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Let’s face it, we all dread it. It comes out of the blue, as soon as they realise you are a bookworm, and you just end up standing there and blasting a blatant lie under their expectant eyes.

Why lie tho? Are you ashamed of your favourite? Do you want to sound more educated for some reason? Naaaah! The reason is I can never bring myself to narrow it down!

What makes a favourite book anyway? or better: What makes THE favourite book? It’s the book that made you become a bookworm? The one that you can’t help but re-read? The one that elevated you the most? Your current obsession? The one where you saw most of yourself in the characters? The one where you want that exact fictional relationship to be yours in real life? Your most loved fictional world? The one with the perfect turn of events? The obscure favourite book in a series? Or simply that Book that will make them nod like they appreciate your culture but they actually have no clue what is it about?

I honestly have no answer for you.

For the longest time, especially during school, I used to answer that question with The Otranto Castle. It’s a pretty obscure book by Horace Walpole and it’s said to be the very first goth book. Altho I actually read that book and I did mildly enjoy it, I honestly can barely remember it! As answers go, alongside with the fact that at the time I was using a velvet mantel as a coat, it was pretty satisfying for the other part and it helped people get off my back. But again, why lie? For me it’s mainly the panic of having to choose and because, apparently, if it takes you more than 30 seconds to answer that question you are somewhat less of a reader and, obviously you have a favourite one, you just don’t want to tell them. Go figure.

Well let me tell you something, it’s bollocks. Anything every non-bookworms think of our reaction time and incapacitation to narrow it down it’s bollocks.
I have no clue what my favourite book is. I have books I love, I have Authors I sold my soul to, I have current book crushes, I have books that I’ve read and that stayed with me in the sweetest of the ways but I don’t have ” THE ONE”.
Maybe I’m broken, maybe I am a Libra and I just can’t decide, maybe I want my favourite book to come to me in full meet cute style, maybe I’m just not meant to have one!
I read far too many books per year to pick just one, I love far too many books during the year to fix them in a neatly graded list – believe me, my rating system is still a work in progress-.  So what to do? How do I answer that fatidical question?

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Well, Curvers ( Curvers? Do you like it? ) it depends. My method is this. If it’s a sociable question, given by someone who’s trying to flirt with me I tend to give them books that tell about what I’m looking for or with characters that have gone through what I have, Or with characters that resemble me way too closely. They don’t really want to know my favourite, they want to know a way of knowing me better and they need my answer to shed some light onto my character so… the Guernsey literary and potato peel pie society, Pride and Prejudice and lately the Flatshare are the right answers for them.
On the other hand, if it’s a friend, a random person online, a colleague or any non-potentially-romantic person in my life I just tell them my current book obsession. I just gush over it like if I was doing a sales pitch for Waterstones and Foyles combined and usually I end up forcing (?) them to buy that book too. ( In case you were wondering Marriage for one from Elle maise would be my current answer. GO BUY THAT BOOK, IT’S GOLD).

Would those two types of answers be considered a lie? Should I just say ” I don’t know” and deal with the unmissable ” oh how can you not? C’mon, choose one”?  Nah.
I seriously love those books and the reason behind their question could be politeness as well as a desperate ( or maybe not that desperate) way of secretly asking for book recs. In any way, boosting my last book crush can never hurt no? So, yeah, that’s how I do it!

Now tell me, do you have a favourite book? And if not, how do you answer to this question?

A while ago I went on Instagram and asked if you guys would’ve liked to read about my favourite theatre shows, I then spent six days trying to write it, it made me uneasy, I felt like I was checking every word, weighing it and, to be fair, it throws me in a bit of a slump. I realised I can’t do it. Working in a theatre made me understand how deeply I’m not qualified to talk about theatre! Yes, sure, I can still voice my personal preferences and sit here complementing myself about it but it would probably not resonate with anybody else! They would be biased, based on the utmost respect and awe that I feel for every part that moves a good musical or play! I don’t think I can just sit down and just appreciate a performance anymore, I need to fall in love with the plot as well as the acting, the music, the lighting, the set design, the timing of the stage management, the animations, the sounds and the feeling that the front of house team leave with me. Most of these things I know how to appreciate but I have no way of putting it down in words, let alone explain them to you in the shortness of a blog post!

So, since Christmas is coming and I’ve wasted enough time, I think I’m going to bench the idea and give you some other favourites of mine! How about movies? Yeah, let’s do it!

  • Notting Hill.

I was soooo late on this bandwagon, I managed to watch this movie only a year ago for the first time but I sure made up for it! For four months straight I’ve watched this movie at least once a day! When I was not watching I was blasting the soundtrack, I was properly obsessed! It has now a very special place in my heart and I can’t say no to a re-watch of this movie!

  • Pride and Prejudice.

I blame Mr Darcy for my unrealistic expectations in men. This movie is a classic, and this note is more for a “genre” than a single movie! Give me almost anything inspired to Pride and Prejudice and there is a good chance I’ll binge watch it, no matter how bad it is. ( i draw a line at pride prejudice and zombie tho. ) I think I’ve seen the movie and the BBC adaptation more times that I’d like to admit, I’m absolutely smitten and I need me a Mr Darcy ( I’ll make do with Bingley too, to be honest!)

  • The Guernsey Literary and potato peel pie society.

There is no other way to describe this movie and the book that inspired it if not as ” an ode to reading”. What I love about this movie is that it absolutely feels necessary! It’s a companion to the book, not a representation! It feels like the movie shows what happens in real life and the book represents the correspondence that the character takes within each other! Obviously, not everything is the same, but it’s not always bad! I personally found myself liking the ending of the movie more than the one in the book!

  • Mamma mia.

So, this is the other party I was late to ( it happens a lot), but once I watched it I could not let it go and I had to re-watch it till I gave myself a migraine. It’s simply so good, and entertaining and do we want to talk about that cast!? I have a fair amount of conflicting thoughts on the second movie but, for now, I’ll just keep on focusing on the first one.

  • Scott Pilgrim vs the world

What’s there to say? Did I use to have a massive crush on Ramona? Sure, who didn’t? That movie is everything! It’s sassy, highly bisexual, hilarious, entertaining, and a bomb! There is nothing I don’t love about it, no moment I don’t laugh my ass off! It’s so uplifting and amazing!

  • I left the best for last, my absolute favourite movie that I keep for proper perfect occasions, I rarely watch it and I enjoy it every single time! It’s the only movie that I’ve seen in every language I know but Italian, is the one that thought me that Failure is nothing more than a simple part of life, failure should be embraced and celebrated, and that is ok being ourselves, exactly as we are. Elizabeth town will forever be The One for me. I know the critics didn’t exactly love it, but for me, it was simply… perfect! I rarely talk about it I rarely share it with the people around me; it’s so special to me, so precious and I feel super possessive about it, it’s stupid, but it just means so much…
That’s it, this is all, Have fun! Happy Blogmas!