As a serious reader (okay, okay, someone who reads a lot of young adult romances and the occasional classic), I get asked a lot what my favorite book is.
And I freeze.
I do not have a favorite book. I just cannot pick one book out as the best book I've ever read.
I thought maybe I could say that I have favorite books in various genres, but then I realized even that was impossible. If you asked what my favorite memoir was, how could I possibly choose between It's Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong or Rocket Boys by Homer Hickman? I cannot.
Favorite classic, you ask? I cannot say I love Jane Eyre more than A Tale of Two Cities.
Favorite recent young adult book, then. Ooh, The Hunger Games versus The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks versus The Book Thief? Can't do it, sorry.
How about a fantasy novel? Ella Enchanted or Beauty. Do not make me choose, people.
Newbery winner: The View from Saturday? A Single Shard? The Giver?!
What about Science Fiction? Ender's Game, maybe? Little Brother?
Books I've loved forever and ever and will read to my children. Cheaper by the Dozen is almost unbeatable in my book. The Phantom Tollbooth is very clever.
Asking me to choose is a nightmare. Ask me for my favorite book recommendation and I'll probably just end up giving you a long list of things I love.
How can anyone really choose a favorite book? Or. . .do you have a favorite book? Am I completely alone in my absolute inability to select one single book?