Day 23 - Your favorite book.
If it wasn’t already painfully obvious, my favorite book is A Wrinkle in Time, as evidenced by this exceptionally dorky photo of me immediately after getting my A Wrinkle in Time tattoo (and wearing an Arnold Arboretum t-shirt, which is also kinda dorky).
My mother read me this book when I was pretty little. She would read a chapter or so (usually a chapter- keeping the suspense up) after dinner in the kitchen while Lin did the dishes. I loved it, and identified with it- it’s the story of a nerdy girl named Meg who doesn’t have a father (granted, hers is lost on another planet and my mother is a lesbian, so the parallels are surface level, but still). I’ve written this here before, but it’s the same sort of thing that made Doctor Who appeal to me initially- the fantasy of being special and being taken away from your boring life to travel across space and/or time and do something incredible.
I’ve read the book many times since that first time, and A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (I’ve also read Many Waters, which is a little so-so, comparatively). There’s definitely a magic about a book that you connect with as a child. The imagery is still so vivid and full when I pick it up. The last time I read it, the ending made me cry- which I think was the first time, even after knowing it for almost two decades.
I reblogged a still from the television adaptation recently, and mentioned that I would have a hard time reconciling their interpretation of the story with my own, which I know is always the thing people struggle with when they watch adaptations. But I just feel like if they made Camazotz any differently than the way it is exactly in my mind, it might replace that image for me, and I would never want that.
Honorable mentions: Watchmen, Shadows on a Wall (the novel that got me interested in editing), Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Devil in the White City…just lots of stuff. Books are awesome.