Top 5 Wednesday: Books You’d Save in a Fire

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Hello again, readers! Today, I’ll be doing my first Top 5 Wednesday post. Top 5 Wednesday was created by the booktuber Lainey at gingerreadslainey (check out her YouTube channel here). Basically, every week there will be a new category for which I’ll post my top 5 books for. You can check out the Top 5 Wednesday Goodreads group here.

This week the category is Books You’d Save in a Fire. Now, if I’m being completely honest, I’d probably just grab all of my Harry Potter books and run, but I’ll follow the rules which state that I can’t pick an entire series as one book. My one exception is the graphic novel series I’ve chosen, and my justification is that they are short enough that they only add up to one novel. Also, they come in a box set, which is basically like having one big book. So if any of my other picks are part of a series, just know that it was extremely hard for me to pick just one of them. Now without further ado, here are the 5 books I would save in a fire:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

I feel like this doesn’t even need a reason, but I’ll give one anyway. Deathly Hallows is my favorite book in the HP series by far. It’s the one I re-read the most, and it’s the one that I’m the most emotionally attached to. I don’t think I’ll ever find a series that I love more than this one, and I don’t think I’ll ever find a book that tops DH. This book makes me feel so many positive feelings, and every time I open it, I am overwhelmed by my love for it. Just thinking about it makes me smile. I feel at home in this book. Every problem that I have diminishes, and I can just enjoy being with my favorite trio. A truly beautiful conclusion to a beautiful series. If it burned, I would probably cry.

2. Locke & Key graphic novel series by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

Firstly, this slipcase set is stunning, and I would be lying if I said that wasn’t a big reason why I would save these graphic novel volumes. However, I also thoroughly enjoyed this series. Like, a lot. I thought the plot was unique and intriguing and amazing, and the artwork is lovely. This would be a series that I could easily see myself re-reading multiple times because they’re are such quick, exhilarating volumes. For being only six volumes, this story has such great development, and I was left wishing for more (though the ending is definitely satisfying).

3. Barnes & Noble Ernest Hemingway bind-up (The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea)

Pretty soon it’ll probably become very obvious that my favorite 20th century writer is Ernest Hemingway. I read The Old Man and the Sea in middle school and thirteen year old me thought it was just okay. But then I got reintroduced to his work in high school when I had to read A Farewell to Arms, and that’s when the love began. Hemingway writes such simple sentences, but each one is full of tension and emotion. He’s super quotable, and it’s recently become one of my goals to read every novel or short story he’s ever written. I own most of them and have read several, but I still have a ways to go. That being said, I wouldn’t want to part with my lovely bind-up.

4. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Unfortunately, I didn’t get into the Percy Jackson books when I was younger so I missed out on a lot of that fun. However, last year I finally read the entire Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and Heroes of Olympus series all in a row. It was the ultimate reading marathon, and it left me regretting having picked those books up so late. The humor is right down my alley, and the characters and story are fantastic. Out of all ten books, I chose TMoA because it was probably my favorite of them all. I enjoyed seeing all of my favorite characters finally united. Plus, the plot of that particular one was especially gripping and intense. I foresee myself re-reading it many times in the future. I definitely wouldn’t want to see it in flames, that’s for sure.

5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

I’m actually reading this book right now, and that’s sort of why I chose it. All of the above book are ones that I’ve completed, and I wanted to save one book that I hadn’t finished so I would have something to hold me over until I could grow my collection back up after the fire. And while I could have chosen any of my massive pile of unread books, I also picked East of Eden because I’m about halfway done and can already tell that it’ll be one of my all time favorite books ever. For awhile I thought Grapes of Wrath would always be my favorite Steinbeck novel, but I have a strong feeling this might take that place. It’s an incredible story.

I could have chosen any number of my signed editions of various books, but these 5 books just really stood out. I tried to just go with my instinct and pick the first ones that came to mind without thinking too hard. If I escaped form a fire with these, I think I’d be more than content (after I finished mourning the loss of the rest of the HP series and entire bookshelf).

What about you? If the house was on fire, which books would you grab first? Let me know below!

Read on! – Veronica


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