My Favourite Books
Today is World Book Day. I know a lot of schools have been closed today because of the snow, so a lot of children will have missed their opportunity to dress up as their favourite book characters. Maybe they’ll get the chance when the schools reopen.
Anyway, it got me thinking about my favourite books. Here’s a few that are really special and meaningful to me.
How to Talk to a Widower – Jonathon Tropper
I’ve already written in my blog about how much I enjoy Jonathon Tropper’s books. This was the first I read, many years ago from a Richard & Judy Book Club recommendation, and remains my favourite.
Doug Parker, after marrying a woman ten years older than him, suddenly and sadly becomes a widower at 29. The story finds him one year later, stagnant and wallowing in self-pity. It sounds tremendously sad, and it is to begin with, but the wonderful characters and great comic moments really flip it on its head with laugh-out-loud humour. Doug’s dysfunctional family, his sixteen year old stepson Russ, who’s also angry and alone and starting to get in with the wrong crowd, and the insatiable neighbour build a real and emotional picture of modern life: unpredictable, moving, yet ultimately optimistic.
I haven’t read this in a while. I really want to reread it now.
For One More Day – Mitch Albom
Another emotional book. A beautiful story of Chick Benetto, a former baseball player whose life is in pieces. Becoming suicidal he goes on a drunken rampage to end his life in his old home town, yet he fails to even succeed in that so he returns to his old house. There he finds his mother, who has been dead for eight years, who welcomes him with open arms, as though nothing has happened and no time has passed. Chick gets to spend one last day with his mother, going back over things from his past, to help him decide upon his future. It’s very poignant and makes you think about your loved ones that have gone and the ones still here, our relationships and being appreciative of the life we have.
People may be more familiar with Mitch Albom’s book Tuesday’s at Morries, and although I enjoyed it, I much prefer this or Five People You Meet in Heaven.
Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
A well-known classic following the life and adventures of Anne Shirley (Anne with an e), an eleven year old orphan who is mistakenly sent to live with middle-aged Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. The placement is to be short-lived as a boy was required, not a girl. However, Anne wins over kind–hearted Matthew and she is allowed to stay on a trial basis. Anne is imaginative, dramatic and constantly talkative much to the despair of hard-faced Marilla. Friendships with Diana Barry, her “bosom friend” and her rivalry, both in and out of the classroom, with Gilbert Blythe are just a pleasure to read. It’s a gentler and simpler time. Green Gables and Avonlea both sound idyllic and I’ve always wanted to visit Prince Edward Island from reading this book.
Recently, Netflix aired ‘Anne’ which I haven’t yet watched, but the eighties TV mini-series is delightful and one of my favourite TV shows ever. The characters, setting and story-lines are so true to the book. In fact my friend bought me a copy of the full-set of DVDs of Anne of Green Gables for my 50th birthday because she knew it was one of my favourites and how much I loved it.
Trailer for Anne of Green Gables (1985)
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
I loved this as a kid, and I loved sharing it with my boys when they were little. The story just makes me feel full of happy family memories. I don’t know if it’s the repetition or the opportunity to bring the different voices to life, but it’s just fantastic!
Hope this might inspire you to try some of these books. Whatever you’re reading – enjoy!