In preparation for tomorrow’s Book Group, for which the theme is ‘Your Favourite Book’, I have had to really think about what exactly my favourite book is and why as surprisingly it wasn’t as instant as you would think. It has actually proved to be a real mission.
Firstly as discussed a few weeks ago after a Booking Through Thursday task, where we had fifteen minutes to think of the fifteen books that will always stick with you, I discovered that the fifteen books that have stuck with me aren’t necessarily my favourites. They may have been thought provoking, emotion inducing and possibly haunting but are they books that I would return to again and again… no, not all of them anyway. It’s a very few and far between group of books that make it onto my bookshelves for all my guests to see, let alone actually read more than once.
This has therefore made my mission that much more impossible. So I started writing lists, never-ending endless lists (picture to come later as I forgot to upload it) and what I noticed was that the lists differed on different days and was very dependent on my differing moods. However as I went on with the compilations I noticed that four or five books kept appearing with two particular books being the constant every time. What are they, which one did I pick? Well I can’t divulge that until after 6.30pm tomorrow now can I? It would spoil the surprise wouldn’t it?
Then I found myself thinking that why not share my favourite books full stop, well ok maybe not all of them but say ‘The Favourite Forty’. I then had the dilemma of how to display this on the site, I thought just doing a list would just vanish in the blog. I was still mulling this over when I popped into Waterstone’s (I am still having a debate over whether I should buy ‘Armadale’ by Wilkie Collins) when I saw their Writers Table. Each few months an author chooses their favourite books to recommend to readers, so I thought ‘why not make a readers table on the blog on a new page’. So as of 6.30pm tomorrow – in honour of Book Group – you should see that there is a lovely new page on Savidge Reads, I hope you all like it! It will also probably change periodically as I read new books that I am sure may sneak on there.
Now if you want to join in with the book group tomorrow but cant get there due to there being an ocean in the way or work commitments or some such then you can still join in by emailing me your favourite and why to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will read them out tomorrow.
Or you can simply comment and do the same and I will take those with me. It would be lovely to hear from you all though possibly dangerous for my TBR pile!