Top Ten Books to Save If...

Say your house was destroyed by flowing lava, abducted by aliens, burned to the ground, was overtaken by the army and then blown up... basically just imagine your bookcase, filled with all of the books you've ever loved in your entire life, was destroyed. Eegads. What a horrible thought.

Annnyway, with that being this week's theme from The Broke and the Bookish, I've decided to participate.

A lot of these books I've already mentioned or talked about on A Broken Binding... and now you get to hear about some of them again! Wahoo.

1. My Alice in Wonderland books. They are old, and awesome, and they have the original Alice drawings in them. I've loved them since I was a little girl... so obviously they are coming with me.
2. If I had to choose only ONE Brautigan book, I would choose In Watermelon Sugar because it is amazing. Truly it is most likely one of my favorite books of all time.
3. I just remember reading this book and becoming obsessed with Stephen King, which I've talked about before, when you say "I love Stephen King" a lot of literary nerds will roll their eyes at you. But whatevs, I do like him, the man can tell a tale.
4. Yes, this would be cheating. But, I would take my Norton Anthologies. Because if I can't grab EVERY book in my collection, I'd like to grab a little snippet of every book I have in my collection.
5. Just because, I mean, it's awesome. And a classic, and it has all my notes in it, and I fell in love with it.
6. Well c'mon, you know you'd have to grab your FAVORITE BOOK OF ALL TIME if this happened, so thus Mr. Gatsby is coming with me.
7. It's a beauty of a book. Really, truly, fantastic.
8. You've all seen my battle with Steinbeck on here, but it's boiled down to the point that I like him. And I would totally take one of his books with me. Specifically Of Mice and Men because it ruined my life in a good way. It's so depressing but wonderful.
9. I connected immensely with this book. I need to reread it... but I would have to bring it with because of how it made me feel in the past.
10. I would take this book because of one story in it, "Until Gwen" that completely changed my life. And I don't even know why. But I cry when I read it because it has so much beauty and love packed into one tiny short story. Love love love.

Anyway, these are the books I would grab. They all have some sort of special meaning to me, have affected me at some point in my life. They are all beautiful and wonderful in their own ways, and I know they would all provide me with some sort of solace if my entire book collection was destroyed.

What books would you take with you?

On to reading!


  1. Nice choices.I love that you have pics.
    Heres my Top Ten http://booknerdrambling.blogspot.com/

  2. New follower! Great choices! My Antonia is one of my favorites! Here is my list if you'd like to follow back: http://theonceandfuturelibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/02/top-10-tuesday-books-worth-saving.html