I knew who I was this morning, but I’ve changed a few times since then.”
~ Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
I’m often asked the question: “So, what’s your favorite book?”
And I’m sure I never give a straight answer – there are far too many to choose just one! The Bible, of course, is my guidebook for life so it must be at the top of the list. I can’t think of a story that captivates more than the life of Jesus. Night by Elie Wiesel has influenced me in more ways that I can say. I read it every year. I love the works of Jane Austen, for her masterful characterization and electric wit; Elizabeth Gaskell, for her depth of scene-setting and grasp of emotion; and Charlotte Brontë, for her stunningly beautiful and lyrical cadence of word structure. I often refer to Jane Eyre as my favorite book because of it. But there are others – too many to name – that can have an effect on me based on the place I am in life.
Do I relate to the characters? Can I see something of myself in their journey? Does the story intrigue me? Cause me to think about something in a new way? Is it dreamy – would I love to walk in the character’s shoes for a day? It’s during the times of change in life that I find books have a way of endearing themselves to us, sometimes more than anything else. And that’s when I’d probably have an answer to give to the question… “It would be Alice in Wonderland –today.”
My life is a perfect jumble of unexpectedness right now, and that’s okay. We have three sons. With them, you can never predict what life will be like from one moment to the next! My career is changing. It continues to evolve as I manage writing for my day job and storytelling as an author at night. The tough winter has almost thawed for good (please, welcome spring!) and we’re constantly moving from one obligation to the next. I sometimes feel like Alice, and have her “curiouser and curiouser!” on my mind as things are swirling around us. It can feel like we’ve tumbled through the looking-glass at times, and are lost out in a Wonderland of twists and turns, roads and unpaved paths… Right now, I understand Alice and I think she’d understand me.
How would you answer the question: “So, what’s your favorite book?” Does it change with your season of life? Do you have a favorite author who always seems to just “get” you, as a reader?
Happy reading, happy writing (if you’re so inclined), and a very merry Un-birthday to you!