Here’s a post at Book Bub: 15 Authors Tell Us Which Book They’d Choose to Read for the Rest of Their Lives
One of the best things about reading is that it offers an infinite source of entertainment. But what if you had to choose one book to read for the rest of your life? We asked authors that same difficult question: If they could only read one book for the rest of their lives, which one would they choose?
That’s a fun question! I’m really quite interested. I would be even more interested if these were all SFF authors, but sure, I’m interested anyway.
Oh! The first author on their list picked A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas. That’s unexpected! I was not very impressed by the first paragraphs of a book by Sarah Maas when I tried it. Not sure which book that might have been. Something popular. Was it this series? I’m not sure. Let me check. It was!
My problem was that Maas used one word (parameter) when she meant a different word (perimeter) and I instantly distrusted the author’s craft and sense of the language. I am really so surprised to see this series appear in a post like this! Maybe the books are much better than this error in word choice made it seem.
War and Peace. That’s much more what I would have expected.
One Hundred Years of Solitude. I have that on my TBR shelves. I’ve heard both good things about this book (about the writing and style) and negative things (about the tone and essentially tragic story). If any of you have read it, what did you think?
Madame Bovary! Wow, my all-time number-one most-hated book! I would literally rather have zero books on a desert island than this one.
The complete works of Shakespeare is cheating. I’m okay with a series, but not with this. You can consider a series one fundamental story, but not the complete works of an author.
Okay! Lots more choices at the link, so click through if you wish.
For me, it would most likely be The Lord of the Rings. Someone did pick that, and I agree. I doubt I would think very hard about other works. I mean, I MIGHT pick CJC’s Foreigner series on the grounds that I really like it and it is thousands of pages long. But TLotR is most likely the one work I would choose.
How about you? One book for a lifetime. What would you choose?