What Is Your Favorite Book and Why?

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  1. 1 Nathan Schiller said at 4:57 pm on January 22nd, 2014:

    My favorite book is Crime and Punishment, by the great 19th century Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky. I love it for many reasons, one of which is that it is about exactly what its title implies: an impoverished student named Raskolnikov commits a very horrific crime, and he will be punished. As a reader, you already know this; what you don’t know is how any of this will go down, or why it happened in the first place. So, the novel, even though it is thriller, with many suspenseful conversations, is also a highly philosophical and psychological. (And, as a bonus, it can be very funny.) You get so close to Raskolnikov before, during, and, most importantly, after his crime, that you truly go on a journey of his crazy mind. Everyone should read this book at least twice a year! (Just kidding — once every 5-8 years should suffice.)

  2. 2 Sandra Ariza said at 5:37 pm on January 22nd, 2014:

    My favorite book is The Bible and I have so many different versions in English and Spanish. I am not a fanatic about it, but I see it as a useful tool to find answers to many life situations. When I was growing up I did not see one in my house. I only saw it on Sundays when I went to church. I developed my curiosity after I had my third child and from curiosity it went to passion and now it’s just part of my every day life.

  3. 3 Polly said at 7:23 pm on January 22nd, 2014:

    My favorite book is Moby-Dick: Or, The Whale, by Herman Melville. One of my favorite things about it is that, contrary to what many people assume about it, it’s actually super funny and earnest. Melville was originally going to write another one of his more mainstream adventure novels, but (after reading some of his friend Nathaniel Hawthorne’s writing) he was inspired to write something much more true to his heart. Yes, the book is about a crazy captain’s quest to find and kill a very specific whale, but it’s also about being a person and how weird, wonderful, and hilarious that can be.

  4. 4 Kareem Hertzog said at 8:08 am on January 23rd, 2014:

    My favorite book is Gifted Hands by Dr. Benjamin Carson. It is an empowering autobiography of how Dr. Carson overcame various obstacles to eventually become globally respected and recognized as the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. From growing up in Detroit’s inner city, battling dyslexia and a bad temper, he persevered with his mother’s guidance. This story touches me personally and is partially to blame for my belief that I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to. Gifted Hands is an easy read and once you start reading, I promise it will be difficult to put down!

  5. 5 Dwight Hodgson said at 4:55 pm on January 27th, 2014:

    My favorite book is The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. This book stands out to me for many different reasons. Salinger dives into the teenage experience, surveying the impositions of personal and familial expectations during this transitional period. I first read this book in middle school, revisited it in my sophomore year of high school and since have read it for pleasure a few times as an adult. Each and every reading of this novel has led me to survey my own life with varying degrees of intensity. The book is filled with life lessons and with each read another one is revealed to me. I think we all have a little Holden Caulfield in us.

  6. 6 Yasmine Alwan said at 6:25 pm on January 28th, 2014:

    Even in Kindergarten, I could never pick one color in response to the question of favorites. True to history, two books come to mind now: 1) In Species of Spaces, Georges Perec contemplates, naturally, spaces of all types, mental space, bed space, enclosed space, projected space, edges of space, space of a moment, deep space. The mode is both — or perhaps neither — fictional and nonfictional; it is both personal and abstracted, and it elicits feeling without seeming to contain much feeling itself; all parallels perhaps with other writing I love (or my own?). 2) Today, I Wrote Nothing, The Selected Writing of Daniil Kharms (translated by Matvei Yankelevich) I love because its refusals: to go where you’d expect, to mean whatever you might want; these are playful, willful, and strange stories written by a man who only published children’s stories in his lifetime, and starved to death in a psychiatric ward in a Soviet hospital.

  7. 7 Krystal Melendez said at 1:05 pm on February 5th, 2014:

    My favorite book is Beautiful Child by Torey Hayden. It chronicles the struggles and triumphs faced by the author as she attempts to break through to seven year old Venus. A child so unresponsive, she is tested for deafness, brain damage and deemed “hopeless”. It is an inspiring true account of perseverance which illustrates how powerful a teachers impact can be, especially when they decide to invest in the potential of a child. I was moved by the chaos, heart-break, frustration and joy in the accounts the author shared. I love the book because it is honest, real and is evidence that commitment, passion and love can make the seemingly impossible a reality.


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