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5 Books I Would Grab From a Fire

Inspired by the fires ravaging Central Florida, John over at Grasping for the Wind recently posed this question to bloggers:

If you had to leave your house in a hurry, and you could only grab five volumes off your shelf, which five would they be and why?

Although it has not yet been posted on Grasping for the Wind, I wanted to (with permission) share my response, which is:

This is the cover of Pride and Prejudice that I own.

In answering this question, I really tried to think about what books I absolutely cannot live without- or books that are extremely sentimental to me that I would be devastated to re-buy.

Here’s my list:

1Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen- This book has an infinite re-read factor for me. I love the story, the setting, the characters and everything else about it. My copy has wavy pages (from bringing it with me everywhere) and a cracked binding, and I would never want to loose the memories I have of reading this amazing book.

2 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling- Ideally, I would carry as many of these books with me as I could, but for the sake of the question I guess I’d choose The Sorcerer’s Stone. It may be a bit silly to choose this book as they are millions and millions of copies available, but I’ve had this particular book since I was 10 years old. It helped me get through my mom’s fight against breast cancer, and I would make a mad dash through fire to get it. Provided that the flames were very small or virtually non-existant. :)

3 A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers- This book is deeply inspiring and one of the best historical fiction novels I have ever read. It’s what introduced me to the genre and to this talented author.

4The Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marilier- This celtic fantasy novel helped me fall in love with…well, fantasy romance. I’m a lover of romantic stories no matter what the genre, but this book is what kick-started by passion for book-passion.

5The Bible- I’m a spiritual person and honestly, without pretense, I would grab my Bible. It’s a NIV study Bible that I bought in middle school and in the margins it still holds markings in my sloppy 6th-grade handwriting. It’s more to me than just sentimental- it’s the representation of everything I believe.


How about you- what 5 books would you take?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • http://www.ekfamilybooks.blogspot.com KW

    I love this idea of the 5 books I would grab in a fire… for me, realistically I could just grab my kindle :) but certainly my Scriptures, Harry Potter, Wuthering Heights, Chicken Trek, and Hatchet

    • Lisa

      Haha, that’s true! I didn’t even think of my Kindle! Although, that might have been cheating… :) Wuthering Heights is a great one too! Gah, there are seriously too many amazing books!

  • http://soulunsung.blogspot.com/ Susan

    Oh, I kinda love the idea of this meme. Really, because there are some books that I would definitely think about grabbing first if there were ever a time when I needed to leave my house in a hurry. lol. I’ll totally be posting this little gem up on my blog, at some point. 😉

    Poings for HP and Pride and Prejudice. :)

    I really kinda love your blog, it’s so pretty, neat, and organized with the way you have set it up. lol. Unlike mine at the moment, but then again I’m just sorta starting out with it so it’s all good. I’ll definitely be back to visit now and then.

    • Lisa

      Thanks, Susan!! :) I checked out your blog too- it’s really pretty, too! I’ve really just started back blogging hardcore- so we’re def in the same boat! No worries :)