Tuesday, May 01, 2007



What is your favorite all time book, and why?

Mine is To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch is one of the most inspiring characters in 20th century American literature. A morally upright lawyer, a committed and loving father, and an overall good citizen. For me, Atticus epitomizes what it means to be an honorable man.

The movie starring Gregory Peck is also my favorite all time movie.

16 Comments:

Blogger NY KAT said...

I loved reading To Kill a Mockingbird in high school!

It's hard to pick a favorite..I love A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and Sea Glass by Anita Shreve. Although it's hard not to include Sam's Letters to Jennifer and Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas, both by James Patterson.

Tough question!

4:01 PM  
Blogger norm said...

Norm fondly recalls Narcissus and Goldmund. It's his favorite novel.

4:12 PM  
Blogger Snowflakewny said...

I have to say House of Mirth by Edith Wharton. Beautiful and sad. Every time I read it I still think "maybe it will end differently"

5:14 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

kat and norm - I'll check out those books!

snowflake - welcome! And I love that book - I feel the same way when I read it (or watch the movie with Gillian Anderson)

5:53 PM  
Blogger kookla@work said...

My all time favorite book from childhood was "Henry Reed's Babysitting Service." I used to read and reread it while my mom made me a homemade pastrami sandwich. It brings back childhood memories.

Between work, home and familial obligations, I don't read much anymore.

6:14 PM  
Blogger v said...

Great post idea!

Yeah, I need to read more fiction but it probably means I'll have to cut down on tv and film viewing, and let's face it, that's not going to happen.

I, too, love To Kill a Mockingbird. I can't really point to one favorite book, but I can list a few:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
WATCHMEN
The Hobbit/LOTR series
Madame Bovery
The Portrait of a Lady

6:48 PM  
Blogger Ffleur said...

I loved To Kill a Mockingbird also. Other favorites are:

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Life of Pi by Yann Mann
Memoirs of a Geisha by A. Golden
Don Quixote by Cervantes
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Any British mystery by Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Georgette Heyer and Margery Allingham.

7:45 PM  
Blogger MJ said...

Fave recent read (i.e. past few years) was The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

And Bleachy-Haired Honky Bitch: Tales from a Bad Neighborhood by Hollis Gillespie.

Don't mind me. Just visiting your blog.

8:06 PM  
Blogger M-M-M-Mishy said...

I have two favourite books from when I was younger:

The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson

My favourite "grown up" book? Fugitive Pieces - Anne Michaels. Gorgeous book!

This was a really hard question, Diane! Good post.

8:24 PM  
Blogger LA said...

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. He's my favorite author because of his magical use of language. I think Skinny Legs and All is technically his best, most ambitious novel; but Jitterbug Perfume somehow speaks to me.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Prunella Jones said...

Pride and Prejudice and Gone With the Wind are big favorites. The Cider House Rules by John Irving is one I have read over and over. I also love Thomas Pynchon novels to dip into from time to time though I can't ever sit and read one straight through. He's whacked in a wonderful, wonderful way.

5:16 AM  
Blogger Diane said...

Thanks everyone for the great array of books! Some I've read, many I haven't and will definitely check into!

mj - welcome!

6:24 AM  
Blogger EditThis said...

That's a really hard question, like "What's your favorite song?" As for the classics, I loved To Kill A Mockingbird, but also love my Steinbeck - Grapes of Wrath was wonderful. So was Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein.

Recently, The Time Traveler's Wife is one of the most innovative books I've read. Also love - Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, The Stand by Steven King, and Marley & Me (Josh Grogan) made me cry because it reminded me too much of Wally. (sniff!)

9:35 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

My faovrite book hands down is City Crimes and Other Tales of Nineteenth-Century City Life by George Thompson. I really recommend this book, it is tre trashy!

10:02 AM  
Blogger sage said...

hard to pick, but for a pure pleasure, I think I might go with Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath or Twain's Huck Finn--I'm always up for a journey

4:30 PM  
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