I considered the question. I chose:
Dostoevsky haunts me still, but Crime and Punishment, by virtue of being my first Dostoevsky, stands in an esteemed position above the rest of his works.
To Kill a Mockingbird? Villette? At that time, they were the only books that made me cry. A few more came after that day.
Later that same evening, I had dinner with BMH and DA. I told them CC asked for my favourite books - and before I could reveal the titles I had chosen, BMH said she would pick Villette.
"Most people will pick Jane Eyre but I think Villette is better," she said matter-of-factly. BMH loved Charlotte Bronte. The only person I know who have read all the Brontes, and all the Bronte biographies available.
Then, in a soft voice, DA told us about her love of Harper Lee's little novel.
I was stunned. And in the discussion that ensued on the books we love, I never got around to revealing my 3 choices.
I regret having lost BMH and DA as my friends.