This was August 2012's meme question, and I completely missed it then; nonetheless, I am not sure I can honestly answer it now because it is only based on feelings, and feelings are not concrete. Yet, if I have to go on anything, it is how much I really miss reading a specific book.
Lately, I have been reading really dark and heavy themes, like loss of freedom, imprisonment, and death; hence, I tend to long for something more uplifting, such as Pride and Prejudice, Huckleberry Finn, and Oliver Twist for their happy endings.
But the one book that keeps nagging me the most - and the further away I get from it, the stronger the feeling - is Don Quixote by Cervantes. It was the first book I read in my decision to read the classics.
You have to understand that I was completely intimidated by the classics, including this one when I purchased it at a library book sale. I thought I would actually read it someday, but it sat on my shelf untouched.
When I read The Well-Educated Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and saw that Don Quixote was the first book on the novel list, I choked. The book is 1050 pages. Small print.
It took me three months to read, but I did it and enjoyed it immensely.
Don Quixote was so enjoyable and not in any way intimidating. It was hysterical and outlandish and ridiculously amusing. But what attaches me to it the most is that I was fearful of it until I read it, and that made it more rewarding for me. It was the first step in my long journey to studying the classics, and I hope someday to revisit it and enjoy it just as much.
Again, I cannot say with all certainty that it is my absolute favorite, but it is what is on my heart right now, and that can always change.