I love to share my books, recommend my favourites, and talk about what I like about them. I rarely don’t like something about a book. It is someone’s heart and soul so you have to find something to like! Click here for my list to date.
In honour of my son’s birthday, I thought it would be fitting to post a book that he loved. Now I could have posted Harry Potter (the books that got him reading), but I thought would be better to post about a book that he made us read over and over and over again. Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton with its “Stomp your feet! Clap your hands! Everybody ready for a Barnyard Dance!” This is actually the original cover of the book and I can, to this day, repeat all the words by memory.
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These books made me laugh out loud so many times. There are four books in the series (The Mammy; The Chisellers; The Granny; The Scrapper). The main character, Agnes Brown, has been portrayed in movies, tv shows and theatre productions. Set in Ireland, it follows Agnes Brown after her husband dies and leaves her with seven children. Short books for a quick and entertaining read.
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The Gargoyle completely surprised me when I read it. Reading the cover, I thought there was no way I was going to like this book. Love it when I’m surprised. The story begins with the narrator involved in a horrific accident, leaving him disfigured. While waiting to leave the hospital so he can commit suicide, he meets a sculptress of gargoyles, who insists they were once lovers in medieval Germany. I know bizarre! And it just gets better. This quote from the book is one of my favourites “You are mine, I am yours; you may be sure of this. You’ve been locked inside my heart, the key has been thrown away; within it, you must always stay”. Don’t be scared, read it.
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When I am asked for book recommendations, I almost always recommend The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It is the story of Dinah, who is the daugther of Jacob in the Book of Genesis. But you do not have to be a religious person to enjoy this book. I recommend it because of the story, the beautiful writing, the tales of motherhood and the sisterhood amongst the female characters in the book. All women should read this book.
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I have read this book a number of times and have recommended it to so many people over the years. It was first published in 1989 by Australian author Bryce Courtenay, telling the story of a young English Boy growing up in South Africa during the 1930s and 1940s. Peekay goes through many adversities, meeting a number of unique characters along the way. I have read this book a couple of times as it’s messages throughout have always made me think. I find it’s one of those books where I want to meet the characters. They made a movie version of the book, but it’s not near as good as the book. Great read for teenagers too.
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