Friday, October 16, 2020

Favorite Book - or Maybe Books

Our topic for this month is ‘What is your favorite book(s) of all time in
your favorite genre(s)?’What a challenge. I sat and stared at the computer screen thinking about the question and all the books I’ve read. How do you pick just one, or even two? Of all time – that’s a lot of books. If I remember the book, and still have it, does that make it my favorite?

Okay, I’m going to cheat. My favorites from many years ago are Jonathon Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, Surfacing by Margaret Attwood and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I think these books are all considered literary fiction. They are books I’ve read and re-read over time. They are still on my bookshelf. They are books that are well-written, and I think all of them are about searching. Searching to find themselves and improve, to reach their goal. 

There are obstacles, peers laugh at them and they continue to fight to reach their goal. They always encouraged me to keep trying and improve. And even now, I keep trying to improve and continue learning.

These days my favorite genre is romantic suspense. It’s still really hard to choose a book or even two in that genre. So, I’m going to pick an author or two. They are my favorites. Their books are well-written with great plots and characters that pull me in and keep me turning pages through the night. Karen Rose weaves fascinating, dark, on the edge stories. Loreth Anne White develops great characters that pull you in. Her books are set in Canada and you can visualize the settings. And the plot hooks you and reels you in as the story progresses. I love their books and always look forward to the new release. These books are also on my bookshelf.  

Not sure I stuck to the topic. I look forward to seeing how other authors wrote about this topic.

Anne Stenhouse
Skye Taylor
Diane Bator
Connie Vines
Dr. Bob Rich
Fiona McGier
Victoria Chatham
Helena Fairfax
Rhobin L Courtright


  1. Hi Beverley, Good thinking to go with favourite authors. Even that makes the breakdown quite hard, too. We have all read a lot of books. Anne

  2. Hi Beverley, I loved One Hundred Years of Solitude, too. Thanks so much for the romantic suspense recommendations. I haven't read any of these authors, and I look forward to getting to know them!

  3. I vaguely remember Jonathan Livingston Seagull--I was in high school, I think, when it was THE book to read. Just like we spent a week or so in English class trying to figure out all of the references in "Miss American Pie."

    I love Margaret Atwood's stories, but she needs a better editor. She has a tendency to be way too wordy. My favorite is Oryx and Crake--the second book in this series is awful, but the third book was a page-turner from the first word! I thought The Handmaid's Tale was just so-so. I've never seen the show, but I guess it's part of the cultural zeitgeist now. That's the holy grail of any author--to have your books so widely read, that everyone knows who you are. Sigh...

  4. I have never read 100 Years of Solitude but did read Love in the Time of Cholera. I have never come across Karen Rose or Loreth Anne White but will look out for them now. Thanks for the tip.

  5. Beverly, I agree, we read so many novels. I have a shelf (a very large shelf) with novels I have yet to read.
    I enjoyed your blog. I never cared for Jonathan Livingston Seagull though I know it was 'the book to read'. Neil Diamond even wrote a song with the story in mind.

  6. I've read a couple of the books you mentioned but need to investigate the romantic suspense genre! Thanks.