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This is … my favourite book

Each week I await the announcement of the following Sunday’s “this is … ” with a little excitement and a little trepidation.  Will it be too hard for my overfull, addled brain?  And this week, we have “this is my favourite book”.  How on earth to decide?  I like most books, for all sorts of reasons!  Eventually I thought that I should let my first impulse rule the day.  This is my favourite book.

Why?  Firstly, it reminds me of my Gran.  She started me off on the “Anne of Green Gables” books when I was quite young, and I adored them.  I still do!  Secondly, it’s a great read; incredibly evocative in its descriptions.  Thirdly, the main character is fantastic.  Considering the time in which the novel was written, she’s a terrific female role model.  And the male lead isn’t half bad either!  Each time I read this book I appreciate it differently; I first read it in my early teens (maybe earlier), then again in my late teens, then as an adult.  It’s still a really lovely story.  Not terribly deep and/or meaningful I suppose, but there are some lessons to be learned about living each day as though it is your last, about facing your fears, and about being true to yourself.  So thanks Gran! 

12 thoughts on “This is … my favourite book

  1. O.M.G. This is one of my favourite books too. We even have the same edition! I spent all my pocket money when I was a teenager buying these books and I’ve just spent the last week having a perfect Anne-fest.

  2. Would you believe I’ve never read it! I find it so difficult to choose a fav book. It all depends on when and where I’m reading. A murder/thriller/ghost story is good in Winter in front of the fire reading in turns with hubby; a travel book about or set in the place you’re staying when on holiday; old classic children’s stories with the children; a short story in the bath; or even a funny for bed time reading. I have too many favourites!

  3. This is a new one to me..I’ll have to think ahead to this one for on little grandaughter who is ahead of her years in reading. She’s at the Pippi LS stage now, mostly we think because Pippi sounds so funny to her.

  4. The Blue Castle is not out of print in the US, but I don’t know about elsewhere. I just re-read it a few weeks ago! I saw it discussed on one of my message boards, because if you read Colleen McCullough’s “The Ladies of Missalonghi,” you will get quite a surprise.

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