I met Wendi not long ago. She enjoy her blog so I'm following her around. For Tuesday Thingers she writes:
Questions (yes - there are a bunch - answer one or two . . . or all of them!): What is your favorite book (yes - this may be a hard one!!)? Is your favorite book listed in your LT library? If it is listed, do you have anything special in the tags or comments section? Have you looked to see if you can add any information to the Common Knowledge? AND a little off topic, do you find that your 5-starred books are consistent with your favorites, and is your favorite a 5-star rated book in your library? How have others rated your favorite book?
I'm lousy at cataloging. The best I can manage is loading my books to my shelf, rating them, sharing a review when I find the time. I haven't bothered to mark all my favorites because they change and it depends on the genre and most importantly my memory which is poor. I don't read a lot of popular titles or award winners, and I don't look to see how others rate what I've read. I do look at others' shelves for new reads but I discover more reads through interaction in the forums. I belong to Shelfari, too.
Favorite children's book is a collection of poetry by Eloise Greenfield, Honey I Love. My children each have a copy and we're all very possessive of them.
Last year I began reading Octavia E. Butler and she is high on my favorite author list. The book that impacted me the most is Kindred.
I read a lot of multicultural literature. My favorites in this genre include by Edwigde Danticat's, The Farming of Bones, Purple Hibiscus by Chamamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sold by Patricia McCormick and In The Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez.
Favorite American woman writer is Barbara Kingsolver. She's just plain funny, great at dialogue and I like her characters immensely. My favorite book of hers is The Bean Trees.
Favorite poets are Sonia Sanchez, like the singing coming off the drums and Audre Lorde's Collected Works.
My favorite YA author is Jacqueline Woodson. Can't pick one. Love them all.