What’s Your All-time Favorite Novel?

What’s Your All-time Favorite Novel?

As fall descends on my part of the world, and the days get shorter and darker, I find myself craving a good read and planning a trip to my local library. To me, a visit to the library is like a retreat. I love the smell of old books and the hushed atmosphere. I am stilled by the near-reverence and awe I feel to be in the presence of so many books; books that I can take home with me! The possibilities for learning, for enjoyment, for escape are dizzying!

I always leave with no less than three books. But lately, I’ve been having a hard time finding a good read. So I’ve been asking readers, when I can corner one; “What’s your all-time favorite novel?”

Mine is A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.  The story was so expertly crafted that I found it hard to believe it was a work of fiction. The characters stayed with me for days after I finished reading it as my mind collected and processed details I’d skipped over too quickly as I read. Don’t you hate it when you read a novel too fast and arrive at the end only to realize it is a treasure and you should have savored every page?

I’ve let years pass between re-reads in the hope I’ll have forgotten enough of the story to enjoy it again as if for the first time but A Prayer for Owen Meany is unforgettable.

What book do you love so much that you have re-read it more than once?

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I am passionate about writing and community building. I’ve written a book about healing and happiness, The Happy Place, as well as a Community Building book, Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age, now available at any Amazon store. I’ve been through life changes that I thought were the end of my world, but I’m still here. I never know what will happen next. Isn’t that what makes life interesting?