Welcome back to Top 5 Tuesday, where this time I’m actually putting it up on a Tuesday instead of a Wednesday! As always, we’re hosted by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, and I’m left here wondering whether I should go ahead and pack a bag with the books I’d save so it’s just a grab and a go sort of thing.
This topic really got me thinking. What sort of books would I save? Would I save ones that had some sort of special meaning to me (i.e., my “favorite” books)? Or would I save ones that had a significant meaning to the world (i.e., Fahrenheit 451, etc.)? Or, would I save the ones I’d bought but never got to read (like Children of Blood and Bone…I swear I’m going to start this next week!)? There are so many ways to interpret this prompt, and I think I’m just going to have to go with the books that have a special meaning to me. So without further ado, here we go!
This was the first book I ever read by myself, and it’s the first book I remember ever being read to me. My dad managed to track down a copy on eBay for my sister and I several years ago, and I’ve had it sitting on my shelf ever since. I used to have the entire story memorized, and I still have parts of it that will forever be stuck in my head. I think the book’s out of print now, which makes it all the more special to me. She apparently had more books starring Miss Suzy, but none of them are available anywhere I’ve looked, which means I’ll probably have to scour eBay for them myself eventually…
Tolkien’s world is something I want to know more about, and I have a really nice collected edition of LOTR that I would rather save than let burn. Plus, it’s where my hedgehog bookmark lives (mostly because I’m too lazy to take it out) and I’d rather like to keep that. This book falls into the category of “favorites” as well as “has a significant meaning,” because LOTR means so much to so many people all over the world, and has one of the biggest fandoms I’ve ever seen.
I feel like with of these lists, I’m just repeating the same book over and over again. However, this is a true one: my mother got me a beautiful hardcover 10th anniversary edition a few years ago for Christmas, and it’s a book that means a lot to me. There’s no way I’d leave this one behind in a fire.
I have very strong memories of this book, dating back to fifth grade. My teacher would read us about half a chapter or so every day after recess, to get us to settle down and get ready to start learning again. I vividly remember her instructing us to cheer as if we were in the Valley of Sound, and I remember begging my mom to buy me the book when we visited my grandma that summer and got to visit a real bookstore. It’s one of those books that I want to buy a nice hardcover copy of at some point in time, so I have my reading copy and my display copy.
A Line a Day: 5 Year Diary
So this one is probably cheating, but technically it is a book so I’m counting it. I’m halfway through this five-year diary, and while some of the memories are painful, I want to be able to keep them, regardless of what happens. Sure, I’ve got a daily diary thing on my phone, but it’s just not the same as writing down your feelings every day on paper. I used to journal lot, but as I got older, I ran out of time to do so. This is a quick way to chronicle my life, and I’ve already got the version I want next lined up on my Amazon wish list! There’s so much history in this one little book, and it’s beginning to fall apart, but it’s a part of my life and I’m not leaving it behind.
As I’ve already mentioned, I feel like these lists (for me, at least) turn into a list of all my favorite books, which means I’m just repeating the same things over and over again. I feel like this is mostly due to the fact that I haven’t been able to read for fun in a hot minute, probably since last summer, if I’m thinking correctly. Since last summer, my life has been consumed with Jane Austen novels and Kurt Vonnegut novels, as well as the tall stack of books I’m working on for my thesis (but that’s really slow going). I’m hoping I get to start reading new books soon, so I can start making these lists much more interesting.
Anyway, I’ve gotta go put more aloe on a sunburn (also take care to wear nice, non-scratchy clothes if you’ve got a sun burn, because I’m pretty much dying right now). What books would you save from a fire? Would your list look similar to mine? Which way would you lean on the “what type of books to save” dilemma? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.
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