Monday, October 22, 2012

A post! And a giveaway! This is your lucky day...


A few months ago, on one of his many, many business trips, the Husband was seated in (of course) first class next to Mitch Albom.

He recognized the award-winning writer immediately and they started up a conversation.  The Husband mentioned to Mitch (can we call him that now?  He met the Husband.  They're bound to be best friends, right?)  that he is a huge fan of his sports writing.

He then added that his wife (me) is a huge fan of Mitch's novels.

Mitch laughed, and said, "I get that a lot."

About a month ago, I was looking for something new to read.  I opted for The Time Keeper by (our new best friend) Mitch Albom.

I started it at about eight o'clock in the evening, just as the kids were settling down for the night.

I finished it by about eleven.

With tears streaming down my cheeks, I vowed to share this book with everyone I know.

And, late yesterday afternoon, I finished reading it aloud to my entire family.

It. Is. Phenomenal.

Part-fable, part-It's-a-Wonderful-Life, it is engaging and real.  It takes you on a journey that makes you evaluate how you spend your time, and how you value time.   It will make you want to make the most of every precious minute you have in this brief life.  It reminds you that there is always hope, no matter how bleak things seem.

I loved it.  My family loved it.

And in honor of that, I am going to give away one copy to a lucky reader.  Leave me a comment telling me your favorite book.  All comments will be thrown into random.org and a winner drawn on Wednesday, October 24th at 8 p.m. local time.

If you don't win, buy the book anyway.  It's worth every penny.

44 comments:

danandcindy said...

His book "Have a Little Faith" is also very good.

One of my favorite books is... "The Scarlet Letter", because it reminds me of you.

I'm reading "Bonhoeffer; Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy" by Eric Metaxas right now... very good.

Have I put up enough book titles to get your free book?

Christy said...

I can't think of my overall favorite, but my favorite read this summer was The Fault in Our Stars.

Jessica said...

Tale of Two cities.

I am an Albom fan for sure. How fun that you have a little connection!

alanna said...

It's really difficult to choose. I love so many. My classic go-to is Pride & Prejudice. I'm not actually sure how many times I've read it so it must be my favorite.
Now I want to read this here book. So random.org...please pick me.
:)

Kristi said...

Hmmm....my favorite.... I am going to have to say The Proper Care and Feeding of Husbands is my favorite. That book made me see things through my husbands eyes. And, made me love and respect him more than I already do!

Kelli said...

Maybe very favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.
I'm always looking for a good read. thanks for the recommendation!

Cindy said...

Today, my favorite book is "Rocket learns to read.". Because Megan loves it. ...and I can get the dishes done while she enjoys it. :). This sounds like a book I would enjoy. We will have to add it to our list of books to buy.

Kimmy said...

One of my favourites is definitely The Magician's Nephew, you can't get much better than a bit of C. S. Lewis! :)
Kimmy x

Amanda D said...

My favorite book of all time is "Goodnight, Mr. Tom" by...oh, my goodness, I can't remember the author. It's by...Michelle Magorian. Excellent.

Emily said...

I've loved Little Women for years and it doesn't hurt that Christian Bale is in the movie!

joyce said...

My all-time favorite book is "Jane Eyre." Thanks so much for the book recommendation. I'm always looking for a good read :)

Joy & Casey said...

I LOVED Stephanie Nielson's book Heaven Is Here...If I don't win I will have to purchase this book...I could use a new book to read! Thanks for the tip! Miss you friend!

Jennifer said...

I don't know if I'm a legit person to enter the contest as EVERY book I EVER read these days is from your suggestions!!! Perhaps you should copy Ophrah and do a "Christie's Book Club"? Then you can get all the major publishing companies notice on your recommendations so they can print more copies? Hmmmmmm... Count this as my entry into the HAT for the free book :)

Aubrey said...

One of my very favorite books is The Time Traveler's Wife.

Sara said...

My favorite is Unbreakable...excellent read.

You had me at It's a Wonderful Life! That's my favorite movie.

Annie said...

Oo, random dot org, pick me! Too hard to pick a favorite book but: To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and Crossing to Safety are books I go back to over and over.

Thelma said...

I think I have about ten favorite books but Pride and Prejudice is one I can read over and over (and have).


Also I have good luck with your giveaways...don't disappoint me:)

Juli said...

I have so many, but I have found that it's more about the place that I am in at the time I am reading it than the book itself. I am currently reading the new JK Rowling book which is SO NOT harry Potter.

The hubs did get me a gift card for my Kindle, so perhaps I shall look it up.

Paige said...

grapes of Wrath. Usually I hate books written by men (always have, not just since The Divorce), but this one changed my life while reading it. Nothing like Steinbeck country. I think I'll buy this book if I don't win because I've forgotten how to read and maybe it will remind me! I can't comment on blogs because that stupid prove you aren't a robot thing freezes my iphone. Hate it.

Rachel said...

Seriously? Favorite book. Oh my. Probably Ender's game (I'm a nerd at heart I suppose) But I also love The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale, LOTR, Tess of the D'ubervilles, Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables series...I could go on and on...

And I love your blog, by the way. It is very clever and entertaining, among other things. :)

Rae said...

Hey girl! I know I don't write any more but I still stalk your blog. I am desperate for a new read and hope I'm the lucky winner. :)

Elizabeth said...

Hello :-)
I love it when smart gorgeous peeps that I know recommend a book for me to read. I am off to look for this book at the library.
I just fininshed reading Sweet Tooth by Ian McEwan and I didnt hate it or get bored with it... so thats as good as it gets for me lol.
Ex

Julie said...

I have too many favorites, but one I always like to recommend is Orson Scott Card's Enchantment.

Andy Johnson said...

My booklist:

Driven; Larry Miller with Doug Robinson

Mud, Sweat and Tears; Bear Grylls

Walden; Henry David Thoreau

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies; Jane Austen with Seth Grahme-Smith

The Collected Works of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle, Vol 1; Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle

Lauren in GA said...

The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Definitely not light reading...but it changed my life.

Thank you for this book review. I'm gonna buy it...unless I win, of course ;)

Dan kills me. The Scarlet letter.

Anne said...

Unbroken by Laura hillenbrand

Lala said...

So many to choose from... Emma, Anne of Green Gables, depends on what I'm doing/going through, but crazy girl that I am, I must admit, Outlander is still way up there.

I should win just for admitting that!

melissa ( : said...

So many good books have been mentioned!

To Kill a Mocking Bird
Anne of Green Gables
Pride and Prejudice
The Hiding Place
Einstein's Dreams

Karey said...

Choosing one book is absolutely impossible. A few of my favorites: East of Eden, Pride and Prejudice, Spring Came On Forever, A Lantern in Her Hand, On Little Wings. I could go on and on.

brooke said...

My favorite book is Bossypants by Tina Fey with He's Just Not That Into You as a close second. I like funny books.

I would love this book..Mitch shares the same name as my son and is a great author.

missy said...

It was fun to see so many of my favorites already mentioned in the comments. I have no idea what I'd choose as my #1, but I got some ideas for new reads as I looked through. I just reserved this from my library and I'm number 35 on the list so I'm hoping I win!! :) (We'll be in your corner of the world tomorrow night. Taking the family to see Les Mis at the Fox. Can't wait!!)

calibosmom said...

My Antonia by Willa Cather

just jen said...

Anything by L.M. Montgomery, especially Emily of New Moon.

Miss Kendra said...

The Historian by, I can't remember who. Huge book that was great to snuggle by the fire and read.

Cathy said...

I don't know what my favorite book is but two great ones I read last month were Death Be Not Proud and Out of the Dust. Both were swiped from my husband's middle school classroom. They both made me cry.

Brit said...

A few good ones...
These is my words
Saving cee cee Honeycutt
The glass castle
Lucia, Lucia
Harry potter
Cold sassy tree
Where the red fern grows
Not without my daughter

Erin said...

Pride and Prejudice is one of my faves, as is Five People You Meet in Heaven (by your BFF, Mitch!)

Sally said...

Stie, would this be a good book to read aloud in a family with a 5-year-old?

Fave book: These Is My Words and about 100 others.

Lizzy said...

My favorite book is "All But My Life". It is about a Holocaust victim who is very positive and optimistic.

My favorite picture book is "My Lucky Day".

Tracy said...

Pick me, pick me! Lol!
I love books but I'm not sure I can pick a favorite! A recent favorite would be The Help. :)
This sounds like a great book. I've never read anything by your new BFF! :)

Sarah said...

Wow, I love all of the suggestions for good books to read. I am going to have to bool mark this and come back to it when I am in need of suggestions. So many good books to read.. I loved Jane Eyre, Anne of Green Gables, The Goose Girl, These Is My Words. I could go on forever.

Dee Miller said...

The Count of Monte Cristo, pleaseandthankyou.

But also, the Harry Potter series holds a special place in my heart since that's what got me started reading.

Right now I'm enjoying Anna Karenina.

Juli said...

Started reading it today... it's really fantastic. The whole concept is so intriguing to me.

The UnMighty said...

It's a toss-up between "Tis" by Frank McCourt, "Sex, Drugs, & Cocoa Puffs" by Chuck Klosterman, and any book where I'm looking for Waldo. That scamp.