Once again it's time for ... Why I Love Wednesday!! yay!!
Why I Love ... Wednesdays is a meme hosted by Alexis over at reflections of a bookaholic. Each Wednesday is an opportunity to explore a different aspect of literature and why I love it. Today's topic: favorite book.
If you'll recall last Wednesday's topic was favorite author and I complained, publicly, to Alexis that picking a favorite author was almost as hard as picking a favorite book. So ... what does she choose as her next topic??? I think Alexis has it in for me.
The problem here is that I really don't have a favorite book per se. One day, shortly after someone else had asked this question, I was having a book discussion with my kids. As we spoke, I realized that (what I will call) my very favorite, all time book has almost nothing to do with the book (although it is a cute book), it has to do with the memories that surround the book.
What is this amazing, magical book, you ask? 'The Monster at the end of this Book' by Jon Stone.
That's right. Grover. I remember my Mom reading this to me when I was a little girl. She made it so fun!! I actually felt like I was fighting with Grover to turn the pages. When Grover yelled, my mom yelled, when Grover pleaded, my mom pleaded. I remember giggling and giggling.Then I grew up. And I had children. And I got this book. And I read it like my Mom did. And my kids giggled and giggled.
Believe it or not, the epic book discussion I was having with my, now grown up, kids was about this book. They have similar fun, treasured memories about reading this book and were discussing how they will read it to their kids, when they get around to having them. Isn't that what makes a book great? It can be read and reread by generation after generation and still produce in the reader (or, in this case, listener) feelings of comfort or joy or whatever, that take them back to another time and place. I am pretty sure I can still recite this one from memory.
Do you have a favorite book? Even if it is an adult book. Please share.