What’s Your Favourite Book?
Too many to choose! I once saw a Pinterest quote that said something like asking a book-lover to choose their favourite book is like asking a mother to choose their favourite child.
So many books, genres, styles of writing, characters, worlds. Is it possible to narrow it down to one? I consider myself a book-lover and the book I come back to time and again to re-read is without a doubt Emily Brönte’s Wuthering Heights.
Surely, this is what defines a favourite – a tale we return to, no matter how many times we’ve read it, to re-live the lives of our favourite characters, to a world and/or a time we have fallen in love with and to be an intimate observer of our hero or heroine’s highs and lows.
But I think what makes us really resonate with a writer or book so deeply is when a particular phrase jumps out at us from one of its pages and stays with you even after you finish reading the book. It is these timeless phrases that, for me, define a classic.
My favourite quote from the book itself is the popular:
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same”.
Wuthering Heights – Emily Brönte
It is that soulmate, twin-flame energy, between the doomed Heathcliffe and Cathy, that is so reminiscent to me of those other tragic lovers, Romeo & Juliet. The reason why Wuthering Heights endures for me over Romeo and Juliet, however, is the longevity of the relationship and depth of emotion between its two main characters.
Following the twists and turns of Cathy and Heathcliffe’s tumultuous relationship with one another as they grow and begin to navigate their lives according to societal norms, rather than following their hearts is something I’ve been guilty of myself too many times in too many situations. But, at its heart, Wuthering Heights is a tragic, brutally honest love story, set and written in a time when women were themselves expected to live their lives according to societal norms. The author herself felt the need to release her book under an assumed male name, (as did her also talented sisters) Ellis Bell, as women were simply not supposed to feel or write “like that”.
Sometimes the best books are the ones where the author’s stories are as interesting as the book itself. It adds another layer of meaning to a story you already love, an opportunity to see the world of the book through the eyes of the world of the author.
What’s your favourite book and its quote? How did it make you see the world differently? Comment below.