UMMMMMM. So if you know me, you know I collect Melina Marchetta books but I don’t want this entire post to be about me saving my Marchetta books so I promise I’ll stick with just two. Also, S/O to Nick for helping me brainstorm this post.
1. My signed copy of American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Ummm, I’d never let this baby cherish in a fire. Gene Luen Yang has been a fav for over a decade and I was ecstatic when I finally got to meet him. I might have freaked him out a little.
2. My tattered copy of Esperanza Rising by Pam Ryan Muñoz
I usually like to claim this book as the first one I ever bought and there is a fun story behind the purchase SO NO I AM NOT LETTING A FIRE CLAIM IT.
3. My advanced reading copy of The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
Collections can always be rebuilt but finding arcs of any of Melina Marchetta’s books is FUCKING HARD WORK and this is the only one I have. I’D NEVER LET IT PERISH IN A FIRE.
4. Joel and Cat Set the Story Straight by Nick Earls and Rebecca Sparrow
This is probably not the best book I’ve ever read but I never thought I was going to be able to read it! It was one of the first books I ever added on Goodreads but it was an obscure AUS YA that was incredibly hard to find. But I somehow did and I somehow acquired it and I read it and it was absolutely worth waiting 4 years to read it.
5. The special puffin classics edition of Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
Not only is this probably my favorite edition of any Marchetta book ever, it was also gifted to me by a dear friend so I’d definitely want to save it in a fire.
6. Reckless by Cornelia Funke
One of the most underrated books Cornelia Funke has written and somehow both my college roommate and I were in love with this series??? Well, it is a special book and a special series and one I’d definitely regret losing in a fire given how much time I’ve spent cuddling it.
7. My imaginary copy of A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle
So, as I was writing this post, I realized I am not as materialistic about my books as I like to think? I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’d probably sob forever if all my books were destroyed in a fire, but the post really got me thinking about what specific books I’d risk my life to save and I realized there weren’t as many books as I thought I’d want to save? Mostly, I’d want to survive the fire. BUT, it also made me painfully aware of the fact I don’t own a copy of A Ring of Endless Light which forever changed my life in 8th grade and if I did own a copy, I’d save it, no questions asked.
What special books would you save in a fire? Would you risk your life to save any of your books?
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Alexa Talks Books
What a good idea for a post! I haven’t read any of these titles… But like you mention, and if my cat and dog were safe from the fire, I’d have no idea what books I’d save. Which makes me think is this because I’m not as materialistic as I think and more importantly want my family, pets and myself out of the building instead.
Oh I love this. There are definitely some books that I would grab before others, though it’d still be hard to choose! I totally understand why you’d want to keep the ones you listed. I’m also shocked to occasionally realize that I don’t own a copy of a book that I love.
Wow you would save an imaginary copy of a book you don’t have over the book shannon gifted to you??? Wow. Wow.
Also I have not read Reckless and I NEED TO BECAUSE I READ ALL THE CORNELIA FUNKE BOOKS
Nicole @ NewbookcatsREADS
I think I would probably save a Cassandra Clare book. Her books are so special to me and I would hate to see them not get saved. I really like your list, especially as there is an imaginary copy of one book. Haha! I guess love holds in the strongest of ways! Have a great day!
Amber Elise @ Du Livre
I remember reading Esperanza Rising when I was little; I adored that book!
My entire paperback collection of Dannika Dark’s Mageri series. All seven. The first five paperback books from Amber Lynn Natusch’s Caged series. I still need to get the rest.
Ohhh, I am not in the same place as you re: not finding many books you’d want to save. There are SO MANY for me. I have so many personalized, treasured books that I would basically just burn in the fucking fire whilst trying to get them all out of here.
Not gonna lie, this is a fear of mine that keeps me up at night sometimes.