Wednesday, June 3, 2009


Ok, I am headed to Seattle later tonight for business, so I need to keep this short.

To help encourage a bit more interactivity, I am starting a weekly posting called "favorites" in which we all post our favorite X of the week (book, movie, sporting event, etc.)

Sound interesting? Shall we all play along.

So, let's start out with ... Books. I've always been an avid reader of both the highbrow and the lowbrow but my favorite book of all time orients towards the latter. I have to say that all things considered, it's ... The Godfather by Mario Puzo. Much like the movie (and remember -- the movie is based on the book) - it's just an epic classic. You can pick it up at any page and find something compelling. Its characters are all rich. It's fun. It's a period piece. It's a gangster piece. It's about family; it's about enemies. You get my point -- it has a little something for everyone. there are others too, but this is about "favorites" and that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So, I showed you mine. Let's see yours.


Crazymamaof6 said...

fun idea.

i haven't read the Godfather, or seen the movie? GASP?!
what rock do i live under?
i know.

my favorite? Austenland by Shannon Hale.
my favorite in the last year anyway.

Nicholas said...

So without taking too much time to really think this through, I have a few favorite books:

Favorite popular book of the last decade: The daVinci Code.
You have to admit you read this thing in about four days. Great book, a real page turner, except for all that crap about the holy grail when they arrived at the professor's house.

Favorite book from high school: The Iliad by Homer.
You have to admit that this book was way more cohesive in Latin. Am I right?

Favorite book ever: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
You have to admit that laughing out loud at a book and getting the shakes from his vivid explanations of drug-induced hysteria is a great way to pass the time during your morning commute.

Also worthy of note:
Trashy read: Music for Torching - A.M. Homes
Sports read: Ultramarathon Man - Dean Karnazes
Short read: The Dubliners - James Joyce

Thanks for the good idea, How.

Beno said...

I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't read the Godfather either. Is it worth it even after having seen the movie about 800 times? No matter, I just bought it for the Kindle -- can't argue with $7.99.

Favorite book of all time is probably Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins, but Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas and Skinny Legs and All come in at a close second and third.

Favorite book of this year (or that I've read this year) is probably a tie between Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides and Caught Stealing by Charlie Huston. Lost City of Z was decent too, but a bit too disjointed for my taste.

This game is fun. Let's play some more.

gailaj said...

I tend to read only old fiction, for some reason I enjoy things written in the early 20th century, mostly the 20s through the WW II my favorite book of all time is Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, love the era and the story.

Otherwise, I like to read books about my hobby of the last few years, listening to Old Time Radio shows (also a window into past eras, there is especially a lot in the WW II years that is fascinating); and biographies or autobiographies (am currently reading MJ Fox's Always Looking Up...and of course read all of Lance Armstrong's books...).

I like this topic too, since I don't know anything about the gadgets ;) Gail

payro said...

Favorite of all time - A Death in the Family.
Favorite this year - Born to Run. Favorite in the past decade - Worst Journey in the World.

Ben said...

All time: Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar -- Mid-century Paris jazz decadence-with-a-purpose, intellectual ferment with layers on top of layers on top of layers; then you read the first half of the book again, interspersed with the second half... even more layers.

Recent: Excession by Iain M. Banks -- Science fiction, so not everyone's cup of tea, but it's the best depiction I've read of what it might be like when computers are exponentially more advanced than us, both for us and for the computers.

Dave said...

Favorite Book: 100 Years of Solitude

Favorite Band: Pixies

Favorite Band To See Live: Wilco

Favorite Jazz Album: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue

Favorite Movie: Used to Be "Wings of Desire" but I never found a woman who could stay awake through it