This post is a break from our usual tradition of intellectual, eclectic brilliance and wit to ask YOU, the gentle readers, the Beehive Faithful, a question. :-)
What, besides the Bible, do you think are the three best written books in the English language, and why?
I would say:
-- Mansfield Park for the delicacy and maturity of its tone, storyline, characters, themes, and writing
--The Lord of the Rings for the staggering achievement of creating Middle Earth in such entirety and perfection, the beauty of the language, and the incredible plot with echoes of the Bible
--And--- Winnie the Pooh, for creativity, the amazing realness of the characters, the comic timing, and the sheer brilliance of the wonderful and FUNNY writing style.
Yes, I know, that last one is a little odd. But Winnie the Pooh, REAL Winnie the Pooh, not the weak, watered-down Disney version, is one of those books that I just can't stop reading. I go through it at least once a year. :-)