Anyone who knows (and understands) how much I love books, and how much I love, love, love Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice will not be surprised by this entry.
Borders Books Australia recently held a poll for people to vote for their favourite book of all-time. After the votes were compiled and counted, a top 100 was put together.
I was as happy as a book/Austen nerd could be to discover that Pride & Prejudice was voted in at #1 on Borders favourite books of all time. There is something inherently wonderful about this novel: it is witty, ironic, romantic, clever, and can be read over and over again and never becomes boring (trust me, I've done it!). In fact, each time I read it I end up loving it just that little bit more...
So, to share the love and to celebrate its #1 status, I've a brand-new copy of Pride & Prejudice to give away. If you'd like to go into the draw to win, all you need to do is leave a comment on this entry anytime between now and next Friday, 16 October 2009, and then on Saturday, 17 October 2009 I will randomnly draw a winner.
Other personal favourites of mine that made the list include:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - #2
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons - #12
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery - #24
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt - #38
If you'd like to see if your favourite book made the top 100, you can find the list here. Of course, some of the results are questionable (The Lovely Bones? What the hell were people thinking? That book is TERRIBLE!), but overall it's a pretty fair list. One of the better lists I've seen of late, anyhow.
And since we're on the topic: What is your favourite book of all time? I'm curious to know.