Claudia Osmond ~ Reader, Writer, and Ruminator

What’s one of your favorite books?

In Reading on February 20, 2012 at 9:00 am


I’m seeking content for a blog post that will be a compilation of favorite books. I have shelf space dedicated to my favorites and often wonder what books other people dub as worthy to be set apart from the rest. Almost on a weekly basis, I post a facebook status that says, “What are you reading this weekend?” I do this mostly because I’m sincerely curious. But I also do it for the chance I might find my next best read out of the list. The only problem is that I’m asking people as they’re reading, not when they’re finished. And I’ve come to realize that I’d like to know what they think of the books once they’ve closed the back cover. So consider this request for feedback as my follow-up:

What’s been a favorite book of yours?

I could scour the internet in search of this kind of information, sure. But I’m not looking for the professional points of view of bloggers/reviewers/critics/publicists/etc … I’m looking for input from the people who authors have in mind when they write their books: those who read with nothing on their agenda other than their love of books and fabulous stories – READERS!

Can you help me out?

Please post a comment below naming one of your favorite books (I know it’s nearly impossible to have only ONE favorite book) and just a sentence or two about why it is. Once I have enough input I’ll categorize and blog it. I’ll help get you going:

THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak – Told in the voice of a unique narrator who has a deeply vested interest in the story, this was the first book that reduced me to a puddle of tears by book’s end, not by way of a romantic heartbreak, but because I’d grown to love and care so deeply for the characters I couldn’t bear to have them leave me when they did – and in the ways they did.

Hope you participate! And please feel free to share this request. The more comments the better! 🙂

  1. Sabriel, by Garth Nix.

  2. The World According to Garp by John Irving – Funny and moving in equal measure. Some brilliant stuff about the writing life as the eponymous Garp is an author. This was the first book that grabbed me as both a reader and a writer. I wanted to write like Irving in this. At times laugh out loud, at times shocking, at times deeply emotive, this remains Irving’s best work and now, twenty years after I first read it, my favourite book.

  3. Okay, can I cheat? Because I have an author whose every book I love and adore for different reasons, and they’re all different.

    The author is MT Anderson. I read Feed and was struck by its prescience, and the heartbreak at its end; I read The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing and was struck by the complete immersion in that time period that I experienced through reading this book. His work is always an exercise in sociopolitical commentary, but it’s done so skillfully, through such masterful storytelling, that you don’t realise it until you’ve already finished the book and are a changed person. Fantastic stuff.

  4. One of the books I liked that I read recently was “The Sword in the Stone” by T.H. White, it was funny imaginative, fun to read, and I learnt quite a bit about medieval europe. A children’s book written for adults too.

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