The Favo(u)rites

When I saw this quote pop up while scrolling Instagram a little while ago…

…my first reaction was I did not understand the reticence and resorting to a clumsy justification not to offer an answer. (If he answered somewhere else, and this is an out of context quote, it still makes for an interesting talking point, though – and subject for a blog post. 😉 )

It is a simple enough question. Surely every author has some favorites? Surely every reader too – we are all readers, of course – has some favorites?

My 5 favorite novels of all time? By that I mean those that have probably impressed/influenced me the most over my entire life until now. They are not necessarily always “favorites” in this exact order, but are the favorites. I first listed them back in 2017 (but you may not remember that, or are a more recent follower here), and I still feel the same. Here they are:

5) The Winds of War (Herman Wouk).

4) The Last of the Mohicans (Fenimore Cooper).

3) The American (Henry James).

2) Pride and Prejudice (Oh, you know her name).

1) Ah, But Your Land Is Beautiful (Alan Paton). [I surprised you with that one, I bet. I have just always preferred it over his more famous Cry, The Beloved Country.]

Three others deserve an honorable mention (because at various times they could be among that “5,” too):

War and Peace (Tolstoy).

The Age of Innocence (Edith Wharton).

The Sun Also Rises (Ernest Hemingway).

See, it is not that difficult. LOL! Trying to answer that question honestly doesn’t mean we don’t love other books, too.

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Have a good Monday, wherever you are. 🙂