I have a problem. As a book blogger, what’s the #1 answer you get asked?
What’s your favorite book?
Or it might be a slight variation on this. What’s your favorite: author, series, genre, book boyfriend … you get the idea.
But, my problem is, I am absolutely incapable of answering this question. Like, seriously incapable.
I might be able to come up with a list of favorites (though even that is hard for me sometimes), but never just one. And this isn’t confined to just books. Ask me what my favorite movie is and I’ll give you a blank look – and then I’ll try and come up with something, but I’ll really be scrambling. My favorite food? Um, tacos? But I don’t know that that’s really my favorite food – it’s just the answer I came up with once upon a time so that I’d have something to say when someone asked me the question.
So, I started asking myself – why can’t I come up with favorites? Is it just that I’m indecisive? Are there just so many good books out there that I can’t stand to choose only one? Well, yes. And no.
I think the real issue is that I’m kind of fickle. I don’t have an all-time favorite anything because I tend to really love the thing in front of me right now. (Or, if the thing in front of me isn’t that great, then I’m still in love the last thing that was.) Plus, I find that my tastes are gradually changing over time, so that thing that I was enthralled with three years ago might not make me quite as happy now, even if it were new to me. Since I don’t re-read, it’s hard for me to come up with an all-time favorite book. I can think of lots of books that I’ve loved, but none of them stand out at The Book that I’ve loved more than all of the other books. And, if I’m being honest, even the books that I remember that I absolutely loved have lost their shininess over time.
So, how about you? Are you able to pinpoint favorites? If not, are your reasons the same as mine?
P.S. Now that I’ve written a whole post about how I don’t have all-time favorites of anything, I’m going to admit that I totally lied. I have an all-time favorite TV show – Buffy the Vampire Slayer. No other show that I’ve ever watched has inspired the type of devotion that I felt for that series, and I’m kind of doubting that any ever will (partially just because I’m kind of past that stage of being a slave to TV – I’ve moved on to books!) So, yeah. Big liar.