Someone asked me this the other day and it got me thinking. There are lots of books I love but I'm not sure I could pick a favourite.
I think I have pretty eclectic taste when it comes to reading and enjoy a huge variety of books. Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks, lots by Stephen King (especially writing as Richard Bachman), India Knight's My life on a plate, Robin Hobb's Farseer series, Muriel Spark's short stories, Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Brave New World... The list goes on. I suppose you could say that I'm more drawn to fiction, but then again, I enjoy getting stuck into a Bill Bryson book as I love his observation and humour. And I love a good autobiography. A life-changing one for me was Autobiography of Malcolm X, which I read when I was at university.
When I was actually asked this question, my current favourite tripped off my tongue as I'd just emerged from reading it and was still wrapped up in its world - Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. I came late to this book (it was published around 2002) but I really loved it. Witty, original and poignant, it tackles families, history, incest, politics - race and otherwise - the growth of the Detroit motor industry and a myriad other things besides. All told from the viewpoint of an engaging protagonist, who happens to have inherited a life-changing gene.
Now, writing this, I've just read Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation and if I'd been asked today what my favourite book was, I may just have said that! So I'm fickle... or maybe it's not possible to have a favourite book with so many good ones out there.
How about you? It would be great to know about other people's favourites, and maybe add them to my own to-read list.