Are “best” and “favorite” the same thing? If someone asked you “What’s the best book you ever read?” would the answer be the same as for “What’s your favorite?”
Definitely not! “Best” and “favorite” are not the same. The best book ever written To Kill a Mockingbird. My favorite may vary, but it’s likely either My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen or The Odyssey as edited by Robert Fagles. Now my favorite author is hands-down Carl Hiaasen, though I doubt if he lands on any “best author” lists . . .