Tuesday, January 22, 2013
"What's you favorite book and who is your favorite author?"
"Ummmmm....well, '1984' is a long time favorite - also 'Chrysalids' and 'Fahrenheit 451' but I haven't read any of them in years! I adored 'The Colour Purple', I know you think 'OPRAH' when you hear that title, but it is a phenomenal book! Oh - also, when I read 'To Kill A Mockingbird' I couldn't figure out why I had waited so long to read it!!"
It is difficult to come up with just one book when I love so many!
Of course, off the top of my head, I can't recall the names of most of the books I read last year (or even the books I read a few weeks ago) so I guess none of them qualify as a favorite. Imagine that, reading 51 books in 2012 and not one stands out! Can a book even be considered a favorite if you only read it once?
I am reading Atwood right now - 'Alias Grace'.* I decided to read all of Atwood's work. Eventually that is, no deadlines. Is she my favorite author? On the spot, she was the first name that came to mind! Now I change my answer to Salinger! Is that too predictable? I wish I could say Dickens, but I've only read three of his books, and I procrastinate over picking up another. The length of his stories is intimidating. It shouldn't be, since I've read George RR Martin's Game of Thrones series at least twice (five books and counting). My previous favorite author was Guy Gavriel Kay. I've read all of his books, many more than once - but so much time has passed that I am starting to forget his stories.
As I pan my bookshelves, Miriam Toews jumps out as another author that I am dedicated to. Jane Austin and Tolkien two more.
Do you have a favorite book, or a favorite author? What about a list of top picks? I'd love to hear!
ps. I set up a goodreads account, as Shannon8footsix, but I will continue to document the books that I read here, filed under the 'books' tab.
pps. There are so many lists of books I want to read. The full Indigo Colour Your Library list. All Giller Prize winners. Man Booker prize winners. I am still knocking off 20th Century must reads from this list. Of course all of Atwood and Woolf's works. The rest of Jane Austin. There are not enough hours!!! (oh, I want to read the The Hours) I might have to cut back on sleep!
ppps. I want to enlarge and frame this photo I took (above)...it makes me happy!
*Handmaid's tale is one of my favorite books.