You ever play the burning building game? You know when you ask someone — if you were in a fire and you could only save X amount of items what would you save? This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is pretty much a book lover’s version of that game.
The Top 10 Books I Would Save From A Burning Building:
1. Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling
Why? The Harry Potter books have SO MUCH sentimental value for me. My Harry Potter books were actually gifted to me for Christmas, and since I rarely get books as presents, they mean a lot.
2. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Why? My copy is battered and old and has seen me through so many tough times and good times and old romances and current romance. It just means A LOT to me.
3.To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee leatherbound B&N edition
Why? Even though it is the B&N edition and not worth a whole lot, I think the leatherbound edition of To Kill A Mockingbird is the most gorgeous of all my editions (I have 4 copies).
4. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Why? Although I could just buy another copy, and I have purchased multiple copies, there is no way in hell I would let The Book Thief burn up in a fire. It just would not feel right.
5. Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Why? My copy is a signed first edition and again, has sentimental value because that was from the first launch party I ever attended.
6. The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Why? The characters within, Todd and Manchee and Viola are too precious to lose.
7. The Mists Of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Why? I have the most beautiful hardcover edition of The Mists Of Avalon and I would just hate to have to hunt for another edition and know that I would definitely have to pay much more than what I originally paid.
8. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver signed copy
Why? I have two copies of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. One is the hardback I bought when it first came out, that I use for lending and YAvangelism. The other is a signed hardback that means a lot to me.
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Why? My copy has seen a lot of hands and traveled through many people. It’s weird, but sometimes I think books that have been read by many people, a physical copy I mean, means A LOT. Like, it doesn’t change the content inside passing the book around, but it definitely impacts the readers, that one physical book and I like having that sort of evidence, that MY book was passed around by non-YA readers who actually gave it a chance. That is dumb, yes. BUT important to ME.
10. The Once And Future King by TH White hardback edition
Why? I have two copies of The Once And Future King, one is softcover and one is hardcover. The hardcover edition is exactly the same cover and everything of the original copy I read which was borrowed from the library. And again, weird habit of mine, but I love owning the same cover/same edition that I originally read, as opposed to whatever new or updated edition it is. I am very sentimental, I suppose.