This month’s meme asks a truly difficult question.
What is your favorite classic book? Why?
Okay, asking what classic book is like asking me what’s my favorite flavor of chocolate. How on EARTH do I pick? I could say so many:
Gone with the Wind
The Great Gatsby
The Old Man and the Sea (yes Andi, I KNOW.)
The Three Musketeers
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Les MiserablesThe Count of Monte Cristo (I went through a very hot and heavy French author phase around age 14)
The Scarlet Letter
The Woman in White
The Secret Garden
Pride and Prejudice
The Faery Queene (I’m not kidding!)
Oh my gosh, I’m giving myself an itch to reread all of these!
If I HAVE to pick a favorite (go on, twist my arm), at this very moment, I would have to go with… um… well. Let’s see. I guess I will pick… aw, geez. I’m sorry to hem and haw, but I just can’t seem to make myself pick. Okay. I’m just going to rip it out, like a bandaid…
And this is mainly because I want Andi (and the REST of you, if you haven’t read it yet) to read it.
Why? I think it’s the sort of book every book lover should read at least once. Francie Nolan is one of the best characters ever written. And, for me, it’s a comfort read. It’s the story of the coming of age of a confirmed book worm, set in 1940s New York. It’s about the struggle to grow up in less than ideal circumstances. It’s about loving someone who doesn’t deserve it. It’s about loving someone a little less, who deserves it more. It’s about struggling to raise yourself up and become something better than you are. It’s about love. And family. And music. And words. And faith.
It’s one of the best books ever.