell Jar - If you like Catcher in the Rye, you’ll like this book. I first read it in college (blasphemy to my tardiness!). I remember thinking immediately that it was the female counterpart to Catcher and was like..psh, what took me so damn long?! It can be depressing though so I’d advise not to read while pregnant. I might have first hand proof of this, just sayin’.

3. East of Eden - Oh how I love Steinbeck and I love this book most of all his efforts. It’s so classic and honest and gorgeous. And even though I’m no bible reader, the Cain and Abel influence makes it so relatable. Family, ah. It’s long but so worth it. Unlike Anna Karenina  - a long book that is not worth it, so says me! But this isn’t the top 5 worst books, so I’ll move on.

4. Gone with the Wind - OK, I know some of you might be rolling your eyes here but ohmyeffinggawd, I love this story. Love. Love. If romance isn’t your thing, it’s totally cool because you can relish in the civil war setting or the Irish O’Hara pride or, or, or - there’s so much happening in this book you’ll get your fill somehow. I dare you to not fall in love with Rhett Butler.
note: you may want to read the late follow-up to this book, Scarlett, just so you can get a happy ending. Also worth it.

5. Pillars of the Earth - This book about Medieval life in England is quite fantastic. Having just finished watching season 2 of Game of Thrones, I’m tempted to go back and read it again. Life is so brutal and unforgiving in this novel but also hopeful and beautiful. Do you like history, architecture, underdogs? Give it a try! I have yet to read the sequel, World Without End, but heard it’s awesome as well. If you know, tell me what you know and I’ll get on that!

So there ya have it!

I hope I’ve offered up some new reads for your bookshelf or your kindle. Thanks for having me, Emily!


Thank you thank you, Vicki, for coming by and sharing with us! And of course, all you other friends, please go check her out. You'll adore her. Promise.
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  1. I loved Pillars of the Earth, and you right that is has a very Game of Thrones appeal to it. Although really, they are nothing alike. haha! I'm reading book 2 of GoT and am really enjoying it :)

  2. yippee! thanks for having me!! :)

  3. Gotta admit, Gone with the wind never sounded appealing until today. Because I like East of Eden and The Bell Jar, I figure your recommendations have to be good!

  4. I'm such a bookworm so I definitely enjoyed this post -- Catcher in the Rye and Bell Jar are both on my list, too! Lovely blog, I'm your newest follower xo



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