I started thinking about my favorite novels of all time yesterday after reading this blogpost from strollerderby. For those of you who don’t click on the link, in the post, a 6-year-old girl judges the contents of books based on their cover art. This is what she says about two of my favorite novels:
“It doesn’t really have a story. The cover is weird. It doesn’t give you like any clue to what it is about on the cover, like other books do. ”
“I think this book is about a sprite that lives in the forest. And she meets a lion, a tiger a bear and a mouse. She also meets a leaf and a tree, it’s a magical book but for teens.”
Nearly apt reviews for both books, this kid needs her own book review column in the New York Times!
As with most of my other favorite things, this list is subject to change due to mood, season, weather, hunger, etc. My favorite novels as of today, in no particular order:
One of the first novels I ever read! A story about wolf-dog and boy, brutality, and survival.
I almost didn’t read this one, a guy vs. a fish didn’t sound cool at all. However, I came away with how important it is to see a struggle through to the end, regardless of outcome. Read it, it’ll grow hair on your chest.
A book about teen angst! Ugh!
A lot of folks find this one hard to get in to. Yeah, it’s a handful of a book, I admit. The best way I can think to describe this book is by comparing it to cilantro. Some people can’t stand cilantro no matter how often they try it, but others realize their food lives will never be the same after that first bite, it’s pure magic.
A great coming-of-age story that incorporates Sci-Fi, comic books, and curses! Junot Diaz is a modern day storyteller with a gift for writing.
So, what are your favorite novels? Post them below.