Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens

...Bright copper kettles and warm wollen mittens.  You know the rest.  (And if you don't, stop what you're doing and obtain a copy of The Sound of Music.  Watch it, and then come back)  It's a catchy song, don't you think?  We all have our favorite things.  I can list my favorite things with the best of them.  My problem comes when someone asks me to name my favorite ________.  What's your favorite color?  What's your favorite book?    What's your favorite movie?  Favorite TV show?  Actor?  Animal?  Ice cream flavor?  The list goes on.  Truth be told, I don't have a favorite color.   Blasphemy, I know.

The author of one of the blogs I regularly read recently posed the 'what is your favorite book' question to her readers, and yesterday published the results.  Since the first book on the list got more than 2,000 votes, you see that she has more readers than I.  But this is not a contest and I don't really care.  I read the results list, have read many of the books, but by no means all of them.  But it got me thinking first of all, that this would be a good list to take to the library, but also about which book I would have voted for.  And I couldn't decide!  It was really bothering me.  I think I am more of a top 5 person.  Name your top five favorite books of all time?  Difficult, but certainly more manageable.

My dad does have a favorite book.  Pat the Bunny.  Seriously.  Ask him that question and I guarantee you will get Pat the Bunny as a response.  My mother, a retired librarian with a penchant for inhaling books at the rate of more than one per week, probably would have a lot of trouble.  Understandably so, since she has read nearly every book every written.  My sister (who has been dubbed as 'socially interesting') would likely choose the Little House books, Redwall series, or something written in French like Les Miserables.  But the FRENCH version.  Michael is in grad school and declared yesterday that he only has time to read assigned books.  But we all know Michael's answer to the 'what's your favorite book' question.  The iBook.  In case you are wondering, here are my top five, in no particular order:

  1. Harry Potter series (technically 7 books, work with me, folks)
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird
  3. The Catcher in the Rye
  4. The Kite Runner
  5. Goodnight Moon
  6. The Giving Tree
  7. The Little Prince
See, I couldn't stop at 5!  It's a sickness, I tell you.  


ashley said...

The Giving Tree is my all time favorite...although I just recently read The Lorax while babysitting my neighbor and it's certainly in close competition. I clearly have a penchant for children's books.

ashley said...

On a quasi-related note; has it ever bothered you that My Favorite things is played as a Christmas song?

Jules said...

Ash, of course it bothers me :) It's not a Christmas song, folks. Do we know how it got lumped in that category? It's not like she sings about candy canes and pine trees in the song.