The last time I talked books with all of you, I told someone that Norton Juster's "The Phantom Tollbooth" was probably my all-time favorite book if I had to pick just one.
But then I started thinking about how many other books I love and can't really imagine living without.
If you'd asked me in the 8th grade, I might have seriously told you Tom Clancy's "The Hunt For Red October."
And if you ask me tomorrow, I might tell you that, no, really, it's William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying."
In truth, the answer to "What's your favorite book?" depends entirely on what I need from books at any given time: wonder, comfort, magic, truth, submarines, whatever.
Lately I've needed distraction -- and familiar favorites have definitely been up to the task. It's like having your oldest friend come into the room to sit with you for a little while, maybe remind you of that time you almost got arrested but managed not to. Or maybe no one got in any trouble at all and it's the memory of the most perfect day during some shady summer.
For a while in high school, I'd have claimed Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure" as my favorite book (and I really do still love it) because it resonated with all of my 16-year-old angst. I hadn't started wearing all-black yet, but who needs to when you're reading Thomas Hardy for fun, right?
I can't read it now, because my life is very different from what used to be normal. Now it just makes me hurt, and not in a cathartic way.
So, what are your favorite books? But -- I'm hella nosy -- I also want to know WHY they're your favorite books. What pulls you back to a particular title time and again? What are you carrying around in your metaphorical pocket from a book you just can't get out of your head? Tell me in the comments!
But before we do that, my weekend friends, it's time for the Comment of the Week. And this week, that means this note from Brooklynbee on "My Last Boyfriend Wanted Me To Hide My 'Wrinkly Body,' But I Dumped Him After I Discovered My Naked Truth."
Age diversity is awesome. How old are you?
A coworker told me no one celebrates once they hit 40 years old -- but I think my friends in their 40s might surprise him on that one.
I also want to throw a little recognition to pinkplaidpajamas and her comment on "Welcome To Your Brand New Outfit Of The Week Column!"
You know how much I love a good DIY and I'm a little obsessed with purple agate and amethyst lately. Also, I think a great big statement necklace is one of my favorite accessories to see on other people. (I also wind up taking off my accessories as the day goes by.)
I'm smack out of trophies. So instead let's have a throne. When you play the game of (porcelain) thrones, you win or die, right?