The Hardest Question Ever Posed
The Wenches' Favorite Books of All Time
The Wenches have been asked a lot of questions in the name of posts. Our favorite man candy, our favorite book boyfriends, our favorite heroes and heroines, favorite quotes, favorite scenes, favorite characters, books we're thankful for, vacation reads, and the ever popular MFKs. One thing we have never discussed is our all-time, forever and always, favorite book. We all have one. Most readers have that one book that they can read over and over again. The book they can practically recite word for word. The book they go back to no matter how old they are. The one book that has a special place in our little reader hearts.
I asked the Wenches what their all-time favorite book was. And I was promptly told that this was one of the hardest things they have ever been asked. But I was finally able to wrangle some interesting and varied responses out of them.
Keep reading after the jump to see what the Wenches' favorite books are!
Anne: Since I posed this impossible question, I'll go first. Although, this is easier for me to answer than it was for some of the other Wenches. My all-time, ultimate, favorite book is The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. I first read that book in 6th or 7th grade (when I was 11 or 12 years old, for you international readers). And at that time in my life, an outsider was exactly how I felt. I had just gotten braces and glasses and I'd been talked into an absolutely horrifying haircut. And I wasn't exactly popular to begin with. It was not the best time of my life. Ponyboy and Soda and Johnny were just the kind of book friends I needed. They showed me that I wasn't alone, even though I felt it. They taught me that even the kids who were making my life miserable were probably dealing with their own issues too. Most of all, they showed me that heroes are found in the most unlikely places. And looking back, I realize now that Dallas was the start of my non-leading man preference. Those boys were there for me when I needed a friend, and I will always go back to them. Over and over.
Veronica: I can't possibly pick a favorite, so I'll pick one that holds a special place in my heart. It's Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. I had to read it in college in the original Middle English language. (Shakespeare came later in that class, and was not nearly as intimidating after Middle English!) First, I was so shocked and proud that I could comprehend what I was reading! And second, it gave me a glimpse into life in medieval times, that I could use as a reference for so many other things that came along later, other fictional stories, movies, history, religion, etc. And, it's a pretty cool way to tell a series of short stories.
Olga: This was hell to pick. My favorite book is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Why? Because Coelho nailed it in this novel. Because "when you really want something to happen, the whole universe conspires so that your wish comes true". It's not just a story, it's a philosophy by itself. The Alchemist is your destiny packed in a small novel. Right there, under your nose.
Angela: My pick is A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin, Book 3 of A Song of Ice and Fire. The reason I love this book so much is it was the last book before GRRM separated out the characters for Book 4 and Book 5. It was action packed with special mentions to Jaime Lannister, Joffery Baratheon, and Robb Stark's story lines. Doom continued to permeate the kingdom and everyone continued to be scattered.
Zee: I can't narrow it down! There are tons of books I read over and over and over again (and have been reading since I was 11... I still have those exact same copies), Dracula, Persuasion, The Count of Monte Cristo, Frankenstein, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Lord of the Rings, and the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes. And, the ones I've been rereading since I was 15-16, Desperation, The Godfather, The Picture of Dorian Gray, every single one of Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot mysteries. I'm sorry... I think it would be best to just say I'd rather give away a vital organ than have to pick between all my favorites!
Amanda: I'm not sure I can pick a favorite. I really don't read books more than once, except for the Fever series. Even with that, I've read bits more than once, but not the whole series over and over. Now, when I first read the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward, I did read Zsadist's book (Lover Awakened) three times in a row before I moved on to Butch's book. And I think I've read it once more since then. But, I think that's the closest I can come to saying something is my favorite.
Merit: After a lot of thinking and rummaging inside my mind, I narrowed it down to one book that I have read over and over for a few years: The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien. I was fascinated by the rich world Tolkien created and determined to know and remember EVERYTHING and everyone in the story.
Barb: I can't narrow it down to just one book! My choices are Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle, both of which I have read repeatedly since middle school. Red Fern was the first book that I ever remember making me cry, and now that I have my own dog for the first time, it makes me sob uncontrollably. I love a book that can do that to me. A Wrinkle in Time is the first fantasy book (besides fairy tales!) that I remember loving, devouring, and going back for more. I read every book in that series, but none compares to the first one. It's just a wonderful book with wonderful characters and a theme that resonates with me to this day.
Jaymie: The book(s) I always go back to are the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. I'm usually a "one and done" book reader, even if the book captivates me, but Fever grabbed me from the first time I read it and never let go. The main one out of the series is Shadowfever. That's the one I tend to go back to.
Kathi: Dune was the book that matured me into an adult reader. Considered by many to be the most popular science fiction book ever, it elevated the science fiction I loved to a brave new level (much as The Lord of the Rings did for fantasy). On the masterfully crafted world of Arrakis, author Frank Herbert combined science fiction, fantasy, politics, environmentalism, world economics, sociology, religion, science, and philosophy into a sweeping epic of galactic proportions. Many readers insist the book purposefully predicts current oil-based, Middle Eastern political issues, but I was oblivious to that. As a teen who lagged just enough behind the “hippie” generation to be grasping at their philosophical coattails, this book set my mind on fire with the grand possibilities of what books could be.
Shau: My fave is Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. I just fell in love with it the first time I read it. I devoured it in two days and can read it all the time. I don't know why, honestly. It's such an unusual choice. There's something about the way it speaks about the human psyche, the way we always have a choice, and how seemingly the easiest way out of something can cost us more than we are willing to pay.
Beta: I can't think of a book of ALL TIME. When I was a kid I loved The Famous Five series by Enid Blyton and read them over and over again as well as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Today, I don't do many rereads, but I browse through books occasionally, like the Fever and The Chicagoland Vampires series, to read favorite parts.
So, dear readers, what is your favorite book of all time? Can you pick just one? Let us know in the comments below!
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