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:
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?