Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What is your favorite book?

When people find out that I'm a writer or that I have a bachelor's degree in English they always ask me, "what is your favorite book?"
Or something along those lines.
"Who is your favorite author?"
"What's your favorite genre?"
"Do you have any book recommendations?"

Last week someone asked me one or two of these questions.
I never have an answer.
I can't think of The Great American Novel that everyone must read.
I can never come up with a title or an author of one of the many stellar Classics.

My answer, and maybe this should tell me something, always involves picture books.
I say, "Well, I really like Mercer Meyer...you know, the little critter books..."
Or, "There was this really great picture book called Mary Had a Little Lamp that is just brilliant! The ending is so good, because it sets you up for disappointment but then you turn the page and Wham! resolved."

I always think about my very favorite book I found in England that was self-published by a woman with a cute little shop. once upon a time when i was a rabbit. And of course there's the sequel: once upon a time when i was the biggest big bear.
The words in both are just so SO good. And the illustrations are adorable. They're the kinds of books that I read and think "I wish I had created this."

Then there's the book I found at the Grand Canyon: A Cowgirl and Her Horse. How clever it is. How fabulous the illustrations are.

There's a picture book writer in me somewhere. One of these days I'm going to find her.

What's your favorite book? Author? Genre? What book should I absolutely read?

Do any of those match up with the kind of book you're writing?

Write on!

1 comment:

  1. I didn't know you had such an affinity for picture books. ;)

    My favorite book(s) is the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson, which I have never reread because even now I struggle not to copycat it in everything I write. ;)

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