Monday, February 20, 2012

Kimberly's Top Ten Books To Save If Her House Were Abducted By Aliens (or any other disaster struck)

So... This list definitely shows off my geeky side. I know that replacing most of these would be simple, but still... I'd cry to see any of my books lost in any sort of disaster (heck, I wince when I drop a book or it falls off my desk) but there are a few that are my true favorites, and I'd risk quite a bit to save.

  1. Complete works of Shakespeare- First it's Shakespeare. Not only was it a gift, but it's leather bound and pretty and nice and it would be the first of the books I'd grab.
  2. Complete collection of Sherlock Holmes- I'm a hopeless Sherlockian. I mean, I have an entire board dedicated to Sherlock Holmes on Pinterest. This book would definitely make it out of the house.
  3. All of the Harry Potter books (yes I'm counting this as one book) - Not only is this my favorite series ever, but from the 4th book on I got them at midnight releases, I'm rather attached to them and the memories of when I got them. I feel giddy just thinking about standing in line waiting for midnight to come. They're all a little worn from being read so many times, but I won't replace them because of how I got them.
  4. Scripts from every play I've been in- So this may not count as a book exactly, but my scripts would be another 'book' that I would grab. Wonderful stories, all of my notes and blocking, lots of memories.
  5. The Grimmerie- Backstage stuff for the musical Wicked. I love this book, it tells me all of the amazing stuff that went on backstage of my favorite musical.
  6. Collection of Charles Dickens- From some of the other books on this list, I'm sure you can tell I'm a sucker for classics. Dickens would definitely be saved from the fire.
  7. His Dark Materials- I adore this series and I have a beautiful box set of it.
  8. The Book Thief- Oh how I love this book. I've read it a couple of times and still every time I see it on my shelf I feel like pulling it down and reading a random chapter here or there.
  9. So You Want to Be a Wizard- I read this series around the same time as Harry Potter, probably the only fantasy YA series that I will compare to Harry Potter. (HP is still my favorite though)
  10. Religious texts- Sorry, just had to throw this one on there. My set of scriptures would be in the (rather large) stack of books that I would rescue from the fire.

Your turn! Can't wait to see what everyone else has on their lists!





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  1. Yet another Top 10 Tuesday t hat reminds me I MUST read The Book Thief. Soon, I swear!

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  2. Gah!!!! How could I forget the Grimmerie?!?! Great pick!!!
    I totally counted HP as one book too ;)

    Michele | Top 10

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  3. Oh my goodness, your list makes me feel less than scholarly, haha. And shoot! If I'd known HP could be counted as one book, I wouldn't have limited myself to just Sorcerer's Stone :)

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    1. Same here, only I picked Prisoner of Azkaban! I lumped LOTR together, but I thought 7 hardcovers would be a stretch. ;)

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    2. Ha. I'm getting my degree in literature, with a focus on British lit. So I have a lot of love for the classics.

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  4. I'm not sure if "The Grimmerie" was the book I saw when I visited my other fave book shop last month. I will have to careful check that shelf next time. :D Ah, "The Book Thief" has been teasing me every time I pass by where it is and my friend doesn't forget to remind me to pick up a copy. :D

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    1. This is the book I was talking about: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24937.Wicked

      Definitely pick The Book Thief up, I think it's probably the most recommended book I own.

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  5. My list shows off my geeky side, too! I think this type of list just brings out the natural nerd in us all because it's all about what means the most to us from the heart....

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    1. haha, too true! When it comes down to it, us bookish folk worry most about our books when it comes to our possessions.

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  6. I love this one too!
    and absolutely, the harry potters should count as one choice. at least in my world it does. :)

    ~Aspen

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  7. Love Shakespeare (although I tend to need a little help), but I don't own any of his books. Leatherbound sounds simply wonderful!

    I have just managed to get some old copies of The Book Thief (as TTT keeps reminding me that I am a loser for not having read it) and Sherlock Holmes (because it seems sinful not to have read it).

    Religious texts are actually something I should save, especially since my current Bible is one I got for my confirmation. But for some reason I haven't attached much sentiment to it, and I have several Bibles (and other texts) on my iPad.

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    1. Ah, the leather bound really is wonderful. It looks so pretty on my shelf and makes that crackly sound every time I open it. : )

      I think that not owning Sherlock Holmes is slightly sinful, but forgivable. ;) Glad you picked it up. Wonderful reading.

      I have my scriptures on my iPod as well, but I've also had my real set since I was 8 and I have 14+ years of notes in it, so it definitely made it on the list.

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  8. I love that your first one sounds exactly like mine! Great list and I love the classics! Top 10

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    1. We definitely have similar opinions of Shakespeare! I checked your list, your copy of his works sounds amazing! Something a bibliophile would delight in.

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  9. This was a tough list to compile! Thanks for hosting such a great meme :)

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    1. I had a difficult time putting it together! There are several other books that I would have liked to have added but I restrained myself and stuck to ten.

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  10. One of mine would definitely be my copy of "Jane Austen Her Completed Novels"! I love it so much!

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    1. That just barely missed being added to my list! I have the lovely leather bound of all her novels.

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  11. Great list! I am jealous that you have the complete works of Shakespeare leather bound!

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    1. Thank you! I'm a theatre geek and a bibliophile so when I saw Complete Works of Shakespeare leather bound, I practically started drooling.

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  12. Harry Potter made my list and I'm sure to see it on others too.

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    1. Definitely. It's rare to talk to someone who likes Harry Potter that would be indifferent to the fate of their books. They're usually rather protective.

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  13. Awesome! I really had to think about this, but I came up with a list that has almost every book in it I love.

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  14. Haha, I would totally save my Potter books too. And thankfully, my Sherlock Holmes stories are all on my smartphone's Kindle app. *whew*

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    1. Nice! A small, compact way to keep them safe. : ) Nice to see another Sherlockian. I checked out your list, The Graveyard Book is narrated by Neil Gaiman?! I know what I'm buying from iTunes next!

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  15. I can just imagine you trying to carrry all of that out.

    I counted Harry Potter by individual books and that series ended up taking five spots. Worth it.

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    1. Oh my, yes. Me running out of the house with a tottering pile of books. The majority of them 500+ pages...

      Checked out your list, loved it! I like your theories of why certain books would be good to save. Loved what you said about Philosophers Stone. Do you speak Japanese? I noticed you used "Onee-chan".

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  16. This was my first Top Ten Tuesday! I actually found it really easy to think of which books I'd want to save...what was difficult was leaving some off! What's interesting is your list has a lot more established classics than mine does. Still great though! :)

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    1. Thanks for participating! I definitely had a hard time limiting myself to 10 books. Thus why I put all of the Harry Potter books together. ;)

      I'm a sucker for the classics, which is why they dominate my list. :D

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  17. You might want to keep them all in a box by the door, just in case!

    I had a hymn book but not a Bible on my list (although I almost included one of my Bibles). What does that say about me?

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    1. True... Easily saved that way... But then I wouldn't be able to enjoy how nice they look on my bookshelf...

      And the hymn book shows that you know the value of music. :)

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  18. This was a good one! I completely forgot about my Shakespeare collections. dang. I would totally save those. I included one HP book on my list :)

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  19. So You Want to Be a Wizard, I LOVED that as a kid, and had forgotten. Amazing addition to the list :-)

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    1. I so rarely find others that have read that series! Such a treasure. :)

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  20. Harry Potter was definitely on my list too. I had a hard time with what ones I would choose, but that one was a must have. I left a lot off because I cheated and chose my nook, which has most of my favorites in it.

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    1. haha, I picked my favorite books that I wanted hard copies of because in this scenario, my nook is already safe. :D

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  21. This was a really fun link up. :)

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  22. What a great list. The Wicked musical was fantastic and the Grimmerie looks like such a cool book! I'd also grab a handful of Charles Dicken's novels if I could!

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    1. Ah, yes. Wicked. I get to see it again this summer, can't wait! The Grimmerie is fantastic.

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  23. Love your list! My Bible would be top on my list. Wouldn't want to be without it.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I wouldn't want to be without mine either. Like I said in a comment above, I have 14+ years of notes in it. Definitely something I'd save.

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  24. I grabbed my Riverside Shakespeare and a bunch of songbooks for guitar & vocals, plus quite a few childhood favorites, so we're in the same 'geeky' league. Great list!

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    1. Oh. I didn't even think of all of my sheet music! Probably a good thing since I had a difficult enough time keeping this to 10...

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  25. I have Shakespeare as my number 1 as well :]

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  26. Great question this week! And great list! I added the Harry Potter series as one book too. ;) And if I had a nice copy of Shakespeare, that'd be going right along with it.

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    1. Thank you. And after seeing how many people put Harry Potter as one book, I no longer consider it cheating. :D

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  27. Such a great question! I had fun compiling my list and reading everyone's lists is making me realize that I would be frantically trying to save ALL my books in the event of an actual emergency...

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    1. As I was typing up this list I was looking at my bookshelf, realizing that I'd be trying to save everyone of those books...

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  28. So glad I found this! :) And yeah...I would need like a station wagon or something to carry all mine out lol...

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    1. I would most likely need to rent a U haul or something for mine!

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  29. Yeah for a fellow Shakespeare fan! I also cheated on the HP series in my list. Great question!

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    1. Makes me happy to see so many Shakespeare fans! Cheating with the HP books is totally justified. :) Thanks!

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  30. I'm with you--you can't grab just one when there is a set! kaye—the road goes ever ever on

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    1. Exactly! How could you possibly choose ONE out of an entire series?

      I checked out your list and left a comment. :)

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  31. Yes, you must save Shakespeare! I listed him as well!

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  32. Excellent list! I love the way the classics look leatherbound :)

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    1. Thanks! And yes, don't they just look lovely?

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  34. I love how so many people decided to save books for the sentiment they carried (gifts, inscriptions, family heirlooms, etc)- not necessarily their stories!

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    1. That's one of the things that helped me to keep my list to ten. There were others I wanted to 'save' but I didn't have as much of a sentimental attachment to them.

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  35. I included the Harry Potter series in my list too. You can't only grab only one of that series, especially if you grew up with it! :)

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    1. Definitely. My bookshelves haven't been without a Harry Potter book on their shelves since I was 10, no way I was going to let that change. :)

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  36. Linked. And I know where I'll be spending most of tomorrow given the sheer number of entries on here!

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I'll be spending a lot of time checking out the other lists.

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  37. Great list. I like the mix of the awesome books and those with sentimental value!

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  38. I love how HP is appropriate for most of these topics! I feel the same way about my HP books.

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    1. Harry Potter just has a way of sneaking into the hearts of the bloggers and from there onto their various reviews and lists!

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  39. This list isn't that geeky! My list involves Charlotte Bronte and a Jane Austen collection. But I also added a couple childhood favorites and of course the HP series (well...the first one).

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    1. haha, thanks! Charlotte Bronte and Jane Austen barely missed being added to this list. They would have been #11 and 12. But I kept it to ten.

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  40. I had to throw my card in the hat for this one, it was too much fun to pass up!

    Unfortunately I screwy louis-ed my link. I think there is a duplicate up there of my post. My humblest apologies ladies! My blogging greeness is showing.

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    1. Thanks for participating! I checked out your list, fantastic!

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  41. Great topic! I went for ones with sentimental value... here if you want to check it out.

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  42. I'm a bit disappointed in myself. The topic is about saving books if it was abducted by aliens and no where in this entire post did I say anything about the number 42 or making sure that I had my towel!

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  43. My response to this post just makes it obvious how much I love my mysteries...

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  44. This Top Ten Tuesday was a difficult one. Decisions, decisions!
    Jess@ Jessy's Bookends

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  45. Great topic! I tried to pick books that have sentimental value, would be hard to replace, or are simply favorites!

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  46. I must admit, I sat and stared at my books for like 20 minutes to make sure I was taking the best 10 with me!

    Jennifer @ <a href="http://a-librarians-library.blogspot.com/2012/02/top-ten-tuesday-5.html</a>

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  47. What great choices! I think most of these books are on my wishlist of things I want on my bookshelves.

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  48. I love this one! This is something I always think about when I'm reorganizing my shelves.

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  49. Difficult choice this week...I ended up taking way more than 10 because I included series in my list as well!

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  50. I'm going to have to check out some of these that I haven't heard of. I love Great Expectations and lots of Shakespeare's works.

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  51. This one was a challenge. Most of what I chose were special, rare editions or works I created myself. :)

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  52. LOVED this Top Ten Tuesday, it was so much fun! Here's mine: http://aliceinreaderland.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/top-ten-books/

    ~ Alice @ Alice in Readerland

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