Never Ask a Bookworm to Pick Their Favorite Book

Posted July 6, 2018 by Amber in Memes, Reading / 14 Comments


As a voracious reader, it drives me absolutely bonkers when someone asks me to choose my favorite book.  My answer runs the gamut of “Oh, I couldn’t possibly choose.” to “Are you f***ing serious?  Have you seen how many books I’ve read the last 12 months?!”  Movies are a little easier – you can give a top three that you’d watch over and over again.  Books, though?  You spend time with books.  You build relationships with them.

This is a terrible quality GIF, but it is legit what I think every time someone asks me to pick my favorite book.  Also, if you have not seen the film Ever After with Drew Barrymore, it’s one of my Top Three Favorite Films of all time and I could watch it eternally.


If I had to pick  a favorite book to save my life, I couldn’t.  I mean, if you had a knife to my throat I’d probably blubber out the first novel that popped into my head because a question like that isn’t worth dying for… but I can’t truly pick one.  I just can’t. Don’t ask me to do it.  I won’t.  I’ll get all sorts of annoyed.

My favorites shelf on Goodreads currently has 87 books on it.  It’s a glorious mess.  And that’s only about 5% of all the books I have on my Goodreads account in general.  How could I possibly choose between Tess of the Road and Gone With the Wind?  What about Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban vs. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy?  They’re all excellent books.

I can’t choose.  I can’t, and I won’t.

I just love books.  Give them to me in any shape and size and I shall devour them ravenously.


This week’s Book Blogger Hop asks:

If you were stranded on a deserted island, which ONE book could you not live without?


Short answer: I’d sensibly probably have to live without all of them, because I’d need the book about surviving on a desert island to be the one I take with me.  Bummer.


What is your favorite book?

Did that question just make you wince?

Have you seen Ever After?

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14 responses to “Never Ask a Bookworm to Pick Their Favorite Book

    • Amber

      I recently got that book from PageHabit and it’s sitting lovingly on my TBR. It’s such a pretty bright yellow book (or at least my copy is!) and I’m looking forward to reading it… just something about the title. Wonderful to hear you love it so much!

    • Amber

      A temporary stay makes this *much* more manageable!!! I can think of several long books – “The Historian” foremost – that I would love some uninterrupted time to explore. Great interpretation!

  1. You are absolutely right… I especially get frustrated when someone who doesn’t read asks me this question… they wouldn’t even know the books if I started listing them.. I just say HP always and leave it at that 😊😊

    • Amber

      Harry Potter is still seven books though, if you’re not including Fantastic Beasts, etc! Which one of the seven?

        • Amber

          Good picks. You know, I’m not crazy about Harry in OotP, but I LOVE the Department of Mysteries part, so it sort of evens out! 🙂 For a desert island, I’d suggest OotP just because it’s longer. 😉

  2. Hahahahaha, I HATE this question so much! I tend to either go with whatever favourite I read most recently, or Prisoner of Azkaban (because it’s my favourite Harry Potter book), but I could never REALLY choose a favourite.

    And ooh, yes! I’ve seen Ever After twice, and I loved it both times! It’s definitely one I’d always be happy to rewatch.

    • Amber

      PoA is my favorite Harry Potter too! But, ugh, don’t you just want to flail sometimes and try to explain to people who it’s like picking a favorite pet? Or child? Or only one food to eat for the rest of your life?

    • Amber

      Suuuuuch a good movie right? Me and this other girl at work are obsessed with it and all the boys just don’t get it. XD

  3. I find it easy to pick my favourite book (it’s Fear and Trembling by Søren Kierkegaard), but I still find it hard to answer this question when someone asks me, because what they usually mean isn’t “Which book do you love the most?” but rather “Please can you recommend a book for me?” and those are two very different things.

    • Amber

      It is hard when it’s a double-edged question for that! A lot of books I love I wouldn’t recommend to people. I have a friend who is an avid reader, and she and I have learned to never ask eachother for recs because I read a lot of YA fantasies and she reads a lot of adult horror… two veeeeery different interests!