Yes, I know: I’ve been remiss in my book reviewing of late. Last week I didn’t post because I was out of the country and this week I’m part-way through two books.
I read on the blog of The Office of Letters and Light (those literary heroes who organise NaNoWriMo, Script Frenzy, the Young Writers Program, etc.) about a book swap in which the participants had to bring three books: one they loved as a child, one they loved as a young adult, and one they loved as an adult. Inspired by this idea, here are my three picks:
Favourite book as a child
Born Free by Joy Adamson.
I went through a phase when I was 8-9 years’ old in which I read every book I could on African animals. One such book was Born Free, about a British game warden and his wife in Kenya in the 1950s who raised a lion cub, named Elsa, eventually releasing her successfully into the wild. I must have read this book at least three times, heavy going for a 9-year-old, and even dressed up as Elsa for Halloween. Unfortunately, everyone thought I had dressed up as Simba. Sigh.
Favourite book as a young adult
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
This category was hard to choose a book for, until I remembered that I read and reread The Lord of the Rings every year while in high school and the start of university. I don’t need to give a summary of this book, do I? I loved the films. I loved the soundtracks. I learned Sindarin and Quenya and translated passages of the Bible into Elvish. I was a little bit obsessed.
Favourite book as an adult
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin.
As an adult, I have several favourite books, but whenever I am hard pressed to choose only one, I always answer The Dispossessed. I have already posted about it several times, most recently in my list of Five Books About Me. This is such a beautifully written book that explores human nature, society, and relationships, and it never ceases to challenge me. I’ve reread it at least once a year since first reading it in 2008.
If you had to choose, which three books would you choose as your favourite book as a child, young adult, and adult?