Bookworm Problems: Picking Favorites

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems - Picking FavoritesIf you’re a reader at all, I’m sure you’ve been asked the question:

What’s your favorite book?

I hate that question. I don’t know how to answer it – my favorite? As in, singular, one book above all others? This is an impossibility, surely you realize.

Usually I try and cheat when I answer (if I can’t get by with the non-answer of “no way can I just pick one favorite!) by mentioning one of the recent books I’ve finished that I most enjoyed. Or mentioning a few favorites in a specific sub genre: hey, let me tell you about my favorite food memoirs. All half-dozen of them. (Or maybe it’s up to a dozen at this point.) Like fantasy? So do I, so let me gush about 4 or 5 series that I love.

I somewhat envy people who have clear favorite books, an obvious answer to that question.

I definitely do not have an easy answer to that question, and what I really want to answer is “how much time do you have? Because I can tell you about some books…

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  1. There is NO WAY I could ever pick one absolute favorite book! If they ask for a topic or subject, I could narrow it down, but even still….

    • I think the only way I might have ONE favorite book is if I ever wrote one. Or one of my kids did. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Totally with you on this. I always make up something, even as I’m thinking “yeah, I read too much to answer this question.” I sometimes say Jane Eyre, because I have read it a bunch of times (first time was in 2nd grade, loved it then too!) but not lately…in college I sometimes said Plato’s Republic because I had a sort of self-dare going about whether or not I could mention his allegory of the cave in every paper I wrote…but your response is better, to say something like “well I don’t have a favorite, but one book I recently really liked was…” But yes, bookworm problems. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • So, did you mention his allegory of the cave in every paper you wrote? That doesn’t seem like the easiest thing to work into every topic, but it’s hilarious that you tried.

  3. I usually say something like, “I can’t pick just one book, but I think my favorite authors are Georgette Heyer and Bill Bryson…”

    I’m pretty sure that true readers rarely have “a” favorite. It’s just people who don’t read much who can narrow things down that far!

    Thanks for linking up! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Even favorite authors gets too hard unless I start limiting it to genre or time period or something!

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