Booking Through Thursday (12) - Only Five
Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme (mostly) about books and reading.
The BTT question of the week is:
A while ago, I interviewed my readers for a change, and my final question was, “What question have I NOT asked at BTT that you’d love me to ask?” I got some great responses and will be picking out some of the questions from time to time to ask the rest of you. Like now.
If you had to pick only 5 books to read ever again, what would they be and why?’
(Such a cruel question!)
Such a cruel question indeed! When I read the question, only one answer popped into my head and it's a series of books that consist of seven books. I think you all know what that is.
So, I've come to a decision and cheat... that is counting a series as one book. I am so indecisive.
1. the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
It thinks it is understandable why I chose Harry Potter and why it claims the number one spot. Over the last decade, Harry Potter has become a huge part for half my life. I've devoured anything and everything Potter from the books to the films, from music to Pottermore, from spin-off canon to fanfiction. And though there are no more books nor movies that would come after, I know that "whether you [I] by page or by the big screen, Hogwarts will always be there to welcome you [me] home".
2. the Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien had created a rich and vibrant world; and although this world is only pure fiction, millions, including me, have been sucked into Middle Earth and partook of the quest to destroy the One Ring and prevent the Dark Lord Sauron to drown the world in a second darkness. It is not only the adventure and the characters I've come to love that would I come back for but also the unique cultures of each and every race in Middle Earth and beyond.
3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Ah, the classic. I watched the 1995 BBC series, watched the 2005 Keira Knightley movie, sported a British accent for awhile along with my roommates and read every possible "sequel" thereafter. There would be a lot of incarnations of Pride and Prejudice but nothing would beat the original and I would need my regular dose of Mr. Darcy.
4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I confess I've read this about so and so times already. I may not have agreed with Laurie and Jo ending up with different people, the simplicity of the storytelling and the subtle way it teaches us morals and the lot would always have my interest.
5. The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton
Yes, only this book. Because this is only book I've read in the series since I couldn't the other books. Enid Blyton's The Faraway Tree series is rare in this country. My first The Magic Faraway Tree book was borrowed from a classmate when I was around ten years of age. I've borrowed it again from the same person when I was in high school (though that I person was no longer my classmate). Fast forward to 2010 and I had a strange urge to read it again. Thankfully, I've found the book - just that one, same book. Why would I read it again and again? To satisfy my inner child.