Alternative Booker that is.
Thanks to Sarah W who tagged me with The Alternative Booker Award wherein I share my five personal favourite books and ask five more bloggers to share theirs. Like Sarah, I struggled to limit myself to five. I needed some way to sub-categorize; I started thinking of favourite books and three were first novels. There was my sub-set!
Five favourite first novels*:
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee – I’ve read this book so many times. As a undergraduate I cited the Boo Radley phenomenon in a paper, as an English teacher I taught TKAM two years in a row. A dear friend gave me a limited edition on the 50th anniversary of its publication, but any edition of this book is a keeper. Imagine this being your first novel. Wow.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles – this was probably (see, even here I must qualify) my favorite read of 2012. A zippy, swingy, jazzy read. I did not want it to end. How could you not fall in love with a protagonist called Katey Kontent?
Lives of Girls & Women by Alice Munro – this is a coming of age story, billed as Munro’s “only” novel, although some argue it’s a series of linked short stories. Either way, it permits me to include my writing heroine, Alice Munro, on my list. I’ve read every single short story collection of hers, but am saving her latest, Dear Life, for a special occasion. I already know it deserves that.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – I first read this when it came out in 1997 and waited eagerly for each subsequent one to be published. The plot, the setting, the concept – pure escapism. The Boy has the boxed set – instant gratification. Missy has just started reading this first book, while The Boy has just cracked the last in the series.
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery- my comfort read. I keep a copy in the drawer of my bedside table for medicinal purposes. A dose of Anne cures insomnia, ennui and other first world problems. I am waiting for the right moment to introduce Missy to the Anne series. It will kill me if she rejects it as she did Little House in the Deep Woods and Trixie Belden.
Finally, I’m tagging these bloggers to continue the Alternative Booker Award:
Reb Alexander – speaking of debut novels!
Cat of The Divorced Lady’s Companion to Living in Italy - speaking of debut novels!
Ladies, you’re it.