How Novel! (Share Your Favourite Book and You Could Win! Vlog #4 and #5)

Ask anyone who knows me and they’ll tell you how much I love books.  Books, chocolate, and travel… my top three, not in any particular order.  But, reading is my most treasured pastime, and has been since my childhood. There’s nothing better than losing yourself in your favourite story, amongst the characters, in their world… sigh.  Books are my escape.

So, here’s what I’d like to do… I’m asking each of you to share your favourite book with me… give us the title and a short description about why it’s your favourite book.  I will ask for submissions until Monday, March 19th, at which time I will randomly choose a response, and that person will be the winner of a $25 gift card to Chapters!  Why not participate?

My Top 5 Reading List (no order of preference):

  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
  2. The Lorax, Dr. Seuss
  3. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  4. The Humans, Matt Haig
  5. Prodigal Summer, Barbara Kingsolver

The Humans by Matt Haig, Published by Simon Schuster, 2013

Probably the best review I’ve read about The Humans compares Matt Haig’s writing style to that of brilliant British author, Douglas Adams.  I couldn’t agree more!

Extra-terrestrial beings, math, humanity, and love.  What a combination, yet, they work together!  This is a book that I find impossible to summarize… part love story, part sci-fi, part drama, part comedy.  The originality of this book is what is so captivating!

Praised by The New York Times as a “novelist of great seriousness and talent,” Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subject—ourselves.

And now it’s your turn… respond by sharing a brief description of your favourite book, and on Monday you could be the winner of a $25 gift card to Chapters!

19 thoughts on “How Novel! (Share Your Favourite Book and You Could Win! Vlog #4 and #5)

  1. What would be better than to talk about my first trilogy that lead me into the world of fantasy novel; The Night Angel Trilogy. Written by Brent Weeks in full (all three books) then released one by one. Starting with “The Way of Shadows”, “Shadows Edge” and last “Beyond the Shadows” The story is rich of characters, settings, and plots that take you through a sequence of conflicts and resolutions as the characters develop and settings evolve and the plot thickens. It marries all the qualities of fantasy in novel the would appeal to magic lovers, actions seekers, lore admirers, and of course everyone favorite, mythical creatures.

    When I was recommended to read this trilogy by an Italian classmate in England, I had no idea that one night I would pull an all-nighter to finish the book during the last few weeks of submitting my dissertation.

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  2. I don’t know that I have a favourite, but I’d have to say that anything by David Sedaris has been pretty funny, such as Me Talk Pretty One Day. There is so much hate and sadness in the world, that reading a book that brings about laughter is a great escape. I remember you suggesting The Humans to me, which I picked up and enjoyed 🙂

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  3. I am not sure I have one favourite book, but I have read everything written by Wanda Brunstetter. Her fictional stories set in Amish communities grab my attention and there is a spiritual message in each book as well as some good recipies at the end.

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  4. I don’t have a favorite book yet but I am reading a book about Brescia History to prepare for my final assignment at school. It was written by Patricia G. Skidmore in 1980. She is history professor at Brescia. This book talks about the challenges for Brescia and education for women and how everything has involved in the last hundred years. I enjoy learning more about Brescia and discovering new things that I never thought of in the past three years.

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    1. I’m like you – I don’t have a favorite book. Instead I have an ever growing list of books I love and live with. Some are old friends I visit from time to time, others I remember fondly when they are brought to mind by some moment in my day, but all of them have changed me because they have touch my heart or my mind or inspired me. I hope you keep finding books that bring new and interesting ideas to your life.

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  5. My favourite novel is ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho. I say this because it has a beautiful story of a boy’s journey to finding his true calling which relates to all of us in one way or another. It teaches us the importance of your calling and love as they go hand in hand. I think everyone must try this book. 🙂

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  6. I Know Why The Caged Bird sings, by Maya Anglou
    Honest, real, and inspiring…
    Add any of her books of poetry that will allow you to soar and be challenged at the same time. The compassion she inspires, the love she exudes, and the wisdom that is simple and clear is like no other. Though she is no longer with us, she will always inspire me to be a better me(human)!!
    One of the most prolific writers and minds of this century.

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    1. I completely agree. Maya Angelou was a once in a generation mind that changed the world. We were blessed to have her and are richer for her legacy.

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  7. Dragonsong (1976) and Dragonsinger (1977) books 3 and 4 of the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffrey.

    I was introduced to the first trilogy (books 1, 2 and 5) of this series 38 years ago when I was a minor-niner at CGVI in Guelph and remembered them well. I recently re-encountered the books and discovered many more in the series which I have read with delight and joy.

    The two I find myself going back to in my mind are from the Harper Hall Trilogy, Dragonsong and Dragonsinger. In these books a young woman from a large, well respected and very conservative family runs away from a life of compromise and control, and finds acceptance and appreciation in the wider world.

    Unable to stop writing, singing and playing the music that is frowned upon as frivolous wastes of time and energy, better spent fishing or caring for the family, young Menolly runs from home determined to be free. Though she continues to hide, first in a cave and later in the lower caverns of a large busy dragon weyr, Menolly’s voice, skills and love of music will not be denied and eventually lead her to a forthright and fulfilling life that forces her to respect herself and take pride in what she has to offer the world.

    Why do I love them? These books are more than 40 years old but they are relevant reminders that we need to make the most of our gifts and learn to overcome our fears of failure and success. Anne McCaffrey never makes light of the obstacles and challenges, but the message she weaves through both books is that what we seek is very often seeking us. So, instead of allowing custom, culture or the desire to fit in limit and control us, we need to take risks, make our own happiness, and find where we belong.

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  8. I haven’t read in years 😱
    Though if asked I would say either trilogy
    The Hobbit and Lord of rings by Tolkien or The vampire chronicles by Anne Rice. I felt both used other-worldly beings to example good & bad and both were so well written you could almost believe they were actual

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