Sadly, the question “what’s your favorite book” gives me angst. I do not read enough. In the past year my lack of reading is a bit embarrassing. I want to read. I enjoy reading once I am in the habit again. But when I finally sit down at night and the choice is TV, Pinterest, blog scanning or reading a novel, my choice is usually made in that order.
I tend to go through reading spurts and always become obsessed with books in those times. I did the Twilight thing and am trying to motivate myself to start Hunger Games. There are a few books, however, that have stuck with me long after the paperback has been donated or given away. Last year I read The Art of Racing in the Rain and made the mistake of finishing it on a plane. The guy next to me must have thought I was a nut case as I held back sobs through the final pages. In college I read The Lovely Bones and that is a book I’ll never forget reading. It haunted me for months.
My all time favorite book is a tough call to make, but What is the What always tops my list.
It is an autobiographical novel based on the Lost Boys of the Sudan. Their struggles, perseverance and faith is beyond words. The atrocities that this generation of Sudanese youth saw are ones many of us would never be able to move past. It is a book I would like to read again one day, and one I’ll surely make sure my children read when they are old enough.