You’re stranded on a desert island for who knows how long. You can only have one book with you to read over and over again until the day (maybe never) that you’re rescued. Do you know which book you’d have? How easily did that book come to mind? If your answer was anything along the lines of “R U SRS, YES I DIDN’T EVEN NEED TO THINK,” then you know your book soul mate.
But for those of you that get anxious whenever someone asks what your favorite book is, we understand the struggle. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of prompts to help you know the answer next time someone asks you that endlessly confusing question.
Signs you’ve found your favorite book:
1. Excessive smiling at the thought of the book.
2. Getting sweaty palms when the book is in your hands.
3. Owning every version of the book that you can get your hands on.
4. Convincing everyone you meet to read the book but laughing in their face when they ask if they ask if they can borrow your copy.
5. Getting butterflies in your stomach whenever someone mentions the book because it means you get to talk about it.
6. Excessively re-reading the book so many times that you’ve lost count.
7. Claiming characters in the book as your fictional “boyfriend/girlfriend.”
8. Dressing up as characters from the book and then telling people it’s not a costume, it’s a lifestyle.
9. Being excited, but also scared, when you hear the book is being adapted for TV or film because on one hand “yay” but at the same time it’ll never be as good as the source material.
10. Spontaneously transforming into Gollum from The Lord of the Rings and saying “my precious” whenever you see the book in the wild.
Can you have more than one “favorite book?”
Just like a parent, you can say you love all your books equally, but if you’re being honest you know there’s one book you love a little bit more than the others.
Are there any negatives to finding your favorite book?
Finding your favorite book is always a good thing, but there’s a chance it can go too far (see: book obsession disorder). If you’ve recently threatened to “swing” on anyone who touched your book without asking, find hours have actually passed while you were staring at the book cover “for just a minute,” or start calling your friends and family by the names of fictional characters, contact our book therapists at 555-DONTTOUCHMYBOOK.
If no books have come to mind, hit us up on Twitter @EpicReads and we’ll suggest some amazing books that just might be that special one!