I may be wrong, but I believe everyone has one favorite book. While there are other books one likes and enjoys reading, there is one book that a person returns to time and again for whatever reason.
For me, it is Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. I first read it as a senior in high school (or to be more accurate, right after I graduated), then for several years, I read it nearly every year, almost as an obsession, a guilty secret. I got to the point where I would make myself wait to read it, lengthening the time between reads. I'd pick it up just to read a few pages here, then read another few pages, and before I knew it I was hooked and couldn't put it down until I finished it. I know that it certainly affected my studies a time or two, but once I got so far in, well...that was it.
Throughout my life, I have continued to read it. I can't tell you how many times I've read it over the years. I can't tell you how many copies I've owned, either. Actually, I am getting better; it has been several years from my last read of it, but I can tell that I am getting the fever to read it again. However, I won't, at least for now.
Right now, I am starting to read Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. It is my son Michael's one favorite book! I felt that it was finally time I read it. For one thing, he finally read mine, and we have always shared books. He's always been into science fiction. I have never read much of that genre, so have been dragging my feet about it, but, as I say, it's time. While I haven't read much of it (a few pages since getting it from the library a day ago), I can't wait to discover what has drawn him in. Not only that, but I think I am going to enjoy this book.
Of course, per usual, I am reading a few other books (Elizabeth Spencer's The Light in the Piazza and Other Italian Tales and Joseph Allen's Phoenix: Firestorm), but primarily, I am reading my son's favorite, Ender's Game.
What's your one favorite book?
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