It’s a question to induce frown lines.
How can you choose your number one when every book gives you such different things? It might be a beautifully drawn character, a killer twist, or a pace that turns you into a bionic reader. Picking your dream book is a task that demands you dig deep.
On Saturday, I asked my sunny New Yorker friend Gerry to do just that.
She fanned her fingers through the air, and widened her sparkly blue shadowed eyes. She was about to impart something important.
‘It has to be If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things by Jon McGregor,’ she said.
This was a recommendation I couldn’t forget. I typed the title into my iPhone and the next day, hunted the book down.
I Tweeted my little find a few hours ago and was met by a swathe of appreciation for it. It’s going to be a good’un, I reckon.
By asking the question – what’s your best book ever? – you’re bound to end up with great recommendations.
Here’s mine: The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. It’s an epic story about the biblical character Dinah and is laced with betrayal, infertility, love. I’m not a massive fan of historical fiction, so I wouldn’t have gone for it ordinarily, but a friend gave me my first copy, telling me I just had to read it. It delivers on every count – the writing is enchanting, the landscape vivid and the characters richly drawn. I’ve read it three times and don’t rule out reading it another three. I’ve bought it God knows how many times for loads of friends – because frankly it’s the perfect gift for a friend.
Have you got a number one book? If so, I’d love to add your picks to my list of unbeige books to be read.