Christian had this idea that you guys might enjoy knowing a few of our favorite things. Maybe he was wrong, but we’re going to tell you anyway. This week, let’s all share our favorite book. Yes, he expects us to narrow it down to just ONE. Sigh.
Christian: For me, this is almost impossible to answer. But I guess that’s the fun in trying. Of all the books I have ever read, probably the one that had the most lasting impact was Luke Reinhart’s Dice Man. It’s about a guy who gets sick of making decisions in life, so decides to literally roll a dice and leave everything to fate. It’s enlightening, and inspirational. I read it when I was at university, so I probably particularly impressionable. I even spent a few weeks living the dice life in Spain. It was an unforgettable time of personal growth. And beer.
Peter: Impossible to choose one, you may as well ask me to pick a favourite limb (my right arm, if you are asking). But the ones that spring to mind first are The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Noah Finn & the Art of Suicide by E. Rachael Hardcastle, and Red (extreme horror) by D.J. Doyle. That said, I’m also a big fan of Dr Seuss.
Steve: The book I return to most often is Terry Pratchett’s Guards Guards. It’s a narrow favourite to all my other favourite Discworld books, but it’s still my favourite. I don’t think there’s any more of an appropriate view point to take in a fantastical city than those who have to arrest the drunks and sort out the domestic disputes. Guards Guards introduced us all to The Watch, and the no nonsense grizzled copper Sam Vimes. Some of the best Discworld stories gravitate around these wonderful characters.
Renee: I have a lot of favorite books. Narnia Chronicles, IT, The Handmaid’s Tale, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Outlander, The Mayfair Witches Series, Game of Thrones, and so many more that I’ve read more than once would have to be at the top of the list. I’m sure I’m forgetting some.
So, I’m not really answering the question.
Liam: I believe that it is thermodynamically impossible for me to choose only one book as my favorite ever. There are just so many that have had a dramatic impact on my life, and that have influenced my writing. That being said, I’m going to pick one at random, and go with Dennis McKiernan’s Eye of the Hunter.
Katrina: Of course you’d ask me to choose ONE book. Sadist. I don’t know if it’s my FAVORITE of all my favorites (of which Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, and The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin rank pretty high), but I reread The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern at least once a year. It’s a multi-layered story with half a dozen points of view, unforgettable characters, vivid imagery, and an extraordinarily inventive circus that appears only at night and never announced in which two magicians battle each other using the circus as their chessboard and the performers and patrons as their pieces. Morgenstern is (supposedly) writing a new book—I’ve been waiting on something from her for YEARS—and I hope it can hold a candle to The Night Circus.
Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy as well as Blood Meridian. The Trilogy is a magnificent reminder that you cannot neatly divide history into self-contained epochs. In some parts of America (the Texan/Mexican border) the ‘old west’ still existed in 1900 its ghost lingering until 1952 where the trilogy ends. Blood Meridian on the other hand is firmly in the old west where sunsets are soaked in blood.
Wolfhall Hilary Mantell. After the first chapter you are so thoroughly in Thomas Cromwell’s head you can never get out, nor do you want to.
Okay, now’s your chance to give a shout out to your favorite writers. Let us know which books you can’t forget.