this is a question someone asked in the car on the way home from des moines two weeks ago, something we all answered...and it was a question (or, i guess, a series of two questions...) i find interesting and thought provoking. i'm curious as to what all of your answers are...i'm posting mine here.
what are your three favourite books of all time? also, what three books would you take onto a desert island, the only three books you'd ever be able to read again?
my three favourites (kind of self-explanatory...i think these are great pieces of literature, i connected with them on an emotional level, and i did not want them to end when i read them):
--notes from underground by fyodor dostoevsky
--the dollmaker by harriette arnow
--the corrections by jonathan franzen
the three i'd take to a desert island:
--notes from underground by fyodor dostoevsky (it's a book i love to read over and over again...it's interesting, it's a seamless mix of fiction and philosophy, and it's the ultimate Don't Be This Guy...in whom i see way too much of myself.)
--sideways stories from wayside school by louis sachar (it's my favourite children's book...it amused me to no end when i was in elementary school, and it still does so today. i read that book at least every couple of months...my copy is almost worn out. i read it more frequently today than i even did when i was a child.)
--common sense by thomas paine (part 2 is kind of off the deep end, i'm not a huge fan of the nitpicky bible critique...but part 1 is pure genius, something i read over and over again, and still find both thought-provoking and comforting. in that i believe that God intervenes sometimes in daily life, i'm not quite a deist like paine was, but part 1 of common sense is still the closest thing i have to a personal religious text.)