What One Book . . .
At a book signing not long ago, a store employee posed the following question:
If you could pick one book to read over and over again for the rest of your life, what would it be?
She said it was her tricky way of finding out people's favorite books.
I disagreed. For me, at least, the answer to that question didn't necessarily point to my favorite book. Because of the way it's phrased, the question alone eliminates several contenders.
Some of my all-time favorite books aren't quick, fun, happy reads. They aren't something I'd necessarily want to have at my fingertips, every day for the rest of my life even though they blew me away or I love them dearly for whatever reason.
Some of them are hard reads. Or slow reads. Some are filled with musical language or voice or character as big as plot. Some make me weep. Others make me think. Hard.
So if I could have just one book to read every day for the rest of my life, it almost certainly wouldn't be one of those favorites, as brilliant and amazing as they are.
A few titles on the list of favorites that would not make the list of books to read forever include:
- The Poisonwood Bible
- The Great Divorce
- Dombey and Son
- East of Eden
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
- The Source
Books I adore that I also might be able to stand rereading for years on end (although I'd get sick of anything eventually, I'm sure):
- Rilla of Ingleside
- The Blue Castle
- Pride and Prejudice
- Sense and Sensibility
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- The Hero and the Crown
- Ender's Game and/or Ender's Shadow
- Harry Potter (the entire series, or forget it)
Then again, if I could have just one book, I might opt for something wildly informational so I could learn something. (Does an encyclopedia, with all its volumes, count as one book?)
What books would be on your I-love-it-but-can't-read-it-every-day list?
And which books make it onto your awesome-and-fun-but-not-too-deep-so-I-can-read-it-almost-forever list?
Or am I the only weird one who has two lists?