What are your five favorite books, i.e., ones which you go back to over and over and over, the ones that really changed your life? And why?
- Go Dog Go - OK, so the only time I read this anymore is when reading to little nieces and nephews. But being the first book I remember, and the first book I remember being able to read on my own, it holds a special place in my heart. Even if it no longer has a place on my bookshelf.
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - I've read this many times, and even own two editions. Because I can't get rid of the three Narnia books from England with complete illustrations, and I can't get rid of the three books in the boxed set. I first read this when I was seven, and I fell in love with everything about it: the discovery of a secret world, the power and magic of a kingdom largely of animals, the characters, the conflict. I've read it many times over the years. OK, I admit it, I'm eagerly awaiting the movie.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - What is it about books I first read when I was seven? I love the fairytale, the weirdness, the kids getting their just desserts. I read this many times as a child, eventually packed it away for possible future progeny, and now I read it fairly often when I visit my mother, as all the saved children's books are unpacked.
- Isle of Woman, by Piers Anthony - Any of his books that I own, I'll often reread as "comfort reading". They're enjoyable stories that move a long quickly and can make me feel better (and distract me) when I'm feeling down. I did eventually, however, give up on the Xanth series (too much endless silliness) and now will only get stand-alone or short-series books. This particular book is intriguing because it covers a vast stretch of human history from earlies times.
Why only four books in my list? (1) In a couple of places I'm actually pointing to multiple books in a series or by an author, so it's really more than 5. (2) Although I own many books I don't really turn back to them again and again. I do, however, have favourite series, and buying the next book in the series is a way of returning to the same universe and characters without reading the same story.