Friday, November 09, 2007

Friday Favorite: Books

It has been said in my house "If you buy a book and learn just one thing, it was worth it". Or,it could have been the justification from Mr. CE of wanting and needing very expensive cooking and computer books. Alas, we do buy many of books each year, month and even week. The best thing we ever got in our neighborhood was a Borders, now if they'd only go back to selling the old coffee...

So, from my family to yours, this week's Friday Favorites the Crooked family is sharing some of our favorite books...

My favorite has to be P.S. I love you by By Cecelia Ahern. This book was the first book to evoke so many emotions in the first hour of reading. I was laughing, crying and reading till 3 a.m. at the edge of my seat to find out what was happening next.

A summary from the publisher: Devoted to her husband, Gerry, Holly has always depended on his practical advice and lists to keep her going and is lost when she loses him to brain cancer, until a package arrives containing ten envelopes filled with practical and impractical advice for carrying on her life without her beloved husband at her side.

It's mushy, funny and sweet all rolled into one. I love it and I think it's time I read it again, but even better, they made it a movie! It's going to be a must see for me!

Mr. Crooked Eyebrow's favorite read is Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. I've seen him read this over and over again.

Mr. CE called it "funny and full of dark humor"

From Wikipedia: The book is a comedy and a quasi-parody of the 1976 film The Omen (as well as other books and films of the genre), concerning the birth of the son of Satan, the coming of the end times and the attempts of the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley to avert them, having become accustomed to their comfortable situations in the human world. A subplot features the gathering of the four horsemen of the Apocalypse —War, Famine, Pollution and Death

JC's first pick are the Magic Tree House Stories by Mary Pope Osborne. My mother in law got us started on these and Baba picked great ones! JC has loved to read these and usually wants to finish them in one sitting before bed. We have read all of them and are getting ready for #27 which happens to be a Thanksgiving theme, perfect timing! Really, these books are great reads for both parents and child!

From the website: Step into a world of adventure—go back in time or to distant lands with Jack and Annie! From France in the Middle Ages to the prairies of America to the Moon, Jack and Annie make history fun by taking you right there!

What JC has to say about them, "Magic Tree house books are cool! It's like going back in time each book and learning new things like the Titanic." See? even JC approves...

Another great children's book that has come out is a book of love. It's called I Love You More by Laura Duksta and illustrated by Karen Keesler. It's a perfect book for mother's and their children to read and understand the power of love with it's perfect rhymes and illustrations. While reading this you'll find that the love keeps on going as it is a flip story which ends in the middle and starts on either side. One side being a mother's thoughts of love and the other the child's. JC really liked this part so he could read the child's view of love.
I love you higher than the highest swing ever swung.
I love you sweeter than the sweetest song ever sung.
These words just melt my mommy heart when being read my JC. JC's final take on the book? "It makes me want to hug my mommy and I really like the drawings." Hey, if it wants to make a 7 year old still hug his mommy, I'm all for it! I must say, it will make a perfect gift for any mommy or child.
I need new reading material, what are your favorites?


i should be folding laundry said...

OH, what great recommendations, I love book recommendations. Sounds like P.S. I love you is a must read!

Thanks, Mrs. Eyebrow!

My Wonderful Men... said...

Looks like these are great books. I will have to read before I see that movie though.
I even like the childrens book - I Love You More, I don't believe my guy is ever to old to know how much I love him.
Thank you for sharing.

Lai said...

If Mr. CE likes Good Omens so much, he will love the Discworld books, also written by Terry Pratchett. If he hasn't read them already, I heartily recommend them.

milk&honey said...

I need to read P.S. I Love You... I keep hearing about how great it is. And you need to read The Time Traveler's Wife. Let's trade.

Right now, I'm in the middle of Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides.

The hub's favorite is Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Yours should check it out.

Teena said...

I enjoyed "P.S. I love you" too! I wasn't crazy about her other stuff.

Viola Zuppa said...

I completely second the recommendation for the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, my all-time favorite author. Good Omens is a must re-read in my house.