If your book collection were on fire and you could only save three books from burning, which three would you save and why?
While I’m answering this, I’m going to assume that I’ve already rescued my family. Yes, I love books, but I wouldn’t put them over my husband and kids – at least not most of the time 😉 Picking the three books that I would save from this fire was actually easier than I had expected. At this point in my life, they hold the most meaning to me. What are they? Here goes in the reverse order in which I would save them:
3) The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. I treasure this novel for a couple of reasons: it was the book that ignited my love for historical fiction in general and Henry VIII in particular and I got my copy signed by Philippa at the National Book Festival in September.
2) Ulysses by James Joyce. I could not be without this book, although I rarely pick it up. I am proud of the fact that I read this novel and can say that it was an enjoyable experience because of the wonderful professor who taught it. My copy has my hand-written notes throughout and would probably fall apart with much more handling. My heirs will probably pitch it first thing after I’m gone, so I might have to demand that it be put in my casket with me. How’s that for sacramental?
1) Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell. I have four or five copies of GWTW, but this recent copy would be the one that I salvage. I like the size of this version and I like the way it smells (yes, I’m one of those). The first time I read it, I checked it out of my high school library. Then, I bought a mass market paperback version that now has tape all over the spine. I have two older hard cover versions as well. I would save this book over all others because I could never get bored with it. I love all of the characters and I get something new out of it every time. In the 20+ years since I read it the first time, no other novel has taken it’s place. God bless you, Margaret Mitchell!
What three books could you not live without?