Musing Mondays

My Musing:

Question: Are “best” and “favourite” the same thing? If someone asked you “What’s the best book you ever read?” would the answer be the same as for “What’s your favorite?”

I don’t believe that they are the same thing at all. For instance you can love a really trashy, badly written novel (say anything by Dan Brown) but I doubt very much that any of then would be the best book that you will ever have read.

I am not even sure that I could answer the question what is the best book that you have ever read, as I am not really sure what ‘best’ means in this context. Should it be a classic or a book that is supposedly going to change your life if you read it, or is it just a book that you really like?

As for favourite books, there is always a new book that is my favourite, for a period of time, before something overtakes it, which it usually does.


  1. Very true–some of my favorites do change over time, but then again, there are some books that will ALWAYS be favorites–mainly books that had an impact on me as a child, such as Charlotte’s Web or Harriet the Spy.

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