Top Ten Books I’d Save if My Home Were On Fire

Okay, honestly, my first instinct here is to say save the computer and the photo albums, but as it turns out there are quite a few books I would save if the house was on fire. Here they are:

  1. Harry Potter. At least the first editions, anyway (fourth through seventh). I think my boyfriend, Andrew, has first editions of the first three at his parents’ house, so we’re good on those. 🙂
  2. Collector’s edition of It. Andrew bought me this gorgeous, illustrated, hardcover collector’s edition for Christmas this year. I can hardly bear to take it out of its case to read it for fear of damaging it—no way am I letting it go up in flames!
  3. Watchers. Couldn’t bear to leave behind this well-worn and well-loved treasure.
  4. Jane Eyre. The edition isn’t anything special, just a Barnes and Noble 3-for-2 Classic edition, but dang do I love this book. I would have no qualms about picking up a new copy if I couldn’t save this one, but there’s something about having that specific book that you read for the first time and absolutely adored.
  5. Pride and Prejudice. Specifically, the copy I bought for school senior year of high school. Awesome cover, thick pages, ragged, old-timey looking (on purpose, of course) edges. Lovely.
  6. Ender’s Game. See Watchers. Even though the copy I have now isn’t the one that I started out with, it’s the one that I lent to Andrew (who loved it), to my college roommate (who loved it) and to many other friends (who also loved it). I love that it’s the copy that got others hooked on Ender’s incredible story.
  7. Boxed set of The Hunger Games trilogy. Mostly because it’s a boxed set and I spent money on it. (Yeah, yeah, lame, I know.) But also because I loved the trilogy!
  8. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language. Such a cool book and one that means a lot to me—even though I was already a linguistics major by the time I was introduced to it, it really confirmed my love of languages and the English language in particular.
  9. Atlas Shrugged. Even though it’s only been read twice—once by me and once by Andrew—it’s very well-worn, like Watchers. As with Jane Eyre, it wouldn’t kill me to have to buy another copy, but it’s just something about that old, well-worn one that yearns to be saved.
  10. Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis. One of my best friends from college studied in Oxford over the summer between junior and senior year. We met two and a half years before that, when we were freshmen, in Latin class. When he came back from Oxford he gave me the first Harry Potter book, translated into Latin. I don’t know why, since I probably learned a grand total of three words in all four semesters of Latin (cogito ergo sum—“I think, therefore, I am”) and therefore couldn’t even attempt to read it, but it was very sweet of him to bring back a souvenir for me and it means a lot to me. Also, where the heck would I ever find another copy??

What about you? What would you save (books or otherwise) if the house was on fire?

This weekly meme courtesy of the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish.

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12 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’d Save if My Home Were On Fire

  1. I didn’t know HP was translated into Latin! That’s awesome! Although I suspect that at the moment my own skills would be more suited for reading Winnie the Pooh in Latin. I’m pretty sure I own that Encyclopedia, too, although I didn’t think to save it. And I definitely added books to my list just because they were a little expensive. If your house burns down, maybe a few friends will feel bad and buy you a few paperbacks to rebuild your collection. But no one’s going to give you a boxed set of hardcovers! And you’ll probably be spending your own money on things you need immediately, like more clothes.

    • I wish I could read it in Latin…I was SO BAD at it, even after five semesters of it. It just wouldn’t click in my head.

      And yeah, there are probably other books that “mean” more to me…but they’re not as expensive! And I’m pretty sure insurance probably doesn’t cover your book collections =P

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