50% of why I love Groundhog Day* is because it means we are (maybe) 6 weeks away from spring. In less freakishly mild winters, hitting Groundhog Day is like hitting an oasis** in the middle of the desert of winter. The other 50% of why I love Groundhog Day is the 1993 Bill Murray instant-classic movie. Which I always try to watch on Feb. 2, because I am a dork.
One of the worst things about having to repeat a single day for eternity, in my opinion, is having to repeat the same reading choices. Considering all the books in the world, most of which I want to read, being stuck with one would be horrible. As horrible as eating the same meals, wearing the same clothes, hearing people trot out the same small talk . . . ugh.
Let's pretend you're stuck in a Groundhog Day scenario. Assuming you can't spend that day at a bookstore or library and you don't have an eReader, what book would you hope to have available to you on your endless day? I have actually thought about this a lot. One obvious answer is an old-school Choose Your Own Adventure book because you could at least shake up the plot on a daily basis. (Maybe a new-school choice would be a Coliloquy interactive title?) But if I had to pick 1 traditional-narrative book, I'd go with: The Westing Game (mysteries mean you can reread for subtle clues you've missed; also I love this book) or The Great Gatsby (simply because I have not gotten sick of reading it yet and I'm not sure whether I am capable of getting tired of it).
Which book(s) would you pick for a Groundhog Day?
*It's unclear whether the shadow was seen today, but Punxsutawney Phil says more winter. Related: hardest town to spell, ever.
**I guess it would have to be an oasis of hope or something, as it's usually still cold and gray.