What’s Your Favorite Book?
When I asked the question “What are you reading?”, I got over 100 responses from readers and some kick-ass additions to my reading list. It was such an effortless way to decide what to read.
Maybe sharing our favorite books will further expand my reading list.
My favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. Edmond Dantes‘ transformation from lovesick suitor to framed prisoner to Houdini to pirate to vengeful count is a breathless fanning of pages. Every time I read it, I wait for him to avoid that hellish jail. I forget to exhale when he escapes, always wondering whether he will break free of the weight that threatens to enslave him at the bottom of the sea. I cheer when he finds his reward, and I plot with him as he crafts revenge.
It is delicious.
And, I never knew it was somewhat true.
Dumas lifted his tale from a series of true crime stories by Jacques Peuchet. In one, a man was accused of a crime by three jealous suitors, right before he was to wed. While under house arrest, he formed a father-son relationship with the priest who was charged with guarding him. The priest left him a fortune, enabling him to exact revenge on the three men who wronged him. He stabbed two and poisoned the third.
And, his crimes are even more riveting, when woven into fiction by a master storyteller. The Count of Monte Cristo is a must-read.