‘This may sound silly, but I need a favourite book by tomorrow’, said Daughter. She clearly takes after the Resident IT Consultant, who does not have silly things like favourite anythings. But he has realised that people will expect you to have them, so reckons peace is achieved by making them up.
So we went round the bookcases in search of a favourite book for school today. Decided it couldn’t be Tracy Beaker, as the book was to be introduced to the other members of the reading group (Y11) as a recommendation as something to relax with over the exam season… Yes, my thoughts, exactly. Relax? Exam period?
Something age appropriate was needed. Something good, obviously. And preferably something that reading girls hadn’t already read. Piece of cake. Not.
The final choice fell on a book Daughter doesn’t actually own, because she borrowed it while in Germany last year. Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox. And no, I haven’t read it. (Thank you, Lee.) Daughter really did like it, and the proof is in the fact that she does own the sequel, Dreamquake, which she simply had to buy when she returned home.
But what I want to know is, do we have to have favourites? Or are most favourites like the Resident IT Consultant’s, a convenient reply when put on the spot?