Any book enthusiast out there will know that one of the most difficult questions to be asked is “What is your favorite book?” As I librarian, I get asked this question more than the average person. I go to a new dentist. They ask my profession. I answer. Then it comes…”Oh, you must like to read. What’s your favorite book?”
I’m at a loss. I cannot remember a single thing I’ve read. Or else I do think of a book I like, but then I overthink it. Anne of Green Gables, I might consider saying. But that is only one of the books I like and does not cover the scope of others genres I enjoy. So I end up saying, “Oh, there are too many to just pick one.” This is true, but for just one time, I’d like to have a handy answer. With the help of my sister, I have narrowed down my list of favorite books to just six ultimate favorites, which are as follows:
- The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis
- Anne of Green Gables (the series), by L.M. Montgomery
- A Voice in the Wind, by Francine Rivers
- The Wind in the Willows, by Kenneth Grahame
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo
It was a tough task to narrow them down, but I’m satisfied with the result. The only problem is–will I really list all of these books? Someone simply trying to make polite small talk will not know what they’ve gotten themselves into.
I suppose I could simply answer the other tricky question of “What kind of books do you like to read?” According to the “favorites” list I just made, my answer will be as follows:
“I enjoy reading classics and children’s books, with some occasional fantasy, history, and Christian romance thrown in.”
It’s an accurate answer, but is it too detailed and planned out? Meh. I’ll probably just have to wing it like always.
Anyone else have an ultimate favorites list? Or had as much trouble picking a favorite as I have? Please share!