booking through thursday

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Are “best” and “favorite” the same thing? If someone asked you “What’s the best book you ever read?” would the answer be the same as for “What’s your favorite?” From the archives.

Two recent reads will illustrate my answer to this question: Euphoria by Lily King was a beautifully written novel. It was literary and insightful. But I didn't love it. Dog Crazy by Meg Donohue was not what I consider a literary heavy-hitter but I was thoroughly captivated by it. So, my answer is that "best" and "favorite" are not the same thing. The best books I have read sometimes challenge me to finish, even though I can appreciate the art and the craft of the writing.

1 comment:

The Gal Herself said...

I know how you feel! I read a beautifully written WWI era novel called Wake, and it had a consequential and poignant plotline, and yet ... and yet ... somehow it didn't grip me.