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(From [livejournal.com profile] katje0711. I started writing this on December 1st, so let's pretend this isn't a late post.)

The worst question. The worst.

Choosing a favourite book is a question I've developed more and more complicated feelings about with age. I don't have the time or urge to read as much as I used to when I was young, and I think I'm not as easily entertained nowadays either. Having a book just reach out and grab you is sadly a rare thing for me nowadays-- I still like most of the books I read, but most don't absorb me completely or leave a deep impact either.

It's also hard for me to pick just one book/author. Especially since two of my favourite books/series are actually collaborations between two authors.


I'm gonna go with two answers though-- the first book being Good Omens, because it's been a fave since I was about 14-15 and it's probably the single most formative book I've ever read. The oldest friend I have that I still talk to regularly I met through the fandom (and in many ways I think the Good Omens fandom on LJ was a Golden Age of fandom to me), but it also re-kindled a lot of my older interests in religion, art, classical literature, etc. I'm not sure I would be where I am now if not for that. It was also the first proper book I read in English, and I kept going from there. Plus, I'm still a huge fan of the authors' other works.

Most importantly though... it's just such a darn good read, you know? It's laugh-out-loud funny but never at the expense of the characterisation; it's shock-full of memorable characters; it's ridiculous but also deeply touching. It's about what it means to be human. While I haven't read it in a while, I didn't hesitate to bring it with me when I moved to Uppsala. That book is a part of me by now. There's not really any competition.

For the sake of the question, the fact it's very relevant at the moment and because it's the latest book/s that really grabbed me I want to plug the Engelsfors trilogy by Sara Bergmark Elfgren and Mats Strandberg as well. It's a Swedish YA trilogy with a pretty standard plot- six very different girls discover that they are witches and the only ones who can stop the upcoming Apocalypse - but executed in a way that makes it a very compelling read (here is a more extensive list of Reasons Why These Books Are Good). While the books are bestsellers in Sweden and have done fairly well internationally, they don't seem to have made a big impact in the English-speaking world (probably due to the absolute insanity that is the YA lit market, especially in the US!).

The theatrical trailer for the filmatisation of the first book, Cirkeln (The Circle), was released today, so perhaps that'll change a bit depending on whether it gets an international release. Anyway, if you like YA, or urban fantasy, or great casts of female characters, I recommend it.

(Fun fact: an American company originally bought the movie rights to the entire trilogy, but they wanted to make so many changes that neither of the authors could support the project and it was put on ice. Benny Andersson - yes, ABBA!Benny Andersson - literally founded a movie company to buy the rights and have it made.)

(I also just noticed that both these books are about the end of the world, albeit in very different ways. Ahah.)


I still have lots of empty slots so feel free to ask more questions!
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