I actually read every word of this book. I didn't skim anything or rush through, like I usually do (especially to short books I can finish in a day or two). And I thought about it a lot. I would stop in the middle of pages to form mini-essays in my head about what's going on, the characters, the themes, the symbolism. I'm probably going to keep thinking about it for a while even now that I'm finished. There have only been a handful of books I've read in the last few years that I can say I still think about a lot (Anna Karenina, Trainspotting) which automatically places them among my favourites, and I think The Hours will prove to have earned a spot on that list.