I’m always stumped when someone asks me what my favorite book is. Choosing your favorite book is akin to choosing between your best friend and your sister to be your maid of honor. So, I usually divvy my favorites into the different stages of my life.
Elementary School – Any V.C. Andrews Series (especially the Casteel Series) – I was entirely too young to read about the subject matter in these books but my mother was so excited that her “baby” had such a large appetite for reading that she didn’t think to check if it was appropriate or not. I loved the soap opera-esque nature of the books and I couldn’t put the books down until I finished them. It got so bad that I would sneak and read the books in class until of course I got caught by my teacher. Her books hold a special place in my heart because they were the first adult literature that I read.
Middle School – Anne of Green Gables – Outside of my parents, certain characters in literary history were my role models and Anne was at the top of the list. Her defiant nature and strong will left an indelible impression on me. It was empowering to see a female character go after what she wanted no matter the consequences. I read the book and saw the movie many times over the years and I still enjoy both to this day.
High School – The Color Purple – I saw the movie first but in all fairness, I was in kindergarten when it was published. This movie was on repeat in my household because my mother LOVED this film. I was curious how the book lined up with the movie and read it one summer vacation. Alice Walker is a beautiful storyteller and her writing takes you right alongside with Celie as she endures and eventually escapes from a horrible existence with Albert.
College – I’ll admit I didn’t do too much leisure reading in College because the last thing I wanted to do was read a book during my free time. But I read Bridget Jones’ Diary and never laughed out loud so much while reading a book. However, Bridget Jones’ Diary took me down a long road of reading Chick Lit(which isn’t bad) and it took me about 10 years to climb out of that abyss.
Post College till now – Honestly, I haven’t read much during the past 15 years. I tried to focus more on reading screenplays because I wanted to learn the ins and outs of writing scripts. Every time I sat down to read a novel, I would think about my own unfinished great literary work and put said book down.
And my favorite is….Any book with strong female characters. I think we have an internal need to identify with others and that definitely plays a role when I choose a book to read~~