Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the fine folks at The Broke and the Bookish (thanks again guys). I actually decided to throw an extra challenge onto this week’s challenge. But first, the topic
“Top Ten Books I’d Quickly Save If My House Was Going To Be Abducted By Aliens (or any other natural disaster…you get the drift.)”
This is a great question…but I quickly realized that I would end up naming books I’ve named in probably more than one post already (Jane Eyre, Great Expectations, The Handmaid’s Tale), so I decided I had to choose from books that I have not already listed in my Top Ten posts (to be fair, some of these may have been mentioned once, but I’m pretty sure most of them have never been discussed in my Tuesday posts). And I have to say, adding that twist in made me appreciate some books I hadn’t really thought about. So this list combined books I wanted to save with books that I thought might be helpful to have in the face of the unknown….
1. Milton, by Haydé. As far as I can tell, this book has nothing to do with John Milton, but that’s what people think of when they see/hear the title. Milton is a cat and his story/philosophy is probably told in less words than I’ve used up to this point (okay, not so sure on that…but this post will definitely have more words). It’s just a perfect little book that says so much for what it is. I picked this up on impulse and would be sad to ever lose it.
2. How Not to Look Old, by Charla Krupp. Somehow I think this might be useful in the alien scenario…maybe for a zombie apocalypse as well. I could be wrong….but I’ll want to look my best.
3. World Almanac, Also a handy book to have for my uncertain future (I won’t bother listing out dictionary, encyclopedia..).
4. Any book from Vicki León’s Uppity Women series. I always enjoyed reading these anecdotes of feminine stealth, outrageousness, and acumen. I think they’ll serve to inspire me in the possible new world order.
5. The Simpsons: A Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family, created by Matt Groening, edited by Ray Richmond. Whatever the heck is happening with my house and the world, this book, which gets detailed in its description of The Simpsons, will help me maintain my sense of humor. I hope.
6. Knitting for Dummies, by Pam Allen. Again, this disaster might just be the opportunity to catch up on those knitting projects I’ve been neglecting. I just need a little reminder about how to do things like, cast off and purl…
7. Precious Bane, by Mary Webb. I loved this wild, weird book when I read it…and Prudence Sarn deserves to survive. I only managed to read one other Webb book (Gone to Earth..) and totally understood why Stella Gibbon would lampoon her writing style in Cold Comfort Farm (which could also be a candidate for this list).
8. A Splendor of Letters, by Nicholas Basbanes. I love books about books and reading and the history of books and reading. Basbanes writes so well about this subject that he’d be in the pile for sure.
9. Can Jane Eyre be Happy? by John Sutherland. One of several books in which Sutherland discusses puzzles and errors in famous novels and then offers an explanation. These books are so much fun to read, I’d have to have one with me.
10. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling. I haven’t read this yet, and I’ll be very angry if I don’t get a chance to, so into the pile it goes!
How about you, what books would be useful or fun to save? Which books could you just not live without. Feel free to link to your list if you have one!