Tubular, I really like that word. When I use it, which is frequently, my audience typically cocks their head in awe and sometimes worry. "Yes", I tell them, "I am odd".
Another odd thing about me is that I rank my favorite books. Yes, I know. Why do I take the time to do this? I dunno, I just like ranking things and since books are my #3 favorite things in the world, then why not rank my favorite ones? Right.
I am, however, starting to worry that my ranking system is off and maybe a little disingenuous. Here's why.
As of right now here is the list (each title is followed by the month and year in which I read the book)
1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy (February 2009)
2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (September 2009)
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (May 2009)
4. The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd (January 2010)
5. Looking for Alaska by John Green (November 2009)
6. The Maze Runner by James Dashner (December 2009)
7. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (January 2010)
8. The Host by Stephenie Meyer (June 2009)
9. Swim the Fly by Don Calame (January 2010)
10. The Giver by Lois Lowry (June 2007)
As you can see, only one book, The Giver, is not from the last year. Why have my recently read books had such an impact on me that they have made it to the very top of my list? I do not think many people would challenge the presence of The Road or The Hunger Games series on this list, but the others would not ordinarily be at the top of someone's all-time list. I cannot explain why they are there other than when I sat down at goodreads.com to add each book, I felt that book needed to be at the top. The current list, which you can view via the Goodreads link, currently has thirty titles. Only eight are from 2008 and earlier.
Have my views changed and the books that used to be at the top just aren't as good to me anymore? Or are the books that I devoured last year just that good that they make it to the top?
Do you have a list of all-time faves, what's on there, does it have an interesting timeline? If not, if you threw one together, what would be among the top? Are they childhood favorites or are they books that mean something to you, but you just read them. Did some books loose their luster the longer you had to process them?
Last question, and be honest, my friends. Are you totally judging me and my list or is it just tubular?
And, as always, puppy. The little one is Belle and her mama is Molly.