This one was really difficult to do, actually. I don’t really have an attachment to the particular editions I own for many of my books; I’m attached to them because they’re mine. That’s why I don’t like to lend, and why it would be painful if a fire happened, but in terms of saving… I would just try all of them. The ones listed here are the ones I have some sort of attachment to sentimentally, for the most part.
So, here we go, in no particular order. I cheated a bit and did groups, but I couldn’t really narrow it down any more. Sorry some of the pictures are a bit large–I’m still getting the hang of this.
1. Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan.
— The art is gorgeous. And my edition is signed. The stories are wonderful retellings of Greek mythology, in part because Percy’s voice really shines through. Also, it was a gift. All the sentimentality.
2. Seven novels by Jane Austen.
–Is it not enough to say that I adore Jane Austen and I would reread Pride and Prejudice multiple times?
3. My dad’s collections of fairy tales.
— I think I would have a breakdown if these books got lost or burned. I’m seriously attached to them; they’re also rather old, and I highly doubt I’d be able to replace them physically. The memories attached to these editions are some of my best as well. Both are illustrated, which you can’t tell because I didn’t show you, and in German.
5. The Anybodies by N.E. Bode
— Love the pun. Seriously, though, I’ve never seen this book anywhere else but the scholastic book fair catalogue where I first got it, and I’m really attached to it. I’ve read it several times over, and the dedication is one of my favorites (I think I’ll do a blog post on my favorite dedications sometime), and it’s one of my (many) favorite books as well.
The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern (really William Goldman, but shh). The only reason I wouldn’t save it is because I have no sentimental attachment to this particular copy, and it would give me a reason to buy a new, gorgeous edition. Oh my lord, though, I adore this book.
What 5 books would you save in a fire?