Margaret of mag offleash passed along the five book charge.
I have been asked and so I ponder--five favorite books.
Five. Only five?
Favorite? No other categorization?
Oh, and my brain has been so very muddled for the past weeks. This task demands some thinking.
Thinking? Oh, no. My sister was recently taken aside by a member of one of the book discussion groups she attends to be asked if she could not, please, just read and enjoy (or not) the chosen books and kindly stop thinking about them quite so much.
Choosing five books. A Sisyphean task indeed. Perhaps pushing the rock up a mountain a few times will clear my head and set me free for other endeavors.
Let me start at the beginning. My reading life started early on. So my first favorite is not a single book but an entire collection.
#1 Favorite Book: Childcraft, an anthology of books for children published by the World Book encyclopedia company.
My maternal grandfather bought these books for me and my mother read them to me right from infancy on into my childhood. There were volumes of short stories and folktales, poetry, myths and legends, art, sciences, mathematics. I never went to a pre-school/nursery school, but I had a prodigious early education.
That early enrichment of words and stories served me well, and I must thank my grandfather often in my thoughts. His additional dream of my becoming a world famous Russian ballerina did not work out quite as well.
#2 Favorite Book: No Children, No Pets by Marion Holland
This was the very first book I picked out myself and purchased from the Weekly Reader Children’s Book Club. I still have the book. A collector’s edition is currently available for $89 on Amazon I see. Mine is not in collector condition. I plan on a re-read soon.
#3 Favorite Book: a whole series of biographies for children that was available in the tiny Richmond Library, then located under the hardware store in the Masonic Temple building on Bridge Street.
An early feminist at the age of nine, I read only the biographies of females. Amelia Earhart was a particular favorite.
#4 Favorite Book: The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Assigned in a high school English class and read in a single sitting as I sat up in bed while home, recovering from strep throat, this book taught me that books can take me not only to better places but to disturbing places as well.
#5 Favorite Book: It’s a tie--Beloved and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
Sometimes a book sears into one’s soul and leaves a lasting mark. Both of these books did that for me.
There are my “five” books. In truth, the list could go on and on, but the order gets less and less important. I always have a favorite going. I live the reading life.
“Clearly one must read every good book at least once every ten years.”
So, I would like to know...What are your five books?