So, before I begin preparing Easter dinner for the family, I thought I’d participate in The Savvy Reader’s Bookish Easter Egg Hunt. I can’t think of a nicer way to spend this rainy Sunday morning, and so with tea in hand I present my own book eggs.
1. Roses are red, violets are blue… Nope, I can’t rhyme. Instead, find your favourite book about love!
This is too hard because I love me a great love story, especially if it comes with a heaping helping of angst.
The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
Henry and Clare and time travel and so many tears I couldn’t see the pages. Skip the crap movie and read this amazing book.
2. Dystopian novels are so 1984… Find a great dystopian novel!
The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness
Although I didn’t groove to this book the first time I picked it up, I did give it a second chance and I am so glad I did. I am not really a fan of dystopian novels, but this series has it all: sympathetic protagonists, cool premise (everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts), a relentless bad guy…and don’t even get me started on Manchee, the main character’s dog. The next two books in the series are The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men.
3. Book it to the library for a book that has aged like fine wine. Find a book you’ve read more than once and gets better every time you read it.
Velocity – Kristin McCloy
Velocity and I go wayyyyyy back. I bought the book at The Strand in the late-eighties and have re-read it many times. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I continue to love this book.
4. This book blue us away. What blue book can you find?
Your Blue-Eyed Boy – Helen Dunmore
I am a bug fan of Helen Dunmore, a British writer who, sadly, passed away in 2017. If you haven’t read her yet, I can highly recommend her work. Her novels have elements of psychological suspense, complicated family relationships, and beautiful writing always.
5. Past, Present and Future walk into a bar. It was tense. Find a book that plays with time in an interesting way.
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
Kate Atkinson’s brilliant novel plays with the narrative form, skip-hopping readers through the main character’s life (lives), though it is not as confusing as it sounds. And very much worth the effort.
6. Check your shelf before you wreck your shelf. Find a great self-improvement book.
Selp-Helf – Miranda Sings
I didn’t review this book back when I bought it, but I chose it for this category because I don’t really read self help books…plus, I love Miranda.
7. I like big books and I cannot lie! Look for a book that’s more than 500 pages.
Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
This book clocks in at 548 pages and won me best book at my book club the year I chose it (2010). It’s a fantastic novel set in Victorian England and, trust me, you won’t be able to put it down once you start reading.
8. I was in a relationship with an apostrophe, but we broke up… It was too possessive! Find a book with a complicated romantic relationship.
One Day – David Nicholls
This was actually a hard category for me because I LOVE me some complicated relationships…especially if the lovers are really damaged people, but in the end, I chose One Day because it’s awesome.
9. Take my advice… I don’t use it anyway. Find a book that you would recommend to everyone.
I am constantly recommending books – here, in my classroom, on the radio. I could have chosen a million books, but I stopped at five:
Sadie – Courtney Summers is one of my favourite YA writers and this book, her latest, is soooo good. Everyone should read it, not just teens.
A Short History of the Girl Next Door – Jared Reck is a teacher and this is his debut novel. I cried at the end of this book. LOVED it and recced it hard in my classroom.
My Sunshine Away – M.O. Walsh’s coming-of-age novel is beautifully written, suspenseful and heart-breaking and everyone should read it.
Everything I Never Told You – Celest Ng’s novel is just perfect and has stayed with me for a long time.
Descent – Tim Johnston has written a page-turner and family drama in language that is beautiful without bogging the story down. And, trust me, this is one helluva story.
10. 4 out of 5 dentists recommend hockey. Find a good sports book.
Now is the Time for Running – Michael Williams
Although there is soccer in this book, it’s mostly about what happens when two brothers are forced to leave their African village.
I don’t read that many sports-related books. 😦
11. Bonus Question! Find a book cover with your name on it.
The Christie part.