October 14th, 2005


Book meme

Courtesy of takaal:

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?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
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