Broke and Bookish's choice for this week's Top Ten Tuesday, because when I was a kid, I used to freak out about this. What would be the best thing to save from a burning house? Which books were most important to me? And while I don't honestly think I would be able to carefully hand-select the ten books, instead sweeping up an armful, there are definitely some that would be superior to others. Sentimental value seems to win the day for me.
1. Scriptures. It may be cliche, but my scriptures have really personal notes and insights written in the margins, and I would hate to lose them.
2. Journals. Okay, another cliche. I would rather have my journals than another book in a fire, because I would assume that other books can be purchased, but my own thoughts can't be. I lost one of my journals in high school to water damage and I was devastated.
3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. My husband gave this to me for my 22nd birthday. I'd read it before in high school, but really wanted the Julie Rose translation, and he surprised me with it.
4. and 5. A Spoonful of Olives and It Sure Ain't Like it Used to Be by Lynn L. Johns These books are by my grandpa, and they have personal inscriptions, so I would hate to lose those.
6. Kartography by Kamila Shamsie. This is my favorite book, and I've read it at least five or six times. I've highlighted it and dog-eared pages and loved it (yes, I'm one of those) and I could read it again and again and still enjoy it.
7. My six-book boxed set of C.S. Lewis philosophical works. I have a shelf of C.S. Lewis books, and I love him. I could read him over and over again. Because six of the books are in one box, I think I can count it as one and grab it on my way out.
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I think this is another book that I could read over and over again, plus it is signed by Mr. Zusak himself. And because it is right next to I am the Messenger on the shelf, I would totally just grab that one too. Not cheating, right?
9. So Brave, Young, and Handsome by Leif Enger. This is a similar story -- it is a signed copy and I actually had the opportunity to meet the author, and absolutely loved the experience.
10. My Kindle. Access to hundreds more books right there. Cheating? Yes, maybe. But realistically, it probably is the first thing I would grab.
What would you save?