My favorite book is Gone with the Wind.
Ten years ago, I read it for the first time. I began reading it around 1:00pm and within the first one hundred pages I found the main character, Scarlett O’Hara, completely fascinating. She was impulsive, conniving, and far too manipulative for her own good.
And on I read.
I became so engrossed in the setting, vivid descriptions, and storyline that the next time I looked at the clock it was 10:00pm.
By this time, I loved Scarlett. She was a strong woman (even if she didn’t yet realize it) and was overcoming incredible odds with her chin held high and her resolve to survive was admirable. Yes, she was still flawed in the relentless pursuit of Ashley, and yes, she did stoop to astounding lows to keep him in her life, but I loved her for it–because Margaret Mitchell did such a fantastic job of making me understand Scarlett’s motivations for her behavior and actions.
And I read on.
I finished the book at 4:30am the next morning.
That book definitely deserves the blurb that is on the cover of my copy “The Epic Novel of our Time”
Now, I ask you to tell me in the comments section what is your favorite book and why? How did it impact your life? Your writing style?