What’s your favorite book? That’s not an uncommon question. I never know how to respond. Yet if someone asks me “Do you like Game of Thrones?” I will answer “Oh it’s my favorite book!” But it isn’t actually my favorite book. It’s one of my favorite books.
Which makes me think, what is my favorite book? How does anyone narrow it down? By genre? By time frame? I definitely have books that I adored as a child that I still read. A combination, I think, of great writing and great memories.
For years I thought that Anna Karenina was my favorite book. I read it several times and was enthralled each time. Then, I got sober. And re-read it and thought what in the world made me so in love with this book? I couldn’t get through it. So Anna Karenina fell off my favorite book list.
Quite a while ago, a reader asked me to add a book that I enjoy to each of my posts. Being me, I’ve only remembered to do that twice. This article is, hopefully, catching that up a little bit.
Here is my revelation. I have no favorite book. I have many books that are my favorite book. Since I’m assuming that listing the hundreds of books that would be on the list would put anyone to sleep after a couple of minutes, and since they are all my favorite book, I’m narrowing it down to the following, in no specific order.
- Every book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R. R. Martin
- Every book written by Louise Penny
- Every book in the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- The Lonely Doll by Dare Wright
- Obras Completas of Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Devil’s Girl by Tim Knowles
- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
- Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
- Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne
- El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
- The Hobbit, or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien
There. That’s my list of favorite book. Without the 100+ more that I could add.