What is a ‘Favorite’ Book?
People sometimes ask me about my favorite books.
For me, the test is whether I’ve read the book more than once and/or recommended it many times.
Aren’t your favorite movies ones you’ve seen many times? Like the original Star Wars series, or Sound of Music?
My favorite book then would have to be Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
It’s a book that non-sci-fi lovers love, despite its the scenario of an alien invasion. So I like recommending it because it introduces them to something really new.
I’m not normally a fan of love stories, but I recently listened to The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and darned if what I thought was science fiction didn’t turn out to be a wonderful genre-spanning love story. But….
I can’t say it’s of my all-time favorites, because another criterion for that distinction has to be the test of time.
My 10-year-old daughter just read Ender’s Game and loved it (it’s also trans-generational).
She’s also read each of the Harry Potter books a couple of times.
I wonder if Harry will stand the test of time? You can’t recommend the darn book, just because everyone’s already read it.
Da Vinci Code is another that I think is a great book, but is more of a cultural fad than one that people will recall decades later and reminisce about their first time.
Speaking of which, you should check out the movie Bambi… My daughter has watched is several (more than 30) times and highly recommends it.
Believe it or not, it’s also a book.
Unfortunately for me, it’s not sci-fi, though I’ve always wondered how all those animals learned to talk.