“Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”
– Neil Gaiman
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I was chatting to a blogging friend this week about Neil Gaiman and it reminded me of this great quote. Whenever someone asks me who my favourite author is or for my favourite book I just internally scream. It’s the same as asking what my favourite song is or as Gaiman says, which one of my body parts I would least like to lose. (Such a great way of putting it!) Not only does it depend entirely on my mood, but books become such a part of me that I can’t separate or extract them from one another. They all make up me, every story, every character and imaginary world. I learn something new every time I read a book, whether about human nature, some obscure fact or in depressing cases, how not to write a book, lol. 😛 How can you compare a paranormal romance to a prestigious classic? Or a historical book to a thriller? It just doesn’t compute.
So why should I have to choose?
A related anecdote – Earlier in the year I was in a seminar for a journalism module which consisted of the lecturer asking us what/who our favourite book, author and journalist was (yes guys, this is what I pay £8,000+ a year for, I want my money back). When he got to me and I told him I couldn’t pick because I had too many, he looked at me with this bemused expression on his face, baffled as to why I couldn’t just pick. I thought about being awkward and saying I would just stick a load of books together with super glue so they counted as one, or quoting Neil Gaiman at him, but in the end I decided it was a bad idea to be sarcastic to the man who would be grading my future essays. 😛
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