July 2, 2012

My Favorite Books and Movies of All Time

Thanks for visiting for another time Together on Tuesdays, hosted by Dorie at These Grace Filled Days and myself.  Last week lots of great recipes were shared.  Thanks for linking up!  Please feel free write a post about your favorite book or film and link up!  You are also welcome to link to a past post.  Either way, please be sure to link to the specific post and not the general blog so that later on we can find it easily.

If you are a regular reader around here, you know that I enjoy books A LOT.  Movies can be fun, too.  I will briefly mention a few favorite movies...While You Were Sleeping and Return to Me.  Funny thing.  Back when Derek and I were dating, we'd go to a video store to rent movies.  Apparently I kept suggesting the movie Return to Me, but I didn't even realize it.  After my second or third suggestion of it, he agreed so I'd stop asking.  Some time later he bought it for me.  Sweet, huh?

Now, back to books.  I can think of a few that are worth mentioning.  You won't complain, right?  I figure if you are reading a post mostly about books, you at least have a slight interest, otherwise you would have skipped this post.  Would you please forgive my lack of choosing just one favorite book, please?

FICTION:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is the book I have read the most, likely close to ten times.  It began in homeroom of seventh grade.  Mrs. Batch, my homeroom teacher, was also an English teacher.  To pass time in afternoon homeroom, every year between seventh and twelfth grades I read TKAM.  Strangely enough, I have never discussed it in a classroom or book club setting.  I wrote about TKAM, including some of my favorite quotes, on my old blog.

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott may be lengthy, but I delight in every time I read of the life of Jo and the March sisters.  If you have never done so, be sure to read it or listen to the unabridged book.  Somehow day to day life is not mundane or boring in this book.

To be honest, I have not read all of the Anne of Green Gables series.  I am slowly working my way through it, though during the annual Lucy Maud Montgomery annual reading challenge.  I do like to reread/listen to the original title and have done so for the last four years, I think.  I find Anne to be talkative, yes, but also refreshing and honest.  Really, she's quite delightful!  Each reread gets a bit better as I glean more from Anne.  I will be introducing my 5 1/2 year old daughter to the "real" Anne sooner than later.  (We have read an introductory picture book (I can't find the post of my thoughts, but do like it for a 4-6 year old.) and watched two versions of the movies together.   She knows enough about Anne to refer to her occasionally and knows Lucy Maud Montgomery by name, as well.)

But most of all, I think Emily of Deep Valley by Maud Hart Lovelace (linked to full review) is my favorite book of all time.  However, I only read it once.  It was a simple book on the surface, but wow...thought-provoking when you really consider it!  It can be read by young teens or women, yet enjoyed by both.

NONFICTION:
I can think of three books that I have read in the past few years that have made an impact on me that come to mind immediately.  They are A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller, God's Priorities for Today's Women by Lisa Hughes, and Don't Make Me Count to Three by Ginger Plowman.  All are linked to my reviews (well...the prayer book is more on my application).  (Shepherding/Instructing a Child's Heart definitely deserves mention, too, for parenting books!)

PICTURE BOOK:
I actually want to write up a full post on the books written by Mo Willems because I find such delight and value in them.  That's right.  I delight in these picture books, especially the Elephant and Piggie series!

If you are familiar with most of these books, you may have noticed that I tend to like fiction books set in the past and nonfiction books that help me in my Christian faith...I do read more books than just these genres, but these are the books that impacted me the most.

Would you like to join the fun?  Please feel free to link up a post or just leave a comment about your favorite book or film!  Together on Tuesdays is all about getting to know other women, so be sure to visit the others, too!  I look forward to expanding my list of books that I want to read and maybe even a movie to watch after visiting you all!

Also, keep in mind that next week we'll discuss a favorite place.  I imagine we'll read about everything from fabulous vacation spots, local hang-outs, or even the grandparents' farm.  Can't wait!


~ Annette {This Simple Mom}

1 comment:

  1. This post is confusing me! I can read your post in Google Reader but when I open your page it says that the post is not available is not visible until posting. What's up with that?!

    At any rate, I love that you picked differnet favorite books in different catagories. And I LOVE the movie Return to Me. It's been AGES since I've seen it, but I always rather liked it.

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