Book Blogger Hop: May 11th | Picking Favourites
Could you ever pick a favourite book or is it like picking a favourite child?
‘Book Blogger Hop’ is hosted by CoffeeAddictedWriter.
I swear, I write my answers to these questions each week in the strangest of places. Two Fridays ago I was sitting in a hospital bed, last week was more chilled out in my room on bedrest, and I’m currently typing this on a plane. By the time it’s posted later today (fingers crossed), I’ll be back home and probably wiped out from travelling. Hey, keeps it interesting, right? [Hey past Charlotte, present Charlotte here. I am incredibly wiped out, you called it.]
One of the things about being a reader who enjoys having a diverse range of reading preferences means that there’s always that thought in the back of your mind that there are brilliant and utterly enticing books that you haven’t even heard of yet. Because I haven’t heard of all the good books in the world and hell knows I haven’t read most of them, I know they’re out there. In that sense, I’m hesitant to dedicate one specific book as my ‘favourite’ because I know that there are other books that I’m going to love just as much.
Of course, there are books that I adore and do think of as some of my favourites. Take ‘The Raven Cycle’ series for example, which I think isn’t anything less than a work of art, if you will. But, then again, I don’t want to say that those books are my ultimate and definite favourites as that’s easily something that can change at any point in the future, near or far.
Likewise, I do experience that element of feeling as if I’m choosing over other books that I enjoy and, in a sense, that does feel like picking a favourite kid. I love all the books that have stood out to me and really captured my attention, but I don’t think I’m able to just point at one and say ‘there, that’s my favourite’. Whilst I’m sure some people are able to choose a favourite child, books are one of my favourite things and I don’t necessarily want to compare them to each other on that much of an extreme ‘favouritism’ level if that makes any sense at all.
It doesn’t help that I’m generally an indecisive person so continuously changes their mind on a range of things, let alone what my favourite book is. Therefore, even if I did know I had a favourite book, I don’t think I’d be able to give a definite answer because I’d still be hesitant around changing my perspective on the book and, in turn, changing my opinion.
Oh, we’re starting our descent now. It’s about time. Being an expat means you have to deal with a lot of long-haul, international flights, and it truly does suck. Maybe I’ll do a post about that sometime if anybody would be interested in reading the ramblings of an expert expat flyer.
Anyway, what about you? Do you have a favourite book that you hold above all others, or are you hesitant to deem one as ‘the best’ because it’s like choosing between your children, metaphorically (or, if you have kids, literally)? Let me know your own answer, I love to see the difference in opinions and perspectives throughout the community, and if you posted your own response to this week’s question, feel free to leave a link and I’ll check it out.